Australia & NZ.

The Feiglin Controversy and the JCCV.

The question of the response by the JCCV  to the recent visit of former Knesset member Moishe Feiglin to Australia has been raised a number of times in the Australian Jewish News, but some of the key issues involved remain to be discussed. The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) …

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Junior Terrorists .

terrorist cult recruitment

It would appear that terrorists are becoming younger daily. In what was clearly a terrorist linked incident Curtis Cheng, a much liked, long serving civilian member of NSW Police Dept. was shot dead on Friday Oct 2nd by radicalised 15-year-old Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, who was born in Iran and came …

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AUJS Launches #speakout4Israel in response to recent wave of terror

Media Release – AUJS Launches #speakout4Israel in response to recent wave of terror The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) has launched a proactive campaign, Speak Out For Israel, to facilitate education, participation and advocacy amongst Jewish students and the wider community, in response to the recent wave of terror …

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Sydney commemorates Haifa Day.

I suppose like me, not many people have heard of Haifa Day.   Before giving an account of that, one needs to know of the history of India and Jews, with a brief account of the afternoon. The Haifa Day commemoration I was privileged to attend on Sunday was organised …

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They want to kill us and the law does nothing.

Ismail al-Wahwh calls Jews “the most evil creature of Allah”. In a bile-filled rant, a Sydney preacher recently called for death to a group of Australians because of their ethnic identity. The law was unable to do anything about it. It was impotent, powerless to act. Ismail al-Wahwah, spiritual leader …

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Banksy and the Jews

Street artist Banksy has opened an anti-theme park named Dismaland in the UK. CNN reported: The seaside town of Weston-super-Mare in south-west England is gray and gloomy when we arrive. “Welcome to Dismaland,” a dead-eyed girl in Mickey Mouse ears greets us at the gates of the old public pool. …

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Radio gaga.

The ABC has allowed Radio National to be used by fanatics pushing a virulently anti-Israel agenda. A series of programs on ABC Radio National, produced by a long-standing anti-Israel activist, has undermined the objectivity of the national broadcaster and exposed serious failings in its editorial process. The programs may also …

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Medecins Sans Frontieres (Aus) helping everyone – except Jews!

Most of us are familiar with those friendly MSF ( Doctors Without Borders) people asking us to donate, and are in awe of such selfless individuals offering medical help in impoverished countries. MSF’s website showcases its humanitarian credentials, caring for the world’s poor and oppressed:  Médecins Sans Frontières is the world’s …

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Aussie Interfaith Meals: You can’t please everyone!

Interfaith events are a fantastic opportunity to get to know people from a wide variety of religions, theoretically increasing empathy towards those from different cultures. What better way to break the ice than to invite a whole lot of folks with an array of religious beliefs to break bread together. …

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ZCNSW Statement on ALP National Conference Mid-East Resolution

The Zionist Council of NSW views with disappointment the resolution passed at the Australian Labor Party (ALP) National Conference on the 26th of July (coincidentally Tisha B’Av) on the Israel Palestinian issue. This resolution dents the bipartisan approach that has existed in Australia in order to reach a Two State …

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Australians cannot ignore ‘comfortably racist’ remarks.

There’s a phenomenon afoot called casual racism. Seemingly less malevolent than intentional racism, it’s a careless and often subliminal form of abuse whose danger lies in the fact it normalises prejudice, perpetuates stereotypes and gives licence to bigotry. It is evident in offhand remarks, social media and pointed jokes, invariably …

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Pending: Sexual discrimination case against Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Alison Bevege, who was a  journalist for Northern Territory News  in Darwin before relocating to Sydney in March 2014,  has lodged a claim against the Islamist organisation, Hizb ut-Tahrir  for $100,000, citing sexual discrimination. Reportedly she was told by a Hizb ut-Tahrir representative that she couldn’t sit at the front of …

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Statement – ZFA in response to AUSTRALIAN GREENS change of position on Israel

FULL TEXT OF THE STATEMENT FROM ZFA PRESIDENT DR DANNY LAMM IN RESPONSE TO AUSTRALIAN GREENS CHANGE OF POSITION ON ISRAEL AS A JEWISH STATE* It is profoundly disappointing that newly minted Australian Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale has withdrawn his declaration of support for Israel’s right to exist …

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Marrickville On Steroids.

The Greens have landed themselves slam dunk right back in the middle of their worst Marrickville moment nightmare and have added a dimension that makes the whole show look like a horror movie. Marrickville was only a local inner city council with tickets on itself. It was tougher to explain …

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Aussie Churches Spreading Lies

A friend recently attended a concert at the local Uniting Church and picked up a glossy pamphlet published by the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network (PIEN).  While I’m well aware of the Uniting Church’s animus against Israel, the lies it contained truly shocked me.  Its stated mission: express solidarity with the …

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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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