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Dr. Jonathan Spyer to speak in Sydney and Melbourne

Dr. Jonathan Spyer to speak in Sydney and Melbourne Categories: Events    

AIJAC is proud to present two speaking appearances by Dr. Jonathan Spyer, Middle East analyst, author and journalist specialising in Israel, Lebanon and Syria; a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Centre in Israel; and Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Statement: End the Incitement

Statement: End the Incitement Categories: Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians, Terrorism    

AIJAC is deeply saddened and shocked by the massacre of four Jews who were worshipping at the Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue in West Jerusalem's Har Nof neighbourhood yesterday, as well as the death of an Israeli Druze policeman who was shot in the gunfight that ended the assault.

It is hard to think of a more heinous and callous crime than terrorists murdering people at prayer in their house of worship. It is despicable that Hamas has praised this brutal attack on innocent civilians.

Joint AIJAC-AJC meetings in Jakarta, Canberra

Joint AIJAC-AJC meetings in Jakarta, Canberra Categories: America, Asia, Australasia, Israel, Media Releases    

David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) was recently in Australia, Singapore and Indonesia, in a joint visit with, and coordinated by, the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), a longtime partner of AJC.

AIJAC's Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein, who organised the Jakarta, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra program, was joined by the Harris led AJC delegation in meetings with senior politicians, and prominent decision and opinion makers in each city.

Statement: The death of Gough Whitlam

Statement: The death of Gough Whitlam Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Australasia, Media Releases    

Gough Whitlam was a towering figure in Australian political life, who brought Labor back to power after a long period in the political wilderness and, despite his short tenure as PM, made many substantial and significant initiatives and reforms in areas such as education, the arts, the environment, immigration and multiculturalism.

The history books will certainly record the profound effects the Whitlam government had in shaping the Australia both of today and into the future.

AIJAC condemns horrific Jerusalem murder Categories: Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians    

AIJAC strongly condemns yesterday's horrific murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem.

While all leads are being explored, the possibility raised by Israeli authorities that this could have been a revenge attack for the brutal murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers is absolutely abhorrent.

AIJAC condemns horrendous act of terrorism

AIJAC condemns horrendous act of terrorism Categories: Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians    

AIJAC mourns Israeli students Gil-ad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach and condemns, in the strongest terms, their cowardly, despicable murder. We call for the perpetrators and their facilitators to be swiftly brought to justice.

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go to the brave families of these precious teenagers as they confront this unspeakable tragedy.

AIJAC concerned for kidnapped Israeli teenagers Categories: Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians    

AIJAC is deeply concerned for the welfare of the three Israeli teenagers - Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shaer, and Naftali Frenkel who were kidnapped in the West Bank on June 12 by Palestinian terrorists, and calls for their immediate release.

AIJAC's Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein said, "Together with Israelis, and all people of good will, our thoughts and prayers are with the kidnapped boys and their families, and we hope for their safe and immediate return.

AIJAC welcomes government decision to refrain from using word "occupied" in referring to east Jerusalem

AIJAC welcomes government decision to refrain from using word "occupied" in referring to east Jerusalem Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases    

AIJAC today welcomed the Australian Government's decision, announced by Attorney-General George Brandis on Wednesday, to refrain from using the pejorative and unhelpful word "occupied" to refer to east Jerusalem. It called on all sincere supporters of a genuine two-state outcome to likewise support using terminology which does not prejudge the outcome of negotiations and thus encourages compromise and serious diplomatic engagement between the parties.

Statement: Deadly antisemitic attack in Belgium

Statement: Deadly antisemitic attack in Belgium Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council mourns the victims of the murderous attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on the weekend and joins prayers for the full and speedy recovery of the wounded.

"Our first thoughts are with the victims and their families and we hope that effective actions by authorities in Belgium and across Europe will prevent the possibility of the recurrence of such vile, violent action," Jeremy Jones AM, AIJAC Director of International and of Community Affairs, said today.

Statement on former Foreign Minister Carr's recent comments Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases    

AIJAC has had good relations with former Foreign Minister Bob Carr over many years and are puzzled and disappointed by his strange claims that Australian foreign policy under the previous government was under the sway of the "extraordinary influence" of a Melbourne based pro-Israel lobby - apparently a reference primarily to AIJAC. It is frankly sad when an elected official imagines that disagreement with their policy position must stem from malicious influences.

