Monthly Archives: May 2014

Riga Ghetto Museum

Submitted and written by Cory McLeod of the Riga Ghetto Museum. This powerful online experience was launched for Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day in partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation. Latvia’s Riga Ghetto Museum has created a new website that lets people anywhere in the world literally walk through …

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For Tamar.

  Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia..   Dear Tamar, Remember me? We first met in late December 1996 when my parents took me to Israel for the first time as part of a UIA family mission. My family and …

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UC Irvine Cancels Nonie Darwish Speech

Front Page Magazine reports the following: On the heels of Brandeis University’s controversial decision to rescind an honorary degree to women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, organizers of a week-long pro-Israel event called iFest, which is currently underway at the University of California, Irvine, say they have been forced to …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – B’har

PROCLAIMING FREEDOM The Torah tells us early in this week’s reading to proclaim liberty, “d’ror”, for everyone who inhabits the land (Lev. 25:10). “D’ror” is a very strange word to use for liberty. The Targum Onkelos renders it as “cherut”, a more usual word for freedom. The sages offer various …

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‘This is the citadel of King David’

‘This is the citadel of King David’: Israeli archeologist claims he’s found legendary site near Jerusalem’s Old City. Daniel Estrin, Associated Press   JERUSALEM — An Israeli archeologist says he has found the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem, rekindling a longstanding debate about using the …

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Yom Ha’atzmaut rocks Melbourne

  Last night flags were waved, toes were tapping and people were singing along as the Victorian community came together to celebrate Israel’s 66th birthday.     The Melbourne Recital Centre, provided the perfect venue for ths incredible celebration. Young and old celebrated as they revelled in Israel’s rich tapestry …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi – Yom HaAtzma’ut.

    PRACTICAL ZIONISM This week we celebrate Yom HaAtzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day. As always, the occasion will bring out its philosophers, analysing the meaning of Israel and assessing how far the Jewish State has fulfilled the Zionist ideal. There is something else they often forget to remember. The Torah …

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What Really Happened in the Middle East

 Why Israel is the Victim by David Horowitz The Gaza Strip is a narrow corridor of land, 25 miles long and about twice the area of Washington, D.C. situated between the State of Israel and the Mediterranean Sea, and has a small southern border with Egypt. When the U.N. created …

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A Melbourne ‘terrorist themed’ play praised by Fairfax Media.

A play, Wael Zuaiter: Unknown, currently showing in Melbourne, which romanticises a terrorist, was reviewed in the Fairfax media.   … this innovative and brilliantly constructed piece of documentary theatre achieves a haunting power through storytelling. Its central story is the assassination of Wael Zuaiter. A Palestinian intellectual living in …

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Media release: The Joy of Volunteering

    Submitted by Jewish Care, Victoria. Written by Sarah Bendetsky.   Every year, Jewish Care’s 460 volunteers contribute over 35,000 hours of amazing community support. With National Volunteer Week around the corner, it’s a great time to recognise their important work and say thank you to volunteers who lead …

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On Peace and Palestinian unity.

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia..   Some weeks ago I wrote about the peace negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, which had then been meandering along with little progress for eight months. From the outset of the talks, …

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