The AJA was created in controversial circumstances, when its launch discussion event, titled The Threat of Islam to Jews and later renamed Islam and the Jews – Lessons for Australia, was cancelled by two Melbourne Jewish venues. The Beth Weizmann Community Centre said it did not want to be “associated with an event that on its face, seeks to foment fear and hatred” and Leibler Yavneh College cancelled on the grounds of a perceived security risk. On the evening of Sunday September 10th the AJA eventually secured the South Hebrew Congregation for as a venue, triggering protests within the community.

For the edification of the public who criticised this first AJA the video of what transpired at the event.

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  1. DP

    Shalom aleichem / Salaam Alaikum

    This makes me really sad. All I have ever wanted is for my Jewish brothers to not judge me, to love me for being human. Just because I am a Muslims, it does not mean that I would ever want to hurt anyone. Especially my Jewish brothers from the Middle East.

    I know that not all Jews hate Muslims, as not all Muslims hate Jews. We need to come together, and realise what makes us human, and bond. I have had nothing but good experiences with Jewish Israeli people. The first time I met an Israeli Jew, he asked me where I was from. When I said Afghanistan, he gave me a big hug, and said my family from the Middle East.

    Islamaphobia is real. When people like me are judged as a terrorist, and people have an unfounded irrational fear of me, as a person, it’s a phobia – it’s the same reason why people are beating up Muslim women on the street of Australia – and breaking bottles over their head and kicking pregnant women -just because they are Muslim.

    One of my favourite quotes is from an American Jew – Aaron Shwartz “it’s not productive to hold a grudge”. It is very relevant today and will also be relevant in the future.

    Please don’t give in to stereotypes and love others the way you would want to be loved, without biases and inaccurate perceptions. This goes for everyone, on every side.


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