From Buenos Aires: the new WUPJ president

A zoom discussion with the new World Union for Progressive Judaism. Read more

The progressive world: An antechamber to evil

After days of anti-Semitic rants on social media, the “Grime” rapper Wiley has finally been barred from Twitter and Facebook following outrage by Jews and others that he was allowed to use these platforms for his vicious incitement. Read more

Netanyahu’s five-point battleground to stay in power

Since fortifying Israel’s frayed political system with a victory over his political rivals and the formation of a unity coalition in April, governance for Israel’s embattled prime minister has been anything but simple. Read more

Over and out

July 31, 2020 by  

“There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.” Read more

Jerusalem reborn

July 31, 2020 by  

The Jerusalem I first came to in 1958 was a very different and much smaller town than the Jerusalem of nearly one million it is today. Read more

Politicians slam Nazi graffiti dubbed on Premier’s image

July 31, 2020 by  

Vandals have pasted an image of Victorian premier Daniel Andrews with a swastika on his forehead and with a Hitler moustache on a road sign in the suburb of Highett. Read more

School bullying: a Jewish community meeting with the NSW Minister of Education

July 31, 2020 by  

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has met with representatives of The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies and The Executive Council of Australian Jewry to discuss combatting bullying and prejudice when it happens in all schools in NSW. Read more

Governor George

July 31, 2020 by  

During Hakoah’s AGM, president Steven Lowy announced that long-term board member and currently the vice-president of the club George Farkas has been appointed a Governor of The Hakoah Club. Read more

Expert on international demonisation of Israel praises Australia’s positive role

July 31, 2020 by  

Professor Gerald Steinberg, the founder and President of NGO Monitor, dotted his presentation at the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council’s (AIJAC’s) latest webinar, on “The campaign to delegitimise Israel within International Institutions” with positive references to Australia’s performance. Read more

Survivors launch online campaign to ban Holocaust denial from Facebook

July 31, 2020 by  

A group of Holocaust survivors has launched a campaign calling on Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg to take immediate action to remove Holocaust denial from the social media site. Read more

Several Israelis detained on Temple Mount during Tisha B’Av

July 30, 2020 by  

Several Israelis were detained on the Temple Mount on Thursday as Israel marked the day of mourning of Tisha B’Av, on which the destruction of the two Temples is commemorated. Read more

Black tea, berries, nuts off the menu?

July 30, 2020 by  

It is a fact that has long baffled doctors: Cancer in the small intestine is quite rare, whereas colorectal cancer, a neighbouring though much smaller organ, is one of the leading causes of cancer death for men and women.  What is it about the colon that seems to “attract” cancer? Read more

UN expresses ‘dismay’ at anti-Semitic statements by Islamic Relief leader

July 30, 2020 by  

The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Miguel Moratinos, expressed his “dismay” on Tuesday over anti-Semitic views espoused on Facebook by Heshmat Khalifa, the head of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), which is Britain’s biggest Muslim charity. Read more

Report: Israel braces for imminent Hezbollah attacks

July 30, 2020 by  

The Israel Defence Forces are bracing for an imminent attack from Hezbollah, Channel 12 reported on Tuesday night. Read more

Lockdowns in Victoria and New South Wales

July 30, 2020 by  

A case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an AFACorp kitchen staff member who provides catering services to Jewish Care Victoria with the Gary Smorgon House in Melbourne being placed in lockdown. Read more

A new Hakoah looming

July 29, 2020 by  

Hakoah president Steven Lowy talks about the hiatus between Hakoah in Hall St in Bondi which closed its doors in 2009 and the projected new club at White City which, if all goes to plan, will open in 2023/4. Read more

Norman Rosenbaum, fighter for justice for his brother, dies in Melbourne

July 29, 2020 by  

Melbourne rabbinical student Yankel Rosenbaum was killed in the 1991 Crown Heights riots in New York and his barrister brother Norman who fought for justice in Yankel’s case has died in Melbourne at 63. Read more

Pokies out! Gym and swimming in

July 29, 2020 by  

At this week’s AGM of the much-awaited Hakoah Club in White City, president Steven Lowy told attendees on Zoom that the fitness and Wellness centre are expected to be the main source of revenue. Read more

Israel donates third water generator to Gaza Strip

July 29, 2020 by  

According to the U.N. Trade and Development Commission, some 95 per cent of Gaza’s groundwater supply is found to be unfit for consumption. The Gaza Strip suffers from a water shortage in general and a drinking water shortage in particular. Read more

$30 worth of hate: “Hitler should have gassed you Jewish scum”

July 29, 2020 by  

A Sydney rabbi received a torrent of anti-Semitic messages attempting to conclude a deal on Facebook marketplace. Read more

Amid growing tensions, Hezbollah risks escalation as it seeks retaliation

Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah have reached a fever pitch over the last week, with Israel’s defence establishment readying for an attack by the Lebanese terror group. Read more

Netanyahu: Hezbollah ‘playing with fire’ after IDF foils attack at border

July 28, 2020 by  

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hezbollah is “playing with fire” after the terror group launched an attack in Israeli territory on Monday that was blocked by the Israel Defence Forces. Read more

Jewish entities worldwide institute 48-hour freeze on Twitter over hate speech

July 28, 2020 by  

International Jewish groups are joining in a 48-hour abstention from Twitter in solidarity with Jews in the United Kingdom after British rap star Wiley, who has hundreds of thousands of followers, went on an hours-long social-media rant against Jews. Read more

Jewish groups, customers denounce Nazi face masks worn in Minnesota Walmart

Jewish groups have rebuked a couple who was confronted at a Walmart in Marshall, Minn., on July 25 for wearing Nazi swastika-flags on their face masks. Read more

Rapper Jay Electronica calls rabbi a ‘coward’ and ‘devil’

Rapper Jay Electronica called Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of global social action of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a “coward” and a “devil” following the rabbi’s appearance last week on the podcast hosted by Nick Cannon, who apologized for the second time for making anti-Semitic comments on an episode last month of his online show. Read more

Hatred lessons to resume in Gaza

July 28, 2020 by  

After months of lockdown, UNRWA has announced its intention to reopen UNRWA schools –  in Gaza – on Saturday, August 8th. Read more

COVID did not stop Aussies from visiting the Arava

July 28, 2020 by  

Against all odds and in collaboration with the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA), the Arava Australia Partnership (AAP) four madrichim were recruited for the Arava Summer camp in Israel this month. Read more

Survey: High number of Israelis suffer from stress, some have cut back on food

July 27, 2020 by  

A high number of Israelis suffer from stress and anxiety following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and about 1.2 million people have reduced the amount of food or meals they eat following the financial crisis, a grim survey by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics shows. Read more

Israeli study finds low vitamin D level linked to increased Covid-19 risk

July 27, 2020 by  

Low plasma 25(OH) vitamin D level is associated with an increased risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, an Israeli population-based study has found. Read more

Henry Greener talks with Bren Carlill

ZFA’s Public Affairs Director Bren Carlill is the media liaison connector between our local community and Israel. Read more

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