The truth about the pro-Israel lobby’s influence

My following article appears in today’s edition of Crikey: It is hard to imagine a less appropriate context in which to read Gerard Henderson’s latest opinion piece. At a time when we’re being inundated by grim reports of escalating carnage in Lebanon and Israel, Henderson has launched an extraordinary attack on the notion that a…

An unacceptable slur

The following article appears in today’s Daily Telegraph newspaper: Atone for remarks, leaders demand – MEL’S DRUNKEN MELTDOWN JOE HILDEBRAND Australian Jewish groups are furious at Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic outburst, with calls for him to show his remorse by making a donation to a Jewish charity. Jewish leaders from around the country condemned the actor’s…

A moral decay

Gideon Levy, Haaretz, July 30: In war as in war: Israel is sinking into a strident, nationalistic atmosphere and darkness is beginning to cover everything. The brakes we still had are eroding, the insensitivity and blindness that characterized Israeli society in recent years is intensifying. The home front is cut in half: the north suffers…

Are we too nice to “them”?

Western exceptionalism, racism and extremism in Rupert Murdoch’s leading New York tabloid (not helped by the fact that it’s written by an individual who gives Jews a bad name.) A perfect example of why so-called Western “values” deserve to be challenged and overthrown.

Terrorists, terrorists, terrorists

Israel’s Justice Minister proves why Israel is a terror state: Everyone in southern Lebanon is a terrorist and is connected to Hizbollah. Obviously any civilians remaining should be eliminated. So many terrorists, so little time.

A long way to go

Freedom of speech is far from guaranteed in Turkey. A recent case highlighted the fickle nature of the state: A court in Istanbul yesterday acquitted Turkish author and journalist Perihan Magden of charges of turning people against military service by defending the rights of a conscientious objector in a weekly magazine column. The judge ruled…