Pittsburgh’s mayor visit KKL-JNF Jerusalem plaque to honour Tree of Life victims

February 25, 2019 by  

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has visited KKL-JNF-established memorial plaque in honour of synagogue shooting victims Read more

Beresheet: progress report

February 25, 2019 by  

An update from Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on Beresheet’s voyage to the moon.

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Australian organisations raise concern ahead of Israel’s elections

February 25, 2019 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the Zionist Federation of Australia and The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council have expressed deep concern of two mainstream political parties in Israel bonding with the Otzma Yehudit, a party known for its racist links. Read more

Kangarusski the past in photographs

February 25, 2019 by  

Kangarusski has launched the photography exhibition of 17-yr-old Daniel Kuczko, 17 with the theme being A Study of the Jewish Métier in Sydney at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Read more

Thanks, Julie

February 25, 2019 by  

The Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) has expressed its deep gratitude to former Foreign Minister  Julie Bishop who will retire at the next federal election. Read more

Facebook plans external board to decide on questionable spots on its site

February 25, 2019 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s co-CEO Peter Wertheim travelled to Singapore to participate in a two-day consultation on the establishment of an independent External Oversight Board proposed to empower to make final decisions about contested content appearing on Facebook. Read more

Celebrating 25 years of Stand Up’s Impact

February 24, 2019 by  

Social justice organisation Stand Up, started out 25 years ago as an Australian Jewish community idea to raise money for international disasters, has today grown into so much more. Read more

ANTISEMITISM: Here and Now – a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

February 24, 2019 by  

ANTISEMITISM: Here and Now by Deborah Lipstadt Read more


February 24, 2019 by  

This week’s cartoon:  New kid on the block. Read more

‘Anti-Zionism’ without the hyphen

February 24, 2019 by  

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate? Read more

Can Israel defeat Hamas without toppling it?

February 24, 2019 by  

So far, Israel’s objectives in armed conflicts with Hamas have been limited so as to avoid the need to reoccupy Gaza or to send it down the “Somalia model” path of chaos. But there might be a third option. Read more

Israeli TV: British intel chief makes secret Israel visit amid Iran nuclear activity

February 24, 2019 by  

Great Britain’s MI6 intelligence chief covertly visited Israel this week for discussions with Israeli counterparts regarding Iran possibly violating the 2015 nuclear deal and attempting to proliferate towards a nuclear bomb, reported Israeli television on Friday. Read more

Egypt cleans and removes slums near 1,200-year-old Jewish cemetery

February 24, 2019 by  

In response to requests from the international Jewish community, Egypt has started eliminating slums near Bassatine Cemetery, in the eastern part of the second-oldest Jewish cemetery on earth, according to those in Cairo and others familiar with the situation. Read more

Abbas rejects tax money from Israel, insists its funds go to terrorists and their families

February 24, 2019 by  

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has rejected tax revenues collected by Israel following the Jewish state’s decision on Sunday to reduce 5% of what it gives to the P.A. due to the latter’s support for paying terrorists and their families. Read more

On the other hand

February 23, 2019 by  

In a week when election political shenanigans reached a new low, it is a welcome relief to bask in the latest positive achievements making Israel a leader in many fields. Read more

Launch successful: Israel becomes fourth country to launch mission to the moon

February 22, 2019 by  

Israel has become the first to launch a privately funded mission to the moon, in addition to becoming the fourth country to launch a lunar spacecraft. Read more


February 22, 2019 by  

New York’s Reproductive Health Act was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 22, to a standing ovation and acclaim by State Legislators. This new law allows abortion on the basis of “reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient’s case” — “the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” Read more

While hoaxes make headlines, real attacks on Jews keep happening

In the West, we’re not merely living at present through savage culture wars. We’re not merely experiencing a terrifying eruption of anti-Semitism in supposedly civilized countries. We are being subjected to a manipulation of reality that could have been scripted by Franz Kafka. Read more

Gantz and Lapid appeal for ‘unity,’ Netanyahu touts ‘strong leadership’

February 22, 2019 by  

The leaders of the new Blue and White Party–Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid—held their first political rally on Thursday night after the two candidates shook up the Israeli political scene earlier in the day. Read more

Peter Pan Goes Wrong: a theatre review by Hila Tsor

February 22, 2019 by  

The title of the play ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ is quite self-explanatory, revealing the main premise of the play. ‘Gone Wrong’ theatre productions are not uncommon but are always full of mischief and mayhem, this being no exception. Read more

Global warning

February 22, 2019 by  

There is a great debate going on as to whether the world’s climate is changing and if so what or who is responsible. Read more

Thousands of protesters march against wave of anti-Semitism in France

February 21, 2019 by  

Following the vandalism of 80 gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in the Alsace region of France, thousands of people joined rallies in Paris and across the country on Tuesday night to publicly oppose anti-Semitism in their country. Read more

Is Western Europe no longer safe for Jews?

The good news is that on Tuesday, huge crowds of French citizens attended rallies against anti-Semitism throughout France that were supported by all of the country’s major political parties. And French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the desecration of a Jewish cemetery, the latest example of a shocking growth in acts of anti-Semitism. Read more

Israel jettisons PLO as negotiating partner on Trump peace plan

February 21, 2019 by  

Israel’s decision to withhold US$138 million dollars in tax revenues collected for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) – equalling the estimated annual payments made to Palestinian Arabs (or their families) carrying out random and indiscriminate attacks against Israeli civilians – marks a watershed in Israel-PLO relations. Read more

“I am not a Holocaust denier – I am not an anti-Semite”

February 21, 2019 by  

Australian Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman has cancelled British conspiracy theorist David Icke’s visa ahead of lecture tour planned next month. Read more

From president to president

February 21, 2019 by  

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has written to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron following antisemitic events in France. Read more

Israel and UK sign trade agreement ahead of Brexit

February 20, 2019 by  

Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen and UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade Liam Fox have signed a trade agreement between Israel and Britain. Read more

70 years of friendship

February 20, 2019 by  

Yesterday Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten expressed the importance of 70 years of friendship between Australia and Israel.  Read more

WJC President Lauder decries deterioration in ties between Poland and Israel

February 20, 2019 by  

World Jewish Congress  President Ronald S. Lauder commented on the rift between Israel and Poland. Read more

Swastikas on 80 gravestones desecrate French Jewish cemetery at German border

February 20, 2019 by  

As many as 80 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in France were discovered vandalized on Tuesday morning, adding to the latest wave of anti-Semitic attacks in the country. Read more

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