All posts tagged Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

Greens leader Richard Di Natale. Photo: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

‘Graceless’ Greens leader under fire for Peres speech

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has delivered a speech about the late former Israeli president Shimon Peres, which has been condemned as “disgusting”, “rotten” and “hateful”.

Yuval Rotem in 2013. Photo: Peter Haskin

Top appointment for Rotem

Jewish community leaders have given a rousing welcome to news that Yuval Rotem, the former Israeli ambassador to Australia, has been appointed acting director-general of the Foreign Ministry of Israel.

A view of the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images.

Australia urged to protest UNESCO resolution

The Australian government has been urged to denounce a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) resolution that ignores Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and Kotel.

Adelaide media personality Peter Goers.

ABC host slammed over anti-Israel rant

Communal leaders have condemned a diatribe by Adelaide media personality Peter Goers, demeaning Israel as “guns and Moses ... one long persecution of Palestinians”.

Professor John Dugard.

Uni hosting Israel basher

Jewish leaders have voiced concern over the University of Adelaide’s plans to co-host anti-Israel activist Professor John Dugard, speaking on “Palestine: Is Israel Above the Law?” when he delivers the Edward Said Memorial Lecture this Saturday.

The cover of the booklet.

Labor Friends of Palestine booklet ‘demonises’ Israel

A BOOKLET produced by Australian Labor Friends of Palestine accusing the “pro-Israel lobby” of sending politicians, party officials and journalists to Israel to get a “carefully orchestrated, one-sided perspective” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been slammed as “disingenuous” by communal leaders.

AIJAC’s Jeremy Jones (left) met Shimon Peres in Jerusalem in 2007.

Australian Jewish leaders mourn Peres

“Optimists and pessimists die the exact same death, but they live very different lives.” So said Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founding generation of leaders.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Calls to ban Bibi

A petition calling for Benjamin Netanyahu to be barred from entering Australia has gathered more than 3000 signatures.

Simon Henderson, a Baker Fellow and The Washington Institute's director of Gulf and Energy Policy Program,  speaking at South Head Synagogue on August 29. Photo: Shane Desiatnik

Signals from the House of Saud

Fascinating insights into small, but growing “friendly” engagements taking place between Saudi Arabia and Israel – officially enemies – were shared by The Washington Institute’s specialist in Saudi politics and Arab state relations, Simon Henderson, at South Head Synagogue on August 29.

James Brown and Nick Cater at an AIJAC Rambam trip debriefing luncheon last week in Sydney. Photo: Shane Desiatnik.

Aussies share insights of Israel

The potential for Australia to learn from Israel’s “can-do culture” was not lost on Nick Cater and James Brown, who attended a Rambam intensive study tour to Israel in July for Australian journalists and academics.