Israeli civilian bus destroyed by a Hamas anti-tank missile

Fast Facts: Latest major outbreak of violence between Israel and Gaza

November 13, 2018 | AIJAC staff

Up to 400 rockets and mortars have been fired by Hamas and other terrorist groups into Israel over the past 24 hours. About 60 were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defence syste.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl with then Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Canberra in 2015

Australia and UNRWA

September 27, 2018 | Naomi Levin

Australia is a major supporter of UNRWA, and governments of both persuasions have renewed Australia’s financial commitment to the agency on a number of occasions since 2000.

Protesters at the border between Gaza and Israel. Hamas officials incited violence during these protests.

Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security on its review of the re-listing of Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas Brigades) as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code

September 5, 2018

AIJAC made a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and Security into the relisting of the Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas Brigades) as a terrorist organisation by the Australian Government.

A claim that 15 people were killed as a result of a strike at the UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun

August 15, 2018 | IDF Spokesperson

Original Hebrew source: JAG decisions regarding exceptional events that occurred during Operation Tzuk Eitan system – Update No. 6 As reported…

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

January 20, 2017

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

November 3, 2016

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

March 2, 2016 | AIJAC

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 digestible 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

September 4, 2015

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

July 23, 2015

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

May 4, 2015 | AIJAC staff

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.

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