Australia & NZ.

Aussie Women Rabbis’ – Strange Ethics

  I wrote previously about the ‘sacred’ concert at Temple Beth Israel, which featured the Islamic Call to Prayer by Abdul Aziz al Mathkour and Brother Wasem Razvi of the Islamic Research Education Academy (IREA), a group whose mission is to convert the infidel! As if that’s not bad enough, …

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Melbourne Jewish Temple’s Interfaith Deception!

  This week’s Jewish News featured an article – Music Bridges Faith Traditions – about a Sacred Music Concert held at Temple Beth Israel (TBI), “bringing together performers and communities from Melbourne’s Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Indigenous traditions”. The concert was based around composer Ernest Bloch’s Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service), …

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Jewish Useless Idiots .

I started this a week or so back, but a far more pressing issue came to hand, that of the kidnapping of two innocent boys and a youth in Judæa and Samaria. I had to finish it today as I am furious beyond belief. I don’t have words to describe …

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Whilst Anti-Israel academics flourish, pro-Israel academics sidelined.

Anti-Israel academics flourish, pro-Israel academics sidelined. In our morally inverted world, it pays to be on the side of the bad guys. This sober reality is nowhere more evident than in academia, where those who support the BDS movement and other Israel hate fests are applauded, whilst the very few …

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Australia refuses entry to Holocaust denying Bishop.

The Australia Department of Immigration this week cancelled the visa of Richard Williamson, a Catholic bishop who was scheduled to speak in rural Australia this month. Bishop Williamson has denied that 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust, the Australian Jewish News reported. They reported they contacted the Department of Immigration last …

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Australian Anti-Israelism Having A Bad Day.

Not a good week to be an anti-Israel activist down under.  First punch was in the universities when a BDS motion in the local branch of the academic union of Sydney University got comprehensively shelved with the back of a shovel when it was realised that to provide Jake Lynch, …

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G-d Bless Australia!

Editor’s note: For those of you who are new to this site. Mike is an American, who is a very frequent and much appreciated contributor .   Tom Wilson writing in Commentary tells us: Australia has announced that it will no longer refer to East Jerusalem as “occupied territory.” Tony …

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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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