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The Last Word: Enemies of The People

What does it mean to be an “Enemy of the People”? This question arose numerous times during my recent visit to Italy, the Balkans and the USA.

AIJAC’s Colin Rubenstein honoured by the American Jewish Committee for his advocacy...

Dr Colin Rubenstein, Executive Director of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, was honoured for his advocacy on behalf of the Jewish people and Israel by the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) on Sunday, June 2.

The Last Word: Rome and Jerusalem

When Pope Francis approached the group, he also seemed in a good mood, ready to exchange respectful comments with a delegation which included both some distinguished Vatican figures and Jewish leaders in inter-religious activism.

AIJAC’s Jeremy Jones represents Australia at high-level Vatican interfaith meeting

Jeremy Jones, Director of International and of Community Affairs for the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, participated in the 24th meeting of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee [ILC], which was held in Rome, Italy, from 13-16 May 2019.

AIJAC mourns the passing of Bob Hawke

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) mourns the passing of Bob Hawke, one of Australia's greatest statesmen, and a much-beloved friend of both the Australian Jewish community and of Israel.

The Last Word: Reality and Reportage

A Sunday afternoon ritual is anti-AIPAC demonstrations outside the conference venue. I spent some time among the rag-tag assembly broadly united on the theme of #stopAIPAC. It was interesting to see and hear the arguments or slogans being proferred and who was doing the proferring.

Statement on recent controversies in Israel over the Otzma Yehudit party

It is deeply regrettable that recent political manoeuvres in Israel appear likely to bolster the credibility and electoral prospects of Otzma Yehudit, a party comprised of followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane.

Venezuela’s much depleted Jewish community – waiting and hoping

While of course events in Venezuela are still very much up in the air, for a community long in decline, there is today new reason to hope, however warily, for Venezuela’s Jews.

A matter of definition: Why the IHRA working definition of antisemitism...

A new CNN survey has once again put antisemitism into the news headlines. According to the survey of 7000 people across seven European countries, as many as 25% of Europeans have traditional antisemitic attitudes.

Biblio File: The Other Refugees

History has been deeply unkind to the Jewish communities of the Middle East and North Africa, and so too has the historical record.

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