The Monte AGM – Take One

December 9, 2014 by  

In the welter of claim, counterclaim and general unpleasantness at today’s Montefiore AGM, I learned a number of surprising things: Read more

The Monte – a governor unable to vote

December 1, 2014 by  

Through circumstances beyond my control, I am unable to be present at the AGM of The Montefiore Home on 7 December . Read more

A letter about the Monte letter

November 30, 2014 by  

The Board of Sydney’s Montefiore Home recently circulated their members advising them that nominations had been registered for the positions of president, vice-president and treasurer at next Sunday’s AGM. A reader comments on the letter… Read more

My dearest Israel

July 20, 2014 by  

My dearest Israel,

Why do you weep so? There is no shame in shedding a tear for an enemy which you have to crush. We do this every Passover when we remember those Egyptians who died at the Red Sea. How may I comfort you? Your deep soul-searching shows that you have not lost the good inclination for you do not rejoice at the killing of your foes as does your enemy. Read more

Support from leslie

July 20, 2014 by  

I want to offer you my whole-hearted support in your ongoing conflict with your neighbours.

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Shame on all of us

July 17, 2014 by  

We in Australia, many of us immigrants or children of immigrants, enjoy a wonderful life. Read more

Not a time for complacency

July 17, 2014 by  

Dear Jewish Communities and Israelis overseas,

This is not a time for complacency! We cannot afford it. Read more

From Breaking the Silence

April 16, 2014 by  

Jamie Hyams and Adam Shapiro of The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council have claimed on these pages that allegations aired on the ABC 4 Corners Program “Stone Cold Justice” were “old – some going back to incidents that were alleged to have occurred almost a decade ago.”

Specifically, Hyams and Shapiro were referring to the story of an array of settler attacks on Palestinian children in 2005 that led IDF soldiers to escort the children to their school in the village of at-Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills.

It is spectacularly ironic that just a couple days ago, on April 9th, the same settlers from the illegal outpost of Ma’on Farm attacked a group of 18 young children on their way to school. Two young girls had to be evacuated and hospitalized due to the settlers’ barrage of rocks. At the time, the IDF escort was in their vehicle rather than escorting the children on foot and made no effort to exit the vehicle to prevent the attack. The next day, on April 10th, the IDF failed to arrive to escort the children so they were forced to take an alternati ve path that cut near Ma’on Farm. An international activist caught two young settlers on tape attacking the children once again. Thankfully, no one was hurt in this altercation.
Hyams and Shapiro of AIJAC first claimed that our testimonies were anonymous and unverifiable. When that turned out to be wrong, they changed gears and referred to our testimonies as dated and irrelevant. Now that this has turned out to be wrong, we look forward to the next line of argument AIJAC will cook up in order to avoid contending with the harsh reality of daily life in the Occupied Territories.
Yehuda Shaul

Bob Carr: A reader’s thoughts

April 11, 2014 by  

I don’t think that the self opinionated, arrogant Bob Carr should get away without a suitable reply both to his appearance on the 7.30 program on the ABC last night as well as his chapter about the “ IsraeliLobby “ also called ( by him ) the” Falafel Lobby”, in his book. Read more

Hebron Leader Compliments Honest Reporting

December 8, 2013 by  

I must complement Honest reporting for the extraordinary work they do. I was honored to a part of their mission, here in Hebron. Read more

A Letter to the New York Times…and J-Wire

November 15, 2013 by  

A J-Wire reader based in the U.S. has sent us a letter submitted to the New York Times on the recent murder of an IDF soldier in Israel… Read more

AUJS at Kristallnacht Commemoration

November 14, 2013 by  

“It was an honour to participate in the Kristallnacht panel discussion which was organised by the JCCV in conjunction with the JHC.” Read more

Time for the KA to reform

October 31, 2013 by  

I was married many years ago in an Orthodox shul in Sydney NSW. Read more

Circumcision should be decided in-house

October 15, 2013 by  

I think male circumcision will inevitably end with time as it is the last physical ritual that has not yet been replaced by symbolic ritual. Read more

Singer defends J-Wire

September 15, 2013 by  

David Singer writes an open response to reader Ben David… Read more

A Terrorist’s Dream – To have Jews as the Enemy.

