Australia & NZ.

Closing Jews Down Under Website

With a heavyish heart I am closing down the website after ten years.        It is and it isn’t an easy decision after 10 years of constant work. The past years have not be kind to me. Apart from my very unwell husband, I have been unwell too and it is …

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Labor’s reversal of Australia’s recognition of West Jerusalem represents a failure of policy & process

Late on Monday, 17 October 2022, a news story labelled “Exclusive” was published by the Guardian Australia, reporting that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) had removed two sentences from its website that had, until then, confirmed that “Australia recognised West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” The …

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ABC Australia – where a little knowledge is a dangerous thing

On Sunday, 23 October, 2022, John Lyons, the ABC’s global affairs editor posted what was termed an analysis of the Albanese Labor government’s decision to reverse the previous Liberal Morrison government’s decision recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Aside from the one-sided emotional positioning of less informed readers which …

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Outback Rabbi Dons Military Chaplain Fatigues

Chabad Rabbi Ari Rubin will serve Australia’s largest army base in remote Northern Queensland His congregation is spread out over a swath of land of approximately 420,000 square miles—the size of Texas and California combined.  In Australia’s Northern Queensland region, where tropical rainforest meets parched, red desert plains, Rabbi Ari …

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The imperative of a complete ban on Hamas.

On October 1, the head of ASIO, Mike Burgess, expressed support for banning Hamas in its entirety. When questioned during a parliamentary inquiry, he stated, “Yes I would support it, but I am not the decision-maker.”  Mr Burgess went further, “There’s no doubt the group as a whole does advocate …

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Indigenous friends of Israel : Press release

“Regarding the recent motion by the Qld ALP regarding  Israel, it is the Jewish people who have been subjected to ethnic cleansing from the land of Israel for many centuries,” said Norman and Barbara Miller, Convenors of the Indigenous Friends of Israel. “If you want to talk about ethnic cleansing, …

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Sir Robert Menzies and Australia’s Jewish Community.

In an ABC documentary series to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Liberal Party of Australia, the daughter of Sir Robert Menzies, Heather Henderson, recalled that “sectarianism was alive and well in the fifties” and that her “father fought against that always.” Appreciating that he was at the helm of what was …

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We want to call out antisemitism, so why won’t they let us?

As a very public Free Speech advocate (I am a Spokesperson for the Free Speech Coalition) I took claims that people would be silenced by Wellington City Council’s proposed adoption of the IHRA’s (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) working definition of antisemitism extremely seriously. After pressure from a variety of groups, …

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The threat posed by right-wing extremism to Australia.

The contemporary far-right in Australia is best described as a conglomerate of different ideas and ideologies, held with varying intensity and activity, but connected by certain political positions.  These positions, in general, include ultra-nationalism and racism, and opposition to multiculturalism, homosexual rights, equality for females, “the Left” and, in many …

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