Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani  was the key enabler of the Iranian regime’s overarching policy of military aggression and expansionism.

The killing of arch-terrorist Soleimani changes the regional rules of the game

January 10, 2020 | Colin Rubenstein

An edited version of this article appeared in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald on January 10, 2020. The US…

Israeli soldiers man a checkpoint to an Israeli settlement in Hebron in the West Bank. Picture: Getty Images

Calling for a one-state solution in Israel and Palestine is calling for a bloodbath

December 9, 2019 | Allon Lee

Claims that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent statement that Israeli settlements are not, per se, inconsistent with international law has killed the two-state solution, as Crispin Hull argued on these pages last month, misrepresent both history and current day realities.

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AIJAC’s Ahron Shapiro talks Israeli elections on ABC radio

November 22, 2019 | AIJAC staff

AIJAC’s Ahron Shapiro discussed the latest twists and turns in Israel’s attempt to form a government. After two elections and…

Hawthorn West Primary School

Education is at the heart of tackling antisemitism

November 7, 2019 | Sharyn Mittelman

What more can be done to counter antisemitism at schools?  That question reverberated around Australia this past month as many were shocked to hear of appalling antisemitic bullying.  

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Fatah and Hamas are allowed to keep this horror film playing

October 31, 2019 | Allon Lee

The chilling words by veteran Hamas official Fathi Hammad at a rally in Gaza last July urging Palestinians to kill Jews, not Israelis, is easily found on YouTube. I don’t know if these words appear in the Palestinian Film Festival that Greg Barns encouraged readers to attend in his recent piece blaming Israel for poverty in Gaza.

Hebron memorial to Israeli infant Shalhevet Pass (inset), murdered by a Palestinian sniper in 2001.

Truth, Hebron and “Breaking the Silence”

October 16, 2019 | Ahron Shapiro

The left-wing Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence (BtS), the subject of a story by journalist Terry Plane in these pages last month, is by its own admission, a political organisation that seeks to “change” the “policy of government”.

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Racist bullying incidents are a call to action

October 7, 2019 | Naomi Levin

The reverberations from media reports that two Melbourne students were subjected to humiliating anti-Semitic abuse have been felt in Jewish communities around the world. How could this happen in an enlightened society, ask well-meaning people.

HMAS Ballarat, which just returned from a deployment to the Persian Gulf region as part of Operation MANITOU (source: Royal Australian Navy)

Dislike of Trump is a foolish reason not to protect Australia’s interests in the Persian Gulf

September 20, 2019 | Colin Rubenstein

This is not the Iraq War, and dislike of Trump would be a foolish reason not to protect Australia’s interests in maritime security and the free movement of energy in the region.  

A satellite image shows black smoke rising from one of the attacked Saudi oil facilities. (Planet Labs Inc, AP)

Attack on Saudi oil facility shows Trump was right to pull out of Iran nuke deal

September 16, 2019 | Behnam ben Taleblu

The attack, which knocked out more than half of the Saudi oil output, may force the U.S. to tap into its own oil reserves to keep the markets well supplied.

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Iran’s dual threat

September 13, 2019 | Behnam ben Taleblu

It’s no secret that the US and Australia retain close ties, share similar security interests and political values, and have even paid the ultimate price for them in places like the Middle East. It is in the Middle East however, that one of the greatest challenges to realising that shared vision is found: Iran.

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