New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies


The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies is the umbrella organisation for almost every Jewish group within the State.

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CEO: Vic Alhadeff

Tel: 9360 1600

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Dismay at flyers distributed in Sydney

August 26, 2014 by  

Homes in the Sydney suburbs of Double Bay and Bondi have been targeted in a campaign to spread racial hatred against Jews.

Both suburbs have a high level of Jewish residents.

The flyers laying claim to assertions that Jews had been kicked out of European countries were left in letter boxes in the beach and harbour side suburbs.

The offending flyer

The offending flyer

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff commented: “The flyer is an appalling litany of racist stereotypes, all too predictable from neo-Nazi organisations. It’s no coincidence that 88 – which appears on the flyer – represents HH, which stands for Heil Hitler. It’s very concerning that such blatant hatred is alive and well in our country and instructive that such groups believe the climate is conducive for them to come out of the woodwork.” 

Federal Liberal member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull within whose electorate the campaign was mounted said: “We are the most successful and harmonious multicultural society in the world today. We should have zero tolerance for racism and racial hatred. Racism and race hatred is a threat to our nation and its security. It must be opposed, called out and condemned wherever it is found.

The racist, anti-semitic leaflets distributed in Bondi today  are not just a crude and vicious attempt to intimidate and insult the Jewish community, these leaflets seek to undermine the security and the harmony of Australia and hence of all Australians.

The leaflets and those responsible for them should be condemned  for this hateful and unAustralian behaviour. “

Turnbull was asked on ABC radio

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Can I just ask you quickly about some flyers that have been distributed around your electorate. Anti-Semitic leaflets in quite a few houses across eastern Sydney have you seen them and what do you think of them?

MALCOLM TURNBULL: I have seen them they are despicable, they are racist Anti-Semitic filth and they do not simply seek to intimidate the Jewish community. They seek to and serve to undermine the stability and security of our country. This is the most successful multicultural society in the world. Our security, our prosperity, our safety depends on it remaining that way and people that think they can pick on one ethnic group or another and if it’s the Jews in Bondi yesterday it will be somebody else tomorrow we know that. Those people don’t just intimidate those groups they gnaw away at the foundations of the whole society and that’s why they should always be condemned. We should have zero tolerance for racism, zero tolerance for racism.

NSW State Opposition Leader John Robertson issued a joint statement with Guy Zangari Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Community saying: “We are shocked and disturbed by reports that anti-Semitic leaflets have been discovered in letterboxes in Bondi. The content of these leaflets is racist, abhorrent and has no place in contemporary Australia.

NSW Labor unreservedly condemns the publication and dissemination of this material and welcomes the investigation by NSW Police.

Every Australian – no matter what their religious faith or country of origin – has a right to feel included and respected.

Any form of racial or religious bigotry violates that right.

We live in the most successful multicultural society on earth.

In these troubled times across our world, let us remember that every Australian is owed respect – not just in recognition of our diversity, but also our common humanity.”

 

 

 

New President at the Board

August 21, 2014 by  

Jeremy Spinak has replaced Yair Miller as the president of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies.

 

Jeremy Spinak, Premier Mike Baird and Yair Miller

Jeremy Spinak, Premier Mike Baird and Yair Miller             Photo: Giselle Haber

 

NSW Premier Mike Baird joined Miller and Spinak in addressing the AGM held this week at the National Council of Jewish Women’s rooms in Woollahra.

The position of president is up for election annually but a president cannot serve more than four terms. Yair Miller has completed his fourth term.

NSWJBD/Honest Reporting Israel Mission Day 6

December 2, 2013 by  

Day 6 of our Mission saw us off in the bus to Honest Reporting Headquarters – Jerusalem Israel, where Simon Plosker, Managing Editor, gave us a crash course in ‘Understanding Media Bias’.

From: Mission member Rachel Murphy

On the roof of Spoons

On the roof of Spoons

This NGO, started in 2000 seeded by Aish HaTorah but is today a wholly independent organisation and fully privately funded with no links to Aish. It issn apolitical NGO set up to counter the disproportionate amount of media attention this small country gets versus its neighbours.  Generally stories seem to be published on the following basis: “if it bleeds, it leads”. Palestinians, who have no freedom of the press themselves, have learnt quickly how to get coverage in the foreign press.  Stories of Israel’s humanitarian aid to Haiti, Philippines, Japan and other crisis centres, get far less coverage.

We then met Dr Harvey Belik, Director of Budo for Peace.

Very soon he was capably giving us an overview of “Israel’s Image Abroad – Humanitarian & Peace Work”, including the history of the region – particularly as it concerns Eritreans, Moslem and Christian refugees from Darfur & Sudan, and Ethiopian Jews. In many cases, persecution, kidnapping and torture seem to be the norm – to the Jihadi militias in Sudan and Sinai it’s a business. This was scary stuff.

Israel reaches out with humanitarian gestures to all victims of terror, as well as victims of natural disasters. Dr Belik recounted his personal experience as a doctor treating victims of the Haiti earthquake in field hospitals set up by the Israel Defence Force – real stories of crush injuries, fractures, infectious diseases, psychosocial trauma, and the methods used to treat them, including counselling and art therapy. Israel also set up a clinic and school there which are now permanent. We were moved and inspired by the selfless generosity and dedication displayed by this man, and so many other Israeli professionals who go to farflung corners of the world to help people in need – breaking down the barriers of hatred and the demonisation of Israel.

After lunch on the rooftop deck, we met with Nitsana Darshun-Leitner from Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Centre) whose very apt logo is “Bankrupting Terrorism, One Lawsuit at a Time”.

