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    In the recent postal plebiscite on Same Sex Marriage (SSM) AJA did not enter the debate on behalf of either the “YES” or the “NO” campaign. AJA considered that each citizen had the right to vote according to their own subjective conscience or religious affiliation. It does not logically follow that the successful “YES” campaign means that those who voted “NO” were wrong to hold their view. The plebiscite …did not purport to determine SSM in... Read more »
  • UN attacks Israel again, Australia abstains! 
    Statement on the recent UN vote – 4 December 2017 UN attacks Israel again, Australia abstains!  As part of six anti-Israel resolutions it approved on 30 November, the United Nations General Assembly recently voted overwhelmingly to disavow Israeli ties to Jerusalem. The vote was 151 in favour and six against, with nine abstentions (including Australia). The Australian Jewish Association is profoundly disappointed that Australia meekly abstained instead of clearly voting against such a shameful resolution. Jerusalem... Read more »
  • RABBI JONATHON SACKS – speech to American Enterprise Institute (from Geoff Bloch)
    RABBI JONATHON SACKS Rabbi Sacks is the 2017 recipient of the American Enterprise Institute award. His acceptance speech is in large part a statement of the importance of community values and overlaps substantially with values underpinning our own Australian Jewish Association. He explains the difference between contract and covenant, the foundational role of the Torah (Hebrew bible) in values embedded in the American narrative, free speech as essential and community based on strong institutions. He criticises identity politics,... Read more »
    READ THE POWERFUL LETTER the Australian Jewish News declined to publish below. As many will know, one of the principles championed by Australian Jewish Association (AJA) is free speech in accordance with both democratic and Jewish values. Unfortunately there are some in our community who actively oppose such values. AJA when arranging its Melbourne launch for early September, booked the Beth Weizmann centre months ago. We chose to do presentations on the subject of Islam and Jews... Read more »
    THE BOLT REPORT – AJA ANNOUNCED AJA President, Dr David Adler, appeared on The Bolt Report on 7 September to announce the launch of Australian Jewish Association. A link to a video of the interview (about 9 min) is below. AJA has been formed based on conservative political principles and guided by genuine Jewish Torah values. We support free speech, oppose the constraints of political correctness and plan to include a Jewish identity based approach to Israel advocacy... Read more »
  • “Palestine”, What’s in a name? by Allan Ellison
    The use of the name Palestine, was always in reference to the Jews, and Arabs were Arabs, it’s a relatively modern theme that Arabs became Palestinians. Before the creation of Israel, it was actually the Jews who were referred to as Palestinians, not the Arabs. As a matter of fact, Arabs did not accept being called “Palestinians” because they did not want to be associated with Jews or with the British Mandate for Palestine. “The Arabs who... Read more »
  • Israeli ethics in conflict
    It is said that “the first casualty of war is truth” and no more so than if Israel is involved in a conflict. In this 5 min video, Col Richard Kemp explains the approach of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF): Read more »
  • Jewish values and 18C
    As anyone who has closely followed the 18C debate knows, the major secular Jewish communal bodies, particularly the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) and the Australia-Israel Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) have lobbied vigorously for the retention of 18C & 18D essentially in their current form. … Read the Spectator article – March 11, 2017... Read more »