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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.