My Jewish father found sanctuary in that town

Letter published in The AgeJan 16th, 2020.Dennis Martin It was with a heavy heart that I read the article in Tuesday’s Age about a couple in the Mallee town of Beulah flying a swastika flag over their recently purchased home. One of the home owners is reported to have defended her right to fly the […]

AJN letter- UK antisemitism

AJDS letter published in the Australian Jewish News. 10th Jan, 2019.While Josh Burns (UK Labor and the ALP: very different beasts, Dec 20) reflects on the UK elections and the fear in English Jewry as “Enough of a reason to celebrate the Corbyn defeat,” there seems to be a collective blind spot to Boris Johnson’s […]

AJDS Annual Dinner: an evening in solidarity with Pittsburgh

Australian Jewish Democratic Society Annual Dinner An evening in Solidarity with Pittsburgh Please join us for the AJDS Annual Dinner, this year  organised to send our love and solidarity to the bereaved  communities in Pittsburgh.  In these terrible times we stand  firm in our dedication and passion to fighting racism and  fostering justice within and […]

Just Voices: Issue 14, 2017: Antisemitism

editorial Dear AJDS members and supporters, This issue of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society’s newsletter, Just Voices, is focused on antisemitism. This is a broad topic that encompasses many different and related phenomena, past and present. It deserves our attention now no less than ever, especially since it is largely neglected in the Left, and […]

Being Jewish in ‘Swedistan’

By Yael W.Shortly after moving to Sweden I was in touch with a relative who emailed with hopes for my safety, living in Malmö with the “Muslim problem.” Having no idea what she was referring to, I went online and did some research. I couldn’t seem to find evidence backing up her concerns. Much of […]

Excerpts from Emma Green “Are Jews White?”

The following excerpts were taken with the author’s permission from this article“As pro- and anti-Trump movements jockey to realize their agendas, the question of Jews and whiteness illustrates the high stakes—and dangers—of racialized politics. Over time, Jews have become more integrated into American society—a process scholars sometimes refer to as “becoming white.” It wasn’t the […]

On Antisemitism by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP): book review

By Yael W.On Antisemitism is a timely collection of writings given the current increase in popularity and organisation of the Right and far Right. The work is relevant not only given the overt antisemitism from the far Right in Western countries, but also in light of Israel’s most Right-wing government, which highlights the problematic discourse […]

“It’s a disgrace for Sweden”: neo-Nazis march on Synagogue on Yom Kippur

Written by Robert Börjesson, translated by Yael W. Originally published here.They survived the concentration camps- now Nazis are demonstrating outside their synagogue.Nordic Resistance movement- Nordiska Motståndsrörelsen (NMR)This Nazi organisation NMR was given permission to demonstrate in Gothenburg on the 30th September. The Jewish community in Gothenburg have protested against NMR being allowed to demonstrate near the […]

Jewish Fear, Love, & Solidarity in the Wake of Charlottesville

By Jonah BoyarinOriginally published on jewschool.com August 17, 2017, and reproduced with permission.Jewish FearJewish fear is American Neo-Nazis chanting “Blood and Soil” on American soil.Jewish fear is that buzzing feeling in our bones that won’t let us sleep at night, because we don’t know when it will come next.Jewish fear is American Neo-Nazis chanting “Blood […]