Gilad Shalit–the manipulation

****This is an entirely personal viewpoint**** The hysteria surrounding Gilad Shalit in Israel –and passed it on through the Jewish News in Australia–deserves comment. I’ve been thinking about it for some time, and it was only when I read Haaretz...

Seven Jewish Children-some opinion from AJDS people

The recent kerfuffle over the short play Seven Jewish Children predictably brought out the worst in the rightist organisations which rule the roost in the Jewish community.  They specialise in several methods of political assasination of views it does not like 1)...

A New Beginning – or just more of the same?

Obama’s historic speech deserves to be watched in full by all – it pulls no punches but does break many previous taboos or no-go zones – this is especially so for Jews who uncritically support the State of Israel.It is clear now – as it always...

Undermining the Progressive Left

This is  my personal take on Philip Mendes’ recent report for the Anti-Defamation Commission of Bnai Brith. Not only is it an attack on intercommunal dialogue, but a not-so-subtle attempt to discredit the AJDS and the Palestinian intellectual class (who...

The Israeli Committee against House Demolitions

  ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories. As our activists gained direct knowledge of the brutalities of the Occupation, we expanded our...