Emily Gian. ZFA Media & Advocacy Director.

The news last night.

The following is a slightly modified version of a Facebook post written last night at 10:24pm by ZFA Director of Media and Advocacy Emily Gian.  Join the conversation on Facebook here.  Just a few hours ago, I received an alert on my phone about a suspected chemical attack by the …

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Let’s be Frank.

From the first time I saw it, I was unable to get it out of my head. A picture. It was of a participant at a Women’s Solidarity March earlier this year in America.  She wore a keffiyeh and a Palestinian flag draped around her, and a t-shirt with the …

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When Bibi came to town.

After months of planning and anticipation, and indeed years of wondering if it would ever eventuate, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally came to Australia last week on a five-day whirlwind visit.  In the process, he made history as the first sitting Israeli Prime Minister to visit our fair shores. …

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Trumping Solutions.

Two days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American President Donald Trump met in Washington for the first time since the latter was inaugurated. The greeting was done in a far warmer manner than similar meeting between Netanyahu and Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama. The two discussed a number of …

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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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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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Trump’d.

I have thought about how I would write this for over two weeks now. I know it is important to cover the US Elections in terms of what it means for the world and for Israel and the Jewish people, but given that the American public itself is so divided …

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Will the media ask for redemption this Jewish New Year?

One does not have to be particularly religious at this time of the year to take the opportunity to reflect on the past twelve months or so and to think of what will be in the year to come. As I look back, my mind inevitably wanders through the events …

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Unsocial Media

A little while ago, I embarked upon some research on social media, and in particular the issue of how Israel is represented there. It would probably come as no surprise to any of you that there exists a substantial body of anti-Israel content in this sphere. Much of it particularly …

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What is your World Vision?

Two weeks ago, a story emerged from Gaza that was so explosive in its nature and content that it should have shaken the world. The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed that back in June it had arrested Palestinian Mohammad El Halabi, a senior staff member for World Vision in Gaza, for …

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The alternate guide to Gaza.

Last Tuesday, SBS screened a programme on Dateline entitled “The Survivor’s Guide to Gaza”.  The blurb for the programme read: “Gaza will be unliveable by 2020 according to the UN, with daily life already a struggle to find food and shelter, but Dateline finds the people bringing innovation and inspiration …

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The Last War.

Last week marked two years since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge. Over the course of a month and a half, Hamas and other terrorists group operating in Gaza indiscriminately fired over 4,500 rockets aimed at Israeli population centres. Ultimately, Israel was forced to send its soldiers to enter into Gaza on …

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A Mother’s Tears.

I am currently in Israel with my young family. My three-year-old son has been refusing to sleep in his own bed. He has been saying, “but mummy, I don’t love my new room, I don’t want to sleep by myself, I’m scared.” For the last two weeks I have attempted …

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Poisoned Minds.

There is a scene in the movie, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”, in which the Sacha Baron Cohen character finds himself deep inside redneck territory in an American country and western lounge bar.  Borat and his band are introduced as being from Kazakhstan. …

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Terror returns to the heart of Tel Aviv .

“Max Brenner, come off it, there’s blood in your hot chocolate”. So the hate-filled chants went outside Max Brenner stores around Australia for a number of years after the chain became one of the main targets of those involved with the BDS campaign. But a Max Brenner café made the news for a …

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WHO do you think you are?

There is something decidedly unhealthy about the lengths that the Palestinian leadership has been going to in order to delegitimise Israel in the international arena.  Even more sickening is the way that their propaganda is willingly accepted without question by the international community – even when the subject matter is blatantly false and misleading and quite frankly unhelpful in bringing about …

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Tunnels and bus explosions, but the world remains silent.

There is a superstitious belief within our office that it should never be said that things are quiet in Israel. An example is this article which I came across last week. It mentioned that the terrorist stabbing attacks that have been an all too regular occurrence over the last six …

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The sport of politics.

A slight change of tack this week. Sport of politics . I came across an article in the Israeli media this week, but was unable to find it covered in the English language media. I suppose the reason for that was the story is relatively insignificant as far as the rest …

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Take me to your leader.

There is a point of view among many students of Middle Eastern politics that all of its problems would be solved if Israel ended its occupation of the territories captured during the 1967 Six-Day-War and handed them to the Palestinians. After all, no country really wants to control the lives …

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As the terror lingers on.

It was the morning after International Women’s Day when I awoke with thoughts of penning an inspired piece about Israeli women and their influence on all aspects of Israeli society. As I drafted the piece in my head, I scrolled through the news on my social media feeds, only to …

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