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  • Hakoah FC to play Melbourne City
    GIDI Sweet will play in the biggest match of his life against reigning Football Federation Australia (FFA) Cup title-holders Melbourne City later this month. Sweet is part of the Hakoah Sydney East City team that has qualified for the FFA Cup round-of-16 and will face Melbourne City in Sydney on August 29. “It’s always exciting to play an A-League team and it’s great to put yourself up to the challenge,” Sweet told The AJN. “No one thought Leicester... Read more »
  • Horwitz excited about Super Melbourne move
    HE’S nursing an injured cheekbone, but Australia’s only Jewish player at Super Rugby level, David Horwitz, is in high spirits about his forthcoming move from the NSW Waratahs to the Melbourne Rebels. Armed with 27 matches for the ‘Tahs in two seasons, the 22-year-old Randwick junior signed a one-year contract with the Rebels to fill the shoes of departing veteran Mitch Inman, and he’ll join an exciting backline that includes Wallaby players Reece Hodge and Marika... Read more »
  • Terror attack outside kosher restaurant
    A van plowed through a crowd of people on Barcelona’s main shopping street, reportedly killing at least 13 people and injuring over 50 others. Police said they were treating the Thursday incident as a terrorist attack, according to the French news agency AFP. The Catalan government’s interior minister announced the death toll of the the attack on Rambla avenue near the entrance to Maccabi, a kosher restaurant, CNN reported. Spanish media, including the online edition of the... Read more »
  • ‘A warning for democracies’
    THE Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) condemned both the rally and the lacklustre response of President Donald Trump. In a statement issued this week, ECAJ described the events of recent days as “a warning for democracies everywhere”. “It is a disgrace to any society when hate-filled men march in the streets, openly flaunting Nazi insignia, waving Nazi flags, giving the Nazi salute and chanting blatantly anti-Semitic slogans,” lamented ECAJ president Anton Block. “It is even worse when... Read more »
  • ECAJ vs ADC
    A WAR of words has broken out between the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) and the Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) after the ADC criticised former High Court chief justice Michael Kirby. Explaining why he would not take part in the postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage, Kirby referenced the Holocaust. “I do understand the view of those who say ‘I am not going to participate in something that is my own humiliation’,” Kirby said. “During the run up to... Read more »
  • Apology over ‘Jewish guests’ sign
    The manager of a hotel in Switzerland has said she was wrong to post signs instructing “Jewish guests” to shower before entering the pool and to access the refrigerator at set times. Ruth Thomann, who runs the Paradies Arosa hotel 130km southeast of Zurich, responded on Monday to articles published in Israeli media outlets about the signs put up by hotel staff over the weekend. “I have nothing against Jews, whom we regularly receive warmly here,” she... Read more »
  • Win tickets to AICE Israeli Film Festival
    This year’s feast of Israeli cinema (September 5 -17th )  is on the move in Melbourne back to the south side, showing at the Village Rivoli and the Alex Theatre, St Kilda. In Sydney the Ritz Cinema is the host again. The 16-film program includes a host of Australian premieres and some treasures from the past. Special guests include Brigadier General Gal Hirsch with his documentary War Story. There will also be a tribute to actress Ronit Elkabetz in two of her best roles. She is... Read more »
  • Kluwgant quits Adass
    RABBI Meir Shlomo Kluwgant has resigned as principal and CEO of  Melbourne’s Adass Israel School. The AJN can reveal that Rabbi Kluwgant tendered his resignation because of concerns raised by child sexual abuse survivor Dassi Erlich, who met with the board last month. Erlich was sexually abused by former Adass principal Malka Leifer, who was spirited out of the country by members of the Adass community in 2008 after allegations of her abuse became public. Welcoming news of... Read more »
  • ‘No basis for peace deal’
    AUSTRALIA’S former ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma said in his first major address since returning to Australia that there may be no solution in the current climate to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. “There is a degree of stability in the status quo,” said Sharma, who lived in Israel for four years. “The relationship between the Israeli and the Palestinian people might be as good as it can be for now, until broad political change in the region takes... Read more »
  • Anti-Israel motion scuppered
    A BID last week to push South Australia’s upper house into urging unconditional recognition of a Palestinian state has been thwarted and replaced by a far more balanced motion. The original motion stated that it “acknowledges that Palestinians have suffered denial of their rights, “recognises that Palestinians have been victims of massive dispossession”, “acknowledges that Palestinians have suffered under an Israeli occupation for 50 years”, and called on Israel “to end its occupation of the Palestinian... Read more »
  • ‘Hatred on our doorsteps’
    THE Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) has condemned racist and anti-Semitic posters which were plastered across two of Melbourne’s leading schools over the weekend. A neo-Nazi youth organisation called the Antipodean Resistance has claimed credit for the posters which used racist slurs about blacks and Asians, and reportedly called for the murder of Jews to be legalised. One poster depicted a Nazi-style image of a Jew alongside the words “multiculturalism”, “degeneracy” and “reject Jewish poison”. Another shows... Read more »
  • World’s oldest man mourned
    YISRAEL Kristal, a Holocaust survivor from Haifa who was recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest man in the world, has died, a month before his 114th birthday. Born on September 15, 1903, in the town of Zarnow, Poland, Kristal moved to Lodz in 1920 to work in his family’s candy business. He continued operating the business after the Nazis forced the city’s Jews into a ghetto, where Kristal’s two children died. In 1944, he... Read more »