Books--a Palestinian tale

The plunder of books and how libraries might respond.

This is a story of a now old book and its connections to war, displacement, cultural destruction; the possibilities of an apology and reconciliation; and the remarkable things that connectivity can achieve.  This is about my efforts to track the  original owner of a book that came [...]

A most unpleasant word

I published a piece about Israel and Apartheid in GalusAustralis in Feb 2010.  It’s a discomforting discussion to have, and the responses were, well, ‘vigorous’.

What about refugees then?

I had this opinion piece published in Galusaustralis in October 2009.  It deals with the abiding current of racism in Australia.

Undermining the Jewish Left

April 6, 2009


Philip Mendes’ Reflections on Jewish-Arab Dialogue & the Australasian Middle East Studies Association’ (Mendes 2009)[1], which featured as a cover story in the Australian Jewish News (29/3/2009) deserves special analysis, because the viewpoint it presents is one increasingly commonly used to discredit critics in many countries, including Jewish critics [...]