Palestine – Carr’s Lakemba Mosque Declaration – Policy On The Run?…asks David Singer

August 18, 2013 by  
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Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr’s announcement in the heat of an election campaign that Labor Party policy does not recognize the legal right of Jews to live in the West Bank – seems to have been hastily cobbled together without any serious discussion or consideration by the Labor Party. Read more

The Palestinian Prisoner Release and its Shades of Grey

August 16, 2013 by  
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This week, I planned to write something a little more upbeat and uplifting. It seemed overdue. But then the release of twenty-six Palestinian prisoners to Gaza and the West Bank warranted some deep reflection and analysis…writes Gabsy Debinski. Read more

Maccabi Australia apologises for “insensitivity”

August 16, 2013 by  
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Maccabi Australia has acknowledged complaints made against the sports club by victims of a former basketball coach jailed this week for having had sexual relations with underage girls and for sexual assault. Read more

Top award for George Dreyfus

August 15, 2013 by  
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APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre have announced that George Dreyfus will be the recipient of the Distinguished Services to Australian Music honour at the 2013 ART Music Awards. Read more

A letter from many hearts

August 15, 2013 by  
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The families of Israelis who lost loved ones at the hands of terrorists have written to US Secretary of State John Kerry following the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners. Former Melbournians Arnold and Frimet Roth are among the signatories. Read more

Maccabi basketball coach jailed

August 14, 2013 by  
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A former Maccabi basketball coach has been jailed for a minimum of four and a half years having pleaded guilty to having sex with two underage girls and sexually abusing two others. Read more

Waks in Africa

August 14, 2013 by  
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Manny Waks is CEO of Tzedek, an advocacy organisation which champions the cause of the cictims of sexual abuse. He has been on a visit to South Africa. Tali Feinberg reports from Cape Town… Read more

Carr and the Settlements – enter Julie Bishop

August 12, 2013 by  
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Shadow Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has commented on remarks made by Australian Foreign Senator Bob Carr when visiting a mosque last week stating that all Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are illegal. Read more

AFP awards $35 million contract to Israeli firm

August 12, 2013 by  
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The Australian Federal Police has awarded a $35 million contract to Elbit Systems of Australia Pty Ltd for an advanced information management system. Read more

Abbott pledges support for Israel

August 11, 2013 by  
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President of the Zionist Federation of Australia Philip Chester, today read out a message to the organisation’s plenary conference in Sydney from Leader if the Opposition Tony Abbott pledging support for Israel if his party wins the upcoming election. Read more

Foreign Office explains

August 11, 2013 by  
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The Department for Foreign Affairs has responded to a “please explain” call by J-Wire regarding a statement made at the Lakemba mosque by Foreign Minister Bob Carr that all Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are illegal under international law and should cease. 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

Getting to know you…

August 9, 2013 by  
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Australia’s ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma, has presented his credentials to President Shimon Peres. Read more

Danby and school security funding

August 8, 2013 by  
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Michael Danby MP, Member for Melbourne Ports and Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts spoke about Funding for Schools and Security at the August Plenum of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV).  Read more

Grandson of Aboriginal activist may attend Kristallnacht commemoration

August 8, 2013 by  
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The Government of Germany may invite the grandson of William Cooper, Alf Turner (Uncle Boydie) to attend the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht or Night of the Broken Glass later this year. Read more

The Might of Ladies’ Night

August 8, 2013 by  
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Conductor Simone Young and soprano Lisa Gasteen played to a sparser-than-deserved SSO audience at last night’s Master Series concert, writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

Two Australian Governors at the Technion

August 7, 2013 by  
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Dr Ruth Ratner and Peter Hersh have been elected to the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology International Board of Governors. Read more

JNF Update

August 7, 2013 by  
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The Jewish National Fund recently hosted a breakfast forum in Sydney addressed by Major-General Oren Shachor [Res.] co-founder of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center. Read more

The Merchant of Peace

August 6, 2013 by  
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A retired Major General in the Israeli army whose career moved into the world of big business has joined ranks with one of Palestine’s most successful business identities to create the Jerusalem Arbitration Center designed to settle conflicts of a commercial nature between the two countries. Read more

Israel’s man in New Zealand

August 6, 2013 by  
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Meet Yosef Livne, the new Israeli ambassador to New Zealand. Read more

No Aldi Boycott

July 25, 2013 by  
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Reports on the Internet claimed that popular supermarket chain Aldi had stopped selling goods produced in Israel settlements. The company has denied that this is the case. Read more

Collectively protecting children

July 25, 2013 by  
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The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), in conjunction with the Australian Zionist Youth Council, Chabad Youth and Jewish Care, have joined forces to provide a free information session for community organisations to prevent and respond effectively to allegations of child abuse. Read more

Silver for Solomon

July 25, 2013 by  
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Steven Solomon and Donald Sanford have produced a level of sport tonight beyond the wildest dreams of the organisers with a thrilling 400m mens final on the first night of the track and field competition at this year’s 19th Maccabiah. Read more

Helping Israel’s Children

July 25, 2013 by  
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High on Mount Carmel above the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim offers a last chance for troubled teenagers. Read more

Kramer free in three months

July 24, 2013 by  
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53-yr-old convicted paedophile David Kramer has been sentenced to a maximum of three years and four months for sexually abusing students at Melbourne’s Yeshiva Centre but will possibly be a free man in three months’ time given the time he has spent in  detention…and one of his victims has made a statement. Read more

Beyond the Pale…writes Michael Kuttner

July 24, 2013 by  
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Not so many years ago back in Czarist Russia, Jews were confined to certain areas of the country beyond which they were not allowed to live. Ironically in light of today’s developments this was called the Pale of Settlement. Of course Russia was not alone in confining its hapless Jews to certain clearly defined areas as most of Europe from time to time also indulged in this selective practice of segregating where their Jewish population could live. Read more

Shorten goes to school

July 23, 2013 by  
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New Minister for Education Bill Shorten recently joined Michael Danby in a meeting with the Australian Council for Jewish Schools. Read more

Israel strengthening Diaspora ties

July 23, 2013 by  
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The “Lobby for Strengthening the Jewish People” has been launched in the Knesset by the co-Chairmen Dr Nachman Shai and Tzachi Hanegbi with the participation of over 40 Knesset members from across the Israeli political spectrum. Read more

Adam Kellerman and his Maccabi Gold medal

July 22, 2013 by  
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Watch the filmed interview of Paralympian at the Maccabiah in Israel shortly after he was presented with his gold medal…. Read more

RCV critical of asylum seekers policy

July 22, 2013 by  
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The Rabbinical Council of Victoria has expressed its dismay at the federal government’s new policy on boat people redirecting those who may well be seeking asylum to Papua New Guinea. Read more

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