AJDS Environment Policy

  Background We are living at a time of unprecedented biophysical crisis. Human civilisation is facing a perfect storm of problems driven by climate change, environmental destruction and pollution, biodiversity loss and resource depletion, all of which are intensifying global socio-economic and regional problems. Two centuries of exploitation of readily accessible energy resources have facilitated […]

Acknowledgement or Appropriation?

By Larry Stillman Acknowledgment of Aboriginal presence and identity continues to be a difficult and controversial issue.  Despite formal acknowledgements such as “welcome to country” statements, or the flying of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander flags, it is hard to know how deeply and in what ways an understanding of what contemporary indigeneity affect […]

Antisemitism in the Left and other racial issues for Jews

This post includes excerpts from April Rosenblum’s “The past didn’t go anywhere: making resistance to antisemitism part of all of our movements” (2014), available here. Posting excerpts from this document has been permitted, so as to promote a discussion of antisemitism. All excerpts from Rosenblum’s paper have been indented and appear in green. The AJDS provides a […]

Why Israel? A look at Israel and UN bias

By Leah Goldman (pseudonym) When discussing topics around Israel one of the common questions one hears is “why is the whole world so concerned with Israel?”  This is often accompanied by the opinion that antisemitism has reared its ugly head in blanket condemnation and hatred for the State of Israel.  Putting aside the history and […]

The Australian Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) group

By the Australian BDS Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/boycott.israel48/) The AJDS does not necessary endorse the views represented by this group, though we do foster debate and discussion. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) is marked as a civil nonviolent campaign against Israel and its complicit institutions, and is arguably the largest of its kind. BDS works to uncover […]

Revisiting Israel – what’s changed?

By Keren Tova Rubinstein Last month I travelled to Israel after my longest absence from it since I emigrated 23 years ago. It had been five years since I was there last. This didn’t mean that it changed hugely from what I’d remembered – as Israelis kept expecting – but rather, that I had undergone […]

Indigenous statement

The AJDS formally acknowledges that we, as an organisation, have members who live and work on the land of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin nation, owners of the Melbourne region. We also have active members in other parts of Australia, all of whom reside on Aboriginal land. We pay our respects to […]