Julie Nathan

Civilisation, Shavuot and antisemitism.

When people think of great ancient civilisations, they often think of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, India, China, Greece and Rome.  Many of these civilisations developed along a great river – the Nile, Tigris/Euphrates, Yangtze, and Indus – or in lush mountains.  Great monuments were built and left behind – the …

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The Protocolisation of anti-Zionism.

The czarist secret police created one of the greatest forgeries in history when they compiled The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion first published in 1903.  A century later the conspiracy theory at the heart of The Protocols has been transformed and reinvigorated into a bizarre fabrication about Zionism. …

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Antisemitism on parade.

An eclectic crowd of people gathered outside Sydney Town Hall on Thursday evening to protest the visit to Australia of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As is usual at such events the crowd consisted of an assortment of people – bearded, angry-visaged men, women in hijabs, fair-haired twenty-somethings hawking ‘Socialist …

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The Protocolisation of Anti-Zionism.

Just as “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” laid the groundwork for the Holocaust, so too the Protocolisation of anti-Zionism bears the seeds of the same deadly future. Credit: De Agostini Picture Library / Getty Images The czarist secret police created one of the greatest forgeries in history …

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Antisemitic Discourse in Australia 2016.

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The 12-month period ending 30 September 2016 saw continued antisemitic discourse in Australia, some of which was documented in the annual Report on Antisemitism in Australia published by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ). The Report divides discourse into several categories, according to the source: mainstream media and society, …

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Antisemitic incidents in Australia 2016.

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), the elected representative national body of the Australian Jewish community, released their annual Report on antisemitism in Australia, for 2016. The ECAJ Report records antisemitism in two broad categories: incidents and discourse. A link to the full report is at the end. Incidents …

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Antisemitism Goes Mainstream: What is the Media’s Culpability?

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While vilification and violence against Jews increase around the world, mainstream media sites are playing with fire as they provide succour to racists by becoming a microphone for their hate speech. Credit: Danil Melekhin / Getty Images Students at a Jewish school in Melbourne announced that they are collecting for …

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Statistics prove Islamophobia isn’t the ‘New Antisemitism’.

An insidious claim that is circulating with increasing frequency is that “Islamophobia is the new antisemitism” – meant to convey the idea, presumably, that Islamophobia has taken over from antisemitism as Western civilisation’s most pernicious and intractable form of bigotry. Not only is the claim demonstrably false, it has done …

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The Antisemitism of BDS.

The Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign is inherently antisemitic. BDS campaigners deny this. They indignantly claim that they have nothing against Jews or Judaism, and are “only” opposed to Zionism and the State of Israel. They are either being disingenuous or it is evidence of their utter lack of comprehension …

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