ABC and SBS have no business using Al Jazeera

ABC and SBS have no business using Al Jazeera

September 22, 2017 | Colin Rubenstein

The Qatari run and owned Al Jazeera TV news network has been much in the news of late – and not for positive reasons. Yet the ABC and SBS continue to use Al Jazeera stories in their own foreign news coverage.

Iran will follow Kim Jong-un's lead in defying the world

Iran will follow Kim Jong-un’s lead in defying the world

September 13, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test. According to South Korea’s parliamentary defence committee chief, the blast had the explosive power of 100,000 tons of TNT, making it four to five times stronger than the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.

But while most of the world has watched North Korea’s increased nuclear activities with growing concern, one country has stood side-by-side with the North Korean regime throughout this entire time.

South Australian politicians have made right decision voting against unilateral recognition of Palestine

South Australian politicians have made right decision voting against unilateral recognition of Palestine

August 11, 2017 | Eran Lerman

THE South Australian Legislative Council passed a motion calling for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be achieved at the negotiating table, reversing an earlier House of Assembly position which had suggested unilateral recognition of Palestine.

In Israel

In Israel, as anywhere, objectivity, balance, multiple voices are critical to credible journalism

August 7, 2017 | Mark Leibler

Former Middle East correspondent for The Australian John Lyons is right that objectivity doesn’t come easy when reporting from Israel (Media, 31/7).

His explanation for the claim, however, is not that information is harder to obtain in a conflict zone or that agendas are often opaque, but that Lyons says he found it hard to do his job because the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council called him out because it believed his ­reporting often lacked objectivity.

Efforts by South Australian politicians to recognise Palestine as an independent state will do more harm than good

Efforts by South Australian politicians to recognise Palestine as an independent state will do more harm than good

July 28, 2017 | Sharyn Mittelman

South Australia’s Legislative Council is set to vote on a motion that calls on the Federal Government to recognise a Palestinian state, after the resolution succeeded in passing the House of Assembly last month with the support of the Labor Government.

Funded propaganda

July 21, 2017 | Gareth Narunsky

Last Friday three terrorists opened fire at a group of policemen near the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, killing two Druze officers. The attackers fled to the Temple Mount, where they were eventually shot and killed.

Qatari-based Al Jazeera initially reported the incident as “at least three Palestinians killed in shooting in Jerusalem’s Old City”.

Modi in Israel

Modi in Israel

July 18, 2017 | Sharyn Mittelman

Narendra Modi made history in the first week of July as the first sitting Indian prime minister to visit Israel. The visit reflects the rapidly growing warm ties between the two democratic nations, as they seek greater cooperation on a range of issues including trade, defence, tourism, agriculture and water technologies.

Recognising Palestine ignores need for peace

Recognising Palestine ignores need for peace

July 5, 2017 | Colin Rubenstein

Those supporting a motion at the upcoming ALP NSW State Conference calling for recognising a Palestinian state argue they are aiming to advance prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Yet an informed look at the current situation would make it clear that premature recognition of “Palestine” as a state would actually have the opposite effect.

ABC ignores editorial policy to run Al Jazeera stories

ABC ignores editorial policy to run Al Jazeera stories

July 3, 2017 | Colin Rubenstein

For years, ABC has defended its use of Al Jazeera’s English language news programming, despite mounting evidence that its use violates the editorial policy that the taxpayer-funded ABC must respect, according to its charter.

Anniversary of Arab-Israeli war provides an opportunity

Anniversary of Arab-Israeli war provides an opportunity

June 9, 2017 | Colin Rubenstein

FIFTY years ago and 19 years after the 1948 War of Independence, Israel was once again dragged into an existential war.

Recently, Israel’s state archives released detailed original transcripts of Cabinet discussions before the war.

Conquest wasn’t on the minds of Israel’s leaders. Survival was.

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