AIJAC applauds Federal Government’s new Nazi symbols bill
June 7, 2023 | AIJAC
Colin Rubenstein concluded, “We are grateful to the Federal Government in general and Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus in particular for their efforts to develop and advance this bill so quickly. We also thank the Opposition for their efforts to help promote a Federal bill to ban Nazi symbols. We hope and expect that the current proposed bill can receive bipartisan support, and become law as soon as practicable.”
AIJAC statement regarding the Greens Middle East policy adopted on June 4
June 6, 2023 | AIJAC
Referring to the Australian Greens party’s policy change regarding the Middle East adopted on Sunday, June 4, AIJAC National Chairman…
AIJAC responses to Antony Loewenstein’s “Good Weekend” article, which the Age and Sydney Morning Herald refused to publish
May 24, 2023 | AIJAC staff
Given that much of his article was dedicated to attacks not only Israel, but on the Australian Jewish community for both allegedly supporting Israel’s “apartheid and crimes against humanity”, and supposedly supressing the speech of those like Loewenstein who do not, AIJAC felt it was incumbent on someone representing the community explain mainstream Jewish views
AIJAC proud to join Jewish organisations globally urging IHRA Antisemitism definition be part of UN Action Plan
May 24, 2023 | AIJAC
AIJAC has joined with 178 other significant Jewish international and regional organisations in calling on the United Nations to ensure that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism be “referenced positively” in its upcoming “UN Action Plan on monitoring antisemitism and enhancing a system-wide response.”
AIJAC welcomes government’s new “Securing Faith-based Places” grant program
May 18, 2023 | AIJAC
The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a $40 million Securing Faith-based Places grant program to replace the former Safer Communities Fund.
AIJAC congratulates Archibald winner Julia Gutman
May 8, 2023 | AIJAC staff
Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council executive director Dr Colin Rubenstein said the Australian Jewish community was “overflowing with pride” over the announcement that Sydney Jewish artist Julia Gutman had been awarded the prestigious Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW
AIJAC stands by Israel in wake of Gaza attacks
May 3, 2023 | AIJAC
The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council today stood by Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas’ and Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s (PIJ’s) wanton and unprovoked firing of dozens of rockets from Gaza.
Testimony: Criminal Code Amendment (Prohibit Nazi Symbols) Bill 2023
May 3, 2023 | AIJAC
Nazi salutes and Nazi symbols are universally recognised messages of hate and genocide. They are used to frighten, intimidate, and hurt their targets. So AIJAC wholeheartedly supports this legislation which aligns with our values and heritage as Australians.
AIJAC congratulates Randwick Council on Israeli flag decision
April 19, 2023 | AIJAC
Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council has formally congratulated Randwick City Council for standing firm on its decision to fly the Israeli flag for Yom Ha’atzmaut – in the face of moves to rescind the decision.
AIJAC appoints Walt Secord as Director of Public Affairs
April 11, 2023
The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has appointed the Honourable Walt Secord, former NSW State Labor frontbencher and MP, as its Director of Public Affairs.