Australia & NZ.

A Jewish Suburb: Cultural Diversity – or Tribalism?

Jews are Indigenous to Israel, including Judea and Samaria

This week’s Australian Jewish News reported there were plans for a new Jewish community in Melbourne: WITH soaring housing prices proving prohibitive for families in and around Caulfield, plans have been put forward for the establishment of a new Jewish community outside of Melbourne, with Pakenham emerging as a popular …

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Young Australian Greens refuse to meet with Jewish students.

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students – AUJS invited members the NSW Young Greens to a meeting with bipartisan young political staffers at the NSW Parliament. However the NSW Young Greens co-convenor, Kleon Toffetti, refused the invitation because “We have a longstanding position of not supporting this organisation because … …

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BSA rules Gaza blockade cannot be reported as “illegal”.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint concerning TVNZ’s coverage of the Israeli maritime blockade of Gaza, on the basis that it breached the required standard of accuracy by stating the blockade of Gaza is “illegal”.  In doing so it set out some important expectations: Broadcasters should refrain from …

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10 Questions for Bill English on NZ’s ‘longstanding policy’.

 After months of evasion, the New Zealand Prime Minister, Bill English, has finally admitted, in response to another question from Winston Peters about UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in Parliament earlier this week, that the resolution was not put to cabinet for approval. It did not need to be, English said, …

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How New Zealand pushed a trophy resolution & scored an own goal

Since the passing of anti-Israel UN Resolution 2334 on Christmas Eve last year, co-sponsored by New Zealand, there have been questions about what kind of mandate the Foreign Minister had and the level of prior advice and knowledge of the Government. Questions about New Zealand’s involvement in the passing of …

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Surprising admissions from New Zealand’s permanent UN rep.

For many New Zealanders the anti-Israel UN Resolution 2334, co-sponsored by New Zealand on the Eve of Christmas 2016, came as a shock. It is one thing for a democratic nation to criticise another democratic nation for its policies. It is quite another to lead the charge on a resolution …

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The concrete results of Netanyahu’s visit to Australia.

As the dust begins to settle on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Australia, it is worth taking stock of the specifics of what exactly was accomplished during this short four-day trip.  While much has been written elsewhere about the visit and the broader Australia-Israel relationship, a number of …

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When Bibi came to town.

After months of planning and anticipation, and indeed years of wondering if it would ever eventuate, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally came to Australia last week on a five-day whirlwind visit.  In the process, he made history as the first sitting Israeli Prime Minister to visit our fair shores. …

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Was this McCully’s pay off for stabbing Israel in the back?

On Christmas Eve last year, Murray McCully signed up New Zealand to support despots, dictators and terrorists against the only democratic nation in the Middle East. Now it appears we can get a glimpse of what he was angling for: The resumption of trade ties with Iran appears closer following …

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Antisemitism on parade.

An eclectic crowd of people gathered outside Sydney Town Hall on Thursday evening to protest the visit to Australia of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As is usual at such events the crowd consisted of an assortment of people – bearded, angry-visaged men, women in hijabs, fair-haired twenty-somethings hawking ‘Socialist …

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English speaks up on UNSC res. 2334 after Turnbull conversation.

  Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken the opportunity of the Israeli Prime Minister’s historic visit to once again condemn the anti-Israel United Nations Security Council resolution 2334, which New Zealand co-sponsored. Turnbull wrote an opinion piece in The Australian which criticised countries who had ‘‘chastised Israel alone’’, for …

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Netanyahu’s visit brings great opportunities.

There is much to celebrate about Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Australia; the first time a sitting Israeli Prime Minister has graced our shores.  We will hear much about the common bond of nations, of shared values and destinies as liberal democracies and secular states governed by the rule of law. …

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Bibi “Down Under”.

What an historical time and exciting few days we are having in Sydney with Bibi – Benjamin Netanyahu in town.  It was certainly a very moving experience listening to hear him speak in Central Synagogue. This is the first visit ever of an Israeli Prime Minister to Australia, he has …

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PM defers to Foreign Minister McCully on UNSC resolution questions.

In the last days of 2016, an open letter was sent to Prime Minister Bill English, signed by 28 organisations and 858 Jewish and non-Jewish Kiwis, condemning New Zealand’s decision to co-sponsor and vote for the biased anti-Israel United Nations Security Council resolution 2334. The same letter also attracted over …

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The Enemy Within at it again!

The AJDS – the Australian Jewish Democratic Society, aka ‘the enemy within’ are at it again, though nowhere near as bad as this article I wrote in September 2013.  The Enemy Within. They are based in Melbourne which is the centre of ‘leftism’ in this country. It’s bad enough having …

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Greens ‘Left Renewal’ and ‘Invasion Day’.

Senator Lee Rhiannon and  NSW MP David Shoebridge — anchor a newly formed hard left Greens faction which recognises neither the rule of law, Police Authority nor the Australian state is a worry. They further say  it will work to “bring about the end of capitalism”. The formation of the …

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New Zealand has an issue with terrorism.

When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Nice last July, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key spoke out against the terror attack.  When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Berlin last December, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English spoke out against the terror attack.  …

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Aussie Rabbi’s anti-Trump Rant.

In the Australian Jewish News (6 January), Rabbi Stephen Boroda wrote an article  – “We must be the voice of the downtrodden”.  Quoting former Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks  “Those who hope refuse to be comforted while the hoped-for outcome is not yet reached. Given their history of suffering, Jews …

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Fairfax false news prompts antisemitic comments.

 Social media, for all its benefits, has allowed all kinds of lies and conspiracy theories to be circulated unchecked.  It is therefore not surprising that antisemitism, which attracts lies and conspiracy theories like moths to a flame, has flourished in this forum.  A false news story published in New Zealand …

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Antisemitic conspiracy theorist in New Zealand media.

New Zealand’s role as a sponsor of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and the resulting spat between New Zealand and Israel has sparked some intense debate in the New Zealand media. It’s also unleashed some particularly nasty and downright weird characters giving voice to their hatred of Israel. For example, Patrick …

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