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 these arguments are mostly committed to dissecting what the morally ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ thing is to do.
I’m amazed. I’m amazed because I wrote an l 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 light of the current politics of boat refugees, but I find that it is still current as a way of contextualizing the problem in Australia.
As you read this newsletter, we find ourselves days away from a Federal election. For those of us that care deeply about asylum seekers and refugees, this is a very difficult ballot. With both the ALP and the Coalition demonising asylum seekers and refugees through harsh rhetoric and proposed policy changes.
Israel is preparing to start a large-scale campaign to pressure immigrants from Sudan and Eritrea to voluntarily leave the country after the September holidays, Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar announced on Wednesday.
The debate at the plenum of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria held on 3 June 2013, concerning the activity of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society relating to the settlements, suggests that there may be a lack of information about the very real harm which the settlements and the occupation do to the prospects for a peaceful resolution of the Israel Palestine conflict.
A memorial celebration of the life of Bernie Taft will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 11am at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, corner St Georges Road and Bell Street, Preston.
There is some strange politics going on in the Jewish community showing tunnel vision and a lack of moral fibre.
The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) is strongly opposed to the Australian Government’s recent decision to send all asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat to Papua New Guinea.
The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) is pleased to announce an upcoming film event in conjunction with the Jewish International Film Festival – A screening and panel discussion around the Israeli director Dror Moreh’s Academy-Award nominated documentary Gatekeepers.
THERE is a scene in The West Wing where the US president’s advisers caution him about launching another bid for Middle East peace. Toby Ziegler says to President Jed Bartlet: “The road to the Nobel Prize is the road to noble failure.”