Your UIA helping Holocaust survivors in Israel

January 25, 2013 by  

Popular Israeli performers will next week honor 300 volunteers of Laad, a joint project of The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry for Senior Citizens which trains volunteers to assist Holocaust survivors. Read more

NZ Prime Minister launches Holocaust project

January 25, 2013 by  

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key today will launch a unique, New Zealand-produced artistic educational project, ‘Shadows of Shoah’ at the official Auckland commemoration of the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day (UNIHRD)…a move appreciated by Israel’s ambassador to new Zealand. Read more

Yes Virginia, there is Antisemitism in Australia…writes Jeremy Jones

January 24, 2013 by  

Modern Australia is less engaged in pondering whether Jews are legitimately “insiders” or “outsiders” than virtually any other Christian (or Muslim) majority state.
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Palestine – Morsi Minces Two-State Solution…writes David Singer

January 24, 2013 by  

Any hope of a negotiated two-state solution being achieved under the Oslo Accords and the Bush Road Map has been blown away following the publication of statements made by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in September 2010 – which have recently surfaced and come back to haunt him in January 2013. Read more

Bob Carr on the Israeli Election

January 24, 2013 by  

Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr today urged the incoming government of Israel to accord a high priority to the resumption without preconditions, of direct negotiations with the Palestinian people on a two-state solution. Read more

On air with Jon Faine

January 24, 2013 by  

The Prime Minister was questioned on the Israeli election by ABC’s Jon Faine. J-Wire publishes the transcript. Read more

The Party’s Over

January 24, 2013 by  

One last evening of saying goodbyes and that was it…the end of a highly successful 2013 Maccabi Junior Carnival. Read more

NIFau invites you to talk with Avrum Burg

January 24, 2013 by  

The New Israel Fund Australia will host a live forum on the internet this evening with former Knesset Speaker and chairman of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organisation Avrum Burg in the wake of the Israeli election. Read more

Daunting Challenges facing Netanyahu…writes Isi Leibler

January 24, 2013 by  

Israel’s unexpected election results have created daunting challenges for Prime Minister Netanyahu. Read more

Student leaders end world tour

January 23, 2013 by  

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students’ premier Leadership Development Program to the United States, United Kingdom and Israel has ended after five weeks jam-packed with meeting inspiring speakers, lobbyists, academics, politicians, diplomats and leaders from all over the Jewish world. Read more

Media Frenzy Before the Results are Even Known…writes Michael Kuttner

January 22, 2013 by  

I am writing this on Election Day which has dawned sunny and mild, weather favourable for a good turnout at the polls. Read more

Netzer votes

January 22, 2013 by  

During a mock election in which they learned the basic process of Israel’s elections, Netzer’s Melbourne junior campers in Grade 5 elected Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid as Prime Minister of Israel. Read more

Man accused of descrating Jewish graves pleads innocence.

January 22, 2013 by  

A man accused of desecrating Jewish graves in Auckland appeared in court today, maintaining his plea of  not guilty to a charge of intentional damage . Read more

Carr responds to Pyne

January 22, 2013 by  

Liberal MP Christopher Pyne has called Foreign Minister Bob Carr a “dangerous amateur” following  the condemnation of Israel’s expansion of its settlements and labeling it  “illegal” under international law. Senator Carr has responded. Read more

Pre-election analysis and Q&A

January 21, 2013 by  

Gil Hoffman, the Chief Political Correspondent of the Jerusalem Post spoke to Australian media by teleconference on the eve of the Israeli elections. J-Wire participated. Read more

Carr and Hague grandstanding says “The Australian”

January 21, 2013 by  

“The Australian” has published an editorial accusing Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague of “grandstanding” in their criticism of the US and Israel. Read more

Palestine – Carr Crash Cause For Concern…writes David Singer

January 21, 2013 by  

Australia’s Foreign Minister – Senator Bob Carr – and his advisers at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) are obviously unaware that the Palestinian Authority (PA) no longer exists – following the issue of a Presidential decree to this effect by Mahmoud Abbas on 3 January. Read more

Good news and Bad from Joint Australian and UK Ministers’ Meeting…writes Peter Wertheim

January 21, 2013 by  

For those unfamiliar with diplomatic-speak, AUKMIN (Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations) is the annual day-long summit between the Foreign and Defence Ministers of Australia and the UK.  This year’s summit was held in Perth on Friday, January 18. Read more

AIJAC welcomes call for negotiations…but

January 20, 2013 by  

A call for a return to negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians by the the Foreign Ministers of Australia and the U.K. has been welcomed by The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council…but not their views on the settlements. Read more

Nobel prize winner to visit Australia

January 19, 2013 by  

Technion-based Professor Danny Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2011 in chemistry. Read more

Heavy rain brings silver lining

January 19, 2013 by  

The stormy weather in Israel last week caused a lot of damage but also brought great blessings, filling the reservoirs, and making the waterfalls rush and the ravines overflow. Read more

Hot work for Maccabi junior athletes

January 18, 2013 by  

Today was community day for those attending the Maccabi Junior Carnival in Sydney…and for some it meant working outdoors in the searing heat. Read more

It’s Good to be Crazy

January 18, 2013 by  

‘Crazy’, ‘insane’ or ‘irrational’ are all words normally associated with something negative.  If someone acts crazy we encourage them to be normal. Calling someone insane would be an insult, not a compliment, and for those that behave irrationally we always hope that the world of the rational will prevail….writes Rabbi Michoel Gourarie. Read more

Palestine: Trojan Horse Exposes Duplicitous Doublecross

January 17, 2013 by  

Any doubt that the Oslo Accords and the Bush Road Map are dead and buried has been put to final rest by John V Whitbeck – an international lawyer who has served as an advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel…writes David Singer. Read more

Law firm founder passes away

January 17, 2013 by  

Rabbi Aviva Kipen officiated at the funeral service for the late Peter Redlich, founder of law firm Holding, Redlich who passed away in Melbourne earlier this month. The following is the eulogy she delivered. Read more

Liberal Jewish Israel Bashers: Ignorant or Malicious?

January 17, 2013 by  

I must confess to a rising sense of frustration and rage when observing the increasing number of ill-informed and fallacious critiques of Israel by liberal Diaspora Jews…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

Compliance ***½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

Most of the time, I am irritated when a movie proclaims to be “based on a true story”…writes James Berardinelli. Read more

This is 40 ***/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

This is 40 has the feel of one of those French “family comedies” – sort of like the kind of thing brought to the screen by Cedric Klapisch, except with more profanity and vulgarity…writes James Berardinelli. Read more

Israeli Tennis champions advance

January 16, 2013 by  

Israel’s current tennis champions have made it through to the next round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.. Read more

University: bad “misguided strategy”

January 16, 2013 by  

Sad to say, moves to put a ban on contacts between the University of Sydney and the Technion  is a misguided strategy, as with the boycott  involving the Centre for Conflict Studies…writes Larry Stillman. Read more

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