Joint ZFA and ZV statement on celebration of Israeli Independence Day with Victorian Premier and Opposition Leader

Official Statements

This is a joint statement by the Zionist Federation of Australia President Jeremy Leibler and Zionism Victoria President Yossi Goldfarb, in regards to the community celebration on Wednesday night, at which the Victorian Premier and Opposition Leader spoke.

“The Zionist Federation of Australia and Zionism Victoria were pleased to celebrate the 76th anniversary of Israel’s independence, Yom Ha’atzmaut, earlier this week.”

“As these are challenging times for the community and for Israel, we are particularly grateful to have been joined by a number of community and parliamentary leaders, including the Premier of Victoria, Jacinta Allan, the Opposition Leader, John Pessuto, and their parliamentary colleagues.”

“Contrary to certain reports, we are not fuming about any matter arising out of this event.”

“The Premier and Opposition Leader each delivered a moving address. They reinforced that they are committed to working together with the leadership of the Jewish community to tackle rising antisemitism and strengthen cohesion – as they have been doing for the last eight months, and for many years beforehand.”

“As Victorians, our community is fortunate to enjoy strong and bipartisan partnerships with our Premier and Opposition Leader.”

Jeremy Leibler – President, Zionist Federation of Australia

Yossi Goldfarb – President, Zionism Victoria

Victorian Premier and Opposition Leader with leaders of the Victorian Jewish community, 29 May 2024. Credit: Peter Haskin. Australian Jewish News.
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