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B'tselem and Peace Now (US) adress the UN: The Settlements

'Illegal Israeli Settlements are obstacles to peace and the Two-State Solution', heard members of the UN Security Council. In a powerful condemnation of Israel's Settlement expansion policy, Lara Friedman of Peace Now (US), and B'tselem's executive director, Hagai...

Live Exports and Climate Change

Animal rights NGO, Animals Australia, along with three Israeli animal protection groups – Anonymous for Animal Rights, Let the Animals Live, and Israel Against Live Shipments – have launched a campaign to end live exports. The trade is objectionable to most...

The Forest Industry Taskforce: an opportunity for a better future

In November of 2015, the Victorian government implemented its Forest Industry Taskforce, following Daniel’s election promise.  The taskforce, funded by the Victorian government, brings together various interest groups representing unions and environment groups to...

South Australia's push to be the world's nuclear waste dump

By Jim Green. The South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission released its report in May. Its main recommendation was to consider turning SA into the world's nuclear waste dump by importing 138,000 tonnes of high level nuclear waste and 390,000 cubic metres...

Is your money funding climate change?

By Pablo Brait. (Originally published in The Well, July 27, 2016) If your neighbour asks to borrow something from you that you know he will use to commit a crime, would you lend him what he needs? Or say your neighbour asks to borrow paints and paintbrushes from you...

The water conundrum of the Middle East:

By Timetraveller (pseud.) As populations of the Middle East become more urbanised and adopt Western-style living standards, the demands on the area’s water resources will become more immediate and desperate. Of 33 countries worldwide predicted to suffer severe water...

Climate Emergency

By David Rothfield. It hardly got media coverage but, yes, they said it.  Those gathered for the U.S. Democratic Party Convention last July declared that they could not to wait for others “…to lead the world in combating the climate emergency” (my emphasis). The...

On Fracking

By Bonnie Gelman. 'Fracking' is an abbreviation of a process of coal seam gas extraction called 'hydraulic fracturing'. Gas extracted in this way is known as 'unconventional gas'. Fracking involves pumping a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into rock at high...

We too were strangers

By Robin Rothfield (originally published in the Jewish News, 30/9/16) AS we approach the High Holy Days, how should we in the Jewish community respond to Pauline Hanson's call for an end to Muslim migration? Yes, a high proportion of Australians support this call but...

Communal Rosh Hashanah Statement Against Racism

Communal Rosh Hashanah Statement Against Racism

The AJDS and nearly twenty other Jewish organisations have signed onto the following communal Rosh Hashana statement against racism: As Jewish organisations committed to social justice, egalitarianism and the values of liberal democracy, we are committed to an...