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Radio 2 GB panel on Gaza

29 Aug

http://connect.pure.com/p#!/au/content/podcast/2997683-2gb-ben-fordham-highlights Monday 28 July, Radio 2GB Forum On The Gaza Conflict Confused about what’s happening in Gaza? Ben Fordham seeks a bit of clarity by talking to representatives from both sides of the conflict. Ben Fordham chats to Jeremy Jones, from the Australian/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council and Joseph Wakim, founder of the Australian Arabic […]

Guess who’s not coming to dinner

12 Aug

To break bread or to boycott: that’s Muslim Australia’s choice Refusing to eat with someone is a gesture indicating they’ve dishonoured you. That’s why Muslim leaders are boycotting high profile events in an attempt to be heard The Guardian.com, Tuesday 12 August 2014 In recent weeks, three high-profile boycotts have been launched by Australia’s Muslim […]

Hatred can begin at home

12 Aug

http://bit.ly/1sKwZFd Adelaide Advertiser Racial hatred laws and foreign fighter laws may seem disconnected, but Tony Abbott is right to link them: Joseph Wakim August 12, 2014 RACIAL hatred laws and foreign fighter laws may appear disconnected. Hence, Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s dual announcements to retain the former while toughening the latter were met with much […]

The most fearful weapon in Israel’s assault: dehumanisation

12 Aug

http://bit.ly/1oqLJe2 The most fearful weapon in Israel’s assault: dehumanisation Canberra Times August 7, 2014 A Palestinian man at a funeral carries the body of a girl whom medics said was killed by an Israeli air strike. Photo: Reuters If we were witnessing a kangaroo cull through aerial bombardment, there would be moral outrage. If we […]

Stop oiling the supply chain to ISIS

7 Jul

http://bit.ly/V9GEui Stop oiling the supply chain to Isis ON LINE opinion 2 July 2014 “The tyrant has fallen and Iraq is free,” trumpeted US President George W Bush aboard aircraft carrier USS Lincoln on 2 May 2003. “Al Qaeda is wounded, not destroyed.” On the contrary, Al Qaeda cells in Afghanistan reproduced a new ‘base’ […]

We can’t condemn some arms bearers and not others, like Jewish Australians fighting overseas

7 Jul

http://bit.ly/1pUiu4G We can’t condemn some arms bearers and not others, like Jewish Australians fighting overseas The Courier-Mail July 07, 2014 DURING recent Senate estimates hearings, ASIO’s head David Irvine announced that 150 Australian citizens were being scrutinised for suspected military activities in the Syrian conflict. He cautioned that young recruits could return with “heightened commitments […]

Rabbi or imam, a threat is still a threat

20 Feb

http://bit.ly/1gk86tz http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/joseph-wakim-rabbi-or-imam-a-threat-is-still-a-threat/story-fni6unxq-1226833133261 The Advertiser 20 February 2014 “BY the power of our Holy Torah, we admonish you to cease immediately all efforts to achieve these disastrous agreements, in order to avoid severe heavenly punishment for everyone involved.” In an open letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry, this wrath formed part of a recent […]

Australia must find balance on Palestinians

20 Feb

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/australia-must-find-balance-on-palestinians/story-fni0ffsx-1226798510096 http://bit.ly/1cEKfo5 Australia must find balance on Palestinians Herald Sun 9 January 2014 THE world body that created the state of Israel in 1947 has proclaimed 2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Yet Australia was one of the seven opponents of the UN General Assembly vote on November 26, alongside Israel […]

Community on a winner with new language for fighting crime

18 Nov

http://bit.ly/1aiTzho http://www.smh.com.au/comment/policespeak-drops-racial-labels-community-the-winner-20131117-2xp28.html Sydney Morning Herald, 18 Nov 2013 Community on a winner with new language for fighting crime The alarm clock was programmed for the 6.30am news bulletin. The first three stories centred on names that I recognised as Middle Eastern: Obeid, Gittany, Hamzy. The blanket of shame was poised to cover my head when […]

Tall ships need taller humanity on boat people

12 Oct

http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=15558 http://bit.ly/1b8QNcT ON LINE opinion, 9 October 2013 The spectacle of the white sails in the sun in Sydney Harbour was majestic. But the only indigenous Australians I saw were busking with their didgeridoo in Circular Quay. It begged the question: what does this spectacle mean for the original Australians? Was it an apocalyptic reminder […]