ECAJ, JCCV and Australian Government  Donation to UNRWA

By Larry Stillman The ECAJ and JCCV recently condemned AJDS for encouraging people to make donations to the UN’s emergency relief appeal for Palestinian refugees in Gaza. They said that “making donations to UNRWA is reckless, given UNRWA’s own admission that Hamas hides weapons in UNRWA schools”. Of course, there is no logic in this […]

Statement on Gaza, 22 July 2014

As Jews and Israelis living outside Israel the AJDS recognises its responsibility to speak out against the ongoing violence in Gaza. As the ground offensive continues, and increasing numbers of civilians are being killed, the AJDS condemns the ongoing violence in Gaza and Israel.  At this time when more than 470 Palestinians in Gaza have been […]

A shtikl Bundism in Melbourne: Migrant Politics and the New Australians Council, 1955-1959

shtikl – a little bit of something By Clare Fester   When we think about 1950s Australia we often associate it with Robert Menzies’ long Liberal rule, social conservatism, and the White Australia policy. It was a period when migrant political participation was almost unheard of. Labour movement disinterest combined with the disinterest of migrants […]

1997 AJDS Reconciliation Meeting

In 1997 the Australian government continued to debate the Wik decision to allow native land titles to coexist with statutory leases. John Howard’s ‘Wik 10 Point Plan’ constituted a step back in the ongoing struggle for Aboriginal rights. This followed the release of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s final report on the stolen […]

Statement on the Occupation and Current War in Israel/Palestine

In light of the breakdown of the peace talks, the kidnappings and murders, incitement and calls for vengeance and the current acts of violence, AJDS endorses the Open Letter from Jewish Voice for Peace in the US. The letter calls upon Jewish and Israeli communities to reaffirm that all Israelis and Palestinians deserve security, justice, and […]

Statement on killings of Israeli young people

The AJDS deplores the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli young men and the terrible sadness for their families. We hope that the criminals are caught and punished. We must also not forget that Palestinians have been killed during Israeli operations, and that their families equally grieve with great sadness. In this period of great anger, […]