Public Lecture with Prof. Jeff Halper

Public Lecture with Prof. Jeff Halper

Lecture Topic – Imagining the Future: Towards a Multi-Cultural Middle East Confederation Prof. Jeff Halper is an inspiring public speaker and has an amazing capacity to convey the reality of the situation in Israel and Palestine. He is an Israeli anthropologist...
Rosh Hashana Newsletter – An Introduction

Rosh Hashana Newsletter – An Introduction

By AJDS Executive Dear AJDS members and supporters, We would like to welcome you back to the AJDS newsletter, now named – Just Voices – after a year-long hiatus. We hope this platform can provide you with an informative space for intelligent writing and...
Rosh Hashana Newsletter – A Friendship

Rosh Hashana Newsletter – A Friendship

By Dennis Martin “Salaam aliekum”. “Shalom aleichem”. A hug, a laugh and so we greet each other. Me, a Jew using the Muslim greeting and Najaf Mazari, a Muslim using the Hebrew greeting. And so it has been on most Saturday afternoons for the past 4 years. We sit in...
Rosh Hashana Newsletter – Green Lips

Rosh Hashana Newsletter – Green Lips

By Arnold Zable This article first appeared in The Well. The suffering of asylum seekers currently in detention on Nauru and Manus Island is unbearable. Imagine it, to be living in tents, in the heat and rain, on isolated islands, with years of waiting ahead, in...
Rosh Hashana Newsletter – Profiting From Refugee Pain

Rosh Hashana Newsletter – Profiting From Refugee Pain

By Jemima Light Since Kevin Rudd’s announcement of the so-called ‘Papua New Guinea solution’ to deter people seeking asylum by boat, I’ve had countless conversations (sometimes heated) with people from a wide range of the political spectrum. I noticed that many of...
Rosh Hashana Newsletter – Refugees Choosing Life

Rosh Hashana Newsletter – Refugees Choosing Life

By Larry Stillman I’m amazed. I’m amazed because I wrote an article for Galus Australis in October, 2009 looking at the situation in South Africa by way of comparison to what happens to refugees in Australia.  I thought I could update it significantly, in...
Settlements must go to give peace a chance

Settlements must go to give peace a chance

By Robin Rothfield This article by AJDS Executive Committee member Robin Rothfield appears in the print version of the Australian Jewish News – July 26, 2013. —– The debate at the plenum of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria held on 3 June...
In Memoriam – Vale Bernie Taft 27.6.1918 – 23.7.2013

In Memoriam – Vale Bernie Taft 27.6.1918 – 23.7.2013

Bernie Taft was born in Hanover, Germany in 1918. In 1933 with the rise of the Nazism, his family moved to Palestine for two years. They returned to Europe and then migrated to Australia in March 1939. Bernie was well-known as an active member of the Australian Left...