Category: News and Views

Category: News and Views

Australia should be concerned by a court that breaks its own rules

Australia should be concerned by a court that breaks its own rules Bren Carlill, Canberra Times, 27 May 2024 The International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor Karim Khan has announced that he is applying to the Court to issue arrest warrants for Israel’s prime minister and defence minister, as well as three Hamas leaders. The move is […]

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Ron Weiser’s column, May 2024

We have been through turbulent times before and each period, for those who experienced it themselves, left deep imprints. Just some examples. Following the Yom Kippur war in 1973, university campuses in Australia became uncomfortable and dangerous places for Jewish students. The Australian Union of Students proposed and promoted anti-Israel resolutions cloaked in language that […]

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We cannot allow others to define Zionism

By Alon Cassuto This oped originally appeared in the Australian Jewish News on 12 April 2024 Zionism is not just a political movement; it is a symbol of pride, a beacon of hope, and a source of inspiration. It stands as testament to the power of self-determination, the miraculous journey of an ancient people who, […]

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March update from Ron Weiser

I was really hoping that on International Women’s Day recently, some of the good friends of our community would use the opportunity to condemn the rape and sexual mutilation of young and old, that took place on 7 October and which continues to be used as a weapon of humiliation and intimidation and dehumanisation, on […]

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Ron Weiser’s February column

The question we need to address at some point is, how does the narrative get so upended that history, facts and logic are simply tossed aside? Especially in regards to two of the major themes today. Yes, antisemitism plays a large role. And, yes, to some lesser degree, the Israeli government’s public relations efforts are […]

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Ron Weiser’s musings, January 2024

At its core, Zionism is all about Jewish self-determination. While we all parrot those words, at the same time, we rarely fully act accordingly. Yes, there are many reasons over the decades and acutely now, of why – Israel is at war, is too distracted, periods of disunity and many other valid considerations. However, it […]

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Ron Weiser’s November column

As Israel battles to remove the threat of barbarism and depravity to its citizens, it beggars belief to see what is going on in the world. Western democracies stand strongly with Israel when it is being attacked. However, once Israel actually defends itself, support waivers. There is a total disconnect in logic between people who […]

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A visit to Canberra

The roll-out of the ZFA survey about university antisemitism continued over this last fortnight, as ZFA President Jeremy Leibler and AUJS President Alissa Foster went to Canberra to meet with Education Minister Jason Clare, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton and over a dozen other members and senators. The Parliamentary Friends of IHRA also hosted a morning […]

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Mahmoud Abbas, again

Did you see that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ticked off a long list of antisemitic conspiracies in a speech the other day? He told his learned crowd – and let’s not forget, he has a PhD in this field – that Hitler didn’t kill the Jews because of their ethnicity or faith, but because […]

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Latest from Dr Ron Weiser AM

It would be some sort of irony if US President Biden was to provide Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu with a pathway out of his current situation. If that does happen – and that is a big if – Biden will have done it for his own domestic political reasons, not for Netanyahu’s, but who would […]

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Writers’ ‘truth’ is anti-Semitic hate

Jeremy Leibler, The Australian, 20 February 2023 It’s telling to compare the fracas generated last year by Sydney Festival’s inclusion of a dance performance created by an Israeli and sponsored by the embassy of Israel with the scenario playing out at this year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week. The catalyst for confected outrage and intimidation of artists […]

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Assistant Foreign Minister the Hon Tim Watts MP speaks at the ZFA’s Biennial Conference

Assistant Foreign Minister the Hon Tim Watts MP spoke at the Zionist Federation of Australia’s Biennial Conference on Sunday. The ZFA is an elected, representative roof body of the Australian Jewish community and represents 21 affiliate Jewish organisations across all political spectrums. The 2022 Biennial Conference brought together over a hundred Jewish leaders and professionals […]

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