Polish Olympian refuses to coach Malaysian swim team due to anti-Israel policy

January 30, 2019 by  
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Four-time Polish Olympic swimmer Bart Kizierowski has rejected an offer to coach Malaysia’s national swimming team, saying that he would not train the Malaysians after they refused to admit Israeli athletes into the country. Read more

A visit to Israel

August 7, 2018 by  
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Queensland Senator Anthony Chisolm and New South Wales’ newest voice in the Senate Kristina Keneally have shared their impressions of Israel at an Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) event in Sydney. Read more

Senator and union leaders report on their visit to Israel

August 1, 2018 by  
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Liberal Senator for Queensland  Amanda Stoker is a recent graduate of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) Rambam study program to Israel, and addressed an AIJAC function in Melbourne to discuss impressions of her visit to Israel in June.  Read more

AIJAC thanks Danby

July 6, 2018 by  
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The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council has praised Michael Danby who yesterday announced his retirement from federal parliament. Read more

Jonathan Spyer briefs Sydney journalists

June 21, 2018 by  
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Dr. Jonathan Spyer, Middle East expert and Executive Director of the Middle East Centre for Reporting and Analysis (MECRA) and columnist at The Jerusalem Post briefed journalists on the current situation in the Middle East this week in Sydney as part of an AIJAC-sponsored visit  of Australia and New Zealand. Read more

AIJAC thanks Australian government for principled stance at UN

June 14, 2018 by  
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Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) National Chairman Mark Leibler and Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein have written to Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to express AIJAC’s “sincere appreciation for Australia’s principled stance at the UN General Assembly by voting in favour of the US amendment to the unbalanced motion on Israel, and then being one of only eight countries to vote against the motion when the amendment failed.”  Read more

AIJAC applauds government’s principled vote against UNHRC resolution predetermining Israel’s guilt

May 22, 2018 by  
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AIJAC has applauded the principled stand the Australian Government took in opposing the one-sidedly anti-Israel resolution to set up an inquiry into the violence in Gaza at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week. Read more

Leaders praises Trump’s leadership

May 15, 2018 by  
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The World Jewish Congress on Monday enthusiastically welcomed the United States’ move of its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, calling it a “critical moment in history” and a “precedent worthy of emulation” by all of Israel’s allies.  Read more

Rambam returnees address AIJAC in Sydney

March 28, 2017 by  
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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

Meet Joel Burnie: a Henry Greener interview

AIJAC’s Joel Burnie has a political pedigree going back to his student days. A video interview. Read more

Jones takes Judaism to Java

November 25, 2016 by  
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Jeremy Jones, Director of International and of Community Affairs of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council, has completed an intensive programme of dialogues, discussions, meetings and seminars in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia. Read more

Be’er Sheva Dialogue Participants Address AIJAC in Sydney

November 4, 2016 by  
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Major Israeli military and public figures addressed an AIJAC luncheon in Sydney as well as a public event at Sydney’s Central Synagogue on Wednesday following their participation in the 2016 Australia/Israel Military to Military Dialogue (the Be’er Sheva Dialogue).  Read more

Newspaper column Goers beyond the pale

October 11, 2016 by  
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The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council has expressed concern after columnist and ABC radio host Peter Goers published an inflammatory anti-Israel piece in Adelaide’s Sunday Mail on October 9. Read more

Australian reporters report on their trip to Israel

December 11, 2015 by  
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Three senior Australian journalists and a prominent academic who visited Israel in November as part of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council’s Rambam study program have discussed their experiences in luncheon meetings with AIJAC supporters in Australia.

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Journalists’ report card

December 2, 2015 by  
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Journalists who participated in this year’s NSW Jewish Board of Deputies’ annual Journalists Study Mission to Israel will report to the community at a public meeting in Sydney next week. Read more

Malcolm Fraser: Community messages

March 23, 2015 by  
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The Executive Council of Australian Jewry and The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council have issued statements following the death of former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. Read more

On Denmark

February 17, 2015 by  
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The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council has expressed its sincere condolences to the victims and their families of the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen on the weekend. Read more

An evening with Einat

February 17, 2015 by  
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Dr Einat Wilf, former Labour MK and Foreign Policy advisor to Shimon Peres, has addressed a packed-out gathering at Sydney’s Central Synagogue. Read more

From Breaking the Silence

April 16, 2014 by  
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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
Jerusalem

Bob Carr – AIJAC has its say…and Danby watches the 7:30 Report

April 14, 2014 by  
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Executive director of The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council Dr Colin Rubenstein believes he always enjoyed a healthy relationship with former Foreign Minister Bob Carr. Rubenstein has returned home from overseas and read Carr’s comments on the Jewish lobby. AIJAC has its say… Read more

AIJAC add its voice to proposed to criticism of new legislation

March 26, 2014 by  
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The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council has expressed its disappointment following the release of the exposure draft outlining the changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. Read more

Senior Journos Report on Israel visit

December 5, 2013 by  
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Four senior journalists who participated in the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies’ recent Journalists Study Mission to Israel reported on their experiences at a well-attended public meeting at Sydney’s Central Synagogue last night. Read more

AIJAC and ZFA to Bob Carr: “We disagree”

August 13, 2013 by  
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The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council has said that it disagrees with Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s claim about the legality of settlements but adds there is more in the mix to be considered. Read more

Keen AIJAC chairman in NSW

August 10, 2013 by  
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The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has announced that Paul Keen has become the new AIJAC NSW Chairman and Rabbi Ralph Genende has joined the Australia/Israel Review Editorial Board. Read more

AIJAC responds to Carr’s settlements remarks

August 9, 2013 by  
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The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council’s Dr Colin Rubenstein has responded to remarks made by Foreign Minister Bob Carr declaring Israeli settlements “on Palestinian land” illegal. Read more

AIJAC and the Boat People

July 25, 2013 by  
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The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council has voiced its views on how Australia is dealing with asylum seekers. Read more

Hezbollah sleeper cells in Australia?

May 10, 2013 by  
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Jewish leaders have renewed calls to ban Hezbollah’s political wing amid revelations that the Shi’ite organisation may have sleeper cells operating in Australia. Read more

NSW Parliamentarian makes personal Genocide Study Tour

February 18, 2012 by  
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NSW  Labor Upper House MP and NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair,  Walt Secord has made a self-funded genocide study tour to Israel, Armenia, Iraqi Kurdistan and Auschwitz-Birkeneau. Read more

Community thanks the Government for racism stand

November 30, 2010 by  
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The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council  (AIJAC) and The Executive Council of Australian Jewry have  formally “acknowledged and extended appreciation” to the Australian Government for the “principled stand in voting against the UN resolution to hold a conference in New York in 2011 marking 10 years since the Durban WCAR [World Conference against Racism].” Read more

Strong reaction to Arab League’s consideration of Australia’s pro-Israel stance

February 3, 2010 by  
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Jewish leaders have reacted strongly to reports in “The Australian” that the Arab League “would take Australia’s pro-Israel position into account” in exercising their 22 votes for the election of a seat on the UN Security Council. Read more