Israel’s expropriation bill and the response from AIJAC and ECAJ

On the 6th of February, late in the evening, the Israeli Knesset passed a bill 60-52 termed the “Regularization Law” or ‘expropriation bill’. The bill retroactively legalises some 4,000 homes in 16 Israeli settlements in Area C of the West Bank that are on private Palestinian land.  According to the bill, the land on which […]

“Israel is moving to the Right but we don’t have to follow”

By Yael Winikoff, Sivan Barak and Linda Briskman. In New Matilda, 20/7/16. The Jewish community in Melbourne is known for its unconditional support of Israel, but as Israel increasingly shifts to the far right, are we too going down that path? Israel’s shift to the extreme right in policies and public sentiments even prompted public […]

Attempts at “Fighting for co-existence” at Limmud Oz 2016

Following is an edited transcript of an ad-libbed talk with Sivan Barak at Limmud Oz and the ensuing Q&A, June 26, 2016. The session was originally meant to include Bassam Dally, who was disinvited. Go to ajds.org.au/2016/06/limmudoz/ to read the AJDS statement about Dally’s disinvitation. *** My name is Sivan Barak, I’m from Melbourne. I […]

Statement about accusations of anti-Semitism in the Greens

The AJDS issued a statement 11/06/16 critical of the decision by Stephanie Hodgins-May, Greens candidate for Melbourne Ports, to pull out of the Zionist Victoria event. We stated: “we feel that it’s important that local candidates be prepared to address and engage with audiences in their electorate.” Whilst this move by Stephanie has been hurtful to […]

Statement about the Greens withdrawal from candidates forum

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) is disappointed that Greens candidate for Melbourne Ports, Stephanie Hodgins-May, has decided to withdraw from the candidates forum organised by the Australian Jewish News and Zionism Victoria (ZV). While Hodgins-May may disagree with the politics of these groups – she has specifically mentioned ZV’s attitude towards the United Nations […]

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Sivan Barak (a member of the Executive of the AJDS) in a conversation entitled “Fighting for Coexistence” should be withdrawn.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 […]

‘We were once strangers’

By Robin Rothfield HOW should we Jews react to the worldwide refugee crisis? In light of the attacks in Paris, there are those who argue we should close our borders. The attacks resulted in around 130 deaths. This is horrendous and demonstrates the complete lack of respect for the sanctity of human life by the […]

Acknowledgement or Appropriation?

By Larry Stillman Acknowledgment of Aboriginal presence and identity continues to be a difficult and controversial issue.  Despite formal acknowledgements such as “welcome to country” statements, or the flying of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander flags, it is hard to know how deeply and in what ways an understanding of what contemporary indigeneity affect […]