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Sep
22
2009

Stridency: The Enemy of Persuasion

After the pool closed at the end of summer, there wasn’t much to do on kibbutz.
During our year in Israel, on a youth movement leadership programme, my group and I spent half the time on an isolated socialist idyll that sustained itself by operating a large plastics factory.
When Autumn arrived, the recreation choices diminished to [...]

May
20
2009

Reader Response 3: Media and Anti-Semitism

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series reader response

Firstly, the observation has been made on more than one occasion that there are genuine anti-Semites (some of whom are Jewish) active in the media. The Sensible Jew believes that this point is moot. Apart from the impossibility of determining exactly which journalists and editors are indeed anti-Semitic, we must acknowledge that certain people with various ideological agendas will always abuse their positions in the media. Such people cannot be “rooted out.”

May
19
2009

So What Do We Do? Jews and the Media

It often seems that we’re in an impossible bind. As commenters, Blistering, Paroggan, and Frochel have asked, how does our community deal with a media that is (The Australian excluded) either hostile or indifferent to us? How do we best approach matters such as the 8 minute play, and other issues rife with propagandising on both sides? We’ll begin with some of our ideas for change, but this is by no means an exhaustive list and we ask our readers to contribute their ideas.

May
19
2009

Michael Fagenblat’s Presentation at the Seven Jewish Children Reading

Seven Jewish Children is not an anti-Semitic play. On the contrary, its challenging message deserves to be heard, especially by Jews, Israelis and Zionists. However in the context of a Nakba commemoration for Australian Friends of Palestine, the play risks degenerating from being challenging and useful to useless self-validation. Here, then, are seven responses to Seven Jewish Children in the context of a commemoration marking what Palestinians call the Nakba–the Catastrophe–of 1948.

May
19
2009

What Were They Thinking? And Danny Lamm is Their Messenger!

Tomorrow – or perhaps the next day, those who enjoy seeing the Jews look stupid in the media are going to have a real mechiah! Tonight, there was a reading in Melbourne of that silly little 8 minute play, by and for people, some of whose best friends are Jews. You know the types. One or two have some media training, but they’re generally content to sit around agreeing with each other that Israel is the problem behind everything from climate change to the NRL footy group sex scandal. Raise your fist in solidarity, man. In other words, these types are pretty boring and we could so easily deprive them of oxygen if we just let them get on with their performance art, face painting, or whatever the hell it is that floats their boat.

But some genius decided that our best course of action was to mount a protest! Yes! With placards! And raised fists! And slogans! Seriously! Please imagine the undecided Aussie sitting at home watching Lateline (tonight on ABC), and seeing these angry Jews shrieking and looking like they were having a go at trying to hinder free expression. Reckon our Aussie mate was convinced? Any first year communications student can tell you that before mounting any sort of public campaign, you need to think about your audience.

May
18
2009

Reader Response 2: Incompetence, Negligence, and Legitimacy

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series reader response

One needn’t be planning the overthrow of ECAJ. Or the abolition of AIJAC as self appointed spokespeople for our community. We only seek to make public what has traditionally been private: disquiet with the direction our community’s leadership, and our interaction with the wider public. If this should inspire concrete change for the better, that would be wonderful, but that is not our job, nor has it ever been the brief of this site.

May
13
2009

Reader response 1: Representative Leadership

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series reader response

At The Sensible Jew, we’ve decided to include the odd post that responds to comments from readers that are particularly insightful, in the hope of stimulating further discussion on a particular topic.
Reader, Yoram, has asked a few really good questions in the comments section of the post here.
One question in particular, “To start working on [...]

May
12
2009

Rabbi Procel to pronounce on “Who is a Jew?” conundrum

Maccabi Australia Incorporated (MAI), in a flash of inspiration, is going to enforce the Jews-only policy in its clubs. As if Jews and sport weren’t a bizarre enough mix, there are actually non-Jews who want to be part of these clubs.

May
12
2009

8 minutes of terror

The thing is, it’s so bad it’s funny.

And anyone who doesn’t already have a problem with Jews can see it. Anyone who does have a problem with Jews is not going to hear our venerable leader, Jeremy Jones of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council, and think, “Gee… I’ve been wrong about you people all along!”

We’re talking about a an 8 minute play. It’s just another one of those cultural expressions of the evils of Israel (but not Jews – some of their best friends are Jews).

Some lady named, Caryl Churchill wrote it. Who? Let’s just say that if our resplendent leader, Mr. Jones had not screamed, “FIRE” yet again in the crowded theatre of multicultural discourse, we would never have heard of Caryl Churchill, and neither would you…