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  • ABC’S McNeill to return to Australia
    ABC’S controversial Israel correspondent Sophie McNeill is set to move back to Australia to join Four Corners next year. McNeil has been the focus of several complaints from Jewish communal leaders, and politicians, since she became the ABC’s Middle East correspondent in 2015. Three months ago Federal MP Michael Danby launched a scathing attack on her in a series of adverts in The AJN that claimed her coverage was “unbalanced”. Drawing a contrast with McNeill’s coverage of the eviction of a Palestinian... Read more »
  • Trade war of political words
    WHEN Matthew Guy announced on the cover of The AJN two weeks ago that if he won the next state election the Liberal Nationals government would open a Victorian trade office in Jerusalem, there’s no question it was something of a coup. For several months, the Andrews government had been working on opening a trade office in Tel Aviv and its official opening was to be the highlight of the Premier’s visit to Israel last week. That... Read more »
  • Section 20D: What went wrong?
    IN 2014, Hizb ut-Tahrir leader Ismail al-Wahwah described Jews as “a hidden evil” and called for a “jihad against the Jews”, but he was not charged. When a video of the speech became public, and police were still unable to lay charges, then NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton admitted that Secion 20D of the Anti-Defamation Act was not working. Since then, 31 ethnic communities have joined forces to demand changes. The Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Indian, Chinese, Armenian... Read more »
  • Jewish leaders furious with government
    Joshua Levi JEWISH communal leaders are furious with the NSW government for dropping plans to change section 20D of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act. “There is actually no group which opposes this change, so we cannot work out what the government is afraid of,” NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff said. “The only people in NSW who don’t want to make the promotion and advocacy of violence on the basis of race illegal appear to be in... Read more »
  • Win tickets to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
    Broadway Sensation, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is coming to Her Majesty’s Theatre in February. Featuring hit songs including (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Feel The Earth Move, You’ve Got A Friend, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, and Locomotion, Beautiful tells the inspirational true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from teenage songwriter to global superstar. She fought her way into the record business as a schoolgirl but it wasn’t until her personal life began... Read more »
  • Australia won’t move embassy to Jerusalem
    AUSTRALIA will not follow the lead of the United States and move its embassy to Jerusalem. Following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the US recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and will relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that America’s decision “doesn’t have any effect on us in terms of what we will do”. “Australia’s embassy will remain in Tel Aviv. Our policy position remains precisely where it has been for... Read more »
  • NSW government snub over 20D
    JEWISH communal leaders are furious that after a lengthy campaign supported by a coalition of faith and ethnic groups, the NSW government is not making expected changes to Section 20D of the Anti-Discrimination Act, despite an admission from former attorney-general Gabrielle Upton that the legislation as it currently stands is not working as intended. The AJN understands the various community groups expected the proposed changes to pass through cabinet and be put forward for public consultation... Read more »
  • Violence follows Trump’s declaration
    AS riots spread across the West Bank and Gaza militants fired rockets, the jubilation in Jerusalem continued this week. Despite the violent reactions from Palestinians, Donald Trump’s announcement had Jewish residents and leaders gushing. He “will be remembered in the history of the Jewish people as one who stood at the forefront fearlessly”, Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef declared in a letter, together with almost 250 other Israeli rabbis. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Trump “has inscribed himself... Read more »
  • Arson attack on Swedish synagogue
    MORE than a dozen men hurled firebombs at a synagogue in Gothenburg in southern Sweden hours after locals marched in the city against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. No one was injured in the attack last Saturday night, which ended without major damage to property, the online edition of the Expressen daily reported. Dvir Maoz, the World Bnei Akiva youth movement’s emissary in Gothenburg, told JTA that the attack happened a little after 10pm while... Read more »
  • Andrews talks up trade in Israel
    ISRAELI companies will reach new prominence in Victoria, Premier Daniel Andrews said after opening a new trade office in Tel Aviv. “This is a win-win for Victoria and Israel,” he claimed, confident that the new office will create jobs in Victoria and “open doors” for Israeli companies in the state. He enthused about Tel Aviv as “the biggest innovation hub outside of the United States”, the “economic powerhouse of Israel”, and said: “There is no better place... Read more »
  • Holiday photo competition
    WELCOME to our annual holiday photo competition AJN readers can share their favourite holiday snapshots and be in the running for a great holiday prize. This is the 10th year that we have been running the popular competition – the judges are looking for photos featuring members of the Australian Jewish community on holiday, whether in Australia or overseas. Choose your favourite holiday photos taken between February 1, 2017 and the closing date of the competition, January... Read more »
  • Sunset/sunrise competition
    IF you like taking photos at sunrise or sunset, here’s your chance to enter your favourite photo in our summer competition and be in the running to win a great holiday, staying at Peppers Salt Resort and Spa, Kingscliff is on the NSW Tweed Coast, only a 15-minute drive south of Gold Coast Airport. Look through your favourite photos taken at sunrise and sunset since February 1, 2017 – or while on holiday in the coming... Read more »