Yearly Archives: 2013

Interim Agreement in Geneva: Iran has won

Friends of Israel Initiative: DISPATCH December 13th. 2013. The interim agreement signed in Geneva last November 24, is a victory for Iran and consequently it does not stop the nuclear program at all. On the contrary, the agreement allows Iran to keep its ability to produce enriched uranium and opens …

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Message from ZCNSW President .

The year has come and gone and what a year it has been for the ZCNSW. The past few weeks have been extremely busy ones. Richard Balkin, President of the Zionist Council of NSW. We had the pleasure of welcoming Israel’s new Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Shmuel Ben-Shmuel, at …

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Muslim Finds Islam, Not Israel, Ruining Temple Mount

Writing for the Gatestone Institute, Palestinian academic Mudar Zahran discovers that it is local Islamic authorities, and not Israel, who are threatening the future of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. In a recent visit to Jerusalem, where I visited and prayed at Al-Aqsa, it occurred to me that perhaps we, the Arabs …

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International Human Rights Day for some…

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 12th. Dec. 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Two days ago (Tuesday 10th December) marked International Human Rights Day which celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The blogger sphere was abuzz, and businesses and …

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Arlene in Israel – Obama on His Face

Before we get to Obama, who makes me (as most of you) terribly tired, I would like to address other topics.I have been wanting for some time to write about the issue of Bedouin settlement in the Negev, which has sparked enormous controversy and been used as a weapon against …

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Zionist Youth Movements Madsem 2013

On Sunday December 8th, the ZYC – Zionist Youth Council,  together with the ZCNSW ran an educational seminar and training day for the Madrichim  from all the youth movements in NSW; Habonim Dror, Hineni, Nezter, Bnei Akiva and Betar. With over 50 Madrichim attending, they learnt about Duty of Care, …

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Water pipeline to link the Red Sea with the Dead Sea

09 Dec 2013 Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs “This is a historic agreement that realizes a dream of many years and the dream of Herzl. The agreement is of the highest diplomatic, economic, environmental and strategic importance.” Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority on Monday afternoon (9 December 2013) signed …

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SFSU Responds to Arab Calls for Violence Against Jews

San Francisco State University (SFSU) president, Les Wong, has responded for the second time to criticisms that calling for the murder of Jews is perhaps something less than educative.  And for the second time he refuses to address the central issue, which is a call to violence against Jews by the General …

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NSW Jewish Board of Deputies end of year meeting

Reports on the three Israel missions which the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies has conducted in recent weeks will be delivered at next week’s plenum meeting on Tuesday evening December 17. (If photos are flattened, please refresh page. WordPress glitch) Board of Deputies President Yair Miller will report on the …

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NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Bridge building tour.

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies charted new territory last week when it expanded its bridge-building work to the far-western Outback town of Broken Hill and to the State’s second city, Newcastle, for the first time in about 20 years. The Board annually conducts comprehensive outreach programmes to centres throughout …

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Two Bedouin Sheikhs and the Begin Plan – video

Two Bedouin sheikhs reveal their support for the Begin Plan, Israel’s strategy to improve the welfare of the Negev Bedouin and resolve land issues in southern Israel. While Sheikh Awde A-Zanoon and Sheikh I’d Abu Rashed do not hesitate to criticize former Israeli policies toward the Bedouin, they also express …

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New Israel Fund “Stirring the Pot”

From Ma’ariv by Ben-Dror Yemini who is a senior journalist with the Hebrew only daily Ma’ariv. He lectures about the spread and impact of anti-Israel propaganda.   It has been posted as a request. There is no URL. I was told it was an op-ed in Ma’ariv so this  would …

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Has Israel lost the Negev?

Among the Bedouin community, Israeli laws barring polygamy amount to no more than rumors, and no one has ever even heard of the building code • The Bedouin have all but taken over the Negev and turned it into a neighboring country. Emily Amrousi                    Lavish villas alongside traditional tents: …

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I Love This Blade…

What are we to make of the fact that a student leader at San Francisco State University feels comfortable holding up a blade on a social media page calling for the murder of Jews in Israel? Much like SFSU President, Les Wong, I am not sure just what to make of this story, …

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