Why Israel? A look at Israel and UN bias

By Leah Goldman (pseudonym) When discussing topics around Israel one of the common questions one hears is “why is the whole world so concerned with Israel?”  This is often accompanied by the opinion that antisemitism has reared its ugly head in blanket...

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...

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...

Refugee crisis brings back bad memories for Jews

The following, powerful letter was published in The Australian, 19/5/2015. Thank you to the undersigned authors for decrying the abhorrent treatment of refugees, stranded at sea and in dire need of our help.  * * * As Jews, the sight of desperate refugees on a ship,...

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...