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Factsheet: Myths and Facts about the growth of Israel’s West Bank settlements

September 16, 2022 | AIJAC staff

A frequently repeated talking point on the Middle East is that Israeli building in settlements in the West Bank is supposedly taking up more and more land and making Palestinian statehood unviable… This factsheet presents some basic evidence to allow the discussion of Israeli settlements to take place on a factual basis.

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AIJAC testimony to Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Extremism

July 5, 2022 | AIJAC staff

On Wednesday 15 June, AIJAC’s Executive Director, Dr Colin Rubenstein, and Director of International and Community Affairs, Jeremy Jones, gave testimony to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Extremism in Victoria.

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett (R); Alternative PM and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (C) and Defence Minister Benny Gantz  (L) (Photo: Noam Moscowitz / Knesset spokesperson)

Some key points to understand about the dissolution of Israel’s Government

June 22, 2022 | Eliana Chiovetta

On Monday, June 20, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced he will be introducing a bill to dissolve the Knesset, (Israel’s parliament) and call new elections. If the bill is passed, a general election will be held in late October.

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Submission to the Inquiry into Extremism in Victoria

June 15, 2022 | AIJAC

Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Legal and Social Issues Committee’s inquiry into extremism in Victoria to highlight the nature of the threat that far-right extremism – and indeed, other forms of extremism – pose to Victoria and its multicultural communities, particularly the Jewish community.

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Submission to the Independent Review of ABC Complaint Handling

May 17, 2022 | AIJAC staff

AIJAC’s recommendation is for the current ABC complaint handling process to be replaced with a new genuinely independent and external complaints process.

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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.

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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.

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