Australia & NZ.

Festive event at Beth Weizmann Sukkah for grant recipients

  September 30, 2013 Three community organisations have been awarded Victorian State funding A sunny afternoon brought together members of the community at the Beth Weizmann Community Centre to attend a presentation ceremony for Victorian state government grants. Beth Weizmann Community Centre, Caulfield Hebrew Congregation and the National Council of …

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Former PM Julia Gillard Awarded Prestigious Jerusalem Prize

Ms Gillard recognised for staunch commitment and loyalty to Israel September 30, 2013 The Zionist Council of Victoria is delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2013 Jerusalem Prize is The Honourable Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia 2010-2013, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to strengthening Australia’s connection …

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Progressive Judaism and Interfaith Dialogue

  Recent events have revealed an increasing gulf between progressive and mainstream Jews, especially in relation to the value of interfaith dialogue. In Melbourne, Rabbis Fred Morgan and Jonathan Keren Black reflect the progressive viewpoint. In an attempt to understand their position, a few extracts from Fred’s lengthy speech delivered …

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We are you, and you are us – Israel and Australia share values

Yuval Rotem, is/was Israel’s ambassador to Australia. I had the privilege to be introduced to him, and to attend  a few functions which he too attended. He really is a very warm and witty man,  who appears to have a great relationship with Barry (Baruch) O’Farrell. I suspect the two …

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Coalition will ban more terrorist organisations & be harder on visas for extremists.

The Coalition revealed as part of their election strategy that they are committed to upgrading relations with Israel as part of a suite of new policies on the Middle East that includes banning more terrorist organisations and a harder line on visits to Australia by extremists. A Coalition government would …

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Grand Mufti threatened Labor over Israel ‘bias’

Front page today at the Financial Review Some background on the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed; *Australia’s most senior Muslim cleric has met the leader of the Hamas government during a visit to the Gaza Strip. The Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, is leading a …

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Unstinting support for Israel back in place

Once again Greg Sheridan, the Foreign Editor of The Australian has written an excellent op ed  He’s onside and  even handed with his views towards Israel. Hopefully we can now turn around the wrongs of the dreadful Bob Carr. Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop intend to reverse the anti-Israel direction in Australia’s voting …

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Steering clear of talking about terror.

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update. 25 September 2013 – Submitted and written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the Zionist Federation of Australia……………..   The world has been rocked by tragedy over the past week. Closest to home, Israel is in mourning. First, twenty-year old Israeli, Tomer Hazan was lured …

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Zionist Federation of Australia welcomes Gandel Philanthropy’s commitment to Jewish continuity

25 September 2013 MEDIA RELEASE Zionist Federation of Australia welcomes Gandel Philanthropy’s commitment to Jewish continuity Taglit-Birthright Israel is a visionary program that provides a free 10-day educational tour of Israel for young Jewish adults aged 18-26 who have never previously participated in a peer-group educational trip to Israel. The …

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Al Shabab – a new international jihadist force

This worrying piece is by Andrew Bolt and should concern us all. Kenyan and Israeli forces have killed three and arrested more than10 of the terrorists who slaughtered at least 62 people at a shopping mall: Earlier witness reports had indicated that a woman was among the estimated 10 to …

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More Anti-Israel Propaganda On Campus: The case of the University of Adelaide

The Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA), we learn from its website, “is a South Australian not-for-profit organisation, which has as its main aim the promotion of peace and justice in Palestine based on International Law and the relevant UN resolutions. AFOPA also aims to provide Australians with information about …

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‘The Enemy Within’

The AJDS – Australian Jewish Democratic Society – despite being a “Jewish” organisation, is virtually like having the enemy in our midst. They are commonly called “the enemy within”. They are a Jewish group with extreme leftist views who do all they can to demonise Israel. To my way of …

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Leunig slams Jews – and Lycra!

Michael Leunig,described as a poet, cartoonist and cultural commentator, was in 1999  declared an Australian Living Treasure. He started out drawing whimsical teapots and ducks, then turned his focus to attacking those who want to defend civilisation against barbarity – Israel being the number one target – thus ensuring his …

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ECAJ Media Release – anti-Israel conference

          Peter Wertheim, Executive Director of the ECAJ, issued the following media statement regarding the  conference for ‘Human Rights in Palestine’, which is being held at the ANU – Australian National University in Canberra. “A conference that features fringe conspiracy theorists and ideologues and omits recognised scholars in the field …

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Israel-bashing seminar does ANU no credit

An excellent article in the Australian, written by Prof.Gerald M. Steinberg who heads the NGO Monitor Research Institute. Steinberg is a professor of Political Science at Bar Ilan University and the founder of the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation. Steinberg is the Founder and President of NGO Monitor. Steinberg …

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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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