Australia & NZ.

A friend to Israel – “Australia is under new management & open for business “

…….A triumphant Mr Abbott declared Australia “under new management and open for business” in his victory speech on Saturday night, pledging to create a competent, trustworthy government. Tony Abbott was gracious in victory.  The man who was labelled  a few years ago as ‘unelectable’ was elected. I wish I could …

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Tim Costello cares for little boys & girls – unless they’re Israeli!

Tim Costello, chief executive of World Vision Australia, wrote that Australia’s Presidency of the UN Security Council made it responsible for leading the discussion on the Syrian conflict: World leaders… must not forget the very important mandate the UN Security Council has to protect civilians and build peace. We should …

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The year that was 5773

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update. 04 September 2013. Submitted and written by Gabsy Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the Zionist Federation of Australia…………….. As always when it comes to Israel, and the Jewish world, the past year has been bitter-sweet; marked by both pain and celebration. Currently, Israel stands as …

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Victoria’s Multifaith Statement on Asylum Seekers

Once again David Marlow, the leftist-leaning Executive Director of the JCCV – Jewish Community Council of Victoria – has partnered with the ICV – Islamic Council of Victoria – to issue a joint Statement by way of the JCMA – Jewish Christian Muslim Association – advocating for asylum seekers, predominately …

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Jewish and voting Greens

The Greens’ problem with Israel. Palestinian propagandists are triumphant about the Green’s policy on Israel, presumably because it is sync with their own: The Australian Greens support a two-state solution that ensures the legitimate rights and aspirations of both Palestinians and the Israeli people to live in peace and security …

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The Gatekeepers was always going to present a challenge for those watching it outside of Israel.

Latest Opinion piece by Dr. Ron Weiser AM. Immediate Past President of the Zionist Federation of Australia, Honorary Life President of the Zionist Council of New South Wales and Committee Member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency (The Sochnut) In an unprecedented move, all of the living …

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‘If we don’t step in for Israel, who will?’

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update. 29 August 2013. Submitted and written by Gabsy Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the Zionist Federation of Australia…. Over the past few months, tempers have flared and debates have gotten feisty between various Zionist organizations within our own community. In the short time since I …

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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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The ‘hate fest’ of the year coming to a university near you!!

On Wednesday 11th September and Thursday 12th September, our National University in Canberra is hosting a conference for “Human rights in Palestine”. “This conference/hate fest is associated with a project on ‘Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories’ funded by the British Academy and the Australian National …

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Kevin Rudd & Bob Carr have gone underground

Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Bob Carr have gone underground since Carr announced on 8 August at the  Lakemba Mosque in Sydney that Rudd personally as well as the Labor Party had adopted as policy that Jews had no right to legally live in the …

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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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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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Cannold’s honeymoon with Wikileaks ends

Leslie Cannold’s decision to stand for Julian Assange’s Wikileaks Party was always questionable, given her feminist ideals; after all, he’s been accused of raping two women. Moreover, his link with anti-Semites and alleged anti-Semitic pronouncements were an unlikely pairing for a secular Jew like Cannold. See: http://jewsdownunder.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/does-wikileaks-have-a-problem-with-jews-2/ She vigorously defended …

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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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Why is Bob Carr itching for a Fight on the Arab/Muslim/Left Cold War Against Israel?

“All [Jews]*on “Palestinian land” are illegal under international law … that is the position, of Kevin Rudd, the position of the Federal Labor Government, and we don’t make apologies for it.” [*offensive weasel word deleted] Make no mistake he wants this argument. He seriously can not expect the Government to …

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Neither Orthodox nor Reform

Australia has a large and diverse community that offers much choice when it comes to synagogues and Jewish education. From Orthodox to Reform and most things in between; there is something for everyone. With a significant proportion of Holocaust survivors and their progeny, a very strong Chabad presence which spurred …

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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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Rally: Free Palestine – Boycott Max Brenner

From the Facebook page of Palestine Action Group Sydney “As part of the ongoing campaign for solidarity with Palestine, Palestine Action Group will be holding a peaceful protest against Max Brenner at Parramatta Westfield on Saturday, 17 August to show solidarity with Palestine and boycott Israeli apartheid. Max Brenner is …

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Yes, Let’s Boycott MB!

Who doesn’t love going to Max Brenner, with their delicious hot chocolate and yummy ice cream confections. There’s a wonderful ambience in their cafes: the city venues are fun places to go, constantly packed with people, whereas the suburban ones are quieter, the perfect place to relax and drink chocolate …

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