All posts tagged Peter Wertheim

Departing ECAJ president Robert Goot addresses the 2016 ECAJ conference in Sydney on November 27. Photo: Shane Desiatnik

18C dominates ECAJ AGM

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act dominated debate at the Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s 2016 conference on November 27.

Colin Rubenstein

Caution urged over 18C inquiry

Communal leaders are cautiously welcoming a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech, but maintain sections 18C and 18D should remain untouched.

Sheikh Youssef Hassan delivering his sermon. Photo: YouTube screenshot

‘Jews only have envy, hatred’

A cleric has raised the ire of communal leaders after declaring the hearts of Jews are “harder than a stone” in a sermon to children at Quakers Hill Mosque.

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”.

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.

Muhammad Raza Saqib Mustafai in the offensive video. Photo: YouTube screengrab

‘Urgent need’ to act on genocide advocacy

A Pakistani cleric sent home from an Australian speaking tour last week after a video emerged of him declaring, “It is the guarantee of world peace when the last Jew is slain” illustrates the “urgent need” for a new criminal offence of advocacy of genocide.

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”.

Executive Council of Australian Jewry executive director Peter Wertheim.

Community unites for 18C

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Jewish Community Council of Victoria have united in support of keeping Sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act in their present form.

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.

Attorney General George Brandis with Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: AAP Image.

New genocide advocacy law

Confirmation that a new federal criminal offence of advocacy of genocide will be “introduced early" was welcomed by ECAJ executive director Peter Wertheim.