"A new era has dawned for Malaysian politics." Such is the flavour of the commentary greeting the shock election defeat of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition after 61 years of uninterrupted rule. But it is too early to tell how deeply things will change as the familiar figures of Dr. Mahathir Mohammed and (soon) Anwar Ibrahim return to leadership under the banner of reform and rejuvenation.
Now the eyes of British Jews are also turning to the sliver of land in the eastern Mediterranean. Not that they have experienced the level of violence comparable to those across the Channel, but there is an unmistakable change in the air. Over the past two years, since the hard-left seized the reins of Britain's Labour Party, the dogs of hate have slipped the leash and antisemitism has become acceptable again
The world owes a debt of gratitude to a young man named Adam Armush. In mid-April, the 21-year-old Israeli Arab resident of Berlin inadvertently exposed an ugly and shameful reality that the world has been largely ignoring for years.
The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has condemned antisemitic statements made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a speech on Monday.
With special sensitivity and acumen, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation decided to kick off the Passover and Easter holidays, a time historically associated with anti-Jewish blood libels, by inviting the almost comically antisemitic Reverend Stephen Sizer, former Vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water, Surrey, onto its Radio National “Breakfast” program on March 30 – Good Friday – to discuss Christian Zionism and Israel.
Having been asked by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, via a local imam, to be the main speaker in the synagogue, I can report first hand on the thirst for knowledge on display.
None of the young Indonesians had ever met a Jewish person, nor even imagined being in a synagogue, let alone in a majestic, historic Jewish house of worship.
This week, to almost no public fanfare, an Australian representative spoke at the United Nations Human Rights Council for the first time since this country took its elected seat on January 1.
Anti-Jewish posters plastered across a popular tourist destination, cars parked near synagogues vandalised with swastikas, racist stereotypes alleging people who were untrustworthy or miserly are likely to be Jewish, not just spoken but published online.
All of the above, and more, occurred in the last weeks of 2017 and the first weeks of 2018 in Australia.