Australia

Australian Open is a win-win

By Simon Griver, January 13, 2011

Shahar Peer will achieve her dream of a top 10 ranking after the Australian Open, providing she can avoid a disastrous early exit in the first grand slam tournament of the year.

The Israeli was boosted earlier this week when she rose to a career high ranking of 12, the highest placing ever of any Israeli tennis player.

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Australia hit by worst floods since Noah

By Dan Goldberg, January 13, 2011

At least a dozen Jewish families in north-eastern Australia have been evacuated from their homes as a "flood of biblical proportions" ripped through Queensland this week, killing at least 12 people.

More than 50 people are still missing and one Jewish man remains unaccounted for near the rural town of Toowoomba, which was flattened on Monday by what police described as an "inland instant tsunami".

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Pastor blames Australian floods on Rudd's Israel views

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2011

An Australian pastor has blamed the country’s former prime minister for causing devastating floods because of his stance on Israel.

At least 20 people have died and many more been injured, while thousands have been left homeless as a result of the flash flooding that has hit the northeastern Australian state of Queensland.

Daniel Nalliah, who two years ago explained bushfires in Victoria in terms of the state’s abortion law, said he had been reminded “that every time America went against Israel, there was disaster in the land”.

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Stacey Solomon 'scared' for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here

By Jennifer Lipman, November 9, 2010

Stacey Solomon has been confirmed as one of the 12 stars heading to the Australian jungle for this year’s I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The Jewish singer from Dagenham, who reached the final three in the 2009 series of X Factor, is a strong favourite to win the reality show.

Paddy Power has odds of 4 to 1 that she will take the top spot, although they have also offered 6 to 1 odds that she will be the first to walk.

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Hall of Fame: Paul Howes

October 14, 2010


"Now the Israel haters want to muddy the waters. They want to play with your perceptions. They want to play the pea and thimble trick. They want to claim the Palestinian Authority and the actors as part of their campaign.


"We should not fall into this trap. We should not take part in their pea and thimble game playing."








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Qantas staff stop passenger's death jump

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2010

Airline staff had to physically stop an Israeli passenger from leaving the aeroplane mid-air after he threatened to commit suicide.

The man, on board a Qantas flight from Australia to Hong Kong, told staff that he was going to open the plane door.

According to an onlooker, he said: "I'm going to kill myself, you are all going to die, it will be God's will.

He then began praying out loud and said: “What will be will be."

The crew managed to restrain him and none of the 280 passengers were injured.

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Australia coalition is 'bad for Israel'

By Dan Goldberg, September 16, 2010

The inclusion of the Green Party in the new Australian coalition may compromise the government's support for Israel, supporters of the Jewish state fear.

Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard formed a minority government last week after neither her Labour Party nor the opposition Liberal Party managed the requisite 76 seats in the August 21 election.

Ms Gillard, generally regarded as a strong supporter of Israel, won the support of independent lawmakers and the Greens to help her squeak into power.

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Australian Jews boycott 'anti-Israel' newspaper

By Dan Goldberg, September 2, 2010

Incensed Jewish leaders in Melbourne have severed ties with the city's major broadsheet newspaper, accusing it of "clear and consistent vilification of the world's only Jewish state".

Jewish Community Council of Victoria president John Searle and Zionist Council of Victoria president Dr Danny Lamm issued a joint statement last week accusing The Age newspaper of pursuing a continued "war of words against Israel".

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Top prize for 'Hitler' at Australian school

By Jennifer Lipman, August 27, 2010

The head teacher of an Australian school has issued an apology after awarding a child dressed as Adolf Hitler a prize for best costume.

At a fancy dress event at the Catholic primary school in Perth a pupil arrived dressed as the Nazi leader. Staff judged the costume, complete with swastika, as worthy of first place in the competition.

After parents complained about the decision the school sent out a letter of explanation, describing the costume and prize as “inappropriate.”

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Australia elects Jewish politicians

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2010

As Australia faces its first hung parliament since the 1940s, three Jewish politicians are celebrating their election to the country’s federal parliament.

Michael Danby and Mark Dreyfus are among those who have won seats for the Labor incumbents, while Joshua Frydenberg was elected for the Liberal opposition.

Mr Frydenberg, a former banker who attended Jewish schools and studied at Oxford University, won the safe seat of Kooyong in Melbourne.

Kooyong has never been held by a Jewish politician before, while there has not been a Liberal Jewish politician in nearly two decades.

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