The futures of the refugees in Manus and Nauru matter to us

Statement from Jewish, Muslim and Christian faith leaders4th November 2018 As faith leaders from different traditions we see a clear moral imperative to end the nightmare in which some 1,250 refugees, including 38 children, have been confined by our government to Manus and Nauru for over 5 years without hope or prospect of resettlement. These […]

Innocent, imprisoned, unbroken: Behrouz Boochani

Last year Behrouz Boochani wrote in the Guardian about arriving in Manus Island: “Twenty-eight months ago, with a shattered body which was ravenously hungry and deeply wounded, with bare feet and exhausted soul, I made the trip to the soil of free territory, to Australia. It was four days after the announcing the 19th of […]

Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban

It was on International Holocaust Memorial Day this year, after issuing a statement that made no mention of Jewish – nor any other – victims of the Holocaust, that Donald Trump signed an Executive Order banning people from 7 predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The effects were swift and brutal: people who […]

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 […]

Max Kaiser on Jews For Refugees

Read “Jews, Refugees and the (im)possibility of history”, an insightful piece by Max Kaiser, about the formation and reformation of Jews For Refugees, published in Overland earlier this month: A few years ago I received a phone call from the current Energy and Resources minister, Josh Frydenberg. He called me in response to an email I had sent […]

Refugee-Run School in Indonesia a Model for Governments to Emulate

By Dr. Sally Clark and Carly Copolov, Swinburne University A school set up by asylum seekers and refugees in the West Java town Cisarua, Indonesia, is an initiative that Australian and Indonesian governments should model and support. In August 2014, refugees from Afghanistan in transit in Indonesia established the Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre (CRLC) to […]

Jews For Refugees

By Bonnie Gelman and Sylvie Leber Jews for Refugees is a Jewish campaign group actively involved in trying to do something for refugees and asylum seekers. Jews For Refugees aims to challenge mandatory detention and offshore processing and build solidarity between Jews and asylum seekers. We: write letters to the media attend demonstrations and marches […]

Removing the Guernsey

By Veronica Sherman Not long ago I was asked to go into my daughter’s school to talk about Jewish Festivals. In order to give some context, I asked the class 3 children if they could find Israel on a globe for me. They searched and searched but no matter how much they tried they couldn’t […]

Befriend a Child in Detention

“It must end,” said Dr June Factor about the detention of children. Their plight was the motive behind a program started in order to connect with children and families in detention, give them hope, inform people about their deplorable fate and advocate for their release. AJDS co-founder, June Factor also founded Befriend a Child in […]