Australia & NZ.

Running from the truth.

I accidentally found myself caught up right in the middle of the Run for Palestinian Human Rights event yesterday. Yes, me. A proud Zionist. I was just trying to find a parking spot outside the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne on a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning when I saw small …

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ZFA Advocacy Special: Be’er Sheva 2017.

It is hard to describe the feelings of being in Israel at this very special moment. Particularly, that of being an Australian in Israel and more specifically, spending yesterday in Be’er Sheva. Overlay that with being a Jewish Australian and words fail to capture the incredible symbiotic and deep connections …

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‘Denial’ film shows truth matters but some NZ universities disagree.

We are now living in the era of post-truth and alternative facts, the internet is awash with unsupported opinions – some absolutely outrageous and many completely unfounded… This is a movie that says truth is important and really matters and you can find out about it and you can nail …

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UN Security Council Resolution 2334 Criticised in Coalition Agreement.

Yesterday New Zealand’s new Prime Minister-elect, Hon Jacinda Ardern, and New Zealand First leader and Deputy Prime Minister-elect, and likely Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rt Hon Winston Peters, signed a coalition agreement, which revealed the full extent of the policy wins obtained by New Zealand First in return for enabling …

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The Imam Tawhidi foundation.

Imam Tawhidi is good man, suffering at the hands of fellow Muslims because he speaks of..                         Gender Equality and Women’s Rights No to Extremism No Killing of Apostates Establishing of the Caliphate Politics and Religion Patriot Imams Giving Back to the Country Joining the Australian Army He has been blocked …

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The problem with Ardern’s Corbyn endorsement.

For many Jewish New Zealanders, their decision on which political candidate to support will at least partly be based on that candidate’s position on Israel and “the conflict”, as well as their sensitivity around antisemitism as it exists in 2017. Jacinda Ardern, who may well be New Zealand’s PM in …

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NSW Labor’s Faustian pact.

In choosing politics over principle, the NSW branch of the Australian Labor Party has moved further down the treacherous path laid out by Bob Carr and his ilk.  That path is contrary to the interests of peace for the people of the Middle East and to the values of freedom and …

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10 pro-tips for becoming an effective anti-Israel protester.

29 July 2017 saw an anti-Israel rally in Auckland’s Aotea Square that had been billed as “Alaqsa solidarity rally” to protest against Israel’s “security measures that require Palestinians to enter through metal detectors to go pray” (sic). These measures were removed by Israel before the day of the rally, after …

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Indigenous Friends of Israel- Press release 27.7.17.

Indigenous Friends of Israel spokesperson Munganbana Norman Miller again today urged the NSW and Federal Labor Party not to change its policy towards Israel.   The NSW Labor Conference will be held this weekend. Delegates were to deal with a resolution seeking Palestinian statehood but a deal has been made …

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ECAJ Open Letter to Sen. Singh’s troubling parliamentary speech.

Last month, Labor Senator for Tasmania Lisa Singh gave a speech to Parliament which greatly concerned the ECAJ – Executive Council of Australian Jewry, on the Israel/Palestine issue. They wrote to Senator Singh, alerting her to some of the concerns they had, and hoping to engage with her about the …

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PRESS RELEASE: Israel confirms World Vision Guilty Terror Funding.

Big new developments in the case against World Vision for funding terror linked groups in Gaza.   The Israeli Authorities have now confirmed all the claims Andrew Hamilton made back in 2012/13. Posted below the  letter to the Australian Foreign Minister and a Press Release. Regards Andrew Hamilton. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The …

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Indigenous Friends of Israel – Australia.

The Indigenous Friends of Israel has been established in Australia to counter the growing Labor political party’s move to recognize a Palestinian State and to maintain the country’s bipartisan support for Israel. INDIGENOUS FRIENDS OF ISRAEL, AUSTRALIA PRESS RELEASE 6.7.17 Munganbana Norman Miller spokesperson for the Indigenous Friends of Israel  …

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Maccabiah Bridge Disaster 20th Anniversary.

On the 14th of July 1997, 20 years ago, a bridge commissioned by Maccabi World Union (MWU) collapsed during the opening ceremony of the 15th Maccabiah Games in Ramat Gan, Israel. Four Australians – Yetty Bennett, Elizabeth Sawicki, Greg Small & Warren Zines died. Over 60 Australians including Sasha Elterman …

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What sort of relationship does New Zealand want with Israel?

Both Prime Minister Bill English and new Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee have said they want to repair the relationship with Israel in the wake of New Zealand co-sponsoring anti-Israel UNSC Resolution 2334.  However, they seem to disagree on what that relationship might look like and how to go about it. …

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Sunday Star Times publishes vile Sharon Murdoch cartoon.

Fairfax media outlet, Stuff, published fake news in January 2017, which led to a stream of antisemitic comments on social media.  Now, the most recent edition of Fairfax’s Sunday Star Times has chosen to print a vile cartoon suggesting new New Zealand Foreign Minister, Gerry Brownlee, is being controlled by …

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Dominion Post editor launches fanciful anti-Israel polemic.

Who recently stated that Israel has “warmongering tendencies” and is engaging in a “deliberate balkanisation programme aimed at sabotaging the twin-state (sic) solution”? You would be forgiven for thinking it’s Hamas, as their charter contains very similar language.  But, in fact, it was the editor of the Dominion Post, one …

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‘ANZAC’ Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

‘ANZAC’ is the acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac Day is one of Australia and New Zealand’s most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. It further …

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A Jewish Suburb: Cultural Diversity – or Tribalism?

Jews are Indigenous to Israel, including Judea and Samaria

This week’s Australian Jewish News reported there were plans for a new Jewish community in Melbourne: WITH soaring housing prices proving prohibitive for families in and around Caulfield, plans have been put forward for the establishment of a new Jewish community outside of Melbourne, with Pakenham emerging as a popular …

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Young Australian Greens refuse to meet with Jewish students.

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students – AUJS invited members the NSW Young Greens to a meeting with bipartisan young political staffers at the NSW Parliament. However the NSW Young Greens co-convenor, Kleon Toffetti, refused the invitation because “We have a longstanding position of not supporting this organisation because … …

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BSA rules Gaza blockade cannot be reported as “illegal”.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint concerning TVNZ’s coverage of the Israeli maritime blockade of Gaza, on the basis that it breached the required standard of accuracy by stating the blockade of Gaza is “illegal”.  In doing so it set out some important expectations: Broadcasters should refrain from …

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