On (not) pursuing justice

By Mohamed Tabbaa Originally published June 5 2015, here. Last night I was on a panel discussing racism and activism, organised by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society who were generous enough to host the panel of five. Held at a synagogue with a broad range of speakers, the panel was the first of its kind for me […]

The Racism Panel and how to continue to challenge racism

On 4 June 2015 the AJDS held a panel on racism at Temple Beth Israel.  With increasing expressions of racism in recent years, from the forced closures of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, continual policing of Australian borders and the violence entangled in the structure of detention centres, the rise of Islamophobia and antisemitism, and the development […]

Halal certification and Islamophobia

In recent weeks the Australian Jewish Democratic Society has received a few worrying emails. The emails appeal to support a campaign to end Halal certification based on unfounded and incorrect claims that Australians’ tax money goes towards the payment of Halal certification, asserting that “Halal certification is a ‘GST or Jizya’ by stealth.” These petitions […]

Statement about the United Israel Appeal’s guest speakers

Members of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) are dismayed that the United Israel Appeal (UIA) has brought a series of ill-considered speakers to Australia to support their 2015 fundraising campaign. Amongst these speakers are people who consistently voice Islamophobic and racist sentiments; who oppose the end of the Occupation; and who actively call for […]