Jerusalem Arabs being treated as political pawns

Jerusalem Arabs being treated as political pawns

October 31, 2013 | Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians continue, the status of Jerusalem remains one of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles to an agreement. … The status of Jerusalem involves complex considerations of unity and division, and fiery debate on this issue has become a staple of Israeli politics. Many of these realities were brought to light in last week’s municipal elections…

The Yom Kippur War: Australian controversies of 1973

The Yom Kippur War: Australian controversies of 1973

October 29, 2013 | Ahron Shapiro

This blog, the last instalment of a three-part series on the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, uses original Australian source material to obtain some insights into the Australian government’s controversial response to the war at the time, as well as the persuasive but ultimately futile arguments used by Israel’s supporters to convince Canberra to improve its response. Finally, the blog concludes with some observations about how the Australian coverage of the Yom Kippur War can tell us something about the way the Australian media views Israel today.

Attack on Jewish group in Bondi

Attack on Jewish group in Bondi

October 28, 2013 | Sharyn Mittelman

AIJAC strongly condemns the attack on five members of Sydney’s Jewish community in Bondi, in what appears to have been one of the most severe acts of racist violence against the Australian Jewish community in decades.

Saudi Arabia's show of temper/ Hamas' troubles

Saudi Arabia’s show of temper/ Hamas’ troubles

October 25, 2013

This Update deals with some extraordinary moves from the usually diplomatically careful Saudi Arabians, turning down a UN Security Council seat in what Riyadh made clear is mainly a show of anger directed at US Middle East policy, as well as at UN impotence, and also scaling back intelligence cooperation with the US.

Arafat NOT poisoned? Media yawns

Arafat NOT poisoned? Media yawns

October 18, 2013 | Allon Lee

In a sane world, it would not be al-Jazeera‘s overblown boast on Saturday of supposed scientific confirmation for its 2012 ‘scoop’ that Yasser Arafat might have been poisoned by polonium-210 which would have made headlines, but instead the revelation on Tuesday of genuinely new and apparently decisive information contradicting any such theory. That’s when a senior Russia toxicologist who had access to testing of samples of Arafat’s body tissues stated that, according to these definitive tests, Arafat “could not have died of polonium poisoning.”

Toward a viable Iran nuclear deal

Toward a viable Iran nuclear deal

October 18, 2013

A round of talks in Geneva about Iran’s nuclear program Tuesday and Wednesday ended with the Western powers reporting some progress, and plans made for additional talks early next month  after Iran gave a Powerpoint presentation whose exact content is unknown but which Iran described as a roadmap for resolving the nuclear issue. This Update looks at where the P5+1 powers (US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) meeting with Iran should be looking to go from here.

Media Week – Haq journalism; Fitting farewell

Media Week – Haq journalism; Fitting farewell

October 17, 2013 | Allon Lee

An SBS radio “World News” report (Oct. 10) featured Palestinian human rights groups al-Haq and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights calling for the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel and included horrific allegations without either context or opportunity for rebuttal from Israeli sources.

More evidence concerning Hamas' supposed moderation

More evidence concerning Hamas’ supposed moderation

October 17, 2013 | Sharyn Mittelman

In a fascinating and candid interview, Gershon Baskin, veteran Israeli peace activist and founder of the Israeli Palestinian Center for Research and Information, recounts his conversation with Ghazi Hamad, Hamas’ deputy foreign minister, where Hamad maintains Hamas’ refusal to recognise Israel.

The Yom Kippur War in Australian editorials and analysis

The Yom Kippur War in Australian editorials and analysis

October 17, 2013 | Ahron Shapiro

In June, AIJAC took a look back at the coverage of the Six Day War of 1967 in two major Australian newspapers, the Age of Melbourne and the Sydney Morning Herald. Now, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, we open the archives once again to look at the coverage of that war in Australia, this time expanding the scope of our research to include the Australian, as well as touching upon the coverage of the Canberra Times, and the Melbourne Herald.

As a much longer war, there is more to take in, so the retrospective will be split into two parts. This blog will discuss the editorials and some of the in-house analysis of the period, while the second will revisit some of the on-the-spot coverage by the newspapers’ foreign correspondents covering the war. Finally, similar to our blog from June, we’ll conclude by weighing some of the key contextual facts of the Israeli-Arab conflict that were widely understood by journalists at the time but are largely absent from the narrative in the news today.

Syria and the extremist rebels/ Hamas' latest terror tunnel

Syria and the extremist rebels/ Hamas’ latest terror tunnel

October 17, 2013

This edition of Updates from AIJAC focuses on the reality of growing Islamist extremism among Syrian rebels, the reasons this happened and what can be done, if anything, to increase the role of more moderate groups. It also focuses on the implication of the discovery of a new tunnel from Gaza into Israel, apparently designed to facilitate kidnappings or other terror attacks inside Israel.

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