Rabbis for Climate Action

Rabbi Jonathon Keren-Black is the rabbi at Leo Baeck centre.  He established JECO (the Jewish Ecological Coalition) and was instrumental in establishing GreenFaith Australia. About a month ago, Rabbis across Melbourne were invited to meet with Scott Morrison, who I note is still described as ‘Our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison’, in case you might think […]

Environment group Showcase:  Earthworker Cooperative

Anna Bodeenberg is a member and board member of Earthworker Cooperative.Reading the news, scrolling social media, listening to politicians it feels like every day there is a new threat to our environment, our climate, our communities. There are countless reasons to feel angry, countless things to protest, countless moments of sadness. What can seem lacking […]

Greenwashing:  The Jewish National Fund

From the AJDS website: www.whatsbehindjnf.orgThe JNF in Australia have tax deductibility status as an environmental organisation. According to the JNF’s website:“Donations of $2.00 or more to the JNF Environment Gift Fund for the planting of trees and other environmental projects are tax deductible.”The JNF advertise themselves as a primarily environmental organisation but they are complicit […]

Climate Action- The Bad News and the Good News

David Rothfield is President of the Bayside Climate Change Action Group (BCCAG) and an AJDS committee member.It’s nearly thirty years since climate change first came on to our political agenda. In 1990, the Coalition under Andrew Peacock pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% within 10 years if they won office. Officially, Australia’s emissions have […]

The futures of the refugees in Manus and Nauru matter to us

Statement from Jewish, Muslim and Christian faith leaders4th November 2018 As faith leaders from different traditions we see a clear moral imperative to end the nightmare in which some 1,250 refugees, including 38 children, have been confined by our government to Manus and Nauru for over 5 years without hope or prospect of resettlement. These […]
Young Nationals

AJDS Statement: Neo-Nazi infiltration, stacking of Young Nationals the result of years of reactionary policy

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society is outraged by revelations from the coalition of researchers at the White Rose Society and the ABC Background Briefing program that neo-Nazis and members of the alt-right are stacking the NSW Young Nationals.Indeed, as the White Rose Society has shown, these relationships go far deeper than the ABC have reported.This […]

Where will hope come from? :: Bassam Dally

Bassam Dally is a Palestinian-Israeli-Australian academic, advocate and commentator. He is an executive member of AFOPA and Vice President of APAN.   “We should establish a new organisation called Palestine-Israel Liberation Organisation” said Obada in a conference on Palestine, late last year in Adelaide. He explained that Jews and Israel need liberation as well, to the […]

A more sensible two-state vision for Israel and Palestine :: Dr Said Zeedani

Dr Said Zeedani is an associate professor of philosophy at Al-Quds University.  This article is published in +972.As any political solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict seems to have been pushed beyond the horizon by Israeli government policies designed to perpetuate the status quo, interesting new ideas are emerging. Here is one that is gaining unusual cross […]