Australia & NZ.

A Melbourne ‘terrorist themed’ play praised by Fairfax Media.

A play, Wael Zuaiter: Unknown, currently showing in Melbourne, which romanticises a terrorist, was reviewed in the Fairfax media.   … this innovative and brilliantly constructed piece of documentary theatre achieves a haunting power through storytelling. Its central story is the assassination of Wael Zuaiter. A Palestinian intellectual living in …

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A Rotten Apple At The Core Of The State Of Tasmania.

This is troubling. Tasmania is Australia’s smallest and poorest state and in many ways its most problematic. It has always been a focus of the Australian culture wars given its history as the place of the harshest of the penal colonies and of a particularly brutal war with the indigenous …

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Anzac Day April 25th.

In every town, no matter how small, in every city in  Australia and New Zealand and in Gallipolli in Turkey, at dawn, no matter what the weather has in store for them, men, women and children will be attending a commemoration service for those who died in wars to protect …

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Carr’s comments ’empower’ antisemites.

  Yesterday I was sent a link to an article at ‘The Conversation’ enlarging on Bob Carr’s ‘take’ on the Jewish lobby in his memoirs entitled Broadening the context of Australia’s ‘Zionist lobby’  written by Jordy Silverstein, an outspoken member of the AJDS – Australian Jewish Democratic Society. I have  …

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Does This Look Like A Man Under Unhealthy Pressure From A Disproportionately Powerful Lobby?

    He should know. Bob Carr famously complained to the ALP caucus while in government about what was he expected to say about Israel the next time he was speaking from the steps of the Lakemba Mosque. After all, where else would you make a major policy statement affecting …

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Not A Good Time To Be A Friend Of Israel And The Jews

Is there ever a good time?   A great article by Andrew Bolt that deserves to be read carefully by the Australian Jewish community and its leadership. Even if it is only to observe the ancient Jewish tradition of doing your absolute best to not make the same mistake twice.   Carr is a warning to …

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‘Carr’ Sickness !!

A terrific must read piece written by Jack Chrapot and very kindly submitted to ‘Jews Down Under’ by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. This Monday night, we sit down to read about the liberation of the Jews from slavery back in the days of the …

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Israel/Palestine: Labour Senator Anne Urquhart Shows Her Colours

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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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Media Release: Jewish Care Victoria. Building a Socially Inclusive Community

Submitted by Ayal Tusia – Manager Marketing & Communications. 7 March 2014 Building a Socially Inclusive Community A vision and a plan that encourages everyone in our community to take action, to work together towards a more inclusive society was released by Jewish Care Victoria this month at the launch …

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Israel Bashing, Lyons Lying and Antisemitic Denialism

Can I say I have never liked John Lyons, the long time resident anti-Israel, anti-Zionist, antisemitic denying journalist at The Australian?   I don’t think it is just what he writes that revolts me. There is something about his face. There is something about him that raises hairs and sends a shiver down the spine.  As …

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Another ‘Top uni targeted by anti-Semites’

Unfortunately the University of Adelaide, which is an old and beautiful campus, has an ugly history when it comes to supporting the fictitious country of Palestine.  Over the last few years they have hosted the ‘who’s who’ of Israel haters. Hosting Ilan Pappe and Noam Chomsky to name a couple. …

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BDS Fail – Jake Lynch

Boycotted Israeli embraced by other fellows. A HEBREW University political scientist whose initial bid for a fellowship application was rejected as part of a boycott against Israel has arrived in Australia expressing outrage at the action taken by Sydney academic Jake Lynch. Dan Avnon this week took up a Sir …

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Pyne warns universities to act on campus racism.

This is just charming and most unacceptable at our National University!!! For overseas readers of Jews Down Under, Christopher Pyne is a Federal Member of Parliament and is the Minister for Education and Leader of the House. This article from the Australian is behind a Pay Wall here: UNIVERSITY orientation …

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NYT Article; Conflict of Faith or Conflict of Interest?

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. I see this weekly update as having a dual purpose. The first; to enhance community members’ understanding and insight into issues they have probably already heard or read about. The second; to inform …

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Enough to go HagshaGAGA…

Written and Submitted by Hagshama Sydney. Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company and its famed choreographer Ohad Naharin are making their long-awaited Australian return to this year’s Adelaide Festival. Ohad Naharin is hailed as one of the world’s most important contemporary choreographers, Naharin developed the innovative movement language “Gaga”, whilst guiding Batsheva …

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Community holds Memorial Service for Ariel Sharon z”l

Community members gather to honour the life of the late Ariel Sharon z”l. 16 February, 2014 “Myself, first of all I am a Jew. And that is the most important thing for me.”                                   …

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BDS case against Jake Lynch ’too unwieldy’ for court.

AN Israeli legal group’s racial discrimination law suit against Sydney academic Jake Lynch over his support for boycotting Israel is so broad and unwieldy that it could stretch the court’s time and resources, a judge said this morning. The Australian Justice Alan Robertson told the lawyer for plaintiff Shurat HaDin, …

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What on earth does the ECAJ think it’s doing?

I, along with many others wish we had the answer to that.  I have been told it is likely due to the political leaning of the new President? For non-Australians and non-Jews, the ECAJ is the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. According to its website it is… – the officially …

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Miriam Margolyes: proud new Aussie – ashamed old Jew

Last Australia Day, Margolyes became an Australian. Julie Power wrote: Margolyes is known for her honesty and humour. But when it comes to becoming an Australian citizen, she is earnest. ”I feel just sheer happiness, sheer joy.” She first came to Australia in the late 1960s after meeting Heather, her …

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