Guest Post.

Oy Vey! Sussan Ley.

Tony Abbott’s recent reshuffle saw Sussan Ley promoted to the Cabinet, taking on the role of Minister for Health and Sport.  Let’s find out a bit more about her: Sussan Ley: From punk rocker to health minister As a high school student in Canberra in the 1970s, Ley walked around …

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#illridewithyou Hashtag Hypocrisy.

Hashtag Hypocrisy. In October last year, a gang assaulted 5 Jewish people as they were walking home from a Shabbat dinner.  Not only were some of the victims injured, but the trauma of the event would have made them very wary of venturing out at night again. In August this …

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Egypt in turmoil: blame the Jews!

    The ongoing bloodbath in Egypt got me thinking about the Jews from Egypt. We have a long history there; each Pesach we are exhorted to remember when we were slaves in Egypt and to celebrate our redemption from slavery to freedom. Under Mubarak’s regime, repressive though it was, …

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The British Royals’ Terror Connections

Since the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the glamorous couple hasn’t put a foot wrong, and with the birth of their cute baby George and another on the way, they have cemented the popularity of the Royal Family. While it might seem churlish to dent this glow by …

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Israeli/Arab interfaith marriage.

Fairfax News is never reticent when it comes to painting Israel and Jews in a bad light. So a story about an interfaith marriage in Israel between a Jewish woman and a Muslim man with the title – Right-wing extremists can’t break the love of a Muslim man and Jewish …

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What’s behind the Green’s Door?

Green is the colour of the Environmental Movement. It is also the colour of Hamas. What they have in common is they are both anti-freedom. The Green Movement has been around for a few decades now. Ostensibly concerned about our earth and everything in it – that is, unless you’re …

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Aussie Women Rabbis’ – Strange Ethics

  I wrote previously about the ‘sacred’ concert at Temple Beth Israel, which featured the Islamic Call to Prayer by Abdul Aziz al Mathkour and Brother Wasem Razvi of the Islamic Research Education Academy (IREA), a group whose mission is to convert the infidel! As if that’s not bad enough, …

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Melbourne Jewish Temple’s Interfaith Deception!

  This week’s Jewish News featured an article – Music Bridges Faith Traditions – about a Sacred Music Concert held at Temple Beth Israel (TBI), “bringing together performers and communities from Melbourne’s Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Indigenous traditions”. The concert was based around composer Ernest Bloch’s Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service), …

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“What we talk about when we talk about Israel/Palestine”.

 A Melbourne DISCUSSION with all speakers being like minded.! The Wheeler Centre was created in 2010 as “the centrepiece of Melbourne’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature” and “is dedicated to being the cornerstone of Australia’s literary activity, contributing to a deeper thinking society and to building a community around …

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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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Miriam Margolyes: proud new Aussie – ashamed old Jew

Last Australia Day, Margolyes became an Australian. Julie Power wrote: Margolyes is known for her honesty and humour. But when it comes to becoming an Australian citizen, she is earnest. ”I feel just sheer happiness, sheer joy.” She first came to Australia in the late 1960s after meeting Heather, her …

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Stephen Fry hates bigotry – unless it’s against Israel!

The Age’s Craig Mathieson reviewed a new ABC series, in which Fry talks about  homophobia in different countries, giving examples from Uganda and Iran. Craig comments: Would it surprise you to learn that the ”rabidly homophobic” people we meet in Stephen Fry: Out There (ABC1, 8.32pm) are bafflingly ludicrous zealots? …

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Can Peace Now handle the truth about Hebron?

Peace Now is angered about an archaeological dig in Hebron by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) aimed at uncovering remnants of King David’s Palace. The archaeological site is located in the Jewish neighborhood at Tel Rumeida, although the Haaretz English version headlined it was “Palestinian Hebron”…Peace Now’s director Yariv Oppenheimer …

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Prince Charles finally gets it – Mazal tov !

After years of praising Islam, Prince Charles finally admitted that Christians were being persecuted in the Middle East:  “It seems to me that we cannot ignore the fact that Christians in the Middle East are, increasingly, being deliberately attacked by fundamentalist Islamist militants. Christianity was, literally, born in the Middle …

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Exhibition at University of Melbourne: Jericho to Jerusalem

Recently I visited what was described as an “important collection of Bronze and Iron Age pottery from the excavations of Dame Kathleen Kenyon (1906–1978), who is described as: …best known for her excavations at Jericho and Jerusalem. Through these in particular, she helped to train a generation of archaeologists… In …

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Persecution of Christians worldwide – except in Israel.

Barney Zwartz, The Age’s religion editor, writes about the persecution facing Christians worldwide: As Christian villager Asia Bibi languished in a Pakistani jail awaiting death by hanging for drinking water from a Muslim cup, two suicide bombers killed 85 worshippers in a Peshawar church.  For Egypt’s Copts, who risk having …

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Emirates Melbourne Cup – the racism that stops a nation

Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is described as “an exhilarating day that puts Australia firmly in the international sporting spotlight…the greatest thoroughbreds from around the world descend upon Flemington to battle it out for a chance at the $6.2 million in prize money and to cement their names into history… It …

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