Statement on government's "exposure draft" of proposed changes to 18C

Statement on government's "exposure draft" of proposed changes to 18C Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Australasia, Far Right, Media Releases, Updates    

AIJAC is disappointed by the exposure draft of the Freedom of Speech (Repeal of S. 18C) Bill 2014 released by Attorney-General George Brandis today. In his bid to balance freedom of speech with the right of Australian citizens to go about their lives with dignity and free from racial harassment and vilification, it is our view that the Attorney-General has gone too far and failed to adequately safeguard the latter important rights and values...

Employment opportunity - Policy Analyst/Staff Writer

Employment opportunity - Policy Analyst/Staff Writer Categories: Events    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), Australia's leading professional Jewish public affairs organisation, is seeking a self motivated individual with a keen interest in public policy issues important to the Jewish community...

Statement on Four Corners/The Australian report

Statement on Four Corners/The Australian report Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases, Media/ Academia    

AIJAC is appalled by the intellectually weak and fundamentally misleading collaboration between the ABC and the Australian, "Stone Cold Justice", which aired on the February 10 edition of "4Corners".

The basic claim in this unbalanced and misleading quasi-documentary is that Israel has a new policy of deliberately targetting Palestinian children for judicial abuse and to intimidate them into acting against their own friends and families. Viewers were expected to abandon critical faculties and accept that every word spoken by Palestinians was true, despite a long documented history of Palestinian distortions and fabrications against Israel, and that every counter claim by Israelis should be dismissed. 

AIJAC mourns the passing of Prof. Barry Rubin

AIJAC mourns the passing of Prof. Barry Rubin Categories: Media Releases    

AIJAC mourns the untimely passing of Prof. Barry Rubin, who we were proud to have worked with many times over the years.

Barry was a friend to our organisation, both on the professional and personal level. As one of AIJAC's most popular visiting speakers and contributors to the Australia/Israel Review, he also developed warm, mutual ties with the Australian Jewish community at large.

Ehud Yaari to speak in Melbourne and Sydney

Ehud Yaari to speak in Melbourne and Sydney Categories: Events, Updates    

AIJAC is proud to present upcoming speaking appearances in Melbourne and Sydney by Israel's most authoritative and influential foreign affairs analyst, Ehud Yaari.

Yaari is a veteran Middle East commentator for Israel's Channel 2 news, has written eight books on the Israeli-Arab conflict and has won top prizes for journalism in Israel.

Statement: Death of Ariel Sharon

Statement: Death of Ariel Sharon Categories: Israel, Media Releases    

Ariel Sharon was a towering figure throughout Israel's history and made powerful, unique contributions to the development of the Jewish State, both as an outstanding, heroic soldier and a transformative, respected - if at times controversial - political figure.

Boldness, bravery and capability were his hallmarks in both roles.

US counter-terrorism expert Dr. Matthew Levitt to speak in Sydney

US counter-terrorism expert Dr. Matthew Levitt to speak in Sydney Categories: Events    

In partnership with the Central Synagogue and the Zionist Council of NSW, AIJAC is proud to present Dr. Matthew Levitt, Director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy's Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence; formerly an FBI counterterrorism analyst; and adviser on counterterrorism to the US State Department.

Statement on proposed Racial Hatred Act amendents Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Media Releases    

AIJAC's comment to the Australian Financial Review [no link available] and the Guardian Australia on November 8 in response to their enquiring about the reports (November 8) concerning the Government plans to amend the Racial Hatred Act:

"We believe the Federal Racial Hatred Act has, overall, contributed constructively to social cohesion and harmony in Australia...

Interfaith dialogues in Madrid, Kiev, Melbourne and Sydney

Interfaith dialogues in Madrid, Kiev, Melbourne and Sydney Categories: Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue, International Jewry, Media Releases    

Jeremy Jones AM, AIJAC's Director of International and of Community Affairs, participated in four quite different, yet all significant, interfaith events in the last two weeks of October.

The busy period began in Madrid, Spain, where he took part in the International Leadership Council dialogue, in which representatives of the Vatican and World Jewry convene every two years to discuss matters of concern and areas for cooperation.

