I forgot, like you, to die:  12 Palestinian writers respond to the ongoing Nakba

(Complete article published May 16, 2018 by Literary Hub)Yesterday, the global Palestinian community marked the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the catastrophic destruction of the Palestinian homeland and dispossession of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages. Hundreds of villages were depopulated and razed to the ground, hundreds of thousands of people torn from […]

70 Years of Questions :: Lily Tamir-Regev, Hashomer Hatzair

How do we, as left-wing Australian Zionists, confront and balance the commemoration of the Nakba and the celebration of 70 years of Israel’s independence? When looking towards the future, how can we consolidate an egalitarian, but Jewish state? Moreover, how can we decide or discuss anything without hearing the voices of the oppressed?The issues that […]

Leave :: Zaina Alsous

(originally published in Asian American Writers Workshop) A hijacked plane in 1969 lands in Damascus. This means a plane was unable to fly away, to Tel Aviv. I read about the incident in the autobiography of Leila Khaled.This book is out of print. This means it is difficult to find her first hand account in text […]

Books: A Palestinian Tale :: Larry Stillman

Larry Stillman is an academic who trained at Hebrew University and Harvard.  He leads a community development project in Bangladesh with Oxfam.This is an edited version of the original article published in Arena magazine, 2012, Issue #120.Photo (Above): Private collection. In this photo, George Khamis is standing on the far left, with Khalil Sakanini sitting […]

The Nakba and anti blackness :: Noura Erakat

Noura Erakat is a Palestinian American legal scholar, human rights attorney, activist and writer. She recently visited Australia on a speaking tour for the Edward Said memorial lecture. This article is accessible on her website. Reproduced with the authors permission, originally published in the Nakba files. Image Credit: Jaafar Ashtiyeh.The Nakba marks a momentous rupture in the […]

What does the Nakba mean to Jews :: Yael Winikoff

Yael Winikoff is the AJDS community organiser.This year marks 70 years since Israel became a fledgling nation-state.  In our communities we have seen celebrations marking Israel’s 70 years, and commemorations of 70 years since the Nakba.  And challenging conversations in between.  This year I noticed that the term Nakba is most commonly prefaced with “to […]

Just Voices Magazine : Israel / Palestine 1948

This issue of Just Voices is on the theme of the 70-year anniversary of the birth of the state of Israel. The creation of this ‘state for all Jews’ is something that has been widely celebrated amongst global Jewish communities. But as we are seeing a growing number of us dissenting and questioning Israel’s human rights abuses and policies of occupation today, we look back through history to this year, 1948, and the ways that Israel’s beginnings are woven into its political and social structures.

AJDS rejects Andrew Bolt’s White-Supremacist attack

In yesterday’s Herald Sun, and syndicated to the Daily Telegraph, Andrew Bolt wrote an outrageous smear on migrant, ethnic, and racialised communities around Australia. We at the Australian Jewish Democratic Society couldn’t be angrier at what he said about us, and about others.In this piece, Bolt argues that migrant communities are not assimilating and thus are […]

AJDS responds to JCCV statement to affiliates

1. On the situation in GazaOver the last week, the JCCV has released a statement on facebook, and then via email to affiliates, regarding the AJDS and our response to the recent events in Gaza. An article has subsequently appeared about this in the AJN on June 7th.As we note on our website, “while we […]