Terrorist television would violate our racial hatred laws

August 7, 2009 | Colin Rubenstein

ACMA did not see any problem with an advertisement on al-Manar soliciting donations for the al-Emdad charity, which is used primarily for supporting the families of Hezbollah fighters. Giving it money is effectively indistinguishable from giving money to Hezbollah, which is illegal in Australia.

Piecemeal road to Middle East peace

June 4, 2009 | Colin Rubenstein

Peace will have to be built piecemeal and the first step must be to disarm the Palestinian leadership of the belief that it can wait passively for Washington to extract the concessions it wants from Israel.

Hope of peace in Gaza remains

May 6, 2009 | Colin Rubenstein

Is the new Netanyahu Government likely to be headed for a major confrontation with the Obama Administration? The argument often made is that while Barack Obama will push hard for Israeli-Palestinian progress, the supposedly “hard-line” Netanyahu Government does not even support a two-state resolution to the conflict.

Another McGeough

April 27, 2009 | Jamie Hyams

Paul McGeough continued airbrushing the terrorist group Hamas. He interviewed its leader Khaled Meshal for the March 21 Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and had to accept that Hamas would stick to its Charter’s call for Israel’s destruction, because Meshal insisted.

Worst Encounter

April 3, 2009 | Jamie Hyams

The Radio National program “Encounter” dedicated its March 22 episode to Jews critical of Israel, scouring Australia and the globe for six of the most extreme.

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.

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