As Jews, we can at any time go to, and settle in Israel with support of the State.  This is not the case for Palestinians, who have increasingly had their freedoms and rights encroached upon and diminished. We therefore believe that it is our responsibility to speak out about the systemic injustices and brutal policies of occupation and militarisation in Israel.  The AJDS has a strong record of speaking out against the wars in Israel and towards a just and peaceful solution for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Fighting for equal human rights for both Israeli Jews and Palestinians has been a core principle of the AJDS since its inception. Through a shared belief in global and unconditional social justice, members of the AJDS can unite behind the following campaigns, statements and actions, despite holding a range of opinions regarding what’s best for the future of the Middle East, the relationship between diaspora Jewry and Israel, and the growing Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions movement. While we don’t have an official position for a solution, we believe that the policies of occupation in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza violate the human rights of Palestinians,  undermine the fragile state of democracy in Israel, and promote despair and violence.  This policy ultimately damages the possibility for long lasting justice, peace and safety for both Israeli Jews and Palestinians.

The AJDS also runs specific campaigns to stop trading with illegal settlements as well as to raise awareness around the activities of the Jewish National Fund.

In April 2017 the AJDS is proudly hosting acclaimed Gazan writer and chef Laila el-Haddad.


Latest Updates in this campaign

Laila El-Haddad in Melbourne

Apr 14th 2017

Last week Palestinian writer, cook and activist Laila El-Haddad appeared in Melbourne, hosted on her Australian tour by […]

Yael Winikoff talks about Laila El-Haddad’s Australian visit, and the AJDS

Mar 21st 2017

AJDS Community Organiser, Yael Winikoff, was recently interviewed by Veronica Matheson on J-Air about Laila El-Haddad’s imminent […]

Sylvie Leber’s speech at the anti-Netanyahu protest in Melbourne, 19/2/17

Feb 28th 2017

Sylvie Leber, having just returned from a study tour of the Middle East, spoke at the […]

Netanyahu comes to Australia amidst protests from the Australian Jewish community – media release 20/2/17

Feb 21st 2017

The Israeli Prime Minister is due to arrive in Australia on Wednesday 22nd at the invitation […]

Israel’s expropriation bill and the response from AIJAC and ECAJ

Feb 15th 2017

On the 6th of February, late in the evening, the Israeli Knesset passed a bill 60-52 […]

Raviv Drucker on JNF corruption: two reports

Feb 6th 2017

It’s been noted here, there and everywhere, that the Melbourne Jewish community, as a general rule, […]

Israel, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and Bedouin dislocation

Jan 30th 2017

While the world focuses on the Occupied Territories, the plight of Israel’s Bedouin citizens has gone […]

The comeback of Palestinian cuisine: a brief account

Jan 5th 2017

Since we are proudly hosting acclaimed Gazan chef, Laila el-Haddad, for her Australian tour in April […]

The UN resolution on Israel’s settlements – a letter by Robin Rothfield

Dec 28th 2016

  An edited version of this letter by Robin Rothfield has been published in The Australian, […]

AJDS Decolonisation Forum: From Australia to Israel-Palestine – insights

Nov 21st 2016

On September 4, 2016, the AJDS held the Decolonisation Forum: From Australia to Israel-Palestine. The event […]