Bir El Eid -South Hebron Hills

by George Stein Bir El Eid is a small village in the South Hebron Hills, located in Area C, which makes it exist under the administrative control of Israel. Because of this, if Palestinian residents want to build structures, they must seek permission from the Israeli authorities. The likelihood of receiving a permit is so […]

From Across the Ditch: Klezmer Rebs speaks out against the Occupation

At a public event to celebrate Hanukkah in Wellington,  NZ,  the Klezmer Reb band spoke out against the occupation.  Dave Moskowitz spoke  directly to the Israeli Ambassador who claimed to have not heard Dave (despite the presence of audio etc).  It’s great to see solidarity across the Tasman.  Dave is well known in the Jewish […]

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 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.