Antisemitism and criticism of Israel

Watch the video June 22nd,  7:00-9:00PMFor close to a year we at AJDS have been working with Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) on a joint statement on antisemitism and the criticism of Israel. It’s been an amazing and sometimes challenging undertaking, to really engage and critically talk through what antisemitism is, as well as the ways antisemitism […]

Gaza freedom flotilla

Ship to Gaza info night Since 2008 activists around the world have been sailing to Gaza to break through the Israeli siege and pressure governments to take action. Under a global coalition- Freedom Flotilla Coalition- this year another boat will embark on this journey. On the panel: Samah Sabawi is a Gazan Palestinian living in […]

Trump’s so-called peace plan

A smokescreen for Israel’s territorial annexation ambitions The Plan unveiled by President Trump on the 28 January 2020 is anything but what it purports to be. It gives Israel just about everything that Netanyahu and his most extreme supporters want, whilst giving the Palestinians virtually nothing. In effect the Plan assents to unilateral Israeli annexation […]

Deal of the century

“Deal of the Century” ignores Palestinians, not viable This is a joint Jewish statement.  See the list of signatories below. As organisations believing that Israelis and Palestinians can work together to build a common future in the Middle East, we express our deep concern at the announcement of President Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century.”The proposal […]

Morrison for Jerusalem prize

The Jerusalem Prize for 2019 has been awarded to Scott Morrison, according to reports in the Australian Jewish News and J-Wire. Making the announcement, the President of the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA), Jeremy Leibler, reportedly said that “The Jerusalem Prize acknowledges the genuine friendship and support of the Prime Minister and his Government for […]

We joined the protest against Tsipi Livni — here’s why

We joined the protest against Tsipi Livni — here’s why The Sydney Left Jewish Collective and Jews Against the Occupation were strongly opposed to our community’s hosting of former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tsipi Livni in Sydney last week, and were proud to join the wider protest against her visit. We did so for a very simple […]

AJDS letter to radio national

This letter was submitted to the ABC on 13th August, 2019. Their response will be posted to our blog when received. Dear ABC, On Wednesday 24 July, Patricia Karvelas interviewed Israel’s Deputy Chief of Mission and charge d’affairs Ron Gerstenfeld on RN Drive. We understand that this interview was initiated because of a complaint that was […]

Response to Executive Council of Australian Jewry and Emanuel – 24 July 2019

Orly Noy, a Mizrahi journalist and activist from Jerusalem, recently visited Australia on a speaking tour organised by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS). Alongside a series of successful events in Melbourne and Sydney, in which hundreds of people heard her wisdom and insight, an event at Emanuel Synagogue was cancelled four days before the event, […]

Tickets: From Australia to Israel/Palestine- Transnational solidarity against the intersections of colonialism and racism

What is settler-colonialism and how does it structure race for everyone living in a settler-colony? What is white supremacy, and how does it play out for differently racialised and colonised peoples? What can decolonisation in a settler colony look like and how can we work transnationally to fight for decolonisation and justice? Through this discussion […]

Tickets: Orly Noy: A Mizrahi Response to Zionism

In July 2018 the Israeli Knesset passed a controversial Nation-State Law and on January 1, 2019, Orly Noy and approximately 50 other prominent Israeli Mizrahi Jews (Jews from Arab/Middle Eastern countries) filed a petition to the Israeli High Court of Justice against it. They stated that the Law “erases their cultural legacy and perpetuates injustices […]