Signing Of The London Declaration – Remarks At Meeting of Jewish Community Leaders by Hon. Julia Gillard MHR, Prime Minister of Australia, 23 April 2013

I am here to sign the London Declaration on Combating Anti- Semitism. And this is why: A synagogue vandalised in Brussels. An explosive device detonated at a Jewish community building in Sweden. A rabbi attacked in Berlin. Jewish graves desecrated in Prague. Four Jews shot and killed at a Jewish school in France. And even…

The Visit to Israel by Victorian State Labor MPs

At a function celebrating the return of 9 Victorian ALP State Parliamentarians from a recent study mission to Israel, Deputy Labor Leader, Hon James Merlino MLA, said that he understood and believed that “Israel is a triumph of the human spirit.” Merlino talked about the mission as confronting, beautiful, sobering and fascinating. He said a highlight was…

Hawke would have quit over Israel

GOUGH Whitlam, the prime minister who shines brightest in Labor’s pantheon, had an “immoral, unethical and ungrateful attitude” towards Israel, his nemesis Bob Hawke allegedly said. That revelation about Australia’s 1972-75 PM and Hawke, whose 1983-91 prime ministership was one of the most supportive of Israel, comes from a welter of diplomatic cables posted online…