Australia & NZ.

Jake Lynch let off scott-free.

Well as we expected , Jake Lynch has  been let off scot-free for his shocking behaviour during the guest visit to the University of Sydney by Ret.Colonel Richard Kemp on March 11th this year. During this event Lynch exhibited what to us is seen as antisemitism. It appears that the …

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Think again! – A Bonfire in Bondi

So this week the bonfire celebration of Lag B’omer lit up the night sky at No. 1 Penkivil Street Bondi on the small vacant lot near the Tzemach Tzedek shule. I don’t know how Benny Amzalak (President of Tzemack Tzedek shule) pulled this one off in a residential area, especially …

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BDS Prof. Peter Slezak is refused to present Limmud-Oz. session.

Given his support of the BDS – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel, the Board of the Shalom Institute has refused an application for Associate Professor Peter Slezak to ‘present’ at Limmud Oz. Two years ago he was permitted to speak providing he agreed to certain guidelines. …

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USYD Prof. Jake Lynch cleared of antisemitism

It seems, according to today’s Sydney Morning Herald, that the University of Sydney has cleared Associate Professor Jake Lynch, who is the director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, of antisemitism. However, he still has the threat of dismissal hanging over him regarding his …

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Holy Moses; not a Palestinian in sight!

 The news that  Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria is restoring artist John Herbert’s Moses Bringing Down the Tables of the Law is cause for celebration. Moses, who lived about 1391-1271 BCE, figured in the most momentous events in Jewish history.  He led the Jews out of slavery in Egypt, guided …

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Sydney Peace Prize awarded to anti-Israel George Gittoes.

The Sydney Peace Prize was this year awarded to artist George Gittoes – a welcome departure, you might think, from the tradition of bestowing it on those who are anti-Israel. The 2015 Sydney Peace Prize Jury’s citation reads: “George Gittoes AM: For exposing injustice for over 45 years as a …

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USYN issues a “show cause” letter to academic Jake Lynch.

The University of Sydney has issued a “show cause” letter to academic Jake Lynch, threatening him with disciplinary action over his conduct at a public lecture last month,  it was reported in today’s Australian newspaper.  Associate Professor Lynch made gestures and statements towards a Jewish woman at the event which …

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Sydney University to act on BDS melee activists.

Just in case readers aren’t aware of what’s gone before regarding Associate professor Jake Lynch, the director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney; an executive member of the Sydney Peace Foundation, secretary general of the International Peace Research Associationyou can read the account …

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Update: Hizb ut-Tahrir Antisemitism in Sydney, Australia

On March 10th 2015 I wrote an article about Hizb ut-Tahrir and Antisemitism in Sydney, Australia  {LINK HERE.} in which in wrote  about the “The Reasons for the Establishment of Hizb ut-Tahrir” Hizb ut-Tahrir was established in response to the saying of Allah (swt), “Let there be among you a …

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Oy Vey: Jews Rally For and Against Islamisation

During the recent protests, Jews divided their support between opposing sides. So which one is the ‘right’ side? I hope that Jews – whichever side they chose – oppose: ·        Racism (and that includes anti-Semitism). Most Jews believe in an inclusive multiethnic society, such as exists in Australia and Israel.  …

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Temple Beth Israel’s mates believe Jews responsible for 9/11

   It’s great when people from diverse backgrounds come together. Last year, Temple Beth Israel treated their guests to a rich cultural experience when they staged an Interfaith Sacred Concert “based around composer Ernest Bloch’s Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service)… with its exhortation to praise G-d with music and dancing… with …

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Lynch’s Supporters Dig Him Into a Deeper Hole.

Nick Riemer’s apologia for the conduct of his colleague, Jake Lynch, during the disruption by protesters of a lecture by Colonel Richard Kemp at the University of Sydney on March 11 (Why Jake Lynch was waving money around at an anti-Israel protest, March 25) only digs Lynch into a deeper …

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Melbourne theatre’s anti-Israel partners

 Hot on the heels of learning about anti-Semitism at a the Red Rattler a fringe Sydney theatre – – comes news that a mainstream theatre in Melbourne has entered into a sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways, which is wholly owned by the government of terror-supporting Qatar.  Some facts: An absolute …

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A Trying Subject.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. In medieval England, a separate court was established with the purpose of providing redress for people in a fair and just manner. Over the years, this Court of Star Chamber evolved as a judicial body …

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Red Rattler – Hillel follow up – Mayor’s Statement – Denial.

I spoke with the Assistant Director of Hillel, Shailee Mendelevich today , who told me that she has accepted the apology from the Red Rattler management and will be meeting with them .  No time frame given. If you have no knowledge of what has gone before, please read this …

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‘Apology’ from the Red Rattler Theatre!!

The Apology.! We would like to apologise for the email that was sent to you by one of our staff members. The email was inappropriate and not the reflection of the values of the Community Board of the Red Rattler Theatre Inc. The Red Rattler Theatre Inc condemns racism of any kind. The …

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Antisemitism, Racism & Hypocrisy at the Red Rattler

The Red Rattler theatre may not call it racism, but what else would you call their refusal to lease the theatre to Hillel, a Jewish youth group. Antisemitism? I call it racism, hypocrisy, antisemitism and discrimination.  I suppose the RED part of the title should give us an indication as to …

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Reply to comment by Rabbi who attacked Brigitte Gabriel.

Shortly after I wrote the article Aussie Rabbi Attacks Brigitte Gabriel, I received the followed message from Rabbi Kennard on Facebook: James Kennard 10:30pm Mar 15 Dear Ms Hopf, Thanks for the write up in “Jews Down Under”. I must share with you my thought that, given my very strong …

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BDS abounds at USYD.

Seems the University of Sydney has their own little BDS club, which appears to have done precious little since its inception just under a year ago. Sydney Staff for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. They say they aim to: (1) Exert pressure on the University of Sydney to withdraw all institutional …

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Blurred lines: When BDS becomes blatant antisemitism.

Published with the permission of AIJAC – Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council Written by Sharyn Mittelman Advocates of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel (BDS) often argue that their campaign is not antisemitic, despite the fact that openly antisemitic statements come up frequently among activists and forums associated with the …

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