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  • Israeli rabbi attacked visiting mall in Australia

    August 25, 2014 | 4:12 pm

    A visiting rabbi from Jerusalem was threatened and verbally abused by a gang of youths in a shopping mall in Western Australia on Monday.

    Rabbi Avraham Shalom Halberstam, known as the Stropkover Rebbe, is visiting Australia on a lecture tour. On Monday he and his assistant were...

  • Sydney Jewish board: Newspaper cartoon ‘racially vilifies’ Jews

    July 29, 2014 | 11:10 am

    The umbrella body of the Jewish community in Sydney, Australia, threatened to take action against a major newspaper for publishing a cartoon about Gaza that “racially vilifies” Jews.

    Yair Miller, president of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, wrote to the editor of...

  • Israeli NGO quits BDS case against Sydney academic

    July 10, 2014 | 10:25 am

    An Israeli legal group abandoned its racial discrimination case against an academic in Sydney over his support for the boycott of Israel.

    Shurat HaDin-the Israel Law Center will withdraw its case against Jake Lynch, the director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the...

  • P.A. calls on Australia to clarify eastern Jerusalem stance

    June 9, 2014 | 10:44 am

    The Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Ministry summoned Australia’s envoy in the wake of an announcement that Australia will not refer to eastern Jerusalem as “occupied.”

    The P.A.’s foreign minister, Riyad al-Malki, called on Australian government officials to give an “official...

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  • Australia’s Jewish cooking club

    October 17, 2013 | 10:46 am

    In the cookbook collection of nearly every Jewish family sits a sincere yet amateur plastic-ring-bound volume of recipes. A group of women known as the Monday Morning Cooking Club has adopted this tried-and-true sisterhood tradition of culinary anthropology and recipe collecting...

  • Tony Abbott, staunch Israel backer, wins Australian premiership

    September 9, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Tony Abbott, a staunch supporter of Israel, was elected the country’s new prime minister of Australia.

    Abbott’s conservative Liberal Party won a convincing and expected victory on Saturday, sweeping the Labor government from its six-year term leading the government. Kevin Rudd...

  • Australian film festival pulls movie deemed ‘anti-Israel’

    August 28, 2013 | 9:58 am

    A French-Canadian film deemed “anti-Israel” was withdrawn from the Israeli Film Festival in Australia.

    “Inch’allah” was being screened earlier this month at the annual Israeli Film Festival when a patron complained to Albert Dadon, the chair of the Australia Israel Cultural...

  • Ex-Australian Maccabi team coach jailed for child sex abuse

    August 14, 2013 | 9:44 am

    A former coach of a Maccabi basketball team in Australia was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually abusing four girls more than a decade ago.

    Shannon Francis, who is not Jewish, was sentenced Wednesday by County Court of Victoria Judge Meryl Sexton. Francis must serve...

  • Australian Jews protest rehiring of men responsible for Maccabiah tragedy

    July 19, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Australian Jews criticized the Maccabi movement for continuing to employ officials responsible for the deaths of four Australians at the 1997 Maccabiah Games.

    As this year’s games launched in Israel this week, Peter Wertheim, of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said:...

  • Holy rollers: American bowlers get set for Israel games

    July 10, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    Bowlers from across the globe will compete this month in the third-largest international sporting competition in the world — but it’s not the Olympics. It’s the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel, and Americans will be among those rolling for gold.

    A demonstration sport in the 1988...

  • Israeli Technion students replied to a call for boycott from Sydney, Australia

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 1, 2013 | 10:20 am

    On 10 April, the Student Representative Council at the University of Sydney, Australia (SRC), voted to pass a resolution calling on the university administration to cut ties with the Technion- a globally known and appreciated Israeli academic institution for technology. The...

  • Former JFS director of children and family services rejects report she shielded Australian abuser

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 17, 2013 | 3:32 pm

    When veteran social worker Debbie Fox’s name appeared in Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald on April 10, the story about her claimed she was doing the unthinkable: protecting a known abuser of children.

    The story purported to quote from an e-mail she wrote to an unnamed sex...

  • Developing: Jewish Family Service denies Australian news report of ‘harboring’ pedophile

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 12, 2013 | 9:03 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) has rejected accusations that the organization or any member of its staff attempted to shield a known pedophile from law enforcement.

    Responding to reports that first appeared on April 10 in the Sydney Morning Herald, a respected...

  • Officials walk out of IAEA talks after Iranian cites Israeli ‘genocide’

    March 6, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    U.S., Canadian and Australian officials walked out of a meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency when the Iranian envoy accused Israel of genocide.

    Joseph Macmanus, the U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, stormed out of the meeting in Vienna on Wednesday...

  • Report: Israel informed Australia when Zygier was arrested

    February 22, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Israeli intelligence services notified Australian officials of Ben Zygier’s arrest immediately after he was detained, an Australian news agency reported. 

    Australia’s Fairfax Media quoted a “well-placed source familiar with the case” as saying Israeli intelligence had told...

