The Jewish Fear and the Palestinian Struggle :: Samah Sabawi

by Samah SabawiAustralian singer/song writer Deborah Conway in a recent interview was asked why her support for Zionism increased. ‘I hate bullies and I feel the world is bullying Israel’ she replied adding that the Palestinian-led BDS (Boycotts Divestments and Sanctions) movement to end Israel’s occupation and ongoing human rights violations is ‘horrendous antisemitism.’ For years, I […]

Just Voices Magazine: Environmentalism

editorial This issue of Just Voices is dedicated to Environmental issues.  In 2015 AJDS released our environment policy.  It states: “The Australian Jewish Democratic Society places itself amongst progressive voices globally, striving for peace and social justice for all of humanity. Today, the progressive vision has inevitably become entwined with environmentalism. A holistic progressive vision […]

Black and Green: Environmentalists and Indigenous Australia

Environmental movements and indigenous sovereignty movements often intersect in their agendas and activities.  However, what seems like a natural ally ship based on preservation and conversation of the environment has mounted a history of tension between these two movements.  For example, the language and concept of wilderness, held dear to much of the environment movement, […]

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 […]