Israel to US: don’t cut funding to UNRWA activity in Gaza

August 14, 2018 by  

Israeli officials have requested the United States not to cut funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza, due to concerns that it may push the humanitarian crisis in Gaza over the brink of disaster, the Israel Hayom daily reported Monday.   Read more

At Ashdod port, Israel confiscates tens of thousands of balloons headed for Gaza

August 14, 2018 by  

Three shipping containers containing tens of thousands of balloons on their way to Gaza were stopped and confiscated at the Ashdod port, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 10. Read more

Netanyahu condemns UK’s Corbyn for Munich terrorist memorial

August 14, 2018 by  

United Kingdom Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged words on Twitter yesterday after photos surfaced last Friday of the former laying a wreath near the graves of the Black September terrorists who killed 11 Israelis at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Read more

An open letter to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

August 14, 2018 by  

The Claims Conference has focused from its inception on its fight for restitution to compensate Holocaust survivors and now sends an open letter by video to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Read more

Fairfax changes their Gaza headline

August 14, 2018 by  

The problematic headline ‘Mother and child killed by air strike’, placed on an otherwise reasonable report by Isabel Kershner published on August 10 in both the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age has now been changed to ‘Talk of cease-fire between Israel, Hamas interrupted by cross-border fire.’ Read more

UK’s Corbyn admits he was ‘present’ at memorial honoring Munich terrorists

August 14, 2018 by  

The United Kingdom’s Opposition and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn admitted that he was present at a memorial ceremony in 2014 in Tunisia for the Palestinian terrorists behind the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, but did not “think” he was involved in the wreath-laying. Read more

Netanyahu: Arab demonstrators want to see end of Israel as Jewish Nation State

August 13, 2018 by  

The Arab demonstrators who raised Palestinian flags at Saturday night’s protest against the Nation State Law “want to annul Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the weekly Cabinet meeting, yesterday. Read more

Netanyahu: Israel won’t accept anything less than full Gaza ceasefire

August 13, 2018 by  

Israel will not accept anything less than a complete ceasefire with Gaza, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday, while a senior minister said that the option of toppling Hamas was inching ever closer. Read more

Premier for NSWJBD AGM

August 13, 2018 by  

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will be the keynote speaker at the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies AGM next week. Read more

Dedication of The Australian Jewish War Memorial and commemoration of the centenary of General Sir John Monash’s knighthood

August 13, 2018 by  

The ACTJC, the Canberra Jewish Centre has held a solemn ceremony in the grounds of the Centre dedicating the Australian Jewish War Memorial to honour Australian Jewish military personnel who have died in wars serving their country.   Read more

Yiddish 2 – with a Chinese twist

August 12, 2018 by  

Signalling that Yiddish still has some life in it, a Chinese scholar in residence at Oxford University who speaks it fluently has used a Chinese song using modern music demonstrating that Yiddish harmonies are not restricted to the shtetl. Read more

Yiddish 1

August 12, 2018 by  

The World Jewish Congress and its International Yiddish Centre has hosted the International Commemorative Conference of Yiddish Culture and Language in western Ukraine, as part of the Jewish Culture Days in Bukovina celebration. Read more

Head of the Sderot Yeshiva talks of the rocket attacks – a video report

August 12, 2018 by  

Rabbi Dov Fendel, Head of the Sderot Yeshiva speaks about the dozens rockets launched by Hamas from Gaza and the damages to the city of Sderot in southern Israel. Read more

Thousands of Christians stand with British Jewry amid Labour anti-Semitism row

August 12, 2018 by  

Thousands of Christians have voiced solidarity with British Jewry amid ongoing allegations of anti-Semitism by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Read more

Amazon pulls ‘Make Israel Palestine Again’ after outrage

August 12, 2018 by  

Amazon is no longer selling a T-shirt that reads “Make Israel Palestine Again” amid outrage from consumers and followers of the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), a non-profit that tracks radical Islam. Read more

