AIJAC Congratulates Australia for its role in helping Israel achieve membership of UN subgroup

February 1, 2010

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.”

AIJAC mourns passing of former President Wahid

January 6, 2010

With the death of former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid last week, on behalf of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein conveyed sincere condolences to his family and the Indonesian people.

AIJAC welcomes Minister’s decision on accused Nazi war criminal

November 13, 2009

Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein today welcomed the decision of Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor to allow the extradition of suspected Nazi war criminal Charles Zentai.

AIJAC welcomes the re-listing of Hezbollah, calls for further action

June 30, 2009

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has recommended that the Australian government designate Hezbollah a terrorist organisation.

ABC upholds AIJAC complaint

ABC upholds AIJAC complaint

June 24, 2009

An AIJAC complaint to the ABC has been upheld, resulting in a correction and apology from the national broadcaster. A complaint highlighted an incorrect statement by Middle East correspondent Anne Barker, filed April 25,about Israel’s security barrier

AIJAC welcomes principled Australian decision to not attend Durban Review Conference

April 20, 2009

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has welcomed the Australian Government decision on Sunday that Australian delegates will not attend the UN Durban Review Conference in Geneva this week.

Time for Australia to withdraw from the Durban II process

March 2, 2009

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

AIJAC expresses deepest sympathy to victims of Victorian bushfire disaster

February 9, 2009

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council expresses its deepest condolences and prayers of support to all those who have lost loved ones in the Victorian bushfire tragedy. We pray for a speedy recovery for all those who have been injured.

Australia to have representative on peak international dialogue group

February 9, 2009

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

December 29, 2008

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.

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