Monthly Archives: September 2013

Festive event at Beth Weizmann Sukkah for grant recipients

  September 30, 2013 Three community organisations have been awarded Victorian State funding A sunny afternoon brought together members of the community at the Beth Weizmann Community Centre to attend a presentation ceremony for Victorian state government grants. Beth Weizmann Community Centre, Caulfield Hebrew Congregation and the National Council of …

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Hitler understood propaganda, so do the Palestinians

 Written by Michael Curtis who is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in political science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. USA. Curtis, the author of 30 books, is widely respected as an authority on the Middle East Faking news has become a Palestinian cottage industry. The most diabolic aspect of Palestinian propaganda is the …

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Progressive Judaism and Interfaith Dialogue

  Recent events have revealed an increasing gulf between progressive and mainstream Jews, especially in relation to the value of interfaith dialogue. In Melbourne, Rabbis Fred Morgan and Jonathan Keren Black reflect the progressive viewpoint. In an attempt to understand their position, a few extracts from Fred’s lengthy speech delivered …

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Expanding the Focus

Perhaps the biggest problem that we face in understanding the Arab-Israel conflict has to do with focus. That is, among western liberals the typical understanding of the conflict is that it is one between Israelis and Palestinians fighting over a bit of turf, since November of 1947, on the eastern …

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Unstinting support for Israel back in place

Once again Greg Sheridan, the Foreign Editor of The Australian has written an excellent op ed  He’s onside and  even handed with his views towards Israel. Hopefully we can now turn around the wrongs of the dreadful Bob Carr. Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop intend to reverse the anti-Israel direction in Australia’s voting …

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Obama at the United Nations (Or, Déjà Vu All Over Again)

The very prospect of going through Obama’s recent speech at the United Nations is just simply depressing.  Nevertheless, let’s have at it. In the near term, America’s diplomatic efforts will focus on two particular issues: Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Iran clearly has nothing to fear …

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Steering clear of talking about terror.

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update. 25 September 2013 – Submitted and written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the Zionist Federation of Australia……………..   The world has been rocked by tragedy over the past week. Closest to home, Israel is in mourning. First, twenty-year old Israeli, Tomer Hazan was lured …

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Zionist Federation of Australia welcomes Gandel Philanthropy’s commitment to Jewish continuity

25 September 2013 MEDIA RELEASE Zionist Federation of Australia welcomes Gandel Philanthropy’s commitment to Jewish continuity Taglit-Birthright Israel is a visionary program that provides a free 10-day educational tour of Israel for young Jewish adults aged 18-26 who have never previously participated in a peer-group educational trip to Israel. The …

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Islam, Political Islam, and the Diaspora Jewish Divide

One cannot stand up for the Jewish people, today, if one fails to speak out against political Islam. This assertion represents a significant dividing line among Jewish people, particularly throughout the diaspora.  The Jews of Israel do not need much convincing that political Islam is a threat.  The reason for …

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Gaza is booming, but SBS blames Israel all the same!

On September 17th 2013, SBS’s Dateline ran a piece on Gaza. Instead of the usual propaganda portraying poor innocent Palestinians ground down by the ‘Zionist entity’, it reported that many Arabs had become millionaires in a Gaza property boom. Reporter Seyi Rhodes said there was a very different side to …

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Mauritania to UN Watch: No slavery in the country?

Of course they surely jest? But first let’s read both submissions to the UN. Published  Here September 16, 2013 This morning, Mauritania’s delegation to the UN Human Rights Council responded to UN Watch and rejected the wide-spread and well-documented persistence of slavery in the country. Below is the speech as …

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Syria – London Eleven Need Help From Heaven

Latest opinion piece from David Singer, an Australian Lawyer, Foundation Member of the International Analyst Network and Convenor of Jordan is Palestine International. Only divine intervention now seems likely to justify continuing support for the anti- Assad forces in Syria by the group known as the London 11 – United …

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Nicole Bernstein Hands Out Friendship and Hope

As my readers will recall, lecturer Ghassan Zakaria, of San Diego State University, gave out a map of the Middle East to his students with the homeland of the Jewish people deleted. This kind of thing is pernicious because without actually criticizing Israel, Zakaria merely makes the country of our …

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