Israeli academic Prof. Efraim Inbar to speak in Melbourne

Israeli academic Prof. Efraim Inbar to speak in Melbourne Categories: Events    

In partnership with the United Israel Appeal and Australians for Israel, AIJAC is proud to present Professor Efraim Inbar, who is Professor of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Director of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Centre for Strategic Studies and a fellow at the Middle East Forum (USA). He will speak at the Beth Weizmann Centre on October 21.

AIJAC letter to ANU Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Media Releases, Media/ Academia    

On September 4, the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) wrote to the Vice-Chancellor and President of the Australian National University Professor Ian Young AO, to raise concerns regarding the one-sided nature of the "Human Rights in Palestine Conference" that runs from 10-12 September.

Statement: AIJAC congratulates Tony Abbott and the Coalition on election victory, calls for bipartisan approach to Israel

Statement: AIJAC congratulates Tony Abbott and the Coalition on election victory, calls for bipartisan approach to Israel Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Israel, Media Releases    

AIJAC congratulates Tony Abbott and the Coalition on their election victory. Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister-elect Julie Bishop with their colleagues have been exceptional friends of Israel and the Jewish community in Opposition and we look forward to this steadfast support continuing in Government...

AIJAC statement responding to Foreign Minister Carr's legal claims on settlements

AIJAC statement responding to Foreign Minister Carr's legal claims on settlements Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians    

On Friday, August 9 , AIJAC put out a statement responding to controversial remarks on Israeli settlements by Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr at Lakemba the previous day... A spokesperson for Senator Carr has now responded to criticisms of his remarks in a statement published on J-wire .... AIJAC has released the following statement in response to Senator Carr's latest comments...

Statement: Israel's prisoner releases

Statement: Israel's prisoner releases Categories: Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians    

While obviously agonising, especially for the distraught families of the victims, the Israeli Government's decision for the staggered release of convicts involved in brutal acts of violence reflects the high priority it attaches to bringing the Palestinians back to the negotiating table and resuming peace talks - consistent with its claim it was acting "for the good of the country".

Statement on Australian asylum-seeker policy

Statement on Australian asylum-seeker policy Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Media Releases    

AIJAC strongly believes in a non-discriminatory, generous and compassionate Australian policy on asylum-seekers but also that these objectives must be balanced, and indeed would be enhanced, by maintaining an orderly and fair process, effectively addressing Australia's genuine border security concerns, and above all, by dramatically reducing the incentives which cause people to place their lives at severe risk in unseaworthy boats supplied by the illegal people-smuggling industry.

Statement: Return of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister

Statement: Return of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister Categories: Australasia, Media Releases    

Upon the return of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister on June 26, replacing Julia Gillard, AIJAC Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein made the following statement to J-Wire:

"We thank Julia Gillard for her unwavering and principled support for the Australian Jewish community and Israel during her term as Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister... We congratulate Kevin Rudd on returning to the leadership of the federal government...

Australian Jewry's unique experience discussed at American Jewish Committee Global Forum

Australian Jewry's unique experience discussed at American Jewish Committee Global Forum Categories: Australasia, International Jewry, Media Releases    

The unique experiences of Jews in Australia, the relationship between Australia and the USA and the global priorities in Australian diplomacy featured in a wide-ranging discussion with H.E. Kim Beazley, Australia's Ambassador to the USA, at a session of the Global Forum of the American Jewish Committee in Washington earlier this month.

AIJAC prominent at Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism

AIJAC prominent at Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism Categories: Antisemitism, International Jewry, Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council played an important role in the deliberations of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, which took place recently in Jerusalem.

Jeremy Jones AM, Director of International and of Community Affairs for the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, who is internationally recognised as the expert on antisemitism in Australia and an authoritative exponent of inter-religious dialogue, was given the honour of Chairing the Plenary Seminar " Muslim Religious Leaders Condemning Antisemitism".

US Middle East policy expert Dr. Steve Rosen to speak in Melbourne

US Middle East policy expert Dr. Steve Rosen to speak in Melbourne Categories: Events    

AIJAC, in partnership with the Zionist Council of Victoria and Australians for Israel, is proud to present Dr. Steve Rosen, who is Director of the Middle East Forum's Washington Project, and served from 1982 to 2005 as director of foreign policy issues for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He will speak at the Beth Weizmann Centre on March 14.