April 19, 2013 by  

From Gil Solomon:

It must be any Arab terrorist’s dream come true that they have Jews as their enemy.

If you are a terrorist facing Israel, you can fire rockets by the thousands and finally receive a response you know will end prematurely and inconclusively. You face an Israeli enemy which, during a war, gives advance notice by flyers and phone calls to apartment residents that a specific building is being targeted, giving so called “innocent” civilians and yourselves enough time to escape with your life.

Recently a US drone targeted a known terrorist in Pakistan and according to media reports even after confirming the man’s wife and extended family were present, the missile launch went ahead killing the terrorist and nine of those present with him and not a peep from anyone. This should serve as an example of the blatant experiences Israel should highlight the next time she faces her accusers. No country on the face of the earth goes to the extent Israel does in trying to avoid civilian casualties but one must ask, what benefit has it gained?

If you are a terrorist facing Israel, you can fabricate stories of a supposed massacre (e.g. Jenin), knowing full well that nothing occurred but that it will cast dispersions on an enemy which foolishly states that it will investigate the claim and thereby, to the rest of the world, implies there may be something to the story. In this regard, if you are a terrorist you know that in respect to your Israeli enemy, that they have not a clue how to counter the Hasbara war you are waging against them and wouldn’t even know that Hasbara is a war.

If you are a terrorist facing Israel, you will certainly know that her enemies can make the most outrageous and heinous statements, such as, according to media reports that “Jews are the offspring of pigs and apes”, knowing full well that the Israelis will still offer to sit down with you in talks with no preconditions! Not even the demand that the indoctrination of children in hate must stop.

If you are a terrorist facing Israel, you will know that if captured, as in the case of case of Barghouti, a terrorist “with blood on his hands” sitting in an Israeli prison, you can still be given access to the world media!

If you are a terrorist facing Israel, you will rejoice in that country’s decision of allowing the Muslim Waqf to take control of the Temple Mount after the 1967 war, all for a dubious halachic ruling which is not universally accepted today. This will allow you to go on excavating under the Temple Mount with a bulldozer, destroying any remaining Jewish artefacts in order to rid the place of any trace of the first and second Temple periods and in the process build a mosque there for future proof of claim to the land.

If you are a terrorist facing Israel, you will know that so successful is your propaganda, that your enemy will still be held responsible by the world media for so called settlement “expansion” even though it is clearly only building a new house or an extension to an existing home but within the boundaries of the existing settlement.

If you are a terrorist facing Israel, you will know that no nation in the Western world will call you to account for your ongoing perpetrated myths and lies.
If you are a terrorist facing Israel, you know that your enemy will indulge your ludicrous and incessant claims and still be willing to sit down with you in good faith.

If you are a terrorist facing Israel, you should pray that your enemy will continue treating you as they do now, that is, not as any “normal” country would do. If your enemy was a “normal” country like Russia, China or the USA facing barrage after deadly barrage of missiles, you could rest assured that parts of the Gaza Strip and West Bank would have been reduced to rubble long ago.

Finally and most disgusting of all, if you are a terrorist facing Israel you will know that within the Jewish Diaspora, you will have countless numbers who have fallen for your propaganda, fallen for your attempts to rewrite history, who will flock to your side and denounce Israel for every step it takes in its defence. In short, you will be able to count on many of those who you call the “offspring of pigs and apes” who will defend your every move and pronouncement. If this is not obscene enough, these same “offspring of pigs and apes” will devise ways of bring economic hardship to Israel by such devious campaigns as a BDS.


