The 2018 Eurovision song contest, perhaps the world’s most popular pop music competition, saw the Israeli entry sung by Netta Barzilai walk away the winner.
Here is the full statement AIJAC provided to the Australian's Sian Powell for the story she was writing on a BDS petition at Sydney University, which appeared today and featured excerpts from our statement:
"This is getting tiresome. It seems that every time Israel is attacked, and forced to defend itself, certain academics at Sydney University take it upon themselves to criticize not the terrorist group Hamas, responsible for the problem, but reiterate their long-standing, destructive demands for boycotts of Israel...."
In honour of Israel's forthcoming 70th anniversary, Government Member Stuart Robert moved a motion in Parliament on February 28, in the lead up to the 80th anniversary of the Evian Conference on the plight of Jewish refugees, to officially apologise for Australia's position on persecuted Jews in 1938
I have written before about the affinity among many in Palestinian society for what I call the "ethnic cleansing solution". This is not a two-state resolution with Palestine and Israel coexisting alongside one another, nor even a "one-state solution", where a single state would be the homeland of both Israelis and Palestinians. It is a belief that the conflict should be resolved by an outcome whereby all or most Israeli Jews will leave, be expelled or be killed, and thus give Palestinians exclusive control over the whole land.
I have always felt a profound debt of gratitude to Britain. It did not roll out the red carpet but, rather impassively, it offered me a refuge and the opportunity to lead a normal life of anonymity, which is the blessing of a big city.
No more. Like many other Jews, I no longer feel at ease in Britain.