There have always been claims that the leadership of the Jewish community tries to silence critics – whether they are critics of Israel or the Jewish community. But I disagree.
The Jewish Community Council’s condemnation of the AJDS for alleged sins and crimes brings forth the big question—so just what is BDS? What the bulls, bullies and others in the Lobby present is something far different from the reality.
At a recent plenum meeting of the JCCV the policy of the AJDS calling for a boycott of goods manufactured in the West Bank was strongly condemned. Some of the opinions expressed about the AJDS at the plenum meeting were quite robust and emotional.
Recently, the Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) was condemned by the JCCV in a motion moved by the State Zionist Council of Victoria. The motion ‘deplores and condemns the [Don’t Buy from the Settlements Campaign] policy on the basis that it is repugnant.
The June 2011 Newsletter is out now (see the last link below)! It includes reports on Naomi Chazan's visit, the ins and outs of BDS, including at statement to the June 2011 Plenum of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, a report on Labor Refugee Policy, the controversy over the St Kilda Community House, income inequality in Australia, and much more!! Enjoy. Follow the link for this issue, and the archive.
As usual, the Newsletter is jam-packed with commenty and opinion, including: -A critical view of the latest Australian anti-Semitism report from the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, by Sol Salbe -Opinions on the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Campaign - Ten Reasons to send more (US) troops to Afghanistan, Arthur Washkow Dafna Golan on Israeli Denialism and the Goldstone Report.