Listen: Jewish community forum on BDS – hosted by 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, Israelis and Palestinians come together to answer some of the difficult questions onBDS, and broaden the conversation on Israel/Palestine. It saw close to 100 attendees and vibrant discussion that moved well […]

The Jewish Fear and the Palestinian Struggle :: Samah Sabawi

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 world is bullying Israel’ she replied adding that the Palestinian-led BDS (Boycotts Divestments and Sanctions) movement to end Israel’s occupation and ongoing human rights violations is ‘horrendous antisemitism.’ For years, I […]

AJDS Statement about Limmud Oz

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) is deeply disappointed that the organising committee of Limmud Oz 2016 has decided that the invitation extended to Bassam Dally – who was to speak with Sivan Barak (a member of the Executive of the AJDS) in a conversation entitled “Fighting for Coexistence” should be withdrawn. While the organisers […]

Don’t Buy Settlement Products campaign update

In Pesach (Passover) 2013 the AJDS launched the Don’t Buy Settlement Products campaign.  It was successful in garnering support and interaction from the general community and created waves within the broader Jewish community.  The JCCV (Jewish Community Council of Victoria), ZFA (Zionist Federation of Australia) and ZCV (Zionist Council of Victoria) all expressed their disapproval […]

The Australian Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) group

By the Australian BDS Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/boycott.israel48/) The AJDS does not necessary endorse the views represented by this group, though we do foster debate and discussion. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) is marked as a civil nonviolent campaign against Israel and its complicit institutions, and is arguably the largest of its kind. BDS works to uncover […]

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 […]

Responses to the Sodastream controversy

In response to the attacks on Oxfam from leading Australian Jewish organisations for parting ways with Scarlett Johannson over her conflict of interest (promoting Sodastream while being an Oxfam Ambassador) ,  two letters were published in the Australian Jewish News (14 Feb 2014). One is from Andrew Casey who has a long association with the […]