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Noted and Quoted – January 2020

Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’ public expression of concern at the prospect of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn winning the December 12 UK general elections was big news in Australia.

Media Microscope: Mike drops

Coverage of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement on Israeli civilian settlements on the West Bank was a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Noted and Quoted – December 2019

Academic and researcher Peter Kurti warned that “anti-Semitism is also creeping into our politics” through the political left, which has become “increasingly obsessed with anti-Zionism and the existence of the state of Israel”.

Some questions need to be asked about recent “Q&A” episode

The fact is that Ms Zandberg is on the far left of Israeli politics. She is even less representative of the Israeli mainstream than a member of the Australian Greens would be of the political mainstream in this country.

Media Microscope: Eric’s tortured reporting on Gaza

ABC Middle East correspondent Eric Tlozek’s reporting of Israel’s Nov. 12 targeted killing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) commander Baha Abu al-Ata carried an overpowering sub-text that Israeli political narrow-mindedness is the cause of the violence emanating from Gaza. 

ABC gives BDS-supporting Human Rights Watch activist a huge free kick

Last week, Israel’s Supreme Court upheld an Interior Ministry decision not to renew the work visa of HRW’s representative in Israel and the Palestinian territories, Omar Shakir. The Court agreed that Shakir had breached a 2017 law barring entry to foreigners who promote the BDS campaign and gave him 20 days to leave the country.

Noted and Quoted – November 2019

Editorialising on Israeli PM Netanyahu’s failure to form a coalition government, the Age (Oct. 23) opined that “the very length of his tenure means that Mr Netanyahu has, rightly or wrongly, become the face of every impasse in Israeli public life

Media Microscope: Child’s Play

Despite graphic footage existing for one of the two shocking antisemitic attacks on Jewish children in Melbourne public schools, first reported by the Australian Jewish News (Oct. 3), it appears the issue attracted newspaper interest but was largely ignored by TV stations.

Noted and Quoted – October 2019

ABC Radio National “Late Night Live” (Aug. 5) listeners were exposed to Phillip Adams’ long-standing Israel obsessions during an interview with US academic John Mearsheimer – the co-author of a controversial book in 2007 called The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy

Media Microscope: Poll Dancing

Netanyahu’s campaign promise to annex the Jordan Valley on the West Bank was a big story for the Age/Sydney Morning Herald (Sept. 12). An Associated Press (AP) report noted Netanyahu’s announcement was “dismissed by opponents as election theatrics”.