My Visit to Palestine, April 2017: Photographs by Sylvie Leber

Sylvie Leber is an artist, an activist with Jews for Refugees, the Council of Single Mothers and Their Children, a single mother herself, and a long time social activist on countless other fronts. She became an activist when she was 15, attending her first protest in 1965 against Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Last […]

The 1967 Occupation and propositions for Palestinian statehood: extracts from a lecture by Dr. Micaela Sahhar

The following is a heavily redacted version of a lecture delivered by Dr. Micaela Sahhar at Monash University in April 2017 as a guest lecturer in a course titled ‘the Arab-Israeli Conflict’ coordinated by the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation. The lecture delved into key issues in our understanding of Israel/Palestine, the so-called conflict and […]

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

On the 6th of February, late in the evening, the Israeli Knesset passed a bill 60-52 termed the “Regularization Law” or ‘expropriation bill’. The bill retroactively legalises some 4,000 homes in 16 Israeli settlements in Area C of the West Bank that are on private Palestinian land.  According to the bill, the land on which […]

B’tselem and Peace Now (US) adress the UN: The Settlements

‘Illegal Israeli Settlements are obstacles to peace and the Two-State Solution’, heard members of the UN Security Council. In a powerful condemnation of Israel’s Settlement expansion policy, Lara Friedman of Peace Now (US), and B’tselem‘s executive director, Hagai El-Ad, addressed the UN last week in a session organized by The Permanent Missions of Malaysia, Egypt, Senegal, […]

Turning entire Palestinian villages invisible: the JNF’s “Canada Park”

By Umar al-Ghubari. Published June 19, 2016, in Haokets and at 972mag.com/turning-entire-palestinian-villages-invisible/120293/. The destruction and emptying of the Latrun villages took place 49 years ago this month. The Israeli army had occupied Imwas, Yalo and Beit Nuba on June 5, 1967, expelled the residents of all three villages to the Ramallah district and prevented them […]

49 Years of control without Human rights of the Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – What has changed?

By the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) Originally published at acri.org.il/en/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/49years2016-en.pdf   At first glance, it may seem that the condition of the Palestinians who live in the territories occupied by Israel in June 1967 has changed little, despite the passing decades. Yesterday’s headlines are the same as today’s: confrontations, arrests, military rule, terror […]

The JNF: an inextricable part of global Zionism

Cultivate Justice, the global week of action to educate and challenge common thinking about the Jewish National Fund, is well underway. Why have we taken such a strong stand on the JNF, as progressive Jews who believe in human rights, social justice and the environment? Read this concise history and call to action, by Jordy […]

Don’t Buy Settlement Products campaign update

In Pesach (Passover) 2013 the AJDS launched the Don’t Buy Settlement Products campaign.  It was successful in garnering support and interaction from the general community and created waves within the broader Jewish community.  The JCCV (Jewish Community Council of Victoria), ZFA (Zionist Federation of Australia) and ZCV (Zionist Council of Victoria) all expressed their disapproval […]