Author: fahad-ali

Scott Morrison’s pro-Israel posturing exposes all that’s wrong with the Coalition

Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week signalled a potential shift to a long-standing bipartisan policy, indicating that his government would consider following Donald Trump in recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The announcement comes ahead of a hotly-contested by-election in Malcolm Turnbull’s former seat of Wentworth, and Morrison credits the Liberal candidate for Wentworth, and former Ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma, as instigating the policy change. A little under two decades ago, Edward Said, reflecting on the predestined failure of a one-sided “peace process”, wrote: “Occupied East Jerusalem was placed out of bounds by a bellicose Israeli campaign...

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Muslims Like Us: A retrospective view

In 1933, Max Planck went to see Hitler. Years earlier, the preeminent theoretical physicist made a startling discovery that forever changed the face of the planet. He had uncovered quantum mechanics, opening the door for the development of everything from computer chips to lasers. In a desperate gambit to prevent the expulsion of German Jews, he tried to reason with Hitler that there were “good Jews” and “bad Jews”. Hitler foamed at the mouth and kicked Planck out. Twelve years later, Planck’s eldest son, Erwin, was executed by the Nazi regime for conspiring to assassinate Hitler. Planck had noble...

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Lessons from Orlando massacre

Lessons from Orlando massacre

Whatever your personal feelings about homosexuality, any decent minded person will recognise that the senseless murder of almost 50 people in Orlando, Florida, was an act of violence, a crime that we stand against as Muslims. Of course, the response was predictable. Before we knew anything about the person responsible, there was speculation that it was a “Islamic” terror attack. But we all know it wasn’t Islamic. It was an act of cowardice, a gross misrepresentation of our beliefs. Many of us are tired of having to explain that Islam is a religion of peace every time that something...

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Why boycotting Israel isn’t anti-Semitic

A panel of three Jewish speakers spoke to a full capacity audience at a University of Sydney forum entitled “Why Boycotting Israel Isn’t Anti-Semitic” on Tuesday 14 April 2015. Cathy Peters, a radio documentary producer, and academics Peter Slezak and Alana Lentin all spoken in defence of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to place economic and cultural pressure on Israel to comply with international law. Dr Slezak, an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, described how he has been labelled a “self-hating Jew” by some elements of the Jewish community...

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Double standards at Sydney Uni

Michael Spence, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney, recently reminded students that the University is committed to a campus where “even the most contentious topics can be debated in a way that shows tolerance and respect”. Dr. Spence was not referring to some of the great intellectual debates of the day, like euthanasia, data retention, and the role of social welfare; he was referring to the Israel-Palestine divide and the legitimacy of protest against apartheid and occupation. The suggestion was implicit: Palestinians and their supporters must be neutered in their response to Israeli war crimes. On March...

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