The priority should be keeping bigotry at bay


ABC, The Drum
March 26, 2014

Freedom of speech should never mean giving one the freedom to abuse others on the basis of race. And the likelihood of that happening in our country has just increased, writes Vic Alhadeff.

During my career as a newspaper editor, I kept a faded cutting pinned to the noticeboard above my desk.

Easily overlooked, it was insignificant amidst the maelstrom of articles, photographs and Post-it notes littering the canvass of my journalistic universe, each claiming attention for legitimate reasons.

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Honouring extraordinary courage


The Greek Australian VEMA
January 27, 2013

Zakynthos is a tiny Greek island at the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula.

On September 9, 1943, German forces arrived on Zakynthos and ordered its mayor, Loukas Karrer, to provide them with a list of the names and addresses of the island’s 275 Jews for deportation to the death camps. The distressed mayor consulted the Greek Orthodox leader, Bishop Chrysostomos. How could they hand them over? The Jews were as Greek as he was.

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London must pause to remember murdered Munich team


The Australian
June 29, 2012

I INTERVIEWED Yael Arad for The Australian Jewish News when she came to Sydney as coach of Israel’s judo team for the 2000 Olympics. The first Israeli to win an Olympic medal, for judo in 1992, she imparted something that resonated then, has remained with me to this day and encapsulates the sentiment underpinning the campaign that has touched thousands of people around the world — the quest for a minute’s silence at the London Olympics opening ceremony.

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Exposing anti-Semitism


The Times of Israel
June 8, 2012

In the aftermath of 9/11, commentators proffered the view that finally the world would understand what Israel had endured since its establishment in 1948. So shocking was the assault on the iconic heart of the United States that people would comprehend what it was like to live with terrorism as a reality.

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