Symposium: Perceptions of the Middle East and the Gaza War – Australia

March 18, 2009 | Colin Rubenstein

The reaction of Australia’s government, media, and elite, and public opinion to Israel’s December 2008-January 2009 military operations against Hamas in Gaza was mixed. At the government level, both the Labor government as well as the Liberal opposition voiced strong, consistent, and principled support for Israel’s right to defend itself.

Antisemitism in Australia – 2007/08

December 3, 2008 | Jeremy Jones

During the twelve months ending September 30, 2008, 652 reports were recorded of “racist violence” against Jewish Australians. These incidents included physical assault, vandalism, threatening telephone calls, hate mail, graffiti, leaflets, posters and abusive emails. This exceeded by 2% the previous highest total, recorded in the year ending September 30, 2007. It was more than twice the previous average annual total.

Submission to Senate Committee Inquiry into Academic Freedom – 2008

August 22, 2008 | AIJAC staff

AIJAC’s position in this matter is that academic freedom is a right that should be respected, and that the balance between the right of academic freedom and the duty to educate students – as well as maximise excellence in academic research grounded in analytical clarity and quality empirical evidence – is one that can be maintained.

Alexander Downer speech to American Jewish Committee upon receiving the Ramer Award for Excellence in Diplomacy, Washington D.C.

May 9, 2008

The Australian and American Jewish communities have a lot in common. In both cases Jews have found in our countries the peace and tolerance which was denied them over the centuries in Europe and the Middle East: but they have not only found freedom and tolerance in Australia and America, they have contributed mightily to our two societies.

Annapolis: Joint Understanding of Negotiations - 2007

Annapolis: Joint Understanding of Negotiations – 2007

November 28, 2007

The representatives of the Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), represented respectively by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Mahmoud Abbas, in his capacity as Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee and President of the Palestinian Authority, have convened in Annapolis, Maryland, under the auspices of President George W. Bush of the United States of America, and with the support of the participants of this international conference, having concluded the following Joint Understanding

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - selected quotes

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – selected quotes

October 10, 2007 | AIJAC staff

Selected quotes calling for and/or approving of an anticipated destruction of Israel

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel - May 14

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel – May 14, 1948

November 10, 2006

On May 14, 1948, on the day in which the British Mandate over a Palestine expired, the Jewish People’s Council gathered at the Tel Aviv Museum, and approved the following proclamation, declaring the establishment of the State of Israel.

UN Resolution 181 – 1947

November 10, 2006

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 called for the partition of the British-ruled Palestine Mandate into a Jewish state and an Arab state. It was approved on November 29, 1947 with 33 votes in favor, 13 against, 10 abstentions and one absent.

British Mandate in Palestine – 1922

November 10, 2006

The mandates for Palestine and Syria came into force simultaneously on September 29, 1922. In this document, the League of Nations recognized the “historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine” and the “grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.”

The Balfour Declaration – 1917

November 2, 2006

During the First World War, British policy became gradually committed to the idea of establishing a Jewish home in Palestine (Eretz Yisrael). After discussions in the British Cabinet, and consultation with Zionist leaders, the decision was made known in the form of a letter by Arthur James Lord Balfour to Lord Rothschild. The letter represents the first political recognition of Zionist aims by a Great Power.

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