From the archives: 1999, The Australian Jewish News and censorship

In April 1999 the Australian Jewish News pressured editor David Bernstein to resign, following remarks about the Balkans and Israel/Palestine, which were considered intolerable by the newspaper and powerful agents in the Jewish community. The AJDS condemned the censorship.  Our official statement read: The Australian Jewish Democratic Society deplores the circumstances that led to the resignation of […]

‘Unpicking Jerusalem: a re-examination of the archives’ by Sary Zananiri

By Keren Tova Rubinstein Sary Zananiri’s mounted and manipulated photographs in Unpicking Jerusalem: a re-examination of the archives reflect Jerusalem’s historical trajectory from 1850-2015 in overt and subtle ways. Though the subject is as infinite as time itself, and though the architectural and human landscape that comprises this place is equally vast and complex, entering […]


The AJDS endorses the #letthemstay rallies in Melbourne and continues to object fiercely to the detention of asylum seekers. Thousands have already marched to show support for asylum seekers. You can read more about that here. For more details, visit the event page:        

Israel’s transparency law

In yet another move to undermine democracy in Israel, the Netanyahu-led government has recently passed a transparency law (also called in Hebrew the organisations bill). Initiated by the Justice Minister, Ayeled Shaked, the law is ostensibly aimed at enabling government access to information about all NGOs funding sources and government affiliates. Given the Israeli government’s growing passion for isolating, demonising […]