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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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Satirist – or Racist and Anti-Semitic?

Satirist – or Racist and Anti-Semitic? There’s nothing better than a good satire. Fairfax’s Ben Pobjie, after bewailing the lack of talent on Australian TV compared with the US and Britain added that “we should take a moment to recognise that we actually have some damn talented folk in this …

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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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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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Leunig slams Jews – and Lycra!

Michael Leunig,described as a poet, cartoonist and cultural commentator, was in 1999  declared an Australian Living Treasure. He started out drawing whimsical teapots and ducks, then turned his focus to attacking those who want to defend civilisation against barbarity – Israel being the number one target – thus ensuring his …

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Jewish and voting Greens

The Greens’ problem with Israel. Palestinian propagandists are triumphant about the Green’s policy on Israel, presumably because it is sync with their own: The Australian Greens support a two-state solution that ensures the legitimate rights and aspirations of both Palestinians and the Israeli people to live in peace and security …

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Cannold’s honeymoon with Wikileaks ends

Leslie Cannold’s decision to stand for Julian Assange’s Wikileaks Party was always questionable, given her feminist ideals; after all, he’s been accused of raping two women. Moreover, his link with anti-Semites and alleged anti-Semitic pronouncements were an unlikely pairing for a secular Jew like Cannold. See: http://jewsdownunder.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/does-wikileaks-have-a-problem-with-jews-2/ She vigorously defended …

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Yes, Let’s Boycott MB!

Who doesn’t love going to Max Brenner, with their delicious hot chocolate and yummy ice cream confections. There’s a wonderful ambience in their cafes: the city venues are fun places to go, constantly packed with people, whereas the suburban ones are quieter, the perfect place to relax and drink chocolate …

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Tim Fischer blames the Jews – Again!

Barney Zwartz writes in The Age that Tim Fischer, the former Australian Deputy PM, claimed the New York Jewish lobby had unfairly blackened the name of WWII Pope Pius XII “in the interests of a modern political agenda”. “Pius has been criticised for not doing enough to protect Jews during …

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