Invasion Day / Survival Day / Amnesia Day 2017

This year we continue to stand firm in our commitment to acknowledging our privileged presence on this land, traditionally owned by the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin nation. We are equally committed to bringing about change in our own as well as others’ perceptions of their role in ongoing colonisation. Read our Statement […]

The comeback of Palestinian cuisine: a brief account

Since we are proudly hosting acclaimed Gazan chef, Laila el-Haddad, for her Australian tour in April 2017, it is timely to consider Palestinian food traditions and their plight since the Nakba. This is of course the catastrophe of 1948, brought on primarily by Zionist colonisation of Palestine. With continuing military occupation, ensuing separation and atomisation […]

Statement about recent attack on Melbourne Islamic centre

We are saddened by the recent arson attack against the Imam Ali Islamic Centre in Fawkner on Sunday and wish to convey our sympathies and solidarity with the communities affected by this attack. We stand firmly opposed to such violence, whether directed at people, buildings or institutions. All people, whatever their religious, cultural, or national origin, […]

AJDS Annual Dinner 2016 with Adi Sappir

A big thanks to all the AJDS members, supporters and friends that came along to our annual dinner for 2016, on November 27 at the Goat House in Elsternwick. Your kind donations will help us carry on our work and prepare for the busy year ahead. It was a lovely night, thanks to our organiser, […]

Statement about One Nation coming to Caulfield

As many would be aware, One Nation senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts will be coming to Caulfield to spruik their divisive and racist politics to the Jewish community. Along with many others in the Jewish community, AJDS stands firmly opposed to the ideas which they put forward, standing instead for principles and practices of […]

AJDS Decolonisation Forum: From Australia to Israel-Palestine – insights

On September 4, 2016, the AJDS held the Decolonisation Forum: From Australia to Israel-Palestine. The event took place at the Multicultural Hub and was well attended, drawing together an eclectic crowd that had gathered to hear our esteemed panelists: Dr. Gary Foley, Dr. Clare Land, and Dr. Sary Zananiri. An additional presentation was delivered electronically by Nina Grunzwieg from Zochrot. […]

Bring Them Here – letter to parliamentarians

The AJDS recently distributed the following letter widely. Among our recipients were Malcolm Turnbull, Josh Frydenberg, Michael Danby, Mark Dreyfus, Mike Freelander, Stirling Griff, Peter Dutton and Shayne Neumann. We implore these parliamentarians to vote against proposed legislation that will make Australia’s asylum seeker policy even more cruel than it already is. We’ll keep you posted […]

Statement about the women’s boat to Gaza

On October 5th 2016 13 pro-Palestine activists on board the ship Zaytouna-Oliva of the Women’s Boat to Gaza were stopped by the Israeli army in international waters and then detained and deported.   We send our support and solidarity to the women who sailed on the ship for their courage and commitment to bring attention to […]