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  • Australian government: Jewish community members ‘discouraged from reporting’ child sex abuse

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Some members of the Jewish community in Australia were “discouraged from reporting” allegations of child sexual abuse against employees of two yeshivas, according to a government report. The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse published its report Tuesday on the response of Yeshiva Bondi in Sydney and Yeshivah…

  • Australian Greens leader slammed for ‘unprecedented’ critique of Shimon Peres

      SYDNEY (JTA) — The leader of the Australian Greens party was slammed by fellow lawmakers and a Jewish group for attacking the late Shimon Peres in a speech in the Senate. Speaking on Oct. 13, two weeks after the former Israeli president died at 93, Sen. Richard Di Natale sought to counter depictions of Peres as a…

  • Holocaust-denying leaflets distributed on campuses in 3 Australian cities

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Leaflets distributed at Australian universities claiming that the Holocaust never happened have been referred to university authorities for investigation and led to calls for tougher action against racism on university campuses. Since February, hundreds of the leaflets have been left on campuses in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. The leaflets assert that the…

  • Australia halts funding for World Vision over employee’s alleged Hamas ties

    (JTA) — The Australian government suspended some funding to World Vision pending the completion of a probe into allegations that one of the group’s employees diverted organization monies to Hamas, officials said. The US-based Christian charity World Vision International dismissed Israel’s allegations on Thursday that a senior official in the Gaza Strip, Mohammed el-Halabi, had diverted millions…

  • ‘Diamond Joe’ Gutnick, Australian mogul, declares bankruptcy

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Mining magnate “Diamond” Joe Gutnick, once ranked among the wealthiest men in Australia with a fortune totaling more than $230 million, has declared bankruptcy. Gutnick, who is an ordained rabbi, made his fortune in gold and diamond mining on the advice of the last Lubavitcher rabbi, the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson….

  • 5 Jewish lawmakers elected to Australian Parliament

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Five Jewish candidates in Australia — including the first Jewish Liberal from New South Wales in the 115-year history of the Parliament — have been assured seats in the next Parliament. Several days later, Australia was still awaiting the final results of Saturday’s tightly contested general election. Three Jewish incumbents — Michael…

  • Ex-principal of Australian school ruled unfit for extradition proceedings in sex abuse case

    (JTA) