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 […]

Is AJDS AWOL or are we just overwhelmed victims of social media?

Time for some self-criticism. In the ordinary course of things, one would have expected many opinions and articles from AJDS on its website in response to the current outbreak of violence between Israel and Hamas and we have been discussing a response, but are yet to produce. But as well, consider the need to respond […]

Gaza: End This Damned War Now

by MJ Rosenberg reposted from here Today I received an email inviting me to a rally to express solidarity with Israel signed by the major mainstream pro-Israel and Jewish organizations ranging from those on the extreme far right all the way to J Street. J Street! J Street is, of course, the organization that was established as […]

Letter to Dani

by George Stein I visited a family friend while in Palestine on my current visit. She is part of a group called ‘ayalim,’ which aims to encourage students studying in Ben Gurion University in the Negev to consider permanent settlement in the area, to increase the population of Jews in the desert. Ayalim considers itself […]

Non-Governmental Organisations and the Occupation: Help or Hindrance?

by George Stein “Aid … undermines the Palestinian’s political struggle, ‘normalises’ the situation of the occupation, and postpones a permanent solution” – Shir Hever in The Political Economy of Israel’s occupation: Repression beyond Exploitation. In the early 1990’s a series of agreements known as the Oslo Accords were adopted in the Israeli Occupied Territories (OT) […]

AJDS Annual Dinner with guest speaker Sarah Joseph– 22nd November

We are pleased to invite you to our Annual Dinner at Manakish, Middle-Eastern restaurant at 480A Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick, 7pm on the 22nd of November 2012. The Annual Dinner is a fantastic chance for all members and supporters to catch up and talk about issues relevant to progressive Jews in an informal setting. We’re […]
Hamas Prisoner (AP)

Hamas and human rights violations

People in in AJDS are accused of being a soft touch when it comes to human rights violations by the Palestinian Authority or Hamas. Well, this is not true.   This Human Rights Watch report makes the problems with Hamas crystal clear. “Based on interviews with former detainees, lawyers, human rights groups, and reviews of case […]
Judith Butler

Anti-Defamation Commission attack on Judth Butler –what is the motive?

Can any one explain to me why the Anti Defamation Commission is running material from FrontPage Mag in its self-proclaimed email news bulletins dedicated to combating racism and anti-Semitism.  In this case,  the article is an attack upon the critic Judith Butler (“The BDS Nazis are back in Berlin’) for doing everything short of eating […]

Micha Kurz and Sahar Vardi tour wrap-up and media links

  We’ve had a busy month at the AJDS hosting a very successful national speaking tour of the Israeli activists: Micha Kurz and Sahar Vardi. In case you missed it – Micha Kurz is the co-director of Grassroots Jerusalem and its Merkaz al Kul (Centre for All) enabling urban and human rights activists and organizations in Jerusalem to […]