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AIJAC’s submission to the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech and article 18C...

AIJAC's submission to the Australian Federal Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia - including into the operation of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (RDA) (including ss. 18C and 18D) and the complaints-handling procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) - has now been published by the Parliamentary Committee

New report on the Australia-Israel relationship

New report on the Australia-Israel relationship

A new report published by the Australian Strategic Policy Insitute (ASPI) in conjunction with the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies (BESA) in Israel looks at the Australia-Israel relationship.

This post presents the Executive Summary.

The full report (in PDF) can be accessed here.

Israel and its conflicts with the Arab world: A Brief Guide for the Perplexed

Israel and its conflicts with the Arab world: A Brief Guide for the Perplexed

Events in the Middle East continue to fill the front pages of newspapers and arouse heated debate around the world. Of all topics keeping the Middle East in the news, however, no sub-issue generates as much emotion, debate, and ire as the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

AIJAC's "Brief Guide for the Perplexed" offers a digestable guide to key events that have shaped the conflict and the complex situation that exists today.

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Video: Dr. Jonathan Spyer on The States of Flux in the Middle East

Dr. Jonathan Spyer, Director of the Rubin Centre in Israel, spoke at an AIJAC function in Melbourne on the continuing instability in the Middle East.  

This post also contains links to Dr. Spyer's other recent media appearances in Australia.

Key points against unilateral Palestinian recognition

Key points against unilateral Palestinian recognition

An enduring peace can only be achieved through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.  This fact sheet outlines reasons why bilateral talks are the best path to peace and recognition of a Palestinian state.

Factsheet: Myths and Facts about the growth of Israel’s West Bank settlements

Factsheet: Myths and Facts about the growth of Israel’s West Bank settlements

A frequently repeated talking point on the Middle East is that Israeli building in settlements in the West Bank is supposedly taking up more and more land and making Palestinian statehood unviable...

These sorts of claims are based on a series of fundamental misunderstandings about the nature, scope and rate of Israeli building in West Bank settlements... This “fact sheet” presents some basic evidence to allow the discussion of Israeli settlements to take place on a factual and informed basis.

Audio: Dr. Colin Rubenstein on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s visit to Iran

Dr. Colin Rubenstein discussed Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's visit to Iran with Steve Price and Andrew Bolt on Sydney radio 2GB on Monday April 20, 2015.

Dr. Colin Rubenstein discusses Australian Government decision on east Jerusalem [audio]

Dr. Colin Rubenstein appeared on "The World Today" (June 6) on ABC Radio discussing the Australian government's decision to cease using the word "occupied" to describe east Jerusalem.

Submission on Freedom of Speech (Repeal of S.18C) Bill 2014

This document constitutes the submission by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) to Attorney-General George Brandis regarding proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA)...

AIJAC maintains that the provisions of Part IIA of the RDA have worked effectively for nearly 20 years, and that there is not a compelling reason for repeal or wholesale reform. 

Video: Ehud Yaari on Israel and the Middle East

Ehud Yaari addressed an AIJAC luncheon on Monday 14 January 2013 on the following topics:

  • Australia and Israel, including Woodside's successful bid for developing Israel's gas reserves
  • Israel's elections
  • Egypt and challenges for the region
  • Syria
  • Israel, the Palestinians and the Two-State outcome
  • Iran's march towards nuclear weapons capability and American and Israeli strategy

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