Australia & NZ.

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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‘The Enemy Within’ – Take 2

Browsing my saved anti-Israel Facebook pages earlier, I opened one I haven’t looked at in a while. To tell you the truth, anti-Israel sites make me sick to the pit of my stomach at the best of times, but Jewish ones more so, so it takes some doing What I …

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Hezbollah part of money-laundering ring: Australian Police

Probe uncovers that Australians were unknowingly aiding laundering of hundreds of millions of dollars abroad. Sydney, Australia. Photo: REUTERS Australian police revealed on Thursday they had cracked a major global money-laundering ring with operatives in more than 20 countries and funds syphoned off to groups reported to include Hezbollah. The …

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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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Press release: Dr. Ashrawi condemns recent statements by Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.

Press release from the ECAJ – Executive Council of Australian Jewry. Press Release from the Department of Culture and Information of the PLO Executive Committee.  The document contains several false assertions about international law by Professor of English literature, Dr Hanan Ashrawi.                              PLO Executive Committee Department of  Culture and …

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Palestine Soccer Team. Sending Out A Few Terrorists to Play Against You in Australia.

Palestine Soccer Team. Sending Out A Few Terrorists to Play Against You in Australia. I’ve posted this to my own blog here, but as it concerns Oz I thought readers of JDU may be interested in it. Enjoy! Streuth! How shall we Zionists, we-so-called hasbarafiosos, ever live this one down?  …

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Jake Lynch – BDS FAIL take two.

A second hearty mazel tov is in order to the Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, Jake Lynch, for yet another MAJOR BDS FAIL. Try as he might, he can’t get it right. Here at JDU last month we reported. “The New …

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Muslim Brotherhood and ties to Nazism. Should it be banned in Australia?

In asking myself that question, the answer is a resounding ‘YES’. I was also rather disturbed to find out they weren’t. The Former Egyptian Foreign Minister Mr El Orabi, who was in Australia recently thinks they should.  In being outspoken about it, he was been heckled by Brotherhood supporters during …

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