AIJAC expresses mixed feelings about Australian UN Voting on the Middle East

November 10, 2008

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 new Australian sanctions on Iran

October 20, 2008

AIJAC’s National Chairman Mark Leibler AC today said that AIJAC supports and welcomes the federal government’s decision to extend sanctions against the Iranian government over its nuclear program, announced by Foreign Minister Stephen Smith last week.

Alexander Downer receives prestigious US award

May 2, 2008

Australia’s former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer received the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Ramer Award for Diplomatic Excellence on May 1 in Washington DC at the AJC’s 102nd annual conference.

AIJAC welcomes decision on accused Nazi war criminal

April 23, 2008

Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein today welcomed the High Court decision to allow extradition proceedings against suspected Nazi war criminal Charles Zentai to proceed.

AIJAC praises Government’s vote against funding for follow-up to antisemitic UN conference

January 8, 2008

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has praised the Rudd Government and its UN ambassador for voting the last week of December against funding for the so-called UN Durban Review Conference, or “Durban II”.

AIJAC welcomes Annapolis Conference as a “Promising First Step”

November 30, 2007

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 Interpol vote to issue arrest warrants for Iranians suspected in 1994 AMIA bombing

November 8, 2007

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has welcomed Australia’s vote [with Opposition backing] to uphold Interpol’s previous decision to issue arrest warrants for five Iranians and a Hezbollah operative.

AIJAC applauds Immigration detention reforms

November 10, 2006

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today congratulated Prime Minister John Howard and MHR Petro Georgiou on their agreement to modify Australia’s immigration detention procedures.

AIJAC welcomes efforts to make immigration policy

November 10, 2006

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today welcomed the pledge by Prime Minister John Howard to work with Liberal backbenchers to find ways to administer immigration policy “in a speedier, more flexible, more humane way.”

AIJAC welcomes Pope Benedict XVI

November 10, 2006

Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council National Chairman Mark Leibler AC and Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein today issued a statement congratulating Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on his election to the papacy.

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