An extensive audio interview with Micha Kurz and Sahar Vardi

This is the audio of a  talk given by Micha Kurz of Grassroots Jerusalem and Sahar Vardi who works with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions at Parliament House Melbourne on 28 August 2012. They have been guests of the AJDS.  It appears that MPs were leaned upon not to meet up with these young […]

Speech by Nick Xenophon, Australian Senate on Israel/Palestine.

This speech shows that Australian politicians are beginning to speak out on Palestinian rights, while at the same time, making it clear that they cannot be considered ‘anti-Israel’ (thus taking care of the Lobby). Xenophon offers his thanks to a delegation drawn from AJDS, Israel (Sahar Vardi and Micha Kurz) and Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network.  […]

Two Israeli Peace Activists in Melbourne: AJDS Public Event

The AJDS is pleased to host two Israeli Peace Activists: one a ‘refusenik’ who was imprisoned for refusing her mandatory military service, the other a veteran of the Israeli Defence Forces. Community Event at: Caulfield Park Pavillion on Thursday 30 August at 7pm (location details here and there is plenty of parking).  $10/$5 These speakers […]

The Official Policy on Refugees

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry is a peak organisation of Jews in Australia. On some issues, the AJDS may have its differences, but its policy statement, adopted in 2010 is quite enlightened. It is a salutary reminder to Robert Magid, publisher and owner of the AJN that  even the political establishment thinks he is […]

Public comments on AJN owner/editor’s remarks about refugees.

  Mr Magid’s ill-considered remarks have engendered a very strong reaction.  Not only has the middle of the road/conservative Galusaustralis recorded a number of critical comments, but in the 130 or so signatures to the Open Letter received so far, some very strong, at times moving comments have been made for him to consider.  Please […]

Orthodox rabbi criticises AJN owner Robert Magid’s stance on refugees

  From Ralph Genende is rabbi of a traditional, orthodox congregation in the heart of the Jewish community in Melbourne. Thank goodness he has had the guts–the menschlichkeit to put Robert Magid, the owner of the Jewish News in his place over his comments on refugees in his sermon this week. This is from […]

A new low for the Australian Jewish News?

In an Olympic Week, one doesn’t like to see such records being set. The publisher of the  Australian Jewish News, Robert Magid, for reasons best known unto himself, has decided to engage in the vilification of refugees to Australia, particularly people who arrive by boats. H e says, in part “The Jews who fled the […]