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June 2009

Jun
11
2009

John Searle's Speech at the June 9 Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration

At a function attended by Jewish leaders and non-Jewish luminaries, such as Premier John Brumby, to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, JCCV president, John Searle delivered a speech.
We will post the transcript in full (which can also be found at the AJN), with Mr. Searle’s words in italics, and put the key elements in bold face. We [...]

Jun
10
2009

Raymond Gaita Answers SJ and SJ Responds

We would like to thank Raymond Gaita for writing to us to present his views on the Australian Catholic University’s public lecture series on Gaza.
We have been contacted by attendees at the lecture who assured us that the presentation by Gerry Simpson was not an anti-Israel exercise, but was both fair and enlightened. Despite our [...]

Jun
10
2009

Why Us?

There’s no way of knowing whether the public lecture series, Gaza: Morality, Law and Politics, held at The Australian Catholic University, will be a complete and utter disgrace, focusing for seven weeks on the crimes of Israel (as opposed to,  Sudan, Congo, Zimbabwe, Russia, China, North Korea etc.).
Starting tomorrow, each week, a different academic will [...]

Jun
8
2009

Reader Response: Inclusion, Exclusion, and the Limits of Multiculturalism

Some of our newer commenters have raised the issue of exclusivism in the Jewish community. They contend that we are harming ourselves and creating a negative perception in the wider community through our “tribal” tendencies.
This brings us to the question of, The Ambassadorial Jew: is it incumbent on every Jew in the diaspora to maintain [...]

Jun
8
2009

Reader Response: The Age Article on the Sensible Jew and The Sensible FAQ

Readers, yesterday was unlike any other since we began the blog on May 12. Previously, our greatest number of unique viewers was 762. Yesterday, our visitors numbered 2,279.
We thought we’d treat this post as a sort of Frequently Asked Questions, because so many people have similar questions.
Please note: all future comments must have a screen [...]

Jun
7
2009

The Age 2: Our Leaders: Disingenuous, but Delightfully Patronising

The response to the article in The Age about this blog has been staggering. Comments have been flooding in and unique visits have soared. Supportive Jews and well-wishing non-Jews have mixed it up with angry Jews and even angrier anti-Zionists.  Even our friend, Antony Loewenstein has seen fit to write about our support of The [...]

Jun
7
2009

We are in The Age

It’s very exciting. You can read the article here. We’ll respond tomorrow.
A good week to you all.

Jun
5
2009

Shabbat Shalom: Anti-Semitism, Philo-Semitism, and the Space in Between

I remember as a teenager being told by a Holocaust survivor that I would never experience the anti-Semitism he suffered. As a third generation Australian Jew, this should have seemed an obvious enough statement.
Actually, it infuriated me. To be fair, as a teenager, most things infuriated me. I was furious because his statement seemed unfair: [...]

Jun
4
2009

Our Leaders’ Response to the Anti-Indian Violence: A Dereliction of Duty on Two Counts

We have been informed by a number of sources that some of our leaders have complained that they never received any correspondence from us, regarding the anti-Indian violence, or the email prior, regarding leadership and legitimacy.
We publish below the list of publicly available email addresses that are provided on the official websites of the relevant [...]

Jun
4
2009

Bendle and Rabkin, Right and Left: The Space in Between is Sensible.

Every so often, the press provides us with pieces that are so ridiculous that they are actually useful.
The Age and The Australian each recently published such articles. They are of interest not only because they force us to consolidate our own beliefs, but because they demonstrate the dangers of adhering to any ideological orthodoxy – [...]