AJDS statement regarding the shocking treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island

  18 February 2014 On Sunday, protests erupted at the immigration detention centre on Manus Island after asylum seekers were told their chances of resettlement outside Papua New Guinea were low, or non-existent. Last night, PNG police and locals engaged in violence against the asylum seekers, including the use of sticks, machetes and at least […]

AJDS Letter to Julie Bishop Australian Foreign Minister 17 Jan 2014

The attached letter, has been sent to Julie Bishop as the result of media statements concerning Australia’s stance over the Occupation and related matters. 17 January 2014 Dear Ms Bishop, The Australian Jewish Democratic Society views with considerable concern the change in Australia’s stance regarding the Occupied Territories and the status of illegal settlements there […]

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann , Rabbis for Human Rights–audio

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann (ex Melbourne High and Monash Univ–and thus a  personal connection with many people–) has lived in Israel for about 40 years new.  A conservative rabbi (for those who don’t know, a ‘middle of the road’ denomination), he works for Rabbis for Human Rights in  Occupied Territories. To  quote their website, “Rabbis for […]

AJDS Survey!

We want to increase our effectiveness and ability to campaign on the issues you’re passionate about. To help us do this we are surveying our members and supporters to determine what issues are important to them. Please assist us by taking a couple of minutes to fill out our survey. People who complete this very […]

A Secular Rosh Hashana – Yom Kippur Invitation

Our member, Julie Ruth, has asked us to circulate this invitation to alert you to two special events happening as a secular alternative to shul (synagogue) this Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur on Tues 18th & Wed 26 Sept. She particularly asks you to circulate it to anyone you know who could be isolated and wanting to connect with […]

Challenging the Criminalization of Refugees in Australia

AJDS Executive member Jordy Silverstein, interviewed by Radio 613  in Canada.  “radio613 is a collective and radio broadcast dedicated to Jewish politics, culture, and religious life. Diasporic tones find auditory homes through featured interviews, music, readings, discussion, and documentaries. Each week radio613 presents Jewish perspectives on religious/spiritual thought and practice, race and racism, gender and […]

Read the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers Report- Updated

It is easy to read the ever-mounting commentary on the implications of the Asylum Seekers report, but as they say, the devil is also in the detail. We encourage you to digest it all.Here is  report.           For the time poor here is a summary of the report’s 22 reccomendations: Report […]

Podcast with Israeli peace activists-guests of AJDS

Listen on The Wire. “Doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment is an image of a young Jewish woman throwing herself between an Israeli soldier and a young Palestinian Child. That woman is Sahar Vardi – she was jailed for several months at the age of 18 because she refused to serve as a […]