Danby on the DFAT’s claim of no evidence of funds funnelled to Hamas

March 31, 2017 by  

ABC correspondent Sophie McNeill has suggested that the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) conducted an internal review that found no evidence that Australian aid funds given to World Vision were diverted to Hamas. Read more

World Vision trial continues

March 31, 2017 by  

A World Vision employee on trial in Israel for passing Australian funds and charitable donations to Hamas is now expected to be found in guilty despite  Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issuing a statement that a review found “nothing to suggest any diversion of government funds”. Read more

…and a Pesach message from Bill Shorten

March 31, 2017 by  

Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten sends a Pesach message.. Read more

Pesach greetings from Malcolm Turnbull

March 31, 2017 by  

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has sent Pesach greetings to the community. Read more

AIPAC time

March 31, 2017 by  

It’s AIPAC time again…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

Passover greetings from Ray Williams

March 31, 2017 by  

Ray Williams is the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism…he sends a Passover message. Read more

No change to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

March 31, 2017 by  

The Australian Senate has sent proposed changes to section 18C of the RDA to the shredder. Read more

Political correctness runs rampant…writes Michael Kuttner

March 31, 2017 by  

An explanation of political correctness straight out of George Orwell’s novel 1984: “a method of controlling and dictating public speech and thought.”
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The Bible: The Folly of Quote Mining, The Virtue of Fact Finding

March 30, 2017 by  

What gets lost in the din of competing narratives between Jewish and Arab claims to the land currently known as Israel is the historicity of the holy books these groups cite as evidence that God is on their side…writes Gidon Ben-Zvi. Read more

WJC: “The State of Israel is not up for negotiation”

March 30, 2017 by  

The World Jewish Congress and Israel’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations on Wednesday hosted more than 2,000 dignitaries, public officials, NGO representatives at the UN headquarters for the second Ambassadors Against BDS summit. Read more

Israel offers Trump opportunity for Republican-Democrat reconciliation

March 30, 2017 by  

No amount of Trump tweeting or political posturing can mask the damage done to President Trump’s legendary deal-making ability following his failure to convince all Republican Party members in the House of Representatives to vote for the repeal of Obamacare and its replacement with Trumpcare…writes David Singer. Read more

A night of rich rewards…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 30, 2017 by  

A blend of Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss provided an uplifting SSO concert last night. I dips me lid to the programmers. Read more

Victoria Police appoint new Jewish VIc Police Chaplain

March 29, 2017 by  

Rabbinical Council of Victoria committee member Rabbi Shmuel Karnowsky has been appointed as a police chaplain. Read more

Diaspora member to light Jewish People’s Torch in Jerusalem

March 29, 2017 by  

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification, the Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev has announced that this year one member of the World Jewry will be chosen to light the Jewish People’s Torch at the Independence Day Ceremony on Mt. Herzl. Read more

Magen David Adom’s new CEO behind telethon to fund a 4X4 life support ambulance

March 29, 2017 by  

Recently appointed CEO of Australian Friends of Magen David Adom, Doron Lazarus will lead a team of volunteers from local schools youth groups in this year’s Red Sunday Pesach Telethon on 2 April. Read more

Apr-17 3:35am SBS-TV: The Spanish Inquisition

March 29, 2017 by  

The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, commonly known as the Spanish Inquisition, was a tribunal established in 1480 by Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. Read more

Apr-19 12:00am SBS-TV: Dirty Wolves

March 29, 2017 by  

It’s 1942 and Manuela, a single mother, works in the wolfarm mines in rural Galica. The mines are run by Nazi Germany and the Allies are eager to make sure the strategic metal does not reach German factories. When some of the miners plan a revolt against Franco’s military men and the Nazis, and her sister start helping Jews cross the border into Portugal, Manuela must decide how long she can remain neutral in a time of war. (From Spain, in Spanish) (Film) (Drama) (2015) M(S) CC

Apr-17 12 noon SBS-Viceland: Movie – Footnote

March 29, 2017 by  

Winner of the 2011 Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival, ‘Footnote’ is a turbulent tale about family, success and the power of language. Read more

Trump seeks to resolve Israel-Palestinian conflict…writes Isi Leibler

March 29, 2017 by  

Throughout his election campaign and thereafter, even while fulsomely praising Israel and vowing to treat us as a true ally, U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that his former deal making experience would enable him to resolve the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more

Pro-Hamas conference in Netherlands could encourage anti-Semitism, critics warn

The mayor of the second-largest city in the Netherlands is refusing to block a conference by a pro-Hamas group, despite warnings by Dutch Jewish leaders and political figures the event could encourage anti-Semitism and embolden terrorists. Read more

Cyclone Debbie: no reports of damage from North Queensland community

March 28, 2017 by  

Rabbi Ari Ruben has told J-Wire he not received any reports of any incidents affecting the community in North Queensland.

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Repair the harm to survivors

March 28, 2017 by  

100 people attending an emotional ‘Night of Healing’ hosted this week in Melbourne by Tzedek, the national advocacy and support organisation for survivors of child sexual abuse in the Jewish community were told the Jewish community must unite in its efforts to repair the harm done to survivors of child sexual abuse. Read more

Cyclone Debbie

March 28, 2017 by  

If you are visiting the Whitsundays and experiencing the wrath of Cyclone Debbie, please email news@jwire.com.au

Denial: J-Wire giveaways

March 28, 2017 by  

J-Wire has double passes for Denial the riveting drama about the real-life showdown between historian Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) and notorious English Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall). Read more

An open letter to Malcolm Turnbull on 18C

March 28, 2017 by  

Josie Lacey has sent a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in her capacity as convenor of Religions for Peace in NSW. Read more

My UJEB journey

March 28, 2017 by  

A Melbourne student who does not attend a Jewish school has warm words for UJEB. Read more

Students unearth a 2000-year-old Jewish Settlement near Beit Shemesh

March 28, 2017 by  

240 Israeli students are involved in unearthing exciting archaeological finds at a site at which the remains of a Jewish settlement dating to the Second Temple period there have been found including an extensive complex of ritual baths and underground hiding refuges. Read more

Breaking the Silence takes Richard Gere to Hebron

March 28, 2017 by  

Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence have escorted actor superstar Richard Gere to Hebron…and Israel’s Channel Two filmed the visit. Read more

Rambam returnees address AIJAC in Sydney

March 28, 2017 by  

Federal Labor MPs Meryl Swanson, Milton Dick and Liberal MP Tony Pasin addressed an Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) luncheon in Sydney on their return from Rambam study visit delegations to Israel. Read more

Israeli Knesset enters recess amid new questions on government’s stability

Israel’s 20th Knesset entered a six-week parliamentary recess Sunday with serious questions emerging as to whether the current 67-member governing coalition can stay the course and avoid early elections…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

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