Jews Down Under

Obama and Kerry converted on road to Damascus

Written by David Singer, an Australian Lawyer, Foundation Member of the International Analyst Network and Convenor of Jordan is Palestine International .………….. The swiftness with which attention is now being focused on collecting and destroying chemical weapons located in Syria has been truly breathtaking. Last Friday 6 September – President …

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Syria – What Next?

El-Masri asks for help from Israel

Written by – Susan Parsons….  Before I go into this I must add an important disclaimer: this situation is changing by the minute! I have almost recovered from Rosh Hashana and am on a bit of a ‘high’ regarding Mr Abbott’s election. Parts of the past week were, of course, spent with family and …

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The New “Habayit Home of Hebrew and Israeli Culture”

Bustling new Hebrew centre engages community in exciting projects  September 9, 2013 Habayit is a new and exciting initiative of the World Zionist Organisation to promote the Hebrew language and Israeli culture in Jewish communities around the world. Melbourne was one of only three cities selected to receive funding for …

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Jewish support swinging toward Liberal Party in Australian election

Community leaders abandoning ruling Labor Party in backlash against PM Rudd’s Middle East policies. Tony Abbott, Australia’s opposition leader and a friend of Israel, is attracting the Jewish vote. Jewish community leaders in Australia have virtually abandoned support for the governing Labor Party, with most privately hoping the conservative Liberal …

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Say what? Antisemites? Who, us anti-Zionists?

This is a timely piece I’ve had for many years, written by Steven Plaut and worth keeping. Steven Plaut is an American-born Israeli associate professor of Business Administration at the University of Haifa and a writer. Plaut is a member of the editorial board of the Middle East Quarterly, a …

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Jewish vs Palestinian Refugees

You think you really know about the Palestinian refugees? This short animated clip covers the story of how they became refugees and why they have stayed that way. It also shows the history of Jewish refugees from Arab lands — a story that’s been ignored — until now.

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Danby: Carr got it wrong

Written by Adam Kamien.  Australian Jewish News. Aug 23rd 2013.. Michael Danby is the Federal Member of Parliament for Melbourne Ports, which has a large Jewish population.    Michael Danby has accused Bob Carr of accepting the “narrow view” of a department within his ministry on the legality of Israeli …

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“Dangerous Threats By BDS” Force Salif Keita Israel Show Cancellation

Written by Aussie Dave. An Aussie immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave is founder of Israellycool, one of the world’s most popular pro-Israel blogs.  He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and girlie drinks……. Mere weeks after Eric Burdon revealed he was threatened by BDSholes …

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Israel. The un-apartheid state. A comparison with Australia

The author, Andrew Hamilton, is an Australian solicitor working for Shurat HaDin – The Israel Law Center in Tel Aviv. He recently brought a complaint under Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act against one of the leaders of the BDS movement in Australia, Prof. Jake Lynch of Sydney University. Link: Shurat HaDin …

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Why a Jew might vote DLP in Melbourne Ports

By Rabbi Dr Shimon Cowen The electorate of Melbourne Ports, which houses several strong traditional religious populations – Jewish, Catholic and Greek Orthodox, amongst others – is in this election year in an unprecedented situation. The candidates of both major parties have emerged explicitly supporting same sex marriage. Kevin Ekendahl, …

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Muslims condemn Cairo crackdown

Muslim protestors marched through our fair City of Sydney at the weekend. AND we were stopped having a peaceful rally during Operation Pillar of Smoke. We had to hide like frightened rabbits on the Mizrachi synagogue………… Video originally posted at Daphne Anson: Here

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Policy on the run is certainly a recipe for electoral disaster.

Written by David Singer who is an Australian Lawyer, Foundation Member of the International Analyst Network and Convenor of Jordan is Palestine International .………….. Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr’s announcement in the heat of an election campaign that Labor Party policy does not recognize the legal right of Jews to …

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Arab refugee: Arabs left Israel in 1948 because of leadership’s promise that it would be temporary

“We headed first from Dir al-Qasi [northern Israel] to Rmaich [Lebanon], considering what they (Arab leaders) said at the time: “By Allah, in a week or two, you will return to Palestine.” The Arab armies entered Palestine, along with the Arab Liberation Army. We left — we and those who …

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Aaron Zangi: Imprisonment, Torture and the 1969 Hangings in Iraq

Aaron Zangi was raised the oldest of three brothers in the Iraqi city of Basra. Many of his ancestors originally hailed from Iran; “Zangi” translates to ‘ringing’ in Farsi. Aaron’s father was a well-respected textile businessman who built their home in 1936 in a Muslim Arab neighborhood. Following the Farhud, …

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Myths and Facts 34: “If Israel Ends the Occupation There Will Be Peace”

New from the Jewish Virtual Library …………Palestinians and their supporters often claim that the only thing that needs to happen in the Middle East is for Israel to “End the Occupation” of the West Bank. They print this slogan on T-shirts, bumper stickers, flyers and coffee mugs. But does it …

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AIJAC statement responding to Foreign Minister Carr’s legal claims on settlements

On Friday, August 9 , AIJAC put out a statement responding to controversial remarks on Israeli settlements by Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr at Lakemba the previous day. Video on the SBS website shows Carr saying the following: We in our government, and the members of the government behind me, …

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Al-Quds Day in Melbourne: Antisemitic Images

Written by Julie Nathan, Research Officer, Executive Council of Australian Jewry………. Melbourne held its first Al-Quds Day rally this year. The short video of the rally and march shows about fifty people gathered on the steps of the State Library, with speakers giving speeches, and protestors waving anti-Israel banners. The …

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Al-Quds Day in Sydney: Delete Zionists

Written by Julie Nathan, Research Officer, Executive Council of Australian Jewry………… Around 150 people attended, plus a police contingent of over a dozen officers. An Israeli flag at the rally had the words “Delete Zionists” painted on the blue stripes, and the Star of David was circled and crossed out. …

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ECAJ statement in reponse to Bob Carr

The ECAJ – Executive Council of Australian Jewry, released the following Statement in response to the speech at Lakemba by Bob Carr “I do not accept the legal arguments put by Foreign Minister Carr. No previous Australian Foreign Minister has publicly declared that “all” the settlements in the West Bank …

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AIJAC Statement in response to remarks by Foreign Minister Bob Carr at Lakemba

LINK ……….. It was disappointing to hear the remarks made by Foreign Minister Bob Carr outside Lakemba Mosque at the celebrations to mark Eid al-Fitr on Thursday. While we commend Senator Carr for recognising that Palestinian statehood aspirations require “respect for the right of Israel to exist”, it is unfortunate that …

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