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Behind the News – November 2019

On Oct. 18, a Palestinian man was shot dead after reportedly running with a knife at security forces at a West Bank checkpoint. The previous day, a Palestinian was shot by undercover security forces after reportedly ramming his car into their unmarked vehicle near Ramallah. 

Australia at the table as UN discusses Palestinian funding

Australia was represented at a United Nations committee meeting that called for more funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

UN gives Australia a to-do list to tackle antisemitism

The first ever United Nations report on antisemitism issued by a UN Human Rights expert has acknowledged the growth in global antisemitism, including on the far-right and far-left, and also from people who ostensibly engage in apparently legitimate criticism of the Israeli government

Scribblings: The real waste and destructiveness of UNRWA

To preserve the “right of return”, UNRWA insists that no Palestinian refugee or their descendants can ever cease to be a refugee – until that mythical day when they all return to their original ancestral homes inside Israel.

Editorial: Courageous decisions

The Australian Government’s announcement on August 21 that Australia will join the International Maritime Security Construct in the Persian Gulf to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz is a very welcome one. 

Good Money after Bad: Why is Australia continuing to pour money...

Australia, which is one of UNRWA’s largest donors per capita, should consider joining its European counterparts in suspending its $20 million annual contribution to the agency, and instead investigate other channels to deliver a core package of humanitarian aid services for those in need

Backgrounder: The IAEA’s Iran file and the quest for a new...

On Monday July 22, 2019 Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano passed away following an illness. When he died, Amano was in his 10th year as the Director General (DG) of the International Atomic Energy...

UN claims on Palestinian women invert the truth

The UN has produced another one of the anti-Israel absurdities for which it has become infamous. On July 23, the UN’s 54-nation Economic and Social Council voted 40-2, with 9 abstentions, to single out Israel as the only state in the world branded as a violator of women’s rights

Australia must speak out on UNRWA allegations

Australia, a major global donor to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians (UNRWA) and member of the group’s advisory committee, needs to speak out on damaging allegations against the agency’s senior staff.

Australia calls for more Holocaust education to fight antisemitism

During a debate in the United Nations General Assembly this week, Australia encouraged increased Holocaust education as a way of fighting antisemitism.

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