Rozana offers vision of peace

The Middle East is littered with well-intentioned proposals to end the long-running dispute between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel and its first peoples, the Jews, are not the problem

BENJAMIN Netanyahu’s visit to Australia was significant, both historically - the first visit by an Israeli Prime Minister – and for the future Australia-Israel relationship.

Humanity shines through

THESSALONIKI and Zakynthos are not names which automatically spring to mind when discussing the Holocaust. Particularly as the majority of survivors who made a home in Australia in the aftermath of the Shoah originated in Eastern Europe.

Standing up to the UN

For most Diaspora communities, simply having their nation’s PM pay a visit to a shul would be cause enough for pride. But for said PM to then cast all formality

From Cable Street to Caulfield

Eighty years ago last month, the Jewish residents of London’s East End joined forces with communists, socialists and other anti-fascist groups to face off against a march through the district led […]

A haunting homecoming

THERE is something about long-haul travel conducted in solitude that infuses the mind with a strange kind of focus. As I returned to Kiev for the first time, having left that place as a boy of three, and now a man of 33, my mind returned again and again in abstract and discordant ways to family.


The hawk who became a dove

SHIMON Peres was a Pole who became an icon of Israel. He was a hawk who became the country’s most famous dove. He was a man who struggled for years to endear himself to the public – and finally became a national treasure.

‘World Vision completely opposes terrorism’

When the prophet Micah asked what does the Lord require of you, the answer was beautiful in its simplicity: “Walk humbly with your God, love mercy and do justice.”

Papal sins of omission

Given that Pope John Paul II visited Auschwitz in 1979, followed by Pope Benedict in 2006, it would have been a glaring omission had Pope Francis not made the same trip.

Can Turkey secure release of Israelis from Gaza?

Are four heartbroken Israeli families closer to seeing their children return home from Gaza, now that Israel and Hamas have a new mutual friend?