Antisemitism on the rise in Germany

August 12, 2018 by  

The World Jewish Congress has expressed strong concern this week following the release of new figures in Germany indicating a 10 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the country over the course of the first half of 2018 when compared with the same period in 2017. Read more

IDF airstrike demolishes Hamas building in Gaza City

August 10, 2018 by  

IDF jets have demolished a five-storey building in Gaza City used by Hamas’ internal security apparatus, a military spokesman said Thursday evening. Read more

2,200-year-old earring found in Jerusalem excavation sheds light on Hellenistic period in Judea

August 10, 2018 by  

A 2,200-year-old golden earring was discovered at the City of David’s archaeological excavation just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, shedding light on life in the city after it was conquered by the Greeks. Read more

Complaint Two: ABC

August 9, 2018 by  

An AIJAC complaint against an article on the ABC’s website, which claimed Hamas and Islamic Jihad are listed as terrorists by Australia simply because of “their continued resistance against Israeli occupation”, has been upheld by the ABC’s Audience and Consumer Affairs unit. Read more

Complaint One: Fairfax

August 9, 2018 by  

The Australian Jewish Association (AJA) calls out the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) for a disgraceful display of anti-Israel bias. Read more

Foreign worker wounded as rocket barrage continues to pound Gaza belt

August 9, 2018 by  

Five people in the Gaza Belt region were wounded, including one seriously, as a missile barrage from the Gaza Strip that began Wednesday afternoon continued overnight. Read more

Hamas said to reject Israeli demand for information on fallen soldiers, captive civilians

August 9, 2018 by  

Israel is demanding that Hamas provide information regarding missing Israeli soldiers and captive Israeli civilians held by the group, as a precondition to any alleviation of Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, the London-based pan-Arab daily Al Hayat reported on Wednesday.

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‘Your time is up!’ Livni tells Netanyahu during debate over Nation-State Law

August 9, 2018 by  

Newly appointed opposition leader MK Tzipi Livni of the Zionist Union delivered a scathing indictment of Israel’s government during an extraordinary session of the Knesset called to discuss the Nation-State Law during the parliament summer recess. Read more

Anti-abortion film uses the Holocaust to make its point

August 9, 2018 by  

A 33-minute anti-abortion video available on YouTube was dropped as a DVD into the letterboxes of the WA city of Albany…but before one word of abortion is mentioned viewers get a thirteen-minute Holocaust lecture featuring graphic images. Read more

IDF confirms Hamas fire was not aimed at Israel

August 8, 2018 by  

The IDF confirmed that the gunfire from the Hamas post on Tuesday, which lead to the IDF destroying the post and killing the two Hamas snipers inside, was not directed at Israeli forces, but was part of a training exercise by Hamas’ commando unit. Read more

Israeli company to deliver food by drone in Iceland

August 8, 2018 by  

An Israeli technology firm is providing takeout-food delivery services to Icelanders in the capital of Reykjavík, expanding its supply routes from one test route to 13. Read more

Israeli Air Force appoints first female squadron commander

August 8, 2018 by  

Israeli Air Force Commander Maj Gen. Amikam Norkin appointed the first female commander of an IAF squadron Tuesday when he named Major G. to command Squadron 122, also known as the Nahshon Squadron. Read more

Howard Deitcher from Hebrew U speaks to Sydney’s “wondering Jews”

August 8, 2018 by  

Rabbi Dr. Howard Deitcher, Director of the Florence Melton Institute at the Hebrew University, paid a flying visit to Sydney and Melbourne last week to learn more about Melton’s impact on Australian Jewish life and adult learning.  Read more

NSW Labor to support Shalom Gamarada indigenous scholarship program

August 8, 2018 by  

A NSW Labor Government will fund up to six scholarships for Indigenous medical doctors through a highly successful program sponsored by Sydney’s Jewish community and Shalom College at the UNSW. Read more

Trump renews sanctions on Iran following US withdrawal from nuclear deal

August 7, 2018 by  

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday restoring key sanctions on Iran with the hope of levying “maximum economic pressure” on Tehran over its nuclear program and other destabilizing activity in the Middle East. Read more

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