Australia & NZ.

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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Why this NSW Labor Conference was different.

Two years ago, 28 resolutions overwhelmingly critical of Israel were prepared for the 2014 NSW Labor Party conference. Not one came close to supporting Israel. The lead agent on the issue was former foreign minister and NSW premier Bob Carr – who served as founding chair of NSW Labor Friends …

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NSW Labor Party: Laboring on about Israel.

The NSW Labor Party held its annual party conference over the weekend. In a year when a federal election is due to take place, no doubt there would have been a plethora of matters up for discussion on a wide range of issues affecting the residents of our most populous …

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Happy Australia day. January 26th

Happy Australia Day. Let’s remember what a great country we have and celebrate with this poem about the history of our flag. Our Flag wears the stars that blaze at night, In our Southern skies of blue, And a little old flag in the corner, That’s part of our heritage …

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Courageous Mr Carr.

Bob Carr Again. Big Brave Bob was Premier of NSW for quite a spell and as executive power in Australia vests in the ruling party in the lower house and  Bob was boss of the ruling faction of that party, that made him boss of Sydney as well. The rest of the state was just icing. He …

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Open Letter to the Honourable Julie Bishop MP

To the Honourable Julie Bishop MP Minister for Foreign Affairs Deputy Leader of the Australian Liberal Party UNRWA is the problem not the solution Dear Minister, When Pierre Krähenbühl, UNRWA Commissioner General came around begging did you throw him out of your office? You should have. UNRWA is part of …

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Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia)

Australian Senator Jacqui Lambie, is a very outspoken, honest and down-to-earth person. I thought this speech from Hansard by the Independent Senator for Tasmania in the Senate, would be of interest, taking note of the final two paragraphs. Tuesday, 1 December 2015. Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 …

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The Online Hate Prevention Institute.

The Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) is a high profile body, whose Managing Director is Dr. Andre Oboler, which exists to rid the internet of “online hate.” According to its website, its targets includes Racism, Antisemitism, Anti-Muslim, Hate Against Indigenous Australians, Violent Extremism, Holocaust Denial, Hate Against Military Veterans, Serious …

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American Jewish Liberalism- not right for Australia.

Guest Post written by Professor William (Bill) Rubinstein. ========= This may now be old news, but there are still a number of useful points to be made about the JCCV, Feiglin, and related subjects. First many, not all, but many- of the eleven groups calling for the banning of Moishe …

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I chose democracy, having lived the alternative.

On the last day of October I was given the distinct honour of addressing an Australian citizenship ceremony at which almost 100 people, from places as disparate as Cote d’Ivoire and the Czech Republic, pledged allegiance to Australia and vowed to uphold the laws and values of our nation. They …

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The JCCV’s “Overview”: Looking to the Left.

Guest Post written by Professor William (Bill) Rubinstein. ==== Much of the blame for the Feiglin controversy must rest with the JCCV (the Jewish Community Council of Victoria), which adopted and approved the resolution of the eleven protesting organisations soon afterwards, and issuing a press release condemning his “homophobia,” etc., …

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ABC’s skewed reporting of Palestinian attacks on Israelis is sickening

Re-posted with permission of the author Rowan Dean. I’VE watched kids holding up decapitated heads, starving babies and swollen corpses rotting in the sun. All while I’m having dinner – during the news. But I have never seen anything quite as hard to stomach as the ABC’s 7.30 last week. …

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