Over the coming months the AJDS is developing our approach to this campaign. In the meantime this page should be considered a skeleton of what we hope it will be. Please join our supporter mailing list to keep up to date on progress.
Where we stand
As Jews, we can at any time go to, and settle in Israel with support of the State. This is not the case for Palestinians, who have increasingly had their freedoms and rights encroached upon and diminished. We therefore believe that it is our responsibility to speak out about the systemic injustices and brutal policies of occupation and militarisation in Israel. The AJDS has a strong record of speaking out against the wars in Israel and towards a just and peaceful solution for both Israelis and Palestinians.
Fighting for equal human rights for both Israeli Jews and Palestinians has been a core principle of the AJDS since its inception. Through a shared belief in global and unconditional social justice, members of the AJDS can unite behind the following campaigns, statements and actions, despite holding a range of opinions regarding what’s best for the future of the Middle East, the relationship between diaspora Jewry and Israel, and the growing Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
While we don’t have an official position for a solution, we believe that the policies of occupation in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza violate the human rights of Palestinians, undermine the fragile state of democracy in Israel, and promote despair and violence. This policy ultimately damages the possibility for long lasting justice, peace and safety for both Israeli Jews and Palestinians.
AJDS MINI DOCUMENTARY ON ‘BATTLE OF BEERSHEBA’ AND BALFOUR COMMEMORATIONS
The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting. We need to talk about Beersheba / Bi’ir as-Sab / Be’er Sheva.
As large numbers of people continue to attest, settlements are increasingly being seen as a large obstacle to long lasting justice and peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Settlements are used as military posts:they occupy hilltops, and their residents are often given arms by the Israeli Government.
They also often have military bases located within them or nearby, and soldiers guard the settlements, never taking action against Jewish residents, only against Palestinian neighbours.
Don’t Buy Settlement Products!
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Gideon Levy in Melbourne:
‘The Israelis and the Occupation: A Story of Denial’
What’s Behind the Jewish National Fund?
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This AJDS campaign centres on questions about the Jewish National Fund and its role in taking land from Palestinians and Bedouins in Israel.
The Jewish National Fund is a central and unquestioned feature of the Jewish community. Donation boxes from the JNF are present in nearly all Jewish shops, schools, synagogues and other institutions.
- Is active in the displacement of Bedouins from their homes in the Negev
- Funds infrastructure for illegal settlement construction
- Plants trees in an environmentally destructive manner.
Recent news from 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,
Only a short time before thousands gathered in Tel-Aviv to protest against police violence and profiling, the cops again did what they know best and
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
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
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
There is an expectation in Jewish communities around the world that all Jews embrace Zionism and offer unquestioning support for Israel, ‘right or wrong’. Jewish
The following is the editorial from the special edition of the forward commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba. You can view the full edition
Awad Abdel Fattah is a former head of the Balad Party and a co-founder of the One Democratic State Campaign (ODSc). Originally published in +972.The Great
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
Donna Nevel is a community psychologist and educator living in the US. She is a coordinating team member (along with Nava EtShalom, Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark,
Sivan Barak is a social worker and member of the AJDS committee. Her chapter in beyond tribal loyalties. This is an excerpt from Sivan’s chapter
Rebecca Vilkomerson is the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace. (Photo Credit: Christopher Hazou) Originally published in Ha’aretz.Liberal Zionists: If you oppose injustice, white supremacy, Muslim bans