AIJAC's Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein responds to the vicious campaign waged against Middle East expert Dr. Daniel Pipes, during his recent speaking tour of Australia as a guest of AIJAC.
Jeremy Jones, Director of International and of Community Affairs of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council and Poland's newly appointed Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Michal Kolodzieski, met in Sydney today for a "full, frank and constructive" discussion on Polish-Jewish relations and the recent Polish legislation on "defamation of the Polish Nation".
The title of the conference, "An End to Antisemitism!", was in and of itself a topic of much discussion. French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy asserted that the only part of it he agreed with was the exclamation mark, while others even questioned this, proffering a question mark as an alternative.
In recent years, Poland has become one of Israel's best friends in Europe. However, that relationship appears to have been badly fractured with Poland's President Andrzej Duda signing a bill into law on Feb. 6 which calls for prison terms for people blaming Poland as a nation for Holocaust crimes committed by Nazi Germany.
Heller's book on Jabotinsky and the Eastern European roots of Revisionist Zionism is a vital contribution. The miracle is that he has given us a wonderfully well researched, finely nuanced and deeply informative history, rather than an ideological polemic.
Israel has not yet clearly reacted to the elections in Austria that will likely catapult the far-right Freedom Party into the government, but this outcome poses a clear challenge to Jerusalem: Should it engage with European far-right parties if they become a part of a government?