Tag Archives: Israel

I am bereft. It never ends. Is this how the world thinks of us?

I have been following the response to Obama’s abstention to UN Resolution 2334 (the umpteenth resolution against Israel while the world burns) and the speech made by John Kerry.  The EU lauds Kerry’s speech. So, too do many on the media including the Globe and Mail in Canada. There is …

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McCully secures shameful legacy for New Zealand at UNSC.

As New Zealand prepares to finish its time on the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Murray McCully will be remembered for his complicity in making it illegal for Jews to pray at their holiest site, the Western Wall. In the last United Nations Security Council meeting of the year and …

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Childish games.

Not long ago, a group of 49 State and Federal Australian MPs signed a petition critical of the alleged “cruel” mistreatment by Israel of Palestinian minors in detention in the West Bank (actually the number is 48 because one  signatory denies having signed it and APAN have apologised). The petition …

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Arlene from Israel: Heads or Tails.

I am sitting at my computer, trying to make heads or tails of various events here in Israel and elsewhere, and boy is it tough!  There’s not a whole lot of clarity right now. But I’m going to lead off with a good news piece. This one is a bit …

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Murray McCully & Ban Ki-moon do nothing about UN anti-Israel bias

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has used his final speech at the UN Security Council to admit that the organisation he heads is biased against Israel. He said Decades of political manoeuverings have created a disproportionate volume of resolutions, reports and conferences criticizing Israel. In many …

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Israel Reflections Part 2: Israeli Society, Diversity & Social Cohesion.

In July I went on a life-changing trip to Israel. This was my fourth trip to Israel, but I have not been there for 17 years. I have written in the past about other aspects and experiences of this trip.  I have not focussed on Israelis themselves, Israeli society, and …

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Reflections On Israel Part 1: Israel’s Place In The World.

In July I went on a life-changing trip to Israel. This was my fourth trip to Israel, but I had not been there for 17 years. I have written in the past about other aspects and experiences of this trip. But I have not focussed on Israelis themselves, Israeli society, …

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UN-acceptable.

During this year’s Australian Federal Election campaign, three candidates who were running for parliamentary office in my own electorate of Melbourne Ports were scheduled to debate at a forum co-hosted by the Australian Jewish News and Zionism Victoria. The Greens candidate, Steph Hodgins-May withdrew from the debate claiming among her …

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Arlene from Israel: After the Flames Die Down.

Today I will focus on just one subject.  For the fires that have raged here in Israel during the last several days have surely been uppermost in everyone’s mind.   It began on Tuesday with a major fire in Zichron Yaakov, a community near the Mediterranean, on the south edge …

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Into the Fray: Obama unplugged: What to do?.

Israel must credibly convey that support for unilateral Palestinian statehood will not be a cost-free decision for whoever acts to effect it – or fails to foil it Obama’s final months in power are a unique opportunity to correct the record, and, more important, score an achievement that his successors …

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Terms Misused By Anti-Israel Activists.

In the seemingly intractable conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, words are just as powerful weapons as rockets or knives. Words can kill, but they are also a casualty of the conflict. You may remember Newspeak, the fictional language in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, which was an altered …

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Into the Fray: B’tselem at the UN.

Posted originally as “B’tselem at the UN: Has Israel become so “open-minded” that its collective brains have fallen out?” B’tselem is not a human rights organization but a politically partisan group for which “human rights” are a pretext for advancing its radical political agenda—Israeli withdrawal  Those whom the gods wish …

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The Wall of Indifference.

Those of us who care about Israel, and who are concerned about the rise of Political Islam face a brick wall. Those of us who prefer western forms of jurisprudence to the Sharia courts popping up all over Europe face it, as well. Those of us who care about the …

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Flotilla became ‘ship of fools’.

Opinion piece by David Cumin and Juliet Moses who are members of the New Zealand Jewish Council Paul Moon is Professor of History at Auckland University of Technology The sovereign integrity of states is one of those building blocks on which the modern world operates. It is a guiding tenet of …

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Not All Māori On Board With Marama.

Green M.P. Marama Davidson’s involvement with the “Peace Boat” to Gaza is purportedly to raise awareness of the struggle of women in Gaza. However, Davidson has involved herself in one of the world’s most intractable conflicts without attempting to understand both sides of the situation. Implicit in Davidson’s stance is …

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South Africa Was an Apartheid State and Israel is Not.

What it is necessary to understand is that the movement known as Zionism which, beginning in the nineteenth century, climaxed in the setting up of the state of Israel in 1947, was a response to this long history of persecution. The so-called Holocaust came as the horrific confirmation of the …

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Netanyahu’s Speech in Layman’s Words.

 Across Facebook, Israelis are proud and loud today. We have waited a long time to hear our Prime Minister tell the United Nations a message we have never quite been able to say so eloquently. I can try to translate the thought behind his words but I would likely fail …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser.AM. August Opinion Piece

Leadership comes in various forms. Just over a week ago saw the Zionist Federation of Australia’s 10th Biennial Jewish Educators’ Conference. Hundreds of participants gathered for a unique event in the Jewish world. Back in 1997 when it was conceived and then first held in 1998 there was no such …

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Arlene from Israel: “To Be Visionaries”.

It is almost two weeks now since we observed Tisha B’Av, marking the destruction of the Temples and a number of other tragedies that have befallen our people at this time on the calendar. We did the mourning: fasting… reading Eicha (Lamentations) while sitting on the floor…chanting of Kinot (dirges, …

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What do you Recognize in Palestinians?

Summary: In their eagerness to give Palestinian Arabs self-determination, Europeans have begun to symbolically recognize Palestine as a country.  However, the Europeans have failed to recognize that Palestinian actions are against the law and vision for peace. During the months of October and November 2014, a number of European countries …

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