Australia & NZ.

Gaping Hole in Shuttleworth’s Narrative on the ‘Women’s Peace Boat’.

Green MP Marama Davidson’s ‘Women’s Peace Boat’ mission came to an inauspicious end last week as she was arrested and deported from Israel, having failed to accomplish her mission of reaching Gaza. Of course, she always knew this was the likely outcome, underlining the futile and foolish nature of the …

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Flotilla became ‘ship of fools’.

Opinion piece by David Cumin and Juliet Moses who are members of the New Zealand Jewish Council Paul Moon is Professor of History at Auckland University of Technology The sovereign integrity of states is one of those building blocks on which the modern world operates. It is a guiding tenet of …

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Will the media ask for redemption this Jewish New Year?

One does not have to be particularly religious at this time of the year to take the opportunity to reflect on the past twelve months or so and to think of what will be in the year to come. As I look back, my mind inevitably wanders through the events …

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Green Party “Peace Mission” to Gaza: Nine Things to Consider.

Green Party NZ MP, Marama Davidson, is soon to depart on the “women’s peace boat” in an attempt to breach Israel’s legal maritime blockade of Gaza and raise awareness of the Palestinian cause. However, press releases from the Green Party and Ms Davidson seem to lack awareness of some fundamental …

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In contributing to Australia’s welfare, the Jews found theirs.

Australia’s Jewish community has always understood that its fortunes will rise and fall with the fortunes of the nation. And so, when Jews gather in their holy places, they pray for the welfare of this country in a tradition that originates in 594 BCE, when the Jews lived in exile …

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Someone has the ‘balls’ to stand up to the NIF. Goodonyer!

Excuse the language folks, but about ‘bloody time’ someone told the NIF – New Israel Fund, where to go. The Maccabean – the Perth Jewish community’s newspaper has just done that.   Since its founding in 1979, the NIF has provided over $250 million to more than 850 organizations. In …

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How much Kiwi money Has World Vision sent to Hamas?

The news broke on 4th August that the director of the Gaza branch of World Vision, Mohammed El-Halabi, was arrested by the Israeli internal secret service for allegedly diverting tens of millions of dollars of World Vision funds to the terrorist arm of Hamas. It is reported that during the …

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Sacred Spaces.

Should Jews share their Sacred Spaces? At first glance, the answer seems obvious, as shuls are specifically for Jewish prayer. But let’s not forget we are living in Australia, where interfaith harmony and multiculturalism are the order of the day. Jews traditionally have been reluctant to share their places of …

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Antisemitism in New Zealand.

Being Jewish in New Zealand hasn’t been much of a bad thing.  Not like it has  been in other countries.  Since the Second World War many have found a home here and raised families who raised families.  But not too long ago, antisemitism has reared its head. Here is a …

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Q & A’s antisemitic hero.

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In view of the invitation to Pauline Hanson to join the panel, this week’s Q & A was predictably characterized by vilification and mockery of the Queensland Senator-elect.  The other panellists included Sam Dastyari, Labor Senator for NSW;  Larissa Waters, Queensland Greens Senator and Nick Xenophon, NXT Senator for South …

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Open Letter to Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation.

The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC) at Monash University  equips students with an understanding of Jewish civilisation in its many aspects – language and literature, history, theology, philosophy, rabbinics, law, politics and sociology. The first-year gateway units provide students with an understanding of the foundations of Jewish history, followed …

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Jewish Radio “Nothing Left” 100th programme.

I do not know how many of you are familiar with Michael Burd and Alan Freedman’s radio show, Nothing Left, from J-AIR out of Melbourne, but you definitely should be.I say this, of course, because they have been foolish enough to put me on the show a few times and therefore …

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Oscar Winner’s Jewish Compassion.

One of Judaism’s defining characteristics is Chesed – compassion – which is why traditionally Jews have been involved in philanthropic endeavours throughout the ages. “Chesed is a Hebrew word commonly translated as “loving-kindness,” “kindness” or “love.” Chesed is central to Jewish ethics and Jewish theology and is a common term …

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Labour party antisemitism.

The Australian Left must learn from British Labour’s antisemitism scandal. British Labour may be in the throes of a crisis that could keep the party out of national government for a generation and threatens its claims to be a progressive political party committed to anti-racism and social justice. The crisis …

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Our Israel. Our Home – Jewish Care video to Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut.

Our Israel. Our Home – New Video From Jewish Care to Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut Jewish Care Victoria is proud to launch its second video, ‘Our Israel. Our Home.’ in its Holocaust documentary series titled ‘Rising From the Ashes’, in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut – Israel’s Day of Independence (12 May …

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ZFA: ANZAC celebrations in Israel 2016.

As is customary, the Embassy of Australia in Israel held a commemorative service for Anzac Day at the Mt Scopus Commonwealth Military Cemetery in Jerusalem. This ceremony has become an important occasion not only for Australian and New Zealand diplomats serving in Israel to mark this important day, but also …

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ANZAC Day: April 25th.

ANZAC is the acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps was a World War 1 army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force which was formed in Egypt in 1915 and operated during the Battle of Gallipoli. The corps was disbanded in 1916 …

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Into the Fray.To the Australian Jewish establishment– a sequel

Originally posted as :The Australian Jewish establishment: Political truth vs political correctness – a sequel INTO THE FRAY: The two-state paradigm has no redeeming features, neither in terms of moral merit nor political pragmatism (photo credit:JPOST STAFF) History shows no exact and necessary correlation between the quality of motives and …

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Into the Fray:To the Australian Jewish Establishment

Originally posted as: ” By submitting to fashionable untruths of political correctness, Australia’s Jewish Establishment is doing a grave disservice to its mission and values.” Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!… Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities… but the influence of …

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“Peace & Conflict” studies to be downgraded.

Christian Kerr writes in the The Australian newspaper today  that University of Sydney has foreshadowed a downgrading of its controversial Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, following a drop in student enrollments. The centre and its director, associate professor Jake Lynch, have been embroiled in a string of public squabbles …

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