Search Results: Palestine

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  • RELIGION

    The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    There is a strong argument that the Qur'an does not sanction the use of martyrdom operations. But it must be asked why radical interpretations of the Qur'an resonate with some Muslim communities.

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  • RELIGION

    Christmas takes us beyond 'family first'

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 23 December 2006
    19 Comments

    Family First's claim that it is not a Christian political party should not be surprising. In Mark’s Gospel, the greatest single obstacle to faith is to put family first.

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  • RELIGION

    Only books for politicians at Christmas

    • Morag Fraser
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    In the ideal world, the Christmas stockings of politicians would be filled with books. No bottles of single malt. No Tom Waits triple CD (alas). Only books.

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  • RELIGION

    Bishop's vision for an Israel-Palestine confederation

    • Andrew West
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    The Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Riah H. Abu El-Assal, says Israel and Palestine should work towards the establishment of a confederation, with a common currency, open borders and even a shared head of state.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Palestinian factions holding back negotiations with Israel

    • Bernard Sabella
    • 18 September 2006
    1 Comment

    The situation in the Palestinian Territories, particularly in Gaza, remains bleak, especially since public sector employees went on strike. What is most worrying about the strike is that it is strengthening the factional divisions and infighting among Palestinians.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The place of empathy in moral judgment of Israel's war

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 September 2006
    2 Comments

    The judgment about what is proportionate is not a mathematical judgement, but a human one. Perhaps part of the widespread criticism of the actions of Israel, as of the United States, does not come out of disrespect for these nations, but from high expectations.

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  • RELIGION

    Why so little moral outrage at the destruction of Lebanon?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 August 2006
    6 Comments

    Out of the passion of Lebanon, one hopeful image remains. It is the barely restrained rage of UN representative, Jan Egeland, at such unnecessary devastation. It made evident the general absence of moral passion or even reflection on the destruction in Palestine and Lebanon.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Moment of moral truth

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 24 July 2006
    2 Comments

    United Nations relief coordinator Jan Egeland has condemned the destruction caused by Israeli airstrikes in Beirut as a 'violation of humanitarian law'. Meanwhile the website of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert leads with his proclamation to the Members of Knesset: 'This is a National Moment of Truth'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Military power no way to uphold human dignity

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 24 July 2006
    5 Comments

    Suicide bombing, kidnapping and rocket attacks are morally indefensible. They commonly demean the humanity of those who indulge in them and those who suffer them. The response to acts of violence is morally more complex.

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  • RELIGION

    Roads to roam

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 July 2006

    One of the great enemies of understanding is simple division.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Book reviews

    • Andrew Hamilton, Godfrey Moase
    • 04 July 2006

    Reviews of Justice, Jesus, and the Jews; The Land is a Map: Placenames of Indigenous Origin in Australia; Don’t Tell the Prime Minister; Unfinished Business: America and Cuba after the Cold War 1989–2001, and The Double Helix.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Un´Čünished business

    • Morag Fraser
    • 03 July 2006

    It’s a cliché, and that in itself should make you suspicious. In George Orwell’s centenary year, doubly so.

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