Julie Nathan

Nakba 2018 in Sydney.

As Israelis, and Jews around the world, celebrate the 70th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Jewish state, Palestinian Arabs and their supporters protest the very existence of Israel, in what they call Nakba Day (Arabic for ‘catastrophe’) As Israelis, and Jews around the world, celebrate the 70th anniversary of …

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Antipodean Resistance: Australia’s new Nazis.

Seventy years after the crushing defeat of Nazi Germany, Nazi ideas and groups are re-emerging throughout the West. Although Nazism remains on the political fringes, adherents are increasingly active and emboldened in propagating the antisemitism, white supremacy, racist hate, and homophobia that are intrinsic to Nazi ideology. In Australia, a …

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The Zionist Bogey-man.

A perennial fixation of the anti-Israel movement is the myth of an all-powerful Jewish lobby working behind the scenes to ensure support for Israel and to crush all opposition.  This idea looms so large and is so overwhelming in the minds of many critics of Israel that the workings and …

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Zionism explained to a Muslim friend.

A Muslim friend recently asked “how can we discuss Zionism away from Judaism?” I offered to meet with her and explain it. As the offer has not thus far been taken up, my response to the question has now been put into writing. There is a great deal of innocent …

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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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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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