Advice for the New Israel Fund Australia

April 18, 2013 by Liam Getreu
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The New Israel Fund Australia has established an advisory council comprising leading members of the Australian Jewish legal fraternity and academia.

Stephen Rothman

Stephen Rothman

Ronald Sackville

Ronald Sackville

Justice Stephen Rothman and Justice Ronald Sackville in Sydney, and Associate Professor Mark Baker and Robyne Schwarz in Melbourne, have become the inaugural members of NIF Australia’s Advisory Council.

Stephen Rothman is a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.  He was President of the NSW Jewish Board Deputies from 2000 to 2004 and is Co-Chair of the Australian Council of Jewish Schools, a position he has held since 1994. He is a Director of the Association of Independent Schools (NSW) and Chair of the board of Fighting Chance, a charity providing employment and other services for the disabled, particularly cerebral palsy sufferers.

Ronald Sackville  was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1994 until 2008. He is currently an Acting Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales.  Prior to his appointment as a Judge, he held a variety of positions, including Dean of the Faculty of Law in the University of New South Wales (1979-1981), Chairman of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission (1981-1984) and Chairman of the Judicial Conference of Australia (2004-2006).

Mark Baker is Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University and Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical and International Studies. He completed his D.Phil at Oxford University and was twice a fellow at the Hebrew University. He is the author of The Fiftieth Gate, a book about memory of the Holocaust which was the recipient of numerous awards and is taught on the NSW curriculum for HSC English studies. He is the President of Shira Melbourne, an Orthodox egalitarian congregation, and was editor for ten years of Generation, a quarterly journal of Australian Jewish life.

Robyne Schwarz is a Life Governor and Past President of Jewish Care Victoria.  She has served on several Public Sector and Not-for-Profit Boards since retiring from the Royal Children’s Hospital in 2002. She is currently Chair of the Advisory Board of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization at Monash University, a Public Member of the Australian Press Council, and a member of the Royal Children’s Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee.

Robyne Schwarz

Robyne Schwarz

Mark Baker

Mark Baker

NIF Australia’s president Robin Margo said: “We are delighted that such eminent members of the Australian Jewish community have decided to join our co-patrons, Ambassador Martin Indyk and Ronni Kahn, the CEO of OzHarvest, in supporting the values and work of NIF Australia.  Their combined experience of decades of service to the public and the Australian Jewish community provides NIF Australia, its directors and supporters with an invaluable source of advice and encouragement.  Two families, one in Melbourne and one in Sydney, have also made it possible this year to engage Liam Getreu, past chairperson of the Australian Zionist Youth Council and past national chairperson of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students, as the Executive Director of NIF Australia.  These developments show that the value and justice of NIF’s work is being recognised by more and more Jewish Australians.”

NIF Australia was established in 2011 to promote equality of civil and human rights, social and economic justice, women’s rights, religious pluralism and tolerance and environmental protection. It has directors in Melbourne and Sydney, a younger members’ section, NIForum, and a large database of supporters and donors that is continuing to grow. In Israel, it supports registered Israeli not-for-profits through the New Israel Fund, which is the leading organisation advancing democracy and equality for all Israelis, widely credited with building civil society from scratch.


7 Responses to “Advice for the New Israel Fund Australia”
  1. Michael says:

    May be the same financiers as Australians for Palestine ?

  2. Paul Winter says:

    I am pleased to note that the paid NIFAust aparatchik Liam Getreu has divulged some of the fellow travellers of the nullifying Israel fraud. He really should publish a full list of members, who seem to be so proud of their “liberal” postures; I like to know who my friends – and enemies – are. It would also be of interest to the Jewish community where the funds to pay him and run the NIF come from.

  3. michael says:

    Not surprising this very controversial left wing group once investigated by Israeli authorities and renown for supporting Arab organizations even those who would like to see the end to the Jewish state attract the likes of Baker from the left wing ACJC at Monash..
    I guess views by Baker such as the Israeli flag and Hatikva National anthem that contain the Magen David/ Star of David and Jewish theme are offensive & discriminatory to Israeli Arabs and a ‘Jewish National’ land has had its use by date.
    I guess its not surprising that the head of a Study department that gives a Jewish platform to Palestinian activists that promote the BDS would fit in nicely to the the other Israel bashers at NIF.
    You would think with so many pro- Palestinian organizations and support we have in Australia the last thing we needed are more Jewish Palestinian useful idiots.

  4. Peter says:

    Margo says that “We are delighted that such eminent members of the Australian Jewish community have decided to join our co-patrons, Ambassador Martin Indyk and Ronni Kahn, the CEO of OzHarvest, in supporting the values and work of NIF Australia”

    Come on Mr Rothman, is that true, do you support the values and work of NIF Australia?

    Do you support the hosting of people from Breaking the Silence?

    Do you support those who promote BDS of anything over the Green Line?

    Do you support fighting against the JNF in the Negev?

    Do you support aiding organisations who urged the formation of the Goldstone Commission?

    According to Margo’s comments, it seems you do.

    It is time for you to clarify what you actually do stand for please.


    • Sam says:

      Yes NIF it is high time you put your cards on the table. High time too that this web site stops giving oxygen to a group whose intent seems to be the destruction of Israel,

    • Otto Waldmann says:

      Peter, you are so spot on and, Stephen, mate, are Peter’s questions correct ( and allowed) rhetorical questions !!??

  5. Otto Waldmann says:

    One must be grateful to NIF for allowing the real ideological identity of its members to be revealed.
    This is a valuable contribution ( the only one !!!) to a necessary stance clarification.
    As long as Mr. Margo shall be at the helm there is only one direction NIF can navigate and those tagged along shall be expected to be seen accordingly.

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