Zionist Federation of Australia

ZFA Weekly Israel Advocacy Update.

Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia..   Over the years, I have received some fantastic “good news” stories across my desk that come from Israel and that really needed to be shouted about from the rooftops.   Whether it has been some technological advancement or …

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MEDIA RELEASE: ZFA BIENNIAL CONFERENCE

                                                   2 APRIL 2014   180 delegates, including large contingents of young adults from the Australian Zionist Youth Council and AUJS, gathered in Melbourne on Sunday 30 March for the ZFA’s Biennial Conference. With keynote addresses from the Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition, Yariv Levin MK and …

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Writing the story of peace.

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Some years ago, whilst researching an assignment for University, I came across an interview with Israeli author Amos Oz. He was asked if it is true what they say about a writer writing the …

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ZFA presents ‘In Conversation with Natan Sharansky’ – Sydney & Melbourne.

Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency will be a guest of the ZFA in Sydney and Melbourne together with the ZCNSW, ZCV and UIA. He will arrive in Sydney on the 26th March and events will be held over three days including a large communal event on Thursday evening …

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Forwards and Backwards.

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Welcome back to Emily Gian after her maternity leave.We look forward to her weekly reports, as we have these past months from Gabrielle Debinski. She writes: Returning last week to my work desk after …

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AIPAC 2014: Obama vs Netanyahu Face-off

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 7th. March 2014 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director . This week we have to say shalom to ‘Gabsy’ as she leaves us to further her university studies and to welcome back Emil Gian from maternity leave. It has been an absolute …

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The best answer to Israel apartheid week? IDF Diversity week.

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. It’s a showdown. Israel Apartheid Week vs IDF Diversity Week; the irony is palpable. Campuses across the US and Europe are abuzz with anti-Israel charades to mark the annual ‘Israel apartheid week.’ Colleges …

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Zionist Federation of Australia – Israel Advocacy Update

Israel Advocacy Update – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. ‘THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN/ 4 CORNERS ONE-SIDED INVESTIGATION: WHAT CAN YOU DO? Many of you will have come across two articles written by John Lyons in this week’s The Weekend Australian. These featured as part of …

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The fine line between constructive and contemptible.

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia..   It all started last Saturday against a bright blue backdrop in a room filled with diplomats and reporters. It was the Munich Security Conference and the US Secretary of State was …

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Internal dissent not doing the Israeli government any good.

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update.  Written and submitted by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. There is an old adage that resonates with many Jewish mothers; “you don’t air your dirty laundry in public.” For time immemorial Jews, particularly in the diaspora, have lamented Israel’s seeming PR …

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“Julie and Julia standing up for Israel”

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. Jan. 22 2014 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director. The last week has proved more than any that we are fortunate to live in a country like Australia. And for us women, there has never been a time to be more proud to be a …

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“Remembering Ariel Sharon from afar”

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update Weekly Israel Advocacy Update.  Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia..16 January 2014 The death of Ariel Sharon z”l marked the end of an era. The former Prime Minister was perhaps the last founding father of the state. His history is finely …

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Statement from the Zionist Federation of Australia on the death of former Prime-Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon z”l.

  13 January 2014   Statement from the Zionist Federation of Australia on the death of former Prime-Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon z”l. The Zionist Federation of Australia mourns the passing of Ariel Sharon one of the last remaining founding fathers of the state of Israel, a man who made …

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International Human Rights Day for some…

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 12th. Dec. 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Two days ago (Tuesday 10th December) marked International Human Rights Day which celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The blogger sphere was abuzz, and businesses and …

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Melbourne Communities celebrate the new home of Hebrew and Israeli Culture

“Habayit” Hosts Chanukat Habayit Israeli and local Jewish communities come together to celebrate Melbourne’s new home of Hebrew and Israeli Culture  December 9, 2013  Falafel and hummus, singing and dancing were a flow at “Habayit’s” ‘Chanukat Habayit’ (house warming) held at the Beth Weizmann Community Centre on December 8. The …

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John Kerry touches down in Israel – and he has a ‘PLAN FOR PEACE.’ !

  Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 5th December 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited Israel numerous times since commencing his term in February this year. His current touchdown in Israel, however, is the most significant …

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‘A dummies guide to the Iranian nuclear deal’

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 28th. October 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Coverage of the Iranian nuclear deal has abounded. It has also been dense and for the lay man or woman awfully confusing. For many the technical jargon of physics …

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‘Hamas’ school curriculum; “One, two, three, war.”‘

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 21 November 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. The lessons we are taught at school as children stay with us for life. They are the ideas that inform the people we will become and the values that …

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‘Whilst he was sleeping…’

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 14 November 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director.. We went to sleep last night with the sad knowledge that an 18-year old Israeli soldier, Eden Atias, had been stabbed by a Palestinian youth while he slept on a bus stopped at Afula’s central …

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Israel facing hate in the sporting arena and winning

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 7 November 2013  – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director..  Sport is supposed to transcend politics. International sporting competitions aim to bring talented people together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, tolerance and fierce competition. For the most part, this is the way …

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