Letter to Josh Frydenberg MP on refugee policy

The following letter to Josh Frydenberg MP concerning Australia’s refugee policy constitutes a report of  a meeting that took place on December 11, 2014.     *** The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister     Dear Josh, Thank you very much for making the time available to meet with Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black, […]

Statement on the new legislation regarding asylum seekers

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS), as a Jewish group particularly sensitive to the plight of those seeking protection, is appalled by the migration legislation that was passed overnight. The bill introduces new temporary visas and gives the Minister for Immigration new sweeping powers to control the fate of people who attempt to come to Australia […]

The Same Sea

By Ann Fink Tales of a City by the Sea was a stunning theatrical experience. It is a many layered love story, set in the Gaza Strip. It is a unique play, written by Samah Sabawi, a Palestinian-Canadian-Australian writer, poet, playwright and political commentator; a wordsmith of great talent. It is a poetic and musical […]

Portraying the Occupation in Israeli and Palestinian Art

By Keren Rubinstein Can art stand up to the Occupation? Is it crude or privileged to turn to art when countless lives are relinquished for political gain? Perhaps. And yet, I wanted to look at Israeli and Palestinian visual portrayals of the ongoing disempowerment, appropriation and violence entailed by the Occupation. Can I group Palestinian […]

Two poems

By Micaela Sahhar   Shrinking Policing over the possible, Dagan, I note down now how you would note rumours as facts. Surveying a space where (it was said) the dead (even then) had no land, as those who still made sound scooped trenches for an olive grove whose massive roots heaved like a pod   […]

Australian Parliamentary Friends of Palestine

The AJDS applauds the bipartisan action yesterday by the Australian Parliamentary Friends of Palestine, led by Maria Vamvakinou, Craig Laundy, Melissa Parke and Jill Hall who called for the Australian Government to formally recognise Palestine. International diplomatic pressure plays a vital role in ensuring a swift and just resolution to the conflict, which is necessary […]

Response to recent violence in Jerusalem

Statement issued 19/11/2014 The AJDS condemns the attacks that are occurring in Jerusalem. This violence is heartbreaking and must end immediately. The AJDS calls for leading figures in the current Israeli government and their settler allies to halt their recent actions, which actively work against justice and instead incite violence towards Palestinians. We condemn the […]