The comeback of Palestinian cuisine: a brief account

Since we are proudly hosting acclaimed Gazan chef, Laila el-Haddad, for her Australian tour in April 2017, it is timely to consider Palestinian food traditions and their plight since the Nakba. This is of course the catastrophe of 1948, brought on primarily by Zionist...

AJDS Annual Dinner 2016 with Adi Sappir

A big thanks to all the AJDS members, supporters and friends that came along to our annual dinner for 2016, on November 27 at the Goat House in Elsternwick. Your kind donations will help us carry on our work and prepare for the busy year ahead. It was a lovely night,...
Statement about One Nation coming to Caulfield

Statement about One Nation coming to Caulfield

As many would be aware, One Nation senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts will be coming to Caulfield to spruik their divisive and racist politics to the Jewish community. Along with many others in the Jewish community, AJDS stands firmly opposed to the ideas...

Bring Them Here – letter to parliamentarians

The AJDS recently distributed the following letter widely. Among our recipients were Malcolm Turnbull, Josh Frydenberg, Michael Danby, Mark Dreyfus, Mike Freelander, Stirling Griff, Peter Dutton and Shayne Neumann. We implore these parliamentarians to vote against...
Statement about the women's boat to Gaza

Statement about the women's boat to Gaza

On October 5th 2016 13 pro-Palestine activists on board the ship Zaytouna-Oliva of the Women’s Boat to Gaza were stopped by the Israeli army in international waters and then detained and deported.   We send our support and solidarity to the women who sailed on the...

The Jewish reasons to be vegetarian

By Naor Bar Zeev (Appeared originally in the Australian Jewish News in March 12, 2004). From a Torah perspective, vegetarianism was originally the norm. Initially permitted by God to eat only vegetables, it was only after animals were saved by Noah that humans were...

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...