AIJAC welcomes further Australian sanctions on Iran

July 30, 2010

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.”

Australia/Israel ties will remain strong despite unhelpful decision

May 24, 2010

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council said that the Australia/Israel friendship is deep and broad and will continue to grow despite the Australian government’s regrettable decision announced today that an Israeli diplomat be withdrawn.

Dubai killing and Australia's UN voting

Dubai killing and Australia’s UN voting

March 1, 2010

There has been concern expressed that some Australian passports were forged or otherwise misused, and it is clear that no-one condones actions undermining the integrity of Australian passports. It is entirely appropriate for the Australian Government to conduct a thorough investigation through the Australian Federal Police and ASIO.

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

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