EVENT- Gaza in context: A Palestinian perspective+ Audio

UPDATE:  This was a very well attended event, and fortunately, there are mp3 audio files.  Abu Sarah was introduced by Jordy Silverstein and the meeting was chaired by Sivan Barak-Baroda of the AJDS Executive. If you want to save the mp3s, use your right hand mouse button. Aziz 1 Aziz 2 [ Abu Sarah views […]

Leunig’s cartoon deserves a more thoughtful Jewish response

http://tinyurl.com/czkjlel Congratulations to Harold Zwier for getting national coverage in the Fairfax stable on 30 Nov 2012. Sanity over hysteria. Update: Leunig’s own response on 11 Dec 2012  to the controversy which resulted from his cartoon ON NOVEMBER 21, The Age published a cartoon by Michael Leunig which commented on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The device […]

Letter to Senator Bob Carr, Foreign Minister.

The AJDS has sent this letter to Senator Carr (attached)   The Hon. Senator Bob Carr Foreign Minister PO Box 6100 Senate Parliament House Canberra, ACT  2600 5th December 2012 Dear Senator Carr, Our organisation supports the compromise decision of the Australian government to abstain on the recent UN General Assembly vote to upgrade the […]

Rotten Liars, not Honest Reporting

The ‘Honest Reporting’ outfit, a well-resourced international organisation that engages in hasbarah is engaged in classic media distortion by selective quotation from Harold Zwier’s opinion piece in the Melbourne Age. It makes out that Zwier was saying precisely the opposite to what he was arguing.  This was no “blast back” at Leunig, but a critque […]

What are the implications of “non observer status” Palestine for progressives?

Larry Stillman There seem to be several lessons from the recent politics around this episode in the Australian public sphere. It has demonstrated that the so-called official leadership of the Australian Jewish Community (the “Lobby”) overplayed its hand in trying to influence foreign policy decisions with an undercurrent of murky political wheeling dealing that revolves […]

The “Non Observer State” of Palestine. An opinion.

Larry Stillman Harold Zwier While the Australian government abstained from voting for the proposed UN General Assembly resolution on the recognition of the “non-member observer state” of Palestine, the Australian government, which already accepts the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,should vote in favour of recognition of the state in the future. Anyone with […]

From Kadimah: with prejudice?

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society is very disappointed that the “Kadimah” committee has cancelled the booking for our function with Aziz Abu Sarah, a Palestinian peace activist, entrepreneur and journalist, born and raised in Jerusalem.

Leila’s Story

by George Stein *Leila (name has been changed for job security) Leila was born in Al- Jiflik in 1962. Her family were refugees from 1948, originally from Al nfaat village, near Al khdarah which is located in the north of Palestine, around Haifa. Leila tells us, “I have never been to my family village, but […]

AJDS- differing viewpoints over Operation ““Pillar of Defense”

The AJDS Executive found itself with two different viewpoints over the current outbreak of violence between Israel and the Hamas Government in Gaza.  While there was much in common, there were different emphases. We felt that it was best to present the two points of view to the AJDS members and the public, even though […]