Gil Solomon

AJDS and the JCCV

April 11, 2013 by  

It doesn’t surprise me that the JCCV is considering disaffiliating AJDS. This possibility has been on the agenda for a while. Not surprisingly, I have mixed feelings about this course of action. Read more

It’s time this charade called a Peace Process came to an end.

March 21, 2013 by  

When will this charade ever end? On the eve of Obama’s arrival in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated for the umpteenth time “With a Palestinian partner who is willing to conduct negotiations in good faith, Israel will be prepared for a historic compromise that will end the conflict with the Palestinians forever.” Read more

Do Jews have a suicidal gene in their DNA?

March 7, 2013 by  

With the imminent arrival of Barack Obama, Israel is still trying to put together a coalition government of such disparate groups, that if it were not so serious, it would be laughable…writes Gil Solomon. Read more

An insane democracy called Israel

February 15, 2013 by  

With events that have taken place in recent times, one can only come to the conclusion that Israel is a democracy gone insane. Read more

Open letter to Julian Burnside

February 14, 2013 by  

Dear Mr Burnside

I believe you will  the guest speaker at a Jewish Function, March of the Living [ MOTL]  next Sunday morning  on the subject of refugees. I have read a lot of your articles, opinion pieces  and  I have also been to  some of your forums  and events  where you have spoken. Read more

Gaza and the UN Security Council

November 23, 2012 by  

In light of the new war in Gaza, the success of Australia gaining a temporary seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) has come not a minute too soon. Read more

A Letter to Isi Leibler

October 24, 2012 by  

Dear Isi Leibler

I sincerely apologize on behalf of my “Christian” Brethren, however, do not judge us all because of some, as there are many more of us out there who are appalled even grieved, at the actions of such. At the end of the day, God sees all and is greater, so that the Jew that saw Him come through for King David, when he enquired of the Lord, will even more see Him come through for Israel!
Do not resort to judgement, rather raise an opposite spirit, “stand still, and see the salvation of God”!!
Though all the nations abandon you, all the more will He come through for you as you call upon Him in this hour and pray.
You are not alone, and there are many many Christians out there all over this planet that have set there hearts to pray for and give to Israel.
Be encouraged!!!
And thank you for being there.
Eric Peters
Protestant, Jew lover, true lover of God!
Gold Coast  QLD

No crossroads

June 17, 2012 by  

To achieve real democracy Religion and State shall be separated then there is no cross roads. Read more

Quitting the NSWJBD

November 20, 2011 by  

The Board Of Deputies No Longer Represents Me Read more

Inspired by Wolanski

June 7, 2011 by  

Thank you for screening this inspirational story. Read more

Well Done Austen

June 7, 2011 by  

Bravo Sandy Gutman/Austen Tayshus for outing  the 2 anti-Semites in Chief, Rhiannon and McGeogh for what they are.

Usually I dont watch Q & A anymore, it’s so predictable with mainly Abott-and/or-Jew Bashing on the menu. But I wanted to see you, in order to make my mind up wether to buy your book!

Well, I now will buy 3 copies!!

Rita Liddle

Anthony Loewenstein’s ‘ethnic slur’ against NZ’s Prime Minister

February 6, 2011 by  

Anthony Loewenstein in his blog has referred to New Zealand’s Prime Minister as “Jewish” in a clear ethnic slur in commenting about Key’s support of Hosni Mubarak and a ‘conservative’ policy by the Kiwis on Egypt.  Given that that Keys, whose mother was Jewish, is an agnostic and an occasional church goer, Loewenstein is way out of line. Read more

David Singer’s Reply to Peter Slezak

November 16, 2010 by  

Peter – I gave you five specific cases of Arab lies and propaganda that you propagated in your article – which I claimed were factually false or misleading. The veracity of these five matters relied on by you are critical to a proper understanding of the conflict, the reasons that have failed to see it resolved for the last 130 years and that are preventing it being concluded at the present time. Read more

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