Israel / Palestine
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.
Life in Gaza- 360° documentary
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
Ilana Sumka lives in Belgium and is an educator, writer and activist working to end the Israeli occupation.Jordy Silverstein lives in Australia and is an
- 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.
Settlements in the West Bank are a roadblock to peace and justice.
Orly Noy toured Australia with the AJDS in July 2019.
Orly is one of the most insightful and nuanced thinkers in Israeli politics, journalism and activism today.
Laila El-Haddad toured Australia with the AJDS in April 2017. She is an award-winning Palestinian writer, social activist, and public speaker, who frequently lectures on the situation in Gaza, the intersection of food and politics, and contemporary Islam.
Gideon Levy in Melbourne, 2017: ‘The Israelis and the Occupation: A Story of Denial.’