Australia

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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Charities to raise cash for Arab healthcare

By Dan Goldberg, May 31, 2013

Hundreds of critically ill Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza will have access to improved healthcare under a landmark collaboration between a Jewish and Christian organisation in Australia.

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Man convicted for sexual assault

By Dan Goldberg, May 23, 2013

An Australian man who sexually assaulted an elderly Holocaust survivor in 1991 has been jailed for between three and five years. Robert Webb, 39, was arrested and charged in 2011, but has only now been convicted by a Sydney court. He could be released within a year given the time he has already served.

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