Australian ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma with Lynda Ben-Menashe

Australian ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma with Lynda Ben-Menashe

She opened dramatically reminding us that last week (while we were in Israel!) a 19-yr-old soldier sleeping on a bus was killed by a 16-yr-old Palestinian. Not long before that a baby in a crib was knifed to death and a two year old sustained head injuries from ‘stones’ thrown at a car.

The  Arab Bank is the biggest bank in the Arab world with US$30bn in assets, offering rewards to the families of suicide bombers – knowingly and intentionally. Shurat HaDin representing 50 families – victims of terror – has frozen $450M of assets in the US as a result of lawsuits against the Arab Bank. The lawsuit they filed for the families of the Sbarro Pizzeria massacre sent shock waves throughout the Arab world. No world bank funds terror any more as a result – and this causes the terrorists a lot of damage – they need the money to fund their activities, not least of which is paying the terrorists. As Nitsana said, “they are now learning there’s a price for Jewish blood”.

In a typically jampacked schedule, we then heard from Gerald Steinberg, President of NGO Monitor, on “NGO’s, Human Rights, and the Demonization of Israel”

NGO Monitor is apolitical, and monitors approximately 1500 NGO’s, many of which are actually funded by governments (ie, quasi NGO’s ) – some US$200m per year comes from governments hostile to Israel.  Oxfam receives $528M, Amnesty International $230M, Human Rights Watch $45M. Gerald Steinberg described the “halo effect” , eg, when Amnesty says “it” happened, it becomes truth – and gets reported on CNN, BBC, the New York Times.   For example, using the word “massacre” repeatedly to describe a conflict, results in UN condemnation, then progresses to urban myth. Once it gets to that stage, it’s almost impossible to counter.

Our last (formal) speaker for the day was Gil Hoffman, Political Editor of The Jerusalem Post, speaking directly from the Knesset on the political scene.

Trying to summarise the three A4 pages of notes I took on this subject has proven a nightmare. The first page of notes dealt almost entirely with Iran, the underlying message being that Israel has been betrayed by the world again but we do have a new ally from surprising quarters: Saudi Arabia. Netanyahu says it’s a bad deal. The rest we already know.

Gil Hoffman gave us an exhaustive summary of the positions of power in the Arab world and beyond … it doesn’t look much better than it ever did, but Israel sits quietly in the background while basically the Arab world is in turmoil. One thing is for sure: we have a better relationship now with Egypt than we have since the times of Moses!  The Moslem Brotherhood has done our job for us in destroying 100s of tunnels between Egypt and Gaza, thereby destroying 100s of millions of dollars in black market trade.

As always though, there will be more urgency for Israel to make concessions in the current peace talks. The question is, will we have to give up land and bring Iran closer to our borders? Israel has been taking a lot of steps in the past few months, to prevent war.

Gil closed with a summary of some of the social issues plaguing Israel back home. He really did cover an extraordinary number of issues in the hour allotted to him, and we left with a very full and detailed picture of life in a day at the Knesset!

After a short break to catch our breath, it was off to one of the most amazing dinners we’d had yet .. a night at Spoons in the artists quarter established by Moses Montefiore, just outside the walls of the Old City, where we were treated to a 5-course meal to tantalise the taste buds of the most diehard food critic.  Our guest was the Australian Ambassador to Israel, the very gracious David Sharma.  It was a venue, a meal, and an evening to remember for a long time to come!

Journos report back

November 27, 2013 by  

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The journalists who participated in the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies’ recent Journalists Mission to Israel will address a public meeting in Sydney next week.

NSWJBD290logoAIJAC logo 1 The journalists – from the Sydney Morning Herald, Sky News Business, SBS Television World News and Channel Ten News – participated in an intensive week-long study mission.

While in Israel they visited the Lebanese border, the Gazan border, West Bank settlements, the Australian Light Horse memorial in Beersheva and a Palestinian refugee camp, were briefed by a range of top-level experts across a broad range of areas and disciplines, and spent time at such iconic addresses as Yad Vashem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Masada, among a range of other activities.

The public meeting will be held in The Saunders Hall, Central Synagogue, next Wednesday December 4 at 7.30pm.

The Board of Deputies Journalists Mission is supported by the JCA Haberman Kulawicz Wolanski Fund.

It was conducted in conjunction with AIJAC.

Inquiries: 9360 1600

 

NSWJBD/Honest Reporting Israel Mission Day 5

November 27, 2013 by  

The NSWJBD joint mission to Israel with Honest Reporting has a Canadian member. Alan Perlmutter from London, Canada files the report on Day 5…

I am Alan Perlmutter from London Canada, yes the other city at the fork of a Thames river.

Meeting the locals

Meeting the locals

I have always found Israel to reveal a surprise around every corner. This morning my wife Cathy and I went out for a walk and noticed several beautifully adorned men and women walking towards a spot in a public park. I struck up a conversation with one of the men and was quickly invited to an Eritrean wedding. This was a wonderful experience, typical of the rich diversity seen in every part of this country.

Later, we listened to three speakers explain politics from their (Arab) perspective. While these speakers all shared the view that Israeli democracy provided them with the opportunity to express their opinions which ranged from Israel being too accommodating to the Palestinians to needing to do much more in a deteriorating situation. I think the most interesting speaker was a Palestinian man who spent 10 years in prison for injuring 3 Israeli soldiers with a Molotov cocktail. He now fights for peacefully settling issues between the Palestinians and Israelis. He also made the interesting point that Israel should try and interact with the Palestinians to show them that Israelis are more reasonable than what they have been taught by their Palestinian schools and media.

Tomorrow we will visit the Golan.

 

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