In Memoriam – Bob Kamener

By Sol Salbe Bob Kamener who was a mainstayer of the AJDS for quite a few years, died in his sleep on the 3rd of December, 2014. He never pushed himself to the forefront but his generosity and wisdom played a key role in the many activities which the AJDS partook or often more importantly, […]
BZE guests Ross Garnaut and Tony Windsor survey the solar field of one of Spain's solar thermal power stations from the tower.

Presenting Climate Solutions

Photo of BZE guests Ross Garnaut and Tony Windsor survey the solar field of one of Spain’s solar thermal power stations from the tower. By David Rothfield Until Beyond Zero Emissions’ (BZE’s) first research report in mid-2010, no-one had demonstrated that Australia could be powered reliably by 100% renewable energy with near zero emissions. Not even […]

The JNF-KKL and the Politics of Planting

By Ruth Edmonds In 1948, when hearing of the massacres by Zionist militias in Deir Yassin, the residents of al Walaja, a village located between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, fled their land across the valley to wait out the fighting in caves and small structures. Almost 70 years later and the original site of their village […]

Permaculture – Informed by Ancient Culture

By Brett Nathan Permaculture is a design method focused on agriculturally productive systems. The word ‘permaculture’ is a portmanteau of ‘permanent agriculture’, and was conceived in 1978 by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Tasmania with the publication of Bill’s book Permaculture One. The text was the result of their research into the sustainability of […]

Reflex Paper Threat to Melbourne’s Mountain Ash and a Unique Possum

By Danya Jacobs Victoria’s faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum, was thought to be extinct until the tiny marsupial was rediscovered in 1961 in the giant Mountain Ash forests that encircle Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and blanket the Yarra and Thompson river catchments. These forests, often referred to as the Central Highlands, are also home to the […]

Jordan Valley Solidarity Fundraising Campaign

 By Jemima Light Jordan Valley Solidarity (JVS) is a Palestinian-led, grassroots community group. Palestinians and international volunteers work together to protect both Palestinian existence and the unique environment of the Jordan Valley. This is done by supporting communities on the ground as well as building international support. The situation in the Jordan Valley is very […]

Prof. Jeff Halper Podcast

  In October, the Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) hosted an informal evening event with Prof. Jeff Halper, Co-ordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), a peace and human rights organisation that resists the the Israeli occupation and advocates for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. For those unable to attend the event, […]