From the archives: 1999, The Australian Jewish News and censorship

In April 1999 the Australian Jewish News pressured editor David Bernstein to resign, following remarks about the Balkans and Israel/Palestine, which were considered intolerable by the newspaper and powerful agents in the Jewish community. The AJDS condemned the censorship.  Our official statement read: The Australian Jewish Democratic Society deplores the circumstances that led to the resignation of […]

The AJDS archive needs a new home

This is a shout-out to our members and supporters: Do you know of a permanent space that can house no more than 15 archive boxes? This is the entirety of the AJDS archive, a precious collection of materials that needs a new home. It is currently temporarily situated at Joan Nestle’s home but not for […]

AJDS Statement of Purposes, 1989

Recently our executive member Danya Jacobs has located the original document outlining the Australian Jewish Democratic Society’s Statement of Purposes, dated August 30, 1989, and signed by Philip Mendes. To a great extent, the wording originally adopted by the AJDS to describe the purpose of the association has withstood the last thirty-four years quite well: […]

Settlements must go to give peace a chance

The debate at the plenum of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria held on 3 June 2013, concerning the activity of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society relating to the settlements, suggests that there may be a lack of information about the very real harm which the settlements and the occupation do to the prospects for a peaceful resolution of the Israel Palestine conflict.