AIJAC Statement: Federal Election date Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Australasia, Media Releases    

"The scheduling of the Federal Election on Yom Kippur is of course somewhat disappointing, especially for those members of our community - be they politicians, political party members, campaign workers, canvassers, scrutineers or voters - who won't be able to engage on election day as they normally would..."

Foreign Minister's focus on Israeli settlements "misplaced" and "counter-productive"

Foreign Minister's focus on Israeli settlements "misplaced" and "counter-productive" Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today labelled the intense focus on the issue of Israeli settlements by Foreign Minister Bob Carr "misplaced", "disproportionate" and "counter-productive."

AIJAC Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein AM stated " Foreign Minister Bob Carr's decision to publicly rebuke Israel's Ambassador to Australia based on the contention that construction in settlements constitutes a major obstacle to progress toward a two-state solution is severely misplaced."

AIJAC congratulates Australian Government on emphatic UN Security Council success

AIJAC congratulates Australian Government on emphatic UN Security Council success Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases, United Nations    

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today welcomed the election of Australia to a two-year temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council in New York overnight, and congratulated the Australian Government on achieving this outcome.

AIJAC National Chairman Mark Leibler stated, "AIJAC welcomes a successful end to Australia's long-fought efforts to gain a temporary seat on the UN Security Council. We also congratulate the Australian Government - especially Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Foreign Minister Bob Carr, his deputy Richard Marles, and all the professionals who worked diligently to achieve this very happy outcome so emphatically. Our success is well-deserved - as a middle-level, principled, democratic nation and good global citizen, we won the respect and ultimately the support of others internationally, on our own merits and without compromising our support for Israel."

Israel wows Coalition lawmakers

Israel wows Coalition lawmakers Author: Gareth Nurunsky Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases    

SIX federal Coalition MPs who recently returned from Israel said they were full of praise for Israel's achievements, more understanding of its challenges and ready to spread the word.

Bradfield MP Paul Fletcher, Tasmanian Senator David Bushby, Paterson MP Bob Baldwin, South Australian Senator David Fawcett, Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro and Cowan MP Luke Simpkins all travelled as part of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council's Rambam program.

AIJAC visitors Emanuele Ottolenghi and Yaakov Katz to speak in Melbourne and Sydney

AIJAC visitors Emanuele Ottolenghi and Yaakov Katz to speak in Melbourne and Sydney Categories: Events    

AIJAC, in partnership with its co-sponsors, is proud to present two expert speakers in Melbourne and Sydney:

Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi - Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defence of Democracies. He is a frequent commentator on Middle East politics, regular contributor for newspapers, magazines and blogs, and the author of Under a Mushroom Cloud: Europe, Iran and the Bomb (2009).

Yaakov Katz - military correspondent and defence analyst for the Jerusalem Post, and Israel correspondent for the London-based Jane's Defence Weekly. He led the Post's coverage of recent IDF wars and operations and his first book Israel vs. Iran - The Shadow War was published in 2011.

Politicians report on Israel visit

Politicians report on Israel visit Author: Henry Benjamin Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council has hosted a meeting in Sydney at which three Australian members of Parliament told of their experiences on a recent visit to Israel.

Liberal Bob Baldwin member for Paterson near Newcastle, Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Shadow Minister for Tourism, Liberal Teresa Gambaro represents Brisbane and is the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for International Assistance and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Settlement and Tasmanian Liberal Senator David Bushby spent a week in Israel as guests of the Rambam Program which has in its ten years has hosted more than 500 journalists, politicians, youth leaders, union leaders and clergy on specially guided tours of the Holy Land.

The three politicians formed part of a group of six members of Federal Parliament.

AIJAC welcomes Australian support for further sanctions on Iran

AIJAC welcomes Australian support for further sanctions on Iran Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Australasia, International Security, Iran, Media Releases    

AIJAC welcomes the announcement by Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd that Australia will be pursuing additional sanctions against Iran, including measures that will "further restrict business with Iran's petroleum and financial sectors."

Hopefully, these measures will, when enacted, bring Australia into line with the international consensus developing, which includes the US, EU and Canada, that, in the wake of the latest IAEA report on Iran's illegal nuclear program, the time has come to bring the maximum diplomatic/economic pressures on the Iranian regime before it is too late.

