Thursday, March 8, 2007

Diverse Jewish Voices

Diverse Jewish Voices

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A group of 120 Jewish Australians has issued a joint statement and raised an online petition to challenge what it characterises as the 'Jewish establishment's uncritical allegiance to Israeli Government policy and the stifling of dissenting voices within the Jewish community.

It follows a similar statement by prominent Jews in Britain.

Some Australian Jewish commentators claim that the petition potentially encourages anti-semitism, and that the group is made up of 'the usual suspects' flying under a 'flag of convenience'. They have also defended the traditions of debate and self-examination that exist within Australia's mainstream Jewish community.

The Independent Australian Jewish Voices claim their statement has become a lightning rod for concerned Australians, Jewish and non-Jewish on the issue of the Middle East.

Dr. Peter SlezakRepresenting Independent Australian Jewish Voices
Dr. Dvir AbramovichUniversity of Melbourne
Paul Barclay
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Matthew Leonard

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