We joined the protest against Tsipi Livni — here’s why

We joined the protest against Tsipi Livni — here’s why The Sydney Left Jewish Collective and Jews Against the Occupation were strongly opposed to our community’s hosting of former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tsipi Livni in Sydney last week, and were proud to join the wider protest against her visit. We did so for a very simple […]

AJDS letter to radio national

This letter was submitted to the ABC on 13th August, 2019. Their response will be posted to our blog when received. Dear ABC, On Wednesday 24 July, Patricia Karvelas interviewed Israel’s Deputy Chief of Mission and charge d’affairs Ron Gerstenfeld on RN Drive. We understand that this interview was initiated because of a complaint that was […]

Response to Executive Council of Australian Jewry and Emanuel – 24 July 2019

Orly Noy, a Mizrahi journalist and activist from Jerusalem, recently visited Australia on a speaking tour organised by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS). Alongside a series of successful events in Melbourne and Sydney, in which hundreds of people heard her wisdom and insight, an event at Emanuel Synagogue was cancelled four days before the event, […]

Pesach Seder for Freedom 5779

This year (2019/5779) the Australian Jewish Democratic Society hosted a community Pesach Seder outside the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The Pesach Seder for Freedom was a protest against Australia’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.We brought our Seder table to the offices responsible for the administration of Australia’s cruel offshore detention centres, […]

Legitimate lobbying or foreign agents? :: Dr. Larry Stillman

Activity in the Chinese and Jewish communities (or to be more exact, by certain well-resourced lobby groups) appears to be reaching a tipping point with respect to political influence in this country.  Chinese food has a peculiar attraction to Jews, and has probably been so for a century or more now, ever since Jews and Chinese […]

AJDS statement on neo-Nazi terror attack in Christchurch

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society responds with horror to the neo-Nazi terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and the New Zealand community.  We are even more disturbed to learn that an Australian was the key protagonist in the […]

Listen: Jewish community forum on BDS – hosted by AJDS

 Our Jewish community forum event discussing BDS in March 2019 brought together accomplished activists and writers to discuss the topic of BDS in the Jewish community. Jews, Israelis and Palestinians come together to answer some of the difficult questions onBDS, and broaden the conversation on Israel/Palestine. It saw close to 100 attendees and vibrant discussion that moved well […]

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 […]