Eurovision’s message of hope defies BDS stridency

By Vic Alhadeff The Weekend Australian April 27, 2019 Who knew that when Israel won the right to host Eurovision 2019 it would ignite controversy in Australia? Tel Aviv will host this year’s pop music extravaganza after Netta Barzilai won last year’s contest with Toy, a quirky salute to the #MeToo movement. To be held on … Continue reading Eurovision’s message of hope defies BDS stridency

Standing up to the Eurovision boycott brigade

The Australian Jewish News 7th February 2019 Vic Alhadeff WHO knew that when Israel won the right to host Eurovision 2019, it would ignite controversy in Australia? Israel will host this year’s extravaganza after Netta Barzilai won the 2018 contest with Toy – a salute to the #MeToo movement, punctuated by clucks and trills. To be held in … Continue reading Standing up to the Eurovision boycott brigade

Polar opposites of the Israeli-Palestinian spectrum

Australian Jewish News Vic Alhadeff 25 October 2018 HERE is Dalal Mughrabi and there is Oded Revivi. At one end of the spectrum, admiration and veneration of terrorists and suicide bombers; at the other, islands of peace and inspirational leadership in fostering Jewish–Arab relations. In between, confusion and chaos, political impasse and violence. These polar … Continue reading Polar opposites of the Israeli-Palestinian spectrum

$2.2 million for security funding

Australian Jewish News October 10, 2018 GARETH NARUNSKY Liberal Candidate for Wentworth, Dave Sharma (centre) with (from left) Peter Wise, Lesli Berger, Peter Wertheim and CSG head of security David Rothman. Photo Noel Kessel   THE NSW Jewish community’s vital security infrastructure will get a much-needed upgrade with a $2.2 million grant from the federal … Continue reading $2.2 million for security funding

Labor MP accused of excluding key figures of Australia’s Jewish media from multiple events

17 August 2018 ROSE BRENNAN, EXCLUSIVE, The Daily Telegraph LABOR MP Shaoquett Moselmane has been accused of excluding key figures of Australia’s Jewish media from multiple events that were billed as celebrations of multiculturalism. It is the second serious allegation this week against Mr Moselmane of excluding the Jewish community from multicultural events. It comes … Continue reading Labor MP accused of excluding key figures of Australia’s Jewish media from multiple events

Nelson Mandela: propelled from a village to a place in history

The Australian July 19, 2018 Vic Alhadeff Nelson Mandela congratulates Springbok skipper Francois Pienaar. Picture: AFP I returned to South Africa a week before the 1994 elections — the first time in that country’s troubled history every adult would have the right to vote. Irrespective of race. I was driven from what was still called … Continue reading Nelson Mandela: propelled from a village to a place in history

NSW anti-hate legislation passed in to law

J-Wire June 22 2018 By Vic Alhadeff The Crimes Amendment (Publicly Threatening and Inciting Violence) Bill 2018  is now law. Vic Alhadeff Chief Executive Officer NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Individuals who incite or threaten violence against people based on their race, religion or sexuality will risk a three-year jail sentence under the new laws. … Continue reading NSW anti-hate legislation passed in to law

CSU students who wore Nazi, KKK costumes either ignorant or arrogant

By Vic Alhadeff June 20, 2018 Opinion The Sydney Morning Herald  A line was crossed last week when Charles Sturt University students turned up at a “politically incorrect”-themed party in costumes drawn from three of the most horrendous episodes in history. The celebration marked the end of semester. A number of students arrived at Wagga Wagga’s Black Swan … Continue reading CSU students who wore Nazi, KKK costumes either ignorant or arrogant