As Al Jazeera slams Israel

As Al Jazeera slams Israel, ABC takes the bait

February 25, 2015 | Ahron Shapiro

Al Jazeera, owned and financed by Qatar, has shown on countless occasions that it reflects the biases and preferences of the authoritarian monarchy it serves. This includes both sympathy for Islamists and a disdain for Israel reflected in a tendency to present it in the worst possible light. (AIJAC’s Allon Lee blogged about this earlier this month, citing many other earlier examples)

Its anti-Israel bias is so rampant, so obvious that it should be apparent to just about everyone. Unfortunately, the ABC continues to utilise Al Jazeera as a source of reporting about Israel. On Tuesday, ABC‘s reporter Michael Vincent fell into the trap, with the story “Leaked cables contradict Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim Iran was close to making nuclear bomb“.

Australia's new counter-terror efforts designed to confront rising threat

Australia’s new counter-terror efforts designed to confront rising threat

February 24, 2015 | Sharyn Mittelman

In the wake of terror attacks in France, Denmark, Israel, Canada and Australia, Western leaders around the world are deliberating on how best to deal with the threats of terrorism, in particular from “home grown” terrorists. On Monday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott outlined the Australian Government’s position in a speech highlighting the steps the Government has taken and will take, in the fight against terrorism in this new environment.

Video: Jeremy Jones on the rising antisemitism in Europe

February 23, 2015

How safe is Europe for Jews? Not very. AIJAC’s Jeremy Jones spoke about the rise of anti-semitism in Europe with Andrew Bolt on The Bolt Report (Network Ten)…

Dr. Einat Wilf in Australia: Media compilation

Dr. Einat Wilf in Australia: Media compilation

February 20, 2015

This post compiles AIJAC guest Dr. Einat Wilf’s media coverage in Australia…

Ehud Ya'ari: Ten insights in ten minutes

Ehud Ya’ari: Ten insights in ten minutes

February 20, 2015 | Ahron Shapiro

Ten insights into the current turmoil in the Middle East in ten minutes – that’s what Ehud Ya’ari, one of Israel’s top Middle East analysts delivered in his presentation at a public forum held on February 6 by the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok.

The forum, on the topic “Militant Islam and Middle East Turmoil: Lessons From and Implications For Southeast Asia”, featured Ya’ari and two other Israeli Middle East experts on the panel – Dr. Jonathan Spyer and Prof. David Menashri – together with top commentators from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Terror, and Europe’s Jews/ New IDF Chief of Staff

February 20, 2015

This Update features comment inspired by the terror attack in Copenhagen, Denmark, last weekend – in which an Islamist gunman opened fire at both a synagogue and a pro-free speech gathering at a cafe –  especially in terms of what such targeted terrorism means for Europe’s Jewish minority, who are clearly a key target of Islamist radicals. It also includes some information and analysis on the new Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, who was sworn in on Monday.

Media Week - When balance is academic

Media Week – When balance is academic

February 17, 2015 | Allon Lee

ABC Radio‘s “Late Night Live” on Feb. 9 was a ‘classic’.

Host Phillip Adams and Tasmanian academic Matt Killingsworth egged each other on in highlighting the virtues of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) recent decision to seek membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as an opportunity to hold Israel to account.

The injustice of the Greste case should not detract from some hard truths about Al Jazeera

The injustice of the Greste case should not detract from some hard truths about Al Jazeera

February 13, 2015 | Allon Lee

The release from an Egyptian prison of Australian cameraman Peter Greste, who served 400 days in jail and was facing a long sentence for what were clearly preposterous allegations, was of course extremely welcome and long overdue.

Yet just because the actions of the Egyptian government and judicial system have been outrageous and indefensible in this case, does not mean we should be lulled into therefore thinking that Al Jazeera, the employer of Greste, is just an ordinary news organisation like any other.

Palestinian human rights and the road to a two-state peace/ Talking about Islamism

Palestinian human rights and the road to a two-state peace/ Talking about Islamism

February 13, 2015

This Update features two comments which focus on human rights and governance in the Palestinian territories, and the relationship between these issues and the quest for a viable and lasting two-state peace. It also includes an important comment from noted American writer and intellectual Paul Berman on language use in the discussion of Islamist ideology.

An Emerging Iran deal?

An Emerging Iran deal?

February 12, 2015

US President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are both saying Iran now has to decide to accept or reject their proposals for a final nuclear deal and they do not plan to further extend the interim nuclear deal signed in 2013 – also extended twice. The outlines of what has been offered to Iran are now becoming clearer and have become subject to increasing criticism both in the US and elsewhere – this Update offers some comment on the US’s current Iran negotiating strategy and why concerns about the US proposal are so widespread.

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