Save Susiya

On May 5 2015, Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled to allow the army to demolish the entire village of Susiya and expel its residents, numbering around 340 men, women and children. Representatives of the Israeli Military’s “Civil Administration” informed residents of Susiya of their intent to demolish at least part of the village before […]

The Australian Labor Party on Palestine

 The Australian Labor Party will be holding its triennial conference in Melbourne on July 24-26.  One of the motions to be considered is a revision on ALP policy towards Israel and Palestine.  Current ALP party platform states that “Labor is committed to supporting an enduring and just two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, based on […]

The Renate Kamener Oration: a statement from the AJDS

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) has been associated with the Renate Kamener Orations in the past, as Renate was a dear member and supporter of AJDS. The choice of speakers has always been up to the Kamener Family, and we are participating again this year in order to honour her and raise funds for indigenous students.  We […]

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 […]

New/Old members of the AJDS

I asked two of our members to answer 10 questions that were compiled as a way of introducing ourselves to one another. But I was also wondering about the importance of representing different kinds of Jewishness, the evolution of the AJDS, the current political atmosphere in Australia and the continuing restrictions on human mobility here […]

Speaking out against bigotry

AJDS member Linda Briskman and her friend Susie Latham, through the newly formed Voices Against Bigotry network (VAB), are raising awareness of the forthcoming launch of an anti-Muslim political party – The Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA). With increasing community vitriol against Muslims in Australia, government and media actions are fuelling verbal and physical attacks.  Although […]

On (not) pursuing justice

By Mohamed Tabbaa Originally published June 5 2015, here. Last night I was on a panel discussing racism and activism, organised by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society who were generous enough to host the panel of five. Held at a synagogue with a broad range of speakers, the panel was the first of its kind for me […]

The Racism Panel and how to continue to challenge racism

On 4 June 2015 the AJDS held a panel on racism at Temple Beth Israel.  With increasing expressions of racism in recent years, from the forced closures of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, continual policing of Australian borders and the violence entangled in the structure of detention centres, the rise of Islamophobia and antisemitism, and the development […]