Australia

Hate explodes in cities from Paris to Sydney

By Shirli Sitbon, July 24, 2014

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters attacked the Jewish neighbourhood of Sarcelles, a suburb to the north of Paris, on Sunday, clashing with police who stopped them yards from a local synagogue.

The protesters burned cars, looted stores, set alight a pharmacy owned by Jews, and a kosher grocery shop. They threw firebombs, damaging a community building, and destroyed public property. .

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Israeli among victims of Malaysian plane disaster

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

An Israeli man was among 298 people killed in the attack on a Malaysian Airlines plane yesterday afternoon.

Itamar Avnon was on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when the plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine in what has been described as an act of terrorism.

Mr Avnon, an IDF paratrooper who fought in Operation Cast Lead, was on his way to Australia.

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Storm over Canberra's Jerusalem stance

By Dan Goldberg, June 19, 2014

Australia is at risk of a trade boycott by Arab nations in protest at Canberra's "shameful" declaration last week that it will no longer refer to East Jerusalem as "occupied".

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Australian lesson for US

By Melanie Phillips, June 12, 2014

For the past six years, Israel's government has had to manoeuvre round the fact that its most powerful ally is run by a man who, while claiming to "have Israel's back", loses no opportunity to stick the knife into it.

Last week, this dismal history reached a new low when the Obama administration declared it would recognise the new "unity" government in which the Palestinian Authority has allied

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Chabad-Lubavitch community in Sydney covered up abuse, claims victim

By Dan Goldberg, May 30, 2014

The Chabad-Lubavitch community in Sydney was more intent on protecting the perpetrator and safeguarding its reputation, a Jewish child sex abuse victim told a local court.

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Rabbi ‘raped boys inside synagogue’

By Dan Goldberg, December 12, 2013

Australian police have questioned the former principal of a fervently Orthodox Jewish boys’ school in Melbourne over allegations of decades-old child sex abuse.

Rabbi Avrohom Glick, 67, a senior official inside the Chabad-Lubavitch community, made a voluntary statement to police and was released, his lawyer said on Monday.

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Australia vote good news for Jerusalem

By Dan Goldberg, September 12, 2013

Israel once again has a staunch ally in Australia following the landslide election of the conservative Liberal Party.

The Labour government was swept from its six-year term on Saturday as London-born Tony Abbott stormed into office pledging to upgrade bilateral relations between Canberra and Jerusalem.

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Novice sailor Jo Fishburn on clipper race to Australia

By Anna Sheinman, September 4, 2013

A north London woman is sailing a yacht to Australia, despite having only three weeks’ experience at sea.

Jo Fishburn is taking part in the Clipper Round the World challenge to raise money for a breast cancer charity.

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Australian MP provokes anger over pro-Orthodox voting guide

By Josh Jackman, August 28, 2013

An Australian MP’s attempt to curry favour with Orthodox Jews appears to have backfired.

Michael Danby, the Labour MP for Melbourne Ports in Victoria, has created two voting guides which provide examples of how to fill in ballots, the second of which relegates Australian Sex Party candidate Melissa Star from second voting preference to last.

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Rabbi: child victims ‘agree’ to sex abuse

By Dan Goldberg, June 27, 2013

A senior Chabad rabbi in America has publicly apologised after Australian media published recordings of him suggesting child sex abuse victims may have consented to molestation.

Rabbi Baruch Lesches, a former head of the rabbinical college at Chabad’s headquarters in Sydney from the mid-1980s, said on Monday he had deep “regret” about the incident.

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