From the ridiculous to the outrageous

March 25, 2009 | Bren Carlill

At the lecture, of which I have a recording, Halper claimed that Israelis don’t use the word ‘Palestinian,’ but rather just ‘Arab.’ This allegation is both blatantly wrong and an attempt to paint Israelis as racists, intent on denying Palestinians their identity.

Khatami is just as rigid as the rest

March 23, 2009 | Colin Rubenstein

What credibility can Khatami maintain in calling for a dialogue of civilisations when he excludes Israel and Israelis? Or when he argues there is no anti-Semitism in the Muslim world, when under his presidency Iran became a sanctuary for Holocaust revisionists?

Poor Advice

March 20, 2009 | Jamie Hyams

In a March 9 Age piece, the ANU’s Amin Saikal took it upon himself to advise Barak Obama on Middle East policy. He claimed the Bush Administration’s policy had “denied Hamas its right to exercise power as the democratic choice of the Palestinian people.” This is untrue.

Not so Jolly Rodgers

March 13, 2009 | Jamie Hyams

On March 3, Age readers were subjected to a typically jaundiced and poorly argued opinion piece from Peter Rodgers.

Gunness Shoots Off

March 6, 2009 | Jamie Hyams

Media reports during Israel’s Gaza campaign often featured UNRWA head John Ging or spokesperson Christopher Gunness stridently and, dare I say, disproportionately attacking Israel. Woe betide anyone who attacks them though.

Wild and Woollacott

February 27, 2009 | Jamie Hyams

A review by Guardian writer Martin Woollacott of Patrick Tyler’s book A World of Trouble: America in the Middle East appeared in the “Panorama” section of the February 14 Canberra Times. Tyler strongly criticises US actions in the Middle East and Woollacott, a long time critic of Israel, strongly agrees.

Lateline and Dateline

February 20, 2009 | Jamie Hyams

In last week’s JN, AIJAC’s Tzvi Fleischer commented on the unfairness of the ABC TV show “Lateline” using hard left Israeli commentator Akiva Eldar as for its analysis of the Israeli election.

Israel’s centrist ground

February 13, 2009 | Colin Rubenstein

Despite campaign rhetoric from all sides, the close result and large number of late deciders demonstrates that there is a lack of clear ideological or policy distinctions between the main parties. A wide consensus has developed in Israeli politics and public opinion on the desirability of a two-state resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Atrocity or Atrocious Reporting?

February 13, 2009 | Jamie Hyams

In the front page of the January 31 Weekend Australian, Middle East correspondent John Lyons detailed uncorroborated claims by Palestinian eyewitnesses that Israeli soldiers had shot dead in cold blood two Palestinians who had their hands in the air, and had also shot two others in the arms.

Current Affairs shows revert to Israel-bashing kind

February 12, 2009 | Tzvi Fleischer

How would most Australians feel if a mainstream television station overseas interviewed far left-wing Australian journalist John Pilger as its only commentator on an Australian election?

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