Australia & NZ.

BDS Fail . Lynch and Slezak are not happy .

Yesterday 4th June,  the call  for BDS was overturned at the branch meeting of the National Tertiary Education Union .   On June 4th Ean Higgins of the  Australian wrote: SYDNEY University academics have divided into warring camps over moves to boycott Israel, launching fierce campaigns to win over colleagues …

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J-Air – Melbourne’s new Jewish radio station.

  J-Air, Melbourne’s new Jewish radio station is pleased to announce the launch of its latest programme, Nothing Left, which discusses issues of interest surrounding Israel advocacy, Jewish interests and multiculturalism in Australia. Nothing Left will provide commentary on political issues from a centre-right perspective. Co-hosts Michael Burd and Alan …

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“What we talk about when we talk about Israel/Palestine”.

 A Melbourne DISCUSSION with all speakers being like minded.! The Wheeler Centre was created in 2010 as “the centrepiece of Melbourne’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature” and “is dedicated to being the cornerstone of Australia’s literary activity, contributing to a deeper thinking society and to building a community around …

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Statement from Zionist Council of Victoria regarding Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting.

  26 May 2014 The weekend shooting attack that claimed the lives of four people at the Jewish Museum in the Belgian capital of Brussels is a tragic and sadly increasing phenomenon of the rise of anti Semitism in Europe.   On the heels of the Brussels attack, two Jewish …

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Bondi attackers of Jews in Court.

Last year’s account of this racially motivated attacked on Jewish people as they walked home from shabbos/ shabbat dinner on a Friday night in Nov. 2013. The first is the original article, which is a bit of a mess as more information was added as news came in  here: here …

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HIDING BEHIND BIGOTRY AND LIES

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. There has long been a tendency for some commentators to claim they are afraid to speak out about matters relating to Israel for fear that any negative comment might be construed as being antisemitic. Whilst it is true that this might sometimes …

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A quieter Al-Nakba…but the message stays the same.

Written by Julie Nathan. Around 200 people attended this year’s Al-Nakba protest in Sydney last night. Numbers were down on previous years and the crowd seemed tamer.  The Hezbollah flags and neo-Nazis, conspicuously present in the previous two years, were gone.   But the rhetoric has changed little.  Israel was defamed, …

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Letter in response to Haaretz article

May  15  2014 Unpublished letter to Haaretz from The Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council  Contrary to the imputation in Dan Goldberg’s April 22 article “At the heart of Australian Jewish community’s schism: the ‘Israel lobby’ debate” <http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.586788> , in deciding the best way to respond to then NSW Premier Bob …

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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 antisemites’

  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 …

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