  • Fired gay day school principal settles with school out of court

    February 21, 2013 | 7:57 am

    The fired principal of a major Jewish school in Melbourne reached an out-of-court settlement on the eve of his unfair dismissal case in the Federal Court.

    Joseph Gerassi, who is gay, sued Bialik College for millions of dollars in damages to his reputation and for lost income...

  • Australian Jewry praises opening of Ben Zygier’s death probe

    February 20, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    Australian Jewry’s highest body welcomed the announcements by the Australian and Israeli governments of further inquiries into the death of Ben Zygier, the Australian-Israeli national known as Prisoner X.

    The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, breaking its silence on the...

  • Australian Zionist leader blasts claims that Israel programs recruit for Mossad

    February 20, 2013 | 10:29 am

    The Zionist Federation of Australia slammed media claims that Israel programs serve as recruitment camps for the Mossad.

    In a statement Wednesday, federation President Philip Chester wrote that the claims were “totally uninformed and mischievous.”

    “Contrary to the assertions of...

  • Prisoner X affair raises charges of dual loyalty for Australian Jews

    February 20, 2013 | 10:00 am

    As more details have seeped out about the mysterious life and death of Israel’s Prisoner X -- identified last week by an Australian TV program as Ben Zygier -- the wall of silence surrounding those who knew him has begun to show some cracks.

    On Tuesday, Israel released parts of a...

  • Israel denies mystery 2010 detainee spied for Australia

    February 19, 2013 | 10:13 am

    Israel denied on Tuesday that an Australian immigrant who committed suicide in 2010 while jailed for security offenses had spied for his native country.

    The statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, which oversees Israel's intelligence services, was the first to...

  • Report: Zygier may have told Australian intelligence about Mossad ops

    February 18, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Suspected Israeli spy Ben Zygier may have given detailed information about his work to Australian intelligence, leading to his arrest and imprisonment in Israel, according to an Australian news program.

    The Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s "Foreign Correspondent" reported Monday...

  • Melbourne sex abuse probes spread to Sydney Jewish community

    February 15, 2013 | 4:38 am

    Allegations of child sex abuse, rampant in Melbourne’s Jewish community, have spread to Sydney, with police mounting investigations into two individuals.

    Police in New South Wales state said at least one of the alleged perpetrators under investigation is believed to be a former...

  • Israeli lawmakers press for answers on dead Australian ‘Prisoner X’

    February 12, 2013 | 2:24 pm

    Knesset members pressed Israel's justice minister for answers on "Prisoner X," who was identified in an Australian TV report as an Australian-born Israeli who worked for the Mossad and died in an Israeli prison.

    The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday that the man...

  • For science and U.S. jobs: Allow Israelis to visit America visa-free

    January 15, 2013 | 9:49 am

    The majority of Americans are supportive of Israel. Still, for good reasons, many in Jewish and pro-Israel communities are deeply anxious about both the security of Israel and the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    Stopping Iran from building a nuclear weapon and...

  • Gay ex-principal sues Jewish school over dismissal

    November 13, 2012 | 9:33 am

    One of Australia's largest Jewish schools is being sued by a former principal who claims he was the victim of unfair dismissal.

    Documents filed in Federal Court allege Joseph Gerassi's dismissal last year from Bialik College in Melbourne was in breach of the Fair Work Act.

    He...

  • Australia UN Security Council seat

    October 19, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Australia won a temporary two-year seat on the UN Security Council despite critics suggesting its support for Israel would hamper the bid.

    The country, which was up against Finland and Luxembourg for one of two seats in the 2013-2014 term, won 140 votes in the first round of...

  • Israeli group agrees to delay court action against alleged Palestinian terror front

    October 15, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center has agreed to postpone litigation against an Australian charity it accuses of being a front for a Palestinian terror organization.

    On Sunday, Executive Council of Australian Jewry chief executive Peter Wertheim brokered talks between representatives...

  • Jewish legislator slams Australia’s U.N. Security Council bid

    October 15, 2012 | 9:56 am

    A Jewish legislator in Australia slammed the Labor government's hypocrisy on Iran in Canberra's attempt to win a U.N. Security Council seat this week.

    In an opinion article in the Herald Sun on Monday, the Liberal Party's Joshua Frydenberg cited the government's decision to send...

  • Joshua Bloom: His voice is more than the sum of his parts

    By Rick Schultz

    September 11, 2012 | 11:32 am

    The old theater saying that there are no small parts, only small actors, can also be said for opera. Just ask Australian bass Joshua Bloom, who was in town last month to begin rehearsals as Masetto for the Los Angeles Opera production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” The opera’s seven...

  • Australian Jews balk at ‘Breaking the Silence’ abuse reports

    August 29, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Australian Jewish officials lashed out at a group of former Israeli soldiers who reported abuses they witnessed while serving in the Palestinian territories.

    The front pages of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age newspapers on Monday carried a report on the Aug. 24...

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