Ali Kazak is a former Palestinian ambassador and head of delegation to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region. He is an expert in Australian-Arab relations and affairs, and author of “Australia and the Arabs”.
The Palestinian catastrophe (Al-Nakba) and Australia’s responsibility
Yesterday, 15th May marked the 75th anniversary of the mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homeland, known as “the Nakba” or “the Catastrophe.” Continue reading »
Exposing Israel’s violations upset the Israeli lobby
The main Israeli lobby operating under the name of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), a well-financed private group, is worried. Continue reading »
Does the ABC regard Palestinians as humans, equal to Ukrainians?
An open letter to the ABC, 22 March 2023. Continue reading »
The most moral army in the world in pictures
In what world is this okay? Israeli soldiers hold guns to young Palestinian children. This is never okay. Continue reading »
Israeli apartheid.If it looks like a duck, walks and talks like a duck, it is a duck
While hard-line Israeli lobbyists defend their beloved colonial regime and continue their denial that Israel is an apartheid state, Israeli politicians, Knesset members, writers, journalists… are admitting that Israel is an apartheid state. Continue reading »
When shameful ignorance comes from a minister of education: an open letter to Alan Tudge
As a Palestinian refugee who was ethnically cleansed with my mother by Zionist terrorist groups, and separated from my father when I was a few months old, I am deeply distressed and disappointed, like many in the community, to read your article in The Australian (“Left’s anti-Zionism is just the oldest hatred in disguise”, 5.8.2021) in which you are either deliberately Continue reading »
Australian academics open letter in solidarity with Palestine and call for action
As scholars, academics and students in Australia, a settler colony built on the dispossession of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, we stand in solidarity with Palestinians in their struggle for liberation and against Israeli settler colonialism. In the past month, Palestinians have faced brutal Israeli settler colonial violence in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Continue reading »
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s misuse of his position.
Josh Frydenberg announced a $2.5 million grant for the further development of the Adelaide Holocaust Museum and a $3.5 million grant to build a holocaust museum in Brisbane. On the other hand, he reduced Australia’s contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) from $20 million to $10 million, as reported in the Australian Jewish News. Continue reading »
ALI KAZAK. The UN exposes Australia’s shameful votes on the Israeli occupation.
The UN General Assembly’s decolonization committee, which includes all 193 member states, on Friday 15th November 2019 adopted eight resolutions condemning Israel’s occupation and violations against the Palestinians, its repressive measures against Syrian citizens in the Golan Heights, renewed the mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and renewed the mandate of a Continue reading »
ALI KAZAK. Hong Kong and Gaza: media dance to different tune
Compare the ABC’s and SBS’s coverage of the pro-democracy marches in Hong Kong and the “Marches of Return” in Gaza. Continue reading »
On the Middle East, Tim Fischer was a man of courage and integrity
Tim Fischer belongs to a unique generation of politicians we are farewelling fast; a generation such as Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke. A generation which whether you agreed with their ideology or not you could not but respect. Continue reading »
ALI KAZAK. Another side of Bob Hawke
Bob Hawke was long known as a great friend of Israel, but in his years after retiring from Parliament, I came to know him as person increasingly concerned about Palestinian rights and getting a fair peace deal for Palestinians and Israelis. Continue reading »
ALI KAZAK. Australia’s or Israel’s national interest?
In their arguments for recognising Jerusalem as “Israel’s capital” and moving the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, his deputy Josh Frydenberg and the Minister of Defence Christopher Pyne have been repeating Israel’s propaganda and hiding the truth from the public. Continue reading »
ALI KAZAK. Mr Morrison in Jerusalem: serving war or peace?
In his recent press conference Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: he is open to the suggestion of recognition of Israel’s capital in West Jerusalem, “the opportunity” for “a capital for a Palestinian Authority” in East Jerusalem and the Government’s commitment to a two-state solution in the Middle East living side by side remains Australia’s policy. Continue reading »
Why should Israel’s lobby have different standards?
The government’s plans to tackle foreign influence in Australian life provide an opportunity for the first time to define the level of Israeli activity designed to influence the making of our foreign policy. George Brandis didn’t plan this. But it is likely to be an outcome. Continue reading »