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Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security on its review into the listing of Hizballah and The Base as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code Act 1995

February 10, 2022 | AIJAC staff

This submission is a response to the review commenced by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) on December 22 into the listing of Hizballah and The Base as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code Act 1995.

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Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and related bills

February 7, 2022 | AIJAC staff

AIJAC welcomes Commonwealth legislation that makes it unlawful to discriminate based on religion. Within the Jewish community, there is very acute recognition that the ability to freely practise religion cannot be taken for granted.

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Submission to the NSW Parliament’s Standing Committee on Social Issues inquiry into Crimes Amendment (Display of Nazi Symbols) Bill 2021

December 28, 2021

Displaying or disseminating symbols that were used by the Nazis is a red line in public discourse. It is for this simple reason that the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) supports the Crimes Amendment (Display of Nazi Symbols) Bill 2021.

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Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights’ Inquiry into Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and related bills

December 24, 2021 | AIJAC staff

While antisemitism does, unfortunately, persist in Australia at relatively low levels, Australia’s Jews continue to be free to express their faith and openly practise traditions that bind them to generations past. This Bill and the associated amendments legally enshrine those protections for Australia’s Jewish and other faith-based communities into the future.

Senate Committee hearing, Parliament House, Canberra (Image: David Foote - AUSPIC/DPS)

Submission to the now-suspended Senate Inquiry into ABC and SBS Complaints Handling

November 22, 2021 | AIJAC staff

It is the belief of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) and other Australian stakeholders who have dealt with the respective organisations’ complaints procedures that the current system is broken and that complainants are not able to receive a fair hearing because the process is not genuinely independent.

(Source: ABC)

ABC response to AIJAC complaint on report about COVID vaccines to Palestinians

July 12, 2021 | AIJAC staff

AIJAC complained that ABC reports on Israel not supplying COVID vaccines to the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank had breached the Code of Practice because they had not explained that, under the Oslo Accords, Israel had no obligation to do so, and that the reports had inaccurately said Israel was occupying Gaza

(Source: ABC)

ABC response to AIJAC complaint on Jerusalem reports on “Earshot” program

July 12, 2021 | AIJAC staff

AIJAC made multiple complaints about two documentaries for the ABC Radio National program “Earshot” that were produced and narrated by an a producer who was also an anti-Israel activist.

PM Naftali Bennett (Photo: David Cohen 156/ Shutterstock)

Backgrounder: Who’s who in the new Israeli government

June 18, 2021 | AIJAC staff, Zachary Milewicz

This past Sunday, on June 13, the 36th government of Israel was sworn in. The new government is a diverse coalition comprised of eight parties, and will be led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for the next two years, after which Yair Lapid will take over. The new 28-member cabinet features record diversity.

Increased trade with Israel is on Australia's agenda.

AIJAC’s submission on the Feasibility Study on Strengthening Trade and Investment with Israel

May 10, 2021 | AIJAC staff

AIJAC commends the Australian Government, including Trade Minister Dan Tehan, for its foresight in proposing a feasibility study on strengthening trade and investment with Israel with a view to a future free trade agreement.

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Far-Right Extremism

March 9, 2021 | AIJAC staff

Far-right extremism is a growing threat around the world, including in Australia. While far-right groups were once fringe, today they are able to amplify their messages via social media and have found new ways to recruit, organise and incite violence, representing a potential terrorist threat.  

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