Zionist Federation of Australia

Feeding the World and Making the Desert Bloom

An invitation to an event by six-member delegation of Scientists, Agriculturalists and Educators from the Central Arava region in Israel, who are visiting Australia for the first time. ============ One of the most remarkable things about the Arava region in Israel is that in this spectacular but arid and sparsely …

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Statement – ZFA in response to AUSTRALIAN GREENS change of position on Israel

FULL TEXT OF THE STATEMENT FROM ZFA PRESIDENT DR DANNY LAMM IN RESPONSE TO AUSTRALIAN GREENS CHANGE OF POSITION ON ISRAEL AS A JEWISH STATE* It is profoundly disappointing that newly minted Australian Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale has withdrawn his declaration of support for Israel’s right to exist …

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Zionist Federation of Australia: 25km Kinneret Swim for kids with cancer.

Zionist Federation of Australia. May 21, 2015 by Hayley Hadassin SWIM FOR LIFE. Yigal Sela is the Israel Office Director at the Zionist Federation of Australia. He is also a father, grandfather and cancer survivor. Originally from the UK he made Aliyah 45 years ago and on the 26th May …

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Israel Advocacy Update: Lying in Wait.

 Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. 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. The IDF and other Israeli rescue …

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World Bible Quiz – Australian Participants in Israel.

Australian’s Chani Charak aged 16, a student at Kesser Torah school in Sydney and Chaya Leah (Lele) Kaltmann aged 17, a student at Beth Rivka Ladies College in Melbourne, competed in the 52nd World Bible Quiz which was held in Israel with the theme of “Kibbutz Galuyot” (ingathering of the Diasporas). …

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Israel Advocacy Update: No Jews is no news…

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. 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.  Earlier this week, the BBC’s Middle East …

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All Shuk Up.

Written by Hayley Hadassin for the Zionist Federation of Australia. The Zionist Federation of Australia’s Israel Program SHUK came to Sydney and Melbourne and was a tremendous success. As the largest Israel programs fair held in Australia it was a great opportunity for people thinking about participating on short or …

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A Trying Subject.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. In medieval England, a separate court was established with the purpose of providing redress for people in a fair and just manner. Over the years, this Court of Star Chamber evolved as a judicial body …

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Who lost the Israeli election? The pre-election polls…

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. The long awaited and much-anticipated Israeli elections took place on Tuesday with an outcome that was somewhat surprising for many. In the lead-up to the elections, practically every poll released had the Zionist Union (the …

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The Dangerous Gamble of dealing with Iran.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. As we all would be aware by now, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a controversial speech to a joint session of Congress in the United States last week. The controversy actually began several weeks …

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Elections for the Short Attention Span

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. The Israeli elections are getting close, and with only three weeks to go before polling, the entire country is in full campaign mode. There has been plenty of analysis about the different parties (of which …

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Israel Advocacy Update: Schabas Shalom

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. 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 …

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Never again?

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. 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 …

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Israel: Life goes on.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. 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. As I reflect on 2014, it …

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How to win a Walkley Award

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. How to win a Walkley Award – Step 1: Become Middle East Correspondent. Step 2: Write incessantly against Israel. Back in 2010, Fairfax’s Paul McGeough won what used to be considered as one of Australia’s …

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What’s in a headline?

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. 29 November 2014 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 …

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ZFA & ZCV Statement on problematic Walkley Awards finalists.

Joint Statement from the Zionist Federation of Australia and the Zionist Council of Victoria on the announcement of Walkley Awards Finalists   31 October 2014 The Zionist Federation of Australia and the Zionist Council of Victoria are deeply concerned that two blatantly biased pieces of journalism from the Gaza conflict …

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The choice between evil and evil.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. 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. This is precisely …

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Romanticising Hamas.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Romanticising Hamas Yesterday’s Australian featured an article by its Middle East Correspondent John Lyons entitled “Hamas proposal for Israel peace plan”. The story came entirely out of the blue and must surely be a journalistic …

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Media misfires, truth a casualty.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. 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 …

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