The JNF: an inextricable part of global Zionism

Cultivate Justice, the global week of action to educate and challenge common thinking about the Jewish National Fund, is well underway. Why have we taken such a strong stand on the JNF, as progressive Jews who believe in human rights, social justice and the environment? Read this concise history and call to action, by Jordy […]

Max Kaiser on Jews For Refugees

Read “Jews, Refugees and the (im)possibility of history”, an insightful piece by Max Kaiser, about the formation and reformation of Jews For Refugees, published in Overland earlier this month: A few years ago I received a phone call from the current Energy and Resources minister, Josh Frydenberg. He called me in response to an email I had sent […]

Statement about Yom Hazikaron

Zionism Victoria and the United Israel Appeal are hosting a commemoration for Yom HaZikaron (Remembrance Day) this year, marking 60 years since the Sinai Campaign of 1956, and 10 years since the second Lebanon War of 2006. Both of these wars are notable not only in their importance in framing regional politics, but in the disputing of […]

“Tales of a City by the Sea” remains on the VCE syllabus

Samah Sabawi’s play “Tales of a City by the Sea” was recently named by the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC), chaired by Dvir Abramovich, as a text that incites against Israel and should therefore be removed from the VCE curriculum. The ADC claimed that the play portrayed Israel as a “blood-thirsty, evil war-machine” and amounts to “anti-Israel propaganda”. This […]

Victoria plans to protect biodiversity

Protecting our environment is crucial. None of our activism or struggle for social justice could take place were it not for the physical environment in which we live and work. The Victorian government has recently issued a plan to protect biodiversity in our State. You can read more about this or make your own submission […]

Robin Rothfield on the question of UN bias

In response to “Why Israel? A look at Israel and UN bias” by Leah Goldman (pseudonym) in our newsletter, Just Voices #7, Robin Rothfield has sent in the following letter: The Editor Just Voices Dear Keren I am writing to comment on Just Voices – Issue #7 of November 2015. I enjoyed reading your own contribution “Revisiting Israel –what’s changed” […]

Statement on Asylum Seekers

The AJDS community stands deeply appalled by Australia’s shameful ongoing treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. The current escalation in desperate measures by people in detention across Australia and offshore highlights the need for change and action. As we witness the political ‘race to the bottom’ in the lead up to the election, we implore both major parties to change their policies immediately. Both […]