Quiet in Israel?…asks Emily Gian

April 21, 2016 by  

There is a superstitious belief within our office that it should never be said that things are quiet in Israel. Read more

The sport of politics…writes Emily Gian

April 8, 2016 by  

I came across an article in the Israeli media this week, but was unable to find it covered in the English language media.

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Take me to your leader…writes Emily Gian

March 18, 2016 by  

There is a point of view among many students of Middle Eastern politics that all of its problems would be solved if Israel ended its occupation of the territories captured during the 1967 Six-Day-War and handed them to the Palestinians. Read more

As the terror lingers on…writes Emily Gian

March 11, 2016 by  

It was the morning after International Women’s Day when I awoke with thoughts of penning an inspired piece about Israeli women and their influence on all aspects of Israeli society. Read more

A headline by any other name…writes Emily Gian

March 3, 2016 by  


Laboring on about Israel…writes Emily Gian

February 17, 2016 by  

The NSW Labor Party held its annual party conference last weekend. Read more

ZFA thanks NSW Labor…and ECAJ welcomes “pleasing development”

February 16, 2016 by  

Following the NSW Labor Conference over the weekend, Zionist Federation of Australia President Dr. Danny Lamm has thanked the Party for their resolution relating to Israel and the Palestinians. Dr Lamm said, “We commend the NSW Labor Party for encouraging members to further their understanding of both Israelis and Palestinians.” Read more

When terror strikes

February 5, 2016 by  

A father travels with three of his children along a road travelled daily. But this day is different to other days…writes Emily Gian. Read more

Advocacy workshops

December 3, 2015 by  

Over 80  Israel advocates, both Jewish and non-Jewish, have participated in an interactive workshop with top Israel advocate and trainer Michael Lawrence in Melbourne. Read more

Updating the situation in Israel

October 30, 2015 by  

Over 200 people packed Melbourne’s Beth Weizmann for an Israel situation briefing co-hosted by Zionism Victoria, the Zionist Federation of Australian and the Jewish Community Council of Victoria.  Read more

Lying in wait…writes Emily Gian

May 4, 2015 by  

The moment I heard about the devastating earthquake in Nepal, I knew that one of the first countries to put its hand up to offer assistance would be Israel. Read more

The 67 who could not celebrate 67 years of Independence…writes Emily Gian

April 23, 2015 by  

One of my roles when I worked for the Zionist Council of Victoria was to put together the booklet for the Yom Hazikaron ceremony, which takes place every year the night before Yom Ha’atzmaut. Read more

No Jews is no news…writes Emily Gian

April 17, 2015 by  

For many years, the trend in reporting on world affairs seems to increasingly be that Israel is held to different standards than those which apply to its neighbours. Read more

A Trying Subject…writes Emily Gian

March 27, 2015 by  

In medieval England, a separate court was established with the purpose of providing redress for people in a fair and just manner. Read more

Elections for the Short Attention Span…writes Emily Gian

February 27, 2015 by  

The Israeli elections are getting close, and with only three weeks to go before polling, the entire country is in full campaign mode. Read more

Schabas Shalom…writes Emily Gian

February 11, 2015 by  

During Israel’s 2014 Operation Protective Edge, the United Nations Human Rights Council (the one that routinely has some of the world’s worst human rights offenders on its rotating membership) announced it was to launch an inquiry into Israel’s actions in its 50-day defensive war against Hamas. Read more

Never Again?…writes Emily Gian

January 27, 2015 by  

All four of my grandparents were Holocaust survivors. I heard snippets of their stories my whole life but it was always difficult for me to truly imagine how it all began, how it continued, and how it became the greatest human tragedy of all time. Read more

Life goes on…writes Emily Gian

December 19, 2014 by  

It is usually around this time of year that I write a piece summing up the year in Israel, filled with highs and lows, the difficulties and the triumphs. Read more

How to win a Walkley…writes Emily Gian

December 5, 2014 by  

Step 1: Become Middle East Correspondent, Step 2: Write incessantly against Israel Read more

What’s in a headline?…asks Emily Gian

November 29, 2014 by  

These days when you consider the information you take in when looking at a newspaper article or an item on a website, everything often boils down to the headline which attracts the attention. Read more

The choice between evil and evil…writes Emily Gian

September 19, 2014 by  

A story published in the Associated Press last week in which a Hamas spokesperson confirmed that Hamas fires rockets from residential and heavily built-up areas barely created a ripple around the world. Read more

Romantacising Hamas…writes Emily GIan

September 5, 2014 by  

Yesterday’s Australian featured an article by its Middle East Correspondent John Lyons entitled “Hamas proposal for Israel peace plan”.  Read more

Media misfires, truth a casualty…writes Emily Gian

August 24, 2014 by  

Last Tuesday evening (AEST), just hours before the latest ceasefire in the region was due to expire, terrorists in Gaza fired three Grad rockets which landed near Be’er Sheva and Netivot. Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said his organisation had no knowledge of the firing of any rockets – a claim that is incredibly hard to believe.  Read more

Soldier of Love and Hate…writes Emily Gian

August 24, 2014 by  

I had one of those moments back in July when the lead singer of my all-time favourite band spoke out against Israel during a concert in the UK. The singer was Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. Read more

When the fog lifts…writes Emily Gian

August 10, 2014 by  

Over the past four weeks since Operation Protective Edge began, we have been subjected to images shrouded by the fog of war. Read more

No Light at the End of Hamas’ Terror Tunnels

July 31, 2014 by  

“You have no idea how scary it is to realise we have no idea what is underneath us”…writes Emily Gian Read more

How many rockets would YOU tolerate?…asks Emily Gian

July 11, 2014 by  

As Israel enters the fourth day of “Operation Protective Edge”, there is one simple question I would like to ask of Israel’s detractors. Read more

United in hope and grief…writes Emily Gian

July 3, 2014 by  

I have been running my fingertips over my keyboard for hours upon hours desperately trying to find the adequate words to describe the events in Israel in a way that would do justice to what has been taking place. Read more

Chasing Hamas…writes Emily Gian

June 25, 2014 by  

It has now been almost a fortnight  since three Israeli teens, Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel were kidnapped in Gush Etzion while making their way home from their respective Yeshivot. The search, being coordinated by the IDF is entering into its 11th day. Read more

The joke of Palestinian unity – is anybody laughing?…asks Emily Gian

June 6, 2014 by  

On Monday, the Fatah-Hamas unity government was sworn in. The reconciliation between the two warring factions came seven years after Hamas took over Gaza in a bloody coup. Since then, they have tried to reconcile a number of times, but things always seem to get in the way, such as the time Hamas executed 35 men from Fatah that they accused of collaborating with Israel. Seventy-five others that were spared from execution were lucky to have just been shot in the legs and have their hands broken. Read more

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