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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.

The AJDS also runs specific campaigns to stop trading with illegal settlements as well as to raise awareness around the activities of the Jewish National Fund.

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.

AJDS CAMPAIGN:

Don’t Buy Settlement Products!

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Gideon Levy in Melbourne: ‘The Israelis and the Occupation: A Story of Denial’

AJDS CAMPAIGN:

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. 

The JNF:
  • 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.

Get involved!

Orly Noy speaking tour

July 2019. Melbourne Sydney.

Don’t Buy Settlement Products

Because settlements are seen as an obstruction to peace, many Jews around the world have committed themselves to not buying from settlements.

What’s Behind the JNF?

Follow the link to find our more about what is behind the Jewish National Fund.

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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

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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

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Am I an activist? :: Sivan Barak

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