AIJAC says UNESCO vote “undermines genuine progress towards peace”

AIJAC says UNESCO vote “undermines genuine progress towards peace” Author: AIJAC staff Categories: Media Releases, Palestinians, United Nations    

The decision of the General Assembly of UNESCO to "further the folly and fiction" that there is a State of Palestine which can participate in international organisations "undermines genuine progress towards peace", the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council said today, while stressing that "it is heartening to see that the Australian government was not party to the cynical and destructive political decision".

"The Palestinian leadership is fully aware that they do not control a 'State' and rather than work on state-building and peace building are indulging in self-defeating grandstanding" Mark Leibler, National Chairman of AIJAC said.

AIJAC welcomes release of former researcher Ilan Grapel; "victim of judicial kidnapping".

AIJAC welcomes release of former researcher Ilan Grapel; "victim of judicial kidnapping". Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Australasia, Egypt, Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council has welcomed the release yesterday by Egypt of Ilan Grapel, who served as a visiting research fellow in its Melbourne office in 2009.

A law student at Emory University in Atlanta, USA, Mr. Grapel travelled to Egypt early this year to volunteer for a charity helping develop civil society there before being arrested in early June amidst allegations he was an Israeli agent. He was held for more than four months without any charges being formally laid against him...

 

AIJAC statement on reported deal to release Gilad Shalit

AIJAC statement on reported deal to release Gilad Shalit Author: Colin Rubenstein and Mark Leibler Categories: Israel, Media Releases    

This is a very hopeful announcement, given the many years of effort by successive Israeli governments, with the full support of the Israeli people and all with a genuine concern for morality. If Gilad Shalit is released this will indeed be a joyful end to a terrible violation of  basic human rights...

AIJAC welcomes Victorian Government's request for probe into BDS movement

AIJAC welcomes Victorian Government's request for probe into BDS movement Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases    

AIJAC welcomes the decision of the Government of Victoria to ask the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate whether organisations campaigning for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel have been conducting "secondary boycotts for the purpose of causing substantial loss or damage", in breach of section s45D of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

AIJAC welcomes Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd’s Visit to Max Brenner; Statements Against Boycott

AIJAC welcomes Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd’s Visit to Max Brenner; Statements Against Boycott Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Media Releases    

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Federal MP Mr Michael Danby should be highly commended for their visit yesterday to a branch of Max Brenner in Melbourne, a target of recent anti-Israel protests, where they took a strong stance against the boycott of Jewish and Israeli-owned business. Two weeks ago, Palestinian supporters of the boycott launched a protest outside the café that took a violent turn, leaving three policemen injured and 19 protesters arrested. The Herald-Sun reported Rudd calling the boycott "archaic" and saying, "I went there deliberately to make a point and that is I don't think in 21st century Australia there is a place for the attempted boycott of a Jewish business...I thought we had learned that from history." The Age also reported Rudd stating that: 

"As an individual citizen - that is me, K. Rudd - I am here because I object to the boycotting of Jewish businesses."

 

Jones in high-level dialogue in Bosnia

Jones in high-level dialogue in Bosnia Categories: Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes, International Jewry, Media Releases    

Jeremy Jones, Director of International and Community Affairs for the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, was in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo for a series of high-level discussions last week. The visit, organised as a result of Jones hosting leading Bosnian religious and political figures for meetings in Australia over the past few years, was designed to strengthen the ties between Bosnians and Jews as well as Bosnia and Australia.

First ever Jewish Australian involvement in high-level Vatican Dialogue Categories: Interfaith Dialogue, Media Releases    

For the first time, an Australian has participated in the Jewish delegation to the International Liaison Committee, in which Jewish representatives meet with Vatican appointees to further Jewish-Catholic understanding and dialogue.

Jeremy Jones, Director of International and of Community Affairs for the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, participated in the meeting in Paris last week, as one of the 25 members of the delegation from the International Jewish Committee on Inter-religious Consultations (Jeremy Jones is also the first Australian to serve on that body).

AIJAC welcomes further Australian sanctions on Iran Categories: Australasia, International Security, Iran, Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today welcomed the Australian Government's announcement that further sanctions are to be placed on Iran. AIJAC National Chairman Mark Leibler AC said, "Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons is a destabilising factor in an already unstable region. We congratulate the Australian government on imposing these additional sanctions on Iran to help force it to comply with international opinion and UN Security Council resolutions, to stop its enrichment program and open up all nuclear sites to unfettered access for international inspectors."

