Statement against India’s growing religious intolerance

Statement with respect to the Delhi riots and violence against peaceful protestorsThe Australian Jewish Democratic Society is shocked by  the orchestrated communal riots in Delhi in the last week of February 2020, that has left more than forty people dead. We extend our solidarity and condolences to the families of those killed and affected.Even as […]

AJDS Statement on the ongoing persecution of Rohingya people

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society stands with Rohingya people and demands an end to crimes against humanity. Recent weeks have seen the wholesale slaughter of Rohingya men, women and children in the streets, villages, and backblocks of the Rhakine state, Myanmar. There have been innumerable reports of rapes, with entire villages burned to the ground. […]

One Nation’s cancellation and a letter by Robin Rothfield

Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts’ planned Caulfield visit in November, 2016, which was organised by a far Right Jewish group, was cancelled due to a collaborative effort within the broad Jewish community. While the One Nation senators claimed it was the extremist Left that shut them down, as Michael Brull wrote in New Matilda, “It is […]

Statement about recent attack on Melbourne Islamic centre

We are saddened by the recent arson attack against the Imam Ali Islamic Centre in Fawkner on Sunday and wish to convey our sympathies and solidarity with the communities affected by this attack. We stand firmly opposed to such violence, whether directed at people, buildings or institutions. All people, whatever their religious, cultural, or national origin, […]

Statement about One Nation coming to Caulfield

As many would be aware, One Nation senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts will be coming to Caulfield to spruik their divisive and racist politics to the Jewish community. Along with many others in the Jewish community, AJDS stands firmly opposed to the ideas which they put forward, standing instead for principles and practices of […]

We too were strangers

By Robin Rothfield (originally published in the Jewish News, 30/9/16) AS we approach the High Holy Days, how should we in the Jewish community respond to Pauline Hanson’s call for an end to Muslim migration? Yes, a high proportion of Australians support this call but consider that in 1947 an opinion poll indicated that 58 […]

Communal Rosh Hashanah Statement Against Racism

The AJDS and nearly twenty other Jewish organisations have signed onto the following communal Rosh Hashana statement against racism: As Jewish organisations committed to social justice, egalitarianism and the values of liberal democracy, we are committed to an Australian community that is inclusive, tolerant and diverse. The Jewish people are only too aware of the damage that can […]

Why isn’t the Anti-Defamation Commission responding to local racism?

By Larry Stillman The Bnai Brith Anti-Defamation Commission appears to be living in isolation from the face of contemporary racism in Australia. Unlike other peak Jewish organisations, keen to condemn and distance themselves from all forms of racism, the Anti-Defamation Commission surprisingly, and in direct contradiction of its mission statement, remains silent on Islamophobia in […]

Speaking out against bigotry

AJDS member Linda Briskman and her friend Susie Latham, through the newly formed Voices Against Bigotry network (VAB), are raising awareness of the forthcoming launch of an anti-Muslim political party – The Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA). With increasing community vitriol against Muslims in Australia, government and media actions are fuelling verbal and physical attacks.  Although […]