I, along with many others wish we had the answer to that. I have been told it is likely due to the political leaning of the new President?
For non-Australians and non-Jews, the ECAJ is the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
According to its website it is…
– the officially elected representative organisation and the voice of the Australian Jewish Community.
With this in mind, perhaps they should ask the Community what it wants. That is of course if they can tell the Community who and what they are first, as most people I encounter have never heard of them.
To my surprise on Thu, 23 Jan 2014, some ten days ago, I received the following email from them
Subject: Humanitarian crisis in Syria
“If anyone wants to donate to help Syrian refugees,the Arab Council of Australia recommends the Red Cross Syrian Crisis Appeal”
Hello? Has someone lost it? I could not believe what I was reading.
At first I thought it was a joke, but then knowing from whom it came, I strongly doubted it was one.
I answered with some kind of comment like
“You are of course joking?”
Joking is putting it mildly knowing what the Syrians think of Israel, and like Iran, and the rest of the region, they would happily blast us into oblivion.
Israel is a humanitarian country and has been treating injured Syrians in Her hospitals. After treatment they have to be secretly smuggled back to Syria for fear of retribution.
In early November a Syrian baby was born in Israel. By all accounts the mother wanted no paperwork regarding the birth of her child, as it was too dangerous. Both her and her baby would likely be killed if it was known the baby was born in Israel.
This is what they think of us and yet the ECAJ asks us donate money to them?
Within a very short space of time of receiving this, emails started arriving from others asking if I’d received the email and was the ECAJ playing some kind of a joke?
The ECAJ, supposedly our peak body sending out monetary appeals from the Arab Council of Australia?
Don’t they have enough?
The Arab world has more money than it can count and yet they come to us for help?
Sure is puzzling and it wouldn’t happen in reverse that’s for sure.
Michael Burd, who is a regular visitor and contributor to this site, asked me if I thought the sender was serious. I told him I would think so , there was no reason think otherwise. He told me he’d sent an email asking and he’d wait for the reply.
To this day that reply has not been forthcoming, so I think we can safely presume the answer is in the affirmative.
Yes, it is for real.
Michael wrote to the Australian Jewish News and his letter was published on Thursday 30th January.
I publish that letter now, with his permission.
I was astonished to receive an email from one of our most senior Jewish community leaders in Sydney calling for donations to help Syrians.
Syria is technically still at war with our Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel, and if Syrians were not currently fighting among themselves they would, in my opinion, not hesitate to continue their battle with the Jewish State under Assad or Syria’s next possible Islamist leader.
The Jewish community is being asked to donate money to the “Red Cross Syrian Crisis Appeal”.
I am not aware that there are guarantees where this money would end up – in that part of the world I hate to think.
If, heaven forbid across the Syrian border Israelis were fighting Israelis in a sectarian war it is, in my opinion, inconceivable that Keysar Trad, or any other Arab or Muslim community representative, would have the chutzpah to canvass their constituents in Australia to donate funds to Magen David Adom to help Jews.
No doubt there will be those in the Jewish community that criticise my views with the usual condescending response
“oh, we are better than them.”
MICHAEL BURD Toorak, Vic