Just asking some questions

The following review appears in today’s Australian newspaper: Scrutinising the conduct of the modern Israeli state raises uncomfortable but necessary questions, writes Peter Rodgers My Israel Question By Antony Loewenstein Melbourne University Press, 340pp, $32.95 There is no better illustration of the cancerous nature of much discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than federal Labor MP…

Israel (can never) win this war of ideas

The following editorial appears in today’s Australian newspaper: Advocates for the Jewish state must use reason, not emotion…  The latest battles in the 60-year struggle in the Middle East seem to be going well for Israel. But the Israelis are also fighting on another front, one where victory is essential to their state’s survival –…

Debate opens

Last night on ABC Lateline, there was a feature story about the role of the Zionist lobby in shaping US foreign policy, and a discussion of my forthcoming book, My Israel Question (read the transcript here.) I then debated AIJAC’s Ted Lapkin (read the transcript here.) It was an interesting experience. There are few opportunities…

The “dangers” of anti-Zionism

Ted Lapkin is the Director of Policy Analysis for AIJAC, Australia’s most insidious, Zionist lobby group. His job essentially involves defending Israeli war crimes, invasion, occupation and torture (evidence for the prosecution here.) In the current issue of the conservative (and government-funded) magazine, Quadrant, he attempts to analyse a handful of “anti-Zionist” academics in Australia,…

The obedient, little Zionist

Ted Lapkin is Director of Policy Analysis for AIJAC, Australia’s more virulent Zionist lobby. Lapkin’s worldview is best described as militarist and he’s a strong believer in Israel as a victim in the heart of a dangerous Middle East. He’s as useful to the Zionist cause as Daniel Pipes. Dr Andrew Vincent is the director…

News bytes

– Pro-Zionist propagandist (is there any other type?) Ted Lapkin argues for curbs on free speech during times of war. His blind faith in government is touching. – The New Statesman tackles Israel. – How ethical is the UK Guardian newspaper? – The US had no plan to rebuild Iraq, according to the top government…

Telling tales

Australia’s leading Zionist lobby, AIJAC, has been busy. In the latest edition of their monthly magazine, The Review, one writer claims there are “genocidal tendencies in Iraq and Gaza,” anti-Zionism is unquestionably always anti-Semitism, and the UN “is very much broken.” Such paranoia and victimhood would usually be the cause of a disadvantaged people, as…

Murdoch’s Middle East story

Following my revelations yesterday that Murdoch’s Australian isn’t too keen on robust debate regarding the Israel/Palestine conflict (and censored my commissioned article on Jimmy Carter’s book), Crikey today features some predictable responses: Nick Cater, The Australian’s Deputy Editor (Weekend), writes: Re. “The debate The Oz doesn’t want to have” (yesterday, item 4). Antony Loewenstein is…