The Legacy of Shimon Peres

The Legacy of Shimon Peres, z”l/ Iran’s next Supreme Leader

October 7, 2016

Today’s Update features some intelligent reflections from Israel on the life and legacy of elder statesman Shimon Peres, who passed away at age 93 last week. In addition, it also contains an important article on the likely succession to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the implications of the choice.

Kudos to Channel 9 for a prompt correction

Kudos to Channel 9 for a prompt correction

October 6, 2016 | Gareth Narunsky

Channel 9 Australia has demonstrated that editorial standards are still important, altering a story about a foiled terrorist stabbing after AIJAC pointed out several issues.

Part 1: Crossing Erez - Another Gazan smear of Israel from ABC’s McNeill

Part 1: Crossing Erez – Another Gazan smear of Israel from ABC’s McNeill

September 29, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Part 1 of 2: In 2011, Sophie McNeill said she wanted to be a journalist who reports stories from the perspective of victims in any conflict. As ABC’s Middle East Correspondent, that shouldn’t extend to uncritically echoing their political narrative.

Part 2: Crossing Erez - Another Gazan smear of Israel from ABC’s McNeill

Part 2: Crossing Erez – Another Gazan smear of Israel from ABC’s McNeill

September 29, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Part 2 of 2: In 2011, Sophie McNeill said she wanted to be a journalist who reports stories from the perspective of victims in any conflict. As ABC’s Middle East Correspondent, that shouldn’t extend to uncritically echoing their political narrative.

ABC’s McNeill vowed to be an advocacy journo, and she delivered

September 26, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Sophie McNeill’s decision to file virtually the exact story that she proposed in 2011 as an example of the sort of journalism she “want(s) to do” to promote her advocacy agenda, and her ABC editors’ decision to let her, stands as an indictment of the ABC’s ability to do its job in an impartial way as required by law.

PA again insists terrorist stabbers are "unarmed Palestinians" who were "executed"

PA again insists terrorist stabbers are “unarmed Palestinians” who were “executed”

September 23, 2016 | Gareth Narunsky

Following a period of relative calm over the last few months, eight attacks in five days last week shattered the illusion that the terror wave that began a year ago might finally be over.

Fatah uses controversial Australian cartoon by Glen Le Lievre to promote antisemitic conspiracy theories

Fatah uses controversial Australian cartoon by Glen Le Lievre to promote antisemitic conspiracy theories

September 23, 2016 | Glen Falkenstein

Fatah’s “Mobilization and Organization Commission” has re-publicised a controversial Australian cartoon drawn by Glen Le Lievre which originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. Fatah’s implication is that Jews are in control of acts of terrorism and violence around the world. The infamous cartoon of a Jewish person with a large nose, wearing a Jewish skullcap, seated in an armchair with an emblazoned Star of David, causing violence with a remote control device, was published on that Commission’s website on Sept. 20 according to Palestinian Media Watch.

The new US-Israel ten year MOU on military aid

September 22, 2016

This Update looks at the provisions and implications of a new Israel-US “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) which will guide US military aid to Israel for the fiscal years 2019-2028, signed last Wednesday, and provides for US$3.8 billion per year over that period.

Jeremy Jones debates 18C on Sky News (audio)

September 14, 2016

AIJAC’s Jeremy Jones debates the merits of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act with Simon Breheny of the IPA, hosted by Patricia Karvelas on Sky News

The implications of the postponed Palestinian election

September 14, 2016

This Update deals with the background and possible serious implications of the decision last Thursday by the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) high court to postpone municipal elections scheduled for Oct. 8 – a significant event which sadly was barely reported in the Australian media. These were to be the first competitive elections in the Palestinian territories in almost a decade, and looked to see a major contest between the Fatah party, which controls the West Bank, and Hamas, which rules Gaza. Now they have been postponed at least until December…

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