Statement in response to “lifestyle choices”

We are concerned by the way the Abbott Government’s policies towards Aboriginal peoples serve to continue and enhance their dispossession and colonisation. And, moreover, that bad economic decisions should take precedence over long-lasting Aboriginal practices and relationships to land. The AJDS opposes any moves by the Government to push Aboriginal peoples off their lands, as […]

A Rabbinic Autumn?

By Les Rosenblatt  There’s no ‘Rabbinic Spring’ yet, (Australian Jewish News Editorial Feb 20, 2015) regardless of the AJN having sighted the odd dove or swallow skimming the murky oceans of Chabad rabbinical denial exposed at the Royal Commission. At best, to my mind, it may be an autumn. Not until the comprehensive transformation of […]

The Occupation

By Alon Idan Haaretz supplement, 20/2/2015 Translated by Keren Rubinstein ‘Occupation’ is not a good word. It takes the Israeli away from reality instead of bringing him closer to it. ‘The Occupation’ has a permanent place in the Israeli hall of collective consciousness, therefore there’s no need to consider it afresh when it is heard […]

Limmud Oz 2014: Panel on Refugees and Asylum Seekers

By Harold Zwier, Robert Richter, Paris Aristotle, Robert Manne and Ralph Genende This is the transcript of a Limmud Oz session held at Monash University, Caulfield Campus, on Sunday 8th June 2014, on Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Organized by Harold Zwier, the session provided a forum for a broad discussion of a vexed issue that […]

Statement about the United Israel Appeal’s guest speakers

Members of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) are dismayed that the United Israel Appeal (UIA) has brought a series of ill-considered speakers to Australia to support their 2015 fundraising campaign. Amongst these speakers are people who consistently voice Islamophobic and racist sentiments; who oppose the end of the Occupation; and who actively call for […]

Joint statement by Australian organisations and community groups

The following statement was issued 13 February 2015, and is co-signed by AJDS. You can download the pdf here.   NEVER AGAIN: LET’S END THE DETENTION OF CHILDREN ONCE AND FOR ALL The report of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention provides compelling evidence of the need for Australia to […]

AJDS statement on recent UN resolution

Julie Bishop’s decision to side with the United States in voting against the UN SecurityCouncil Draft resolution on Israeli withdrawal from the Occupied Territories is another missed opportunity for Australia to support both Israel and Palestine, and contribute to resolving the decades old conflict. Changing the dynamics of the festering conflict can only occur if the international community sees a role in […]