Stop the killing, end the Occupation: a statement from the global Jewish network for justice

The following statement, of which the AJDS is signatory, was initiated by an international Jewish network of groups and individuals working for justice in Palestine. Together, we reclaim Jewish identity not as a nationalist identity but as one that celebrates our diverse roots, traditions & communities wherever we are around the world. We believe that it is […]

AJDS Statement on JNF Annual Dinner

On Thursday 15 October, the JNF Annual Dinner is being held, this year featuring two speakers: Nir Barkat, the Mayor of Jerusalem, via video link up, and Judy Feld Carr CM. While there is broad community support for the JNF within the Melbourne Jewish community, this kind of support is troubling. As Mayor of Jerusalem, […]

Statement on the Syrian refugee crisis

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society condemns the Coalition government’s decision to join the bombing campaign against Syria. This military intervention will do nothing to bring down Assad or ISIS, but rather will contribute to the daily toll of human life in that region of the world. The power tensions in the region cannot be resolved […]

Stop Palestinian Home Demolitions

Sign our petition now! At the end of July the AJDS together with APAN presented a panel of speakers at the triennial ALP National conference to discuss the realities of the failed peace process and how we can move forward. We presented our position that recognition of Palestinian statehood and addressing settlement expansion in the […]

The Renate Kamener Oration: a statement from the AJDS

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) has been associated with the Renate Kamener Orations in the past, as Renate was a dear member and supporter of AJDS. The choice of speakers has always been up to the Kamener Family, and we are participating again this year in order to honour her and raise funds for indigenous students.  We […]

Statement on Limmud Oz exclusion of Jewish voices and the new Jewish Fringe

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) is deeply disappointed at the actions of the 2015 Limmud Oz organising committee in recent efforts to exclude voices from their program. The headline of an article published in the Jewish News on May 11th boldly exclaims: “Limmud-Oz promises ‘something for everyone.’”  They quote one of this year’s volunteer […]

AJDS Statement of Purposes, 1989

Recently our executive member Danya Jacobs has located the original document outlining the Australian Jewish Democratic Society’s Statement of Purposes, dated August 30, 1989, and signed by Philip Mendes. To a great extent, the wording originally adopted by the AJDS to describe the purpose of the association has withstood the last thirty-four years quite well: […]

Statement in response to “lifestyle choices”

We are concerned by the way the Abbott Government’s policies towards Aboriginal peoples serve to continue and enhance their dispossession and colonisation. And, moreover, that bad economic decisions should take precedence over long-lasting Aboriginal practices and relationships to land. The AJDS opposes any moves by the Government to push Aboriginal peoples off their lands, as […]

Statement about the United Israel Appeal’s guest speakers

Members of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) are dismayed that the United Israel Appeal (UIA) has brought a series of ill-considered speakers to Australia to support their 2015 fundraising campaign. Amongst these speakers are people who consistently voice Islamophobic and racist sentiments; who oppose the end of the Occupation; and who actively call for […]