Author: Emily Gian

Author: Emily Gian

Joint statement on new Melbourne University Student Union motion

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Zionist Federation of Australia, Jewish Community Council of Victoria and Zionism Victoria condemn the Melbourne University Student Union motion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is disingenuous to suggest that this motion is simply about criticism of the Israeli government or support for the Palestinians.  […]

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ZFA Statement on Operation Breaking Dawn

The Zionist Federation of Australia stands by Israel’s right to self-defence. After receiving credible intelligence of an imminent terrorist attack, Israel conducted an airstrike against a leader of the Islamic Jihad – a group proscribed by the Australian Government as a terrorist organisation. In response, Islamic Jihad has fired over 350 rockets into Israeli cities. […]

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ZFA Statement as Aust UN Ambassador condemns Miloon Kothari remarks

Zionist Federation of Australia President Jeremy Leibler welcomed Ambassador Gorely’s comments. “The Australian Government expressed its ‘fundamental concerns’ about this commission of inquiry when it was established, and these appear to have been well-founded. Ambassador Gorely’s calling out Kothari’s antisemitic comments is appropriate and welcome.” Mr Leibler continued, “Kothari’s comments are as abhorrent as they […]

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Outstanding speakers to inspire our teachers

The Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) is delighted to announce that the 12th Biennial ZFA Jewish Educators’ Conference will take place on 14-15 August at Mount Scopus Memorial College. This Conference provides Jewish educators from around Australia with the opportunity to listen, learn and interact with leading Australian and overseas educators. This Conference and its […]

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Game-changing “Israel Go” relaunches

The Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA)in partnership with UIA-Keren Hayesod has officially launched the second year of a two-year pilot program – Israel Go. This provides financial support for young adults participating in gap year programs in 2022 and 2023. Officially launched last year, Israel Go is a partnership with UIA-Keren Hayesod and private philanthropists. […]

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ZFA statement on dissolution of Knesset, Israel heading to polls

The Zionist Federation of Australia notes the decision to dissolve the Israeli government, and congratulates Yair Lapid on becoming interim prime minister. ZFA Director of Public Affairs Bren Carlill said, “While few want another round of elections in Israel, we take pleasure in the smooth and cooperative transfer of power, and that the decision to […]

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ZFA welcomes Australian Government’s rejection of UN disproportionate focus on Israel

The Zionist Federation of Australia welcomes the Australian Government’s rejection of the UN Human Rights Council’s disproportionate focus on Israel. On Monday, the new Australian Government rejected the proposition that Israel should be a permanent Human Rights Council agenda item and expressed its “fundamental concerns about the nature” of the Human Rights Council’s permanent commission […]

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Statement on UN Commission of Inquiry

The Zionist Federation of Australia criticised the UN Human Rights Council’s ‘Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel’. ZFA President Jeremy Leibler said, “Just as Israel is the Human Rights Council’s only permanent agenda item, this commission of inquiry is the Human Rights Council’s […]

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A responsibility to march with respect

By Jeremy Leibler and Chaya Herszberg Jerusalem sits at the heart of Jewish consciousness, hope and meaning. For more than 3,000 years, Jewish people have prayed facing Jerusalem, yearning to return to their homeland. The eternal capital of Israel, it has always been and will forever remain a symbol and story, a space which defines […]

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120 Aussies in the Arava

In the first of its kind, 120 participants from all of the Zionist Youth Movements as well as from IBC travelled to the Arava in Israel’s south for a three-day seminar in the Arava. A joint effort of the Arava-Australia Partnership (AAP), the MASA Leadership and Impact Centre, the Australasian Zionist Youth Council (AZYC) and […]

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ZFA Statement on MUSU rescinding its antisemitic motion

The Zionist Federation of Australia welcomes Melbourne University’s student union rescinding its antisemitic motion, but warns of the hurt caused by this and similar motions. ZFA President Jeremy Leibler said, “Rescinding the motion is an excellent first step to help heal the wounds the student union caused. We sincerely hope their reason for doing so […]

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ZFA statement on Australian Federal Election

The Zionist Federation of Australia congratulates Anthony Albanese and the ALP on its electoral victory. ZFA President Jeremy Leibler said, “We congratulate Labor on its victory. Labor has always been a great friend of the Australian Jewish community and an integral part of the bipartisan consensus on Israel. Mr Albanese is committed to the Australia-Israel relationship, […]

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