Bodies, Histories, Antisemitisms

By Jordy SilversteinWe’re all pretty familiar, I think, with the stereotype of the Ashkenazi Jewish man who doesn’t play sport. Living in Melbourne, that Ashkenazi stereotype gets placed upon the whole community, resulting in us seeing Jewish sportspeople as the exception. The idea is that we’re bookish, introverted, given to being studious and sitting around […]

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 concerns […]

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 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 […]

Jews, Fascism and Antisemitism. A paradoxical alliance?

By Ann Elizabeth FinkIn Israel, the son of the Prime Minister of the Jewish State, Yair Netanyahu, posts an image on his Facebook page that is laden with antisemitic imagery. He draws an equivalence between what he refers to as far-right “scum” and leftist “thugs”. He also claims that lefties hate America and Israel and are […]

Antisemitism, Palestine, and the Mizrahi Question

By Tallie Ben DanielChapter from On Antisemitism: Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice, Jewish Voice for Peace, Haymarket 2017, 71-80 and footnotes. Reproduced with permission. You can purchse your copy here. As a Mizrahi Jewish person, I am often shocked by the ways mainstream US Jewish histories and cultural scripts erase Mizrahi experiences and histories.1 This […]