AIJAC Congratulates Australia for its role in helping Israel achieve membership of UN subgroup Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases, United Nations    

AIJAC's Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein said, "Australia should be congratulated for its role in facilitating Israel's membership of this subgroup. I hope this means Israel will finally be allowed to take part in all UN activities. For too long, Israel has been denied equal treatment at the UN. This is a small, albeit much delayed, step toward an end to the anti-Israel ground rules and hostile sentiment that has long prevailed in the halls of the UN."

Time for Australia to withdraw from the Durban II process Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council today called for the Australian government to withdraw from the process leading to the UN's scheduled "Durban Review Conference". The conference, known as "Durban II", is intended to be a follow up to the 2001 Durban "anti-racism" conference which degenerated into frequent displays of open antisemitism by NGO representatives

Australia to have representative on peak international dialogue group Categories: Australasia, Europe, Interfaith Dialogue, International Jewry, Media Releases    

The International Jewish Committee on Inter-Religious Consultation (IJCIC), a coalition of major international Jewish organisations representing world Jewry to other religions, is to have direct Australian input. "I am pleased to announce the inclusion of Jeremy Jones, the Director of International & Community Affairs of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, as part of the delegation of the American Jewish Committee to IJCIC," Mark Leibler, AIJAC's national chairman said this week.

Australia and Israel have common concern with terrorism Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians, Terrorism    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council today welcomed Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard's recognition that the terrorist organisation Hamas' act of aggression in firing rockets and mortars in to Israel unilaterally breached the ceasefire and is responsible for the end of the truce in Gaza, with Israel responding to Hamas' actions and threats.

AIJAC expresses mixed feelings about Australian UN Voting on the Middle East Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases, United Nations    

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today welcomed the Australian Government's commitment to maintain the principle that Australian voting on United Nations resolutions on the Middle East should be based on both an understanding of "Israel's legitimate security concerns" and the commitment to only support resolutions which are helpful in achieving "a two-state resolution of the conflict which results in a secure Israel living beside a viable Palestinian state."

AIJAC welcomes Annapolis Conference as a "Promising First Step" Categories: Iraq, Israel, Media Releases, Middle East, Palestinians    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has welcomed as a promising first step the Annapolis Middle East peace conference. AIJAC Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein said reports from the conference indicated it had successfully provided a platform to relaunch negotiations to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

AIJAC welcomes Israel-Palestinian Ceasefire Categories: Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians    

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has described the outcome of yesterday's bilateral talks between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as "positive" and "a major step forward" in moving towards negotiating a peace treaty between the parties.

Governments, Australian Muslims, must work together to contain the threat from domestic Islamic extremists Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, International Jewry, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today called for a thorough and immediate review of legal and policy counter-measures in the wake of new revelations about the extent of extremist hate material and pro-terror propaganda in some Australian bookshops in Mosques and Islamic schools.

AIJAC pays tribute to Simon Weisenthal Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Media Releases    

Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council National Chairman Mark Leibler AC and Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein expressed their sorrow upon the death of acclaimed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal at the age of 96. Wiesenthal was a Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to ensuring that the perpetrators of one of history's greatest crimes - the Nazi genocide against the Jews - would not escape punishment.

Proposed anti-terrorism broadcasting standards need to be implemented Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Media Releases, Media/ Academia, Terrorism    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) welcomes the Australian Communications and Media Authority's (ACMA) proposed new standards that will prohibit broadcasts that directly support terrorist organisations.

The ACMA decision to ban programs that are "directly recruiting persons to join, or participate in, the activities of a terrorist organization" or that are "soliciting or assisting in the collection or provision of funds for a terrorist organization" come as a result of a lengthy investigation following an AIJAC complaint into the broadcast of Hezbollah television "al-Manar" in Australia by satellite company TARBS in 2003.

AIJAC Disappointed With New SBS Codes of Practice Categories: Anti-Zionism, Media Releases    

AIJAC Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein expressed AIJAC's disappointment with the newly amended SBS Codes of Practice. He explained that AIJAC had made a considered submission about the draft amendments, but that only one aspect covered by the AIJAC submission had been changed by SBS in the final version.