AIJAC welcomes Israel-Palestinian Ceasefire

November 10, 2006

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.

AIJAC welcomes action on suspected Nazi war criminal

November 10, 2006

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council today welcomed news that authorities in both Australia and Hungary are investigating suspected Hungarian Nazi war criminal Karoly or Charles Zentai, currently living in Perth following the disclosure of evidence by famed Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem.

AIJAC Welcomes Palestinian Elections, Hopes New Leader Abbas Will Initiate the Steps Needed for Peace

November 10, 2006

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today expressed the hope that the election of Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority will help promote a better and more peaceful life for both Palestinians and Israelis.

AIJAC Condemns Inflammatory Statement from the PMs Muslim Community Reference Group

November 9, 2006

AIJAC Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein expressed AIJAC’s rejection of the recent statement on the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah from the Prime Minister’?s Muslim Community Reference Group.

Israel’s Humanitarian Relief Organisation Admitted to the Red Cross

November 9, 2006

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) welcomed the admission of Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) humanitarian relief organisation into the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Letter of Support to Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

November 9, 2006

Dear Ehud,

While we pray for the speedy and complete recovery of Ariel Sharon from illness, we are writing to you to convey our support and best wishes as you assume the Prime Ministerial office at this difficult time.

AIJAC welcomes moves to end Red Cross discrimination

November 9, 2006

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs (AIJAC) today said it welcomed the decision to add an additional emblem, the red crystal, to the red cross and the red crescent, for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the Federation).

Proposed anti-terrorism broadcasting standards need to be implemented

November 9, 2006

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 pays tribute to Simon Weisenthal

November 9, 2006

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.

AIJAC cautiously welcomes proposals for new anti-terror laws

November 9, 2006

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) declared its support for the concept of toughening state and Commonwealth anti-terrorism laws.

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