Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My sharing with you the latest news alert of the AJDS, one of the ways I can live in this world. Thank you Max, Savan, Larry, Danya and all the others who keep this organization able to do
its work. In "Just Voices #3" on line newsletter you can find my article on the Lesbian Herstory Archives and I why it means so much to me to volunteer my grassroots archival skills to AJDS.

Australian Jewish Democratic Society

Dear AJDS members and supporters,

Welcome to the latest edition of the new fortnightly update email from the AJDS. We send out this email every other Thursday chock full of updates on AJDS activities, notices of events, articles of interest, historical material and much more!

Watch your email Monday morning for the announcement of an upcoming AJDS special event and stay tuned on Thursday for the release of the next instalment of our Oral History project.

1. AJDS news and statements: 

The AJDS recently issued a statement on July 22nd regarding the current Gaza war. You can read it here. Our previous statement on the current war, issued July 14th, is available here.

Yesterday, AJDS executive member Larry Stillman published an article called 'Why crying wolf on anti-Semitism harms us all' on the Crikey website. 

In case you missed it, you can read here the latest issue of our newsletter - 'Just Voices #3, The Anniversary issue - Perspectives on History' celebrating the AJDS' 30th anniversary this year.

2. Articles and videos of interest:

Due to the complexity and urgency of the situation in Israel/Palestine at the moment, we're including in this update a number of links to important articles covering the current situation:

The abnormal normality of the occupation and its 'escalations' by Mya Guarnieri 14/07
Why do Palestinians continue to support Hamas despite such devastating losses? by Noam Sheizaf 22/07
Reaping what we have sown in Gaza by Amira Hass 21/07
Why I object to Israel's military campaign in Gaza even as Hamas fires missiles at my cityby Noam Sheizaf 15/07
Speak Up by Roni Krouzman 18/07
VIDEO: Four minutes of Terror in Shuja'iyah 23/07
Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian doctor by Mads Gilbert 20/07
We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve. 23/07
Racism becomes the norm in Israel: Political scientist - Interview with Marcelo Svirsky on RN 23/07

3. Upcoming events:
End Israel's Massacre in Gaza Protest
1pm Saturday 26th July
State Library (opposite Melbourne Central Train Station)
Israel's appalling attacks on the Palestinians in Gaza continues.  As of the 23rd of July, the Palestinian death toll has surpassed 630, including large numbers of children.  The massacre on the suburb of Shujai'iya alone left at least 67 Palestinians dead. Netanyahu has vowed to continue the attacks for an indefinite period of time. It is vital that we stand against this massacre of the Palestinians and call for justice for Palestine
End the blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt. 
End the War. 
End Australia's Support for Israel. 
Invite friends and share the Facebook event
This Sunday July 27th at 2.30 pm at the Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St
(opposite Victoria Market), come to the Melbourne launch of 'The Drownings Argument' a Labor for Refugees publication edited by AJDS executive member Robin Rothfield. More details here. The RSVP date has been extended to this Friday July 25th. Please seehere a report from Robin on the launch of the book in Parliament House, Canberra.
Women's International Solidarity Australia (WISA) are holding a Sunday lunch with guest speakers FARIDA BEZHAN and 13 year old SANAN BEZHAN who were recently in Afghanistan, will speak of their experiences and the situation for women in Afghanistan. With poetry reading by MUJTABA RAZAI. Sun August 3, Noon for 12.30pmAFGHAN VALLEY RESTAURANT, Level 1, 315 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. TICKETS: $40, $35 concession, $50 WISA Solidarity. BOOKINGS essential by August 1valuciamend@gmail.comAll proceeds go to WISA's microfinance training project for women in Afghanistan. More info or make a donation: visit

Tzedek will host a live public screening of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC documentary Code of Silence, which features the story of Tzedek founder and CEO Manny Waks.The film will be screened at the Classic Cinema Elsternwick on Tuesday 12 August at 8:30pm. It will be followed by a panel discussion with film director Danny Ben-Moshe, Manny Waks and another guest, and moderated by Colin Golvin QC. More information and tickets available here.
Kind regards,
Max Kaiser
Community Organiser, Australian Jewish Democratic Society

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