The Australian Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) group

By the Australian BDS Group ( 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 […]

Queer Palestine and gendered violence in Australian detention centres: interview with Jordy Silverstein and Sa’ed Atshan on 3CR

On October 18, 2015, Sa’ed Atshan, member of Al-Qaws, a Palestinian LGBT advocacy group, and Jordy Silverstein, executive member of the AJDS, were interviewed on 3CR’s Queering the Air about the queer Palestinian struggle, pink washing in Israel/Palestine, and gendered violence in Australia’s detention centres for refugees and asylum seekers. Listen to the full program here.

Stop the killing, end the Occupation: a statement from the global Jewish network for justice

The following statement, of which the AJDS is signatory, was initiated by an international Jewish network of groups and individuals working for justice in Palestine. Together, we reclaim Jewish identity not as a nationalist identity but as one that celebrates our diverse roots, traditions & communities wherever we are around the world. We believe that it is […]

AJDS Statement on JNF Annual Dinner

On Thursday 15 October, the JNF Annual Dinner is being held, this year featuring two speakers: Nir Barkat, the Mayor of Jerusalem, via video link up, and Judy Feld Carr CM. While there is broad community support for the JNF within the Melbourne Jewish community, this kind of support is troubling. As Mayor of Jerusalem, […]

Statement on the Syrian refugee crisis

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society condemns the Coalition government’s decision to join the bombing campaign against Syria. This military intervention will do nothing to bring down Assad or ISIS, but rather will contribute to the daily toll of human life in that region of the world. The power tensions in the region cannot be resolved […]

Stop Palestinian Home Demolitions

Sign our petition now! At the end of July the AJDS together with APAN presented a panel of speakers at the triennial ALP National conference to discuss the realities of the failed peace process and how we can move forward. We presented our position that recognition of Palestinian statehood and addressing settlement expansion in the […]