Impressions of Israel

From left: Ben English, Bevan Shields, David Lipson and Alex Hart. Photo: Giselle Haber.
LABELLING Israel study tours “a junket or propaganda tour” – as former foreign minister Bob Carr did last month – is to completely misunderstand their nature and depth, Sky News political journalist David Lipson said earlier this month.
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From left: Logan MP Linus Power, ALP Queensland assistant state secretary Jon Persley, AILD co-founder Michael Borowick, Beattie, AILD NSW member Greg Holland, QJBD President Jason Steinberg and QJBD advocacy chair Libby Burke.

Israel’s friends in WA, Qld Labor

WESTERN Australia Labor will consider a motion condemning the wave of stabbing attacks against Israeli civilians and Palestinian Authority incitement next week.

Bob Carr.

Carr slammed over Jerusalem remarks

FORMER foreign minister Bob Carr has come under fire from members of his own party after lamenting the “Judaising” of the “great Arab city” of Jerusalem and saying politicians are being “seduced and bribed” with study tours to Israel.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Bishop: No shift in Iran policy

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop declared there has been no shift in Australia’s foreign policy towards Iran and Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria when she met with leaders of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) last week.

Labor Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Photo: Peter Haskin

ALP Israel resolution slammed

THE Australian Labor Party (ALP) has been condemned by communal leaders for passing a one-sided resolution that singles out Israeli settlement building as a “roadblock to peace” and states that if the next round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians fail it will discuss recognition of a Palestinian state.

30-3-14. ZFA Biennial Conference 2014. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addresses the audience. Photo: Peter Haskin

ALP set to debate Palestine recognition

DELEGATES to the 47th national Australian Labor Party conference in Melbourne could pass a resolution placing the Opposition on the express lane to recognising a Palestinian state.

Bob Carr.

Carr claims on ALP Israel policy denied

CLAIMS this week by former foreign minister Bob Carr that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten “commissioned” senior Labor frontbencher Tony Burke to move a motion at the party’s national conference in

Beattie AILD

Balancing the ALP Israel debate

THE newly formed Australia Israel Labor Dialogue (AILD) will provide needed balance in the debate about Israel within the Australian Labor Party (ALP), former Queensland premier Peter Beattie says.

SC vote on Palistine

Australia votes against Palestinian statehood

IN its final act as a member of the United Nations Security Council, Australia was last week one of just two countries to vote against a motion proposing Palestinian statehood.

Bob Carr.

Bob Carr at it again

COMMUNAL leaders and politicians have blasted the inaugural patron of Labor Friends of Palestine, Bob Carr, who delivered a one-sided speech against Israel last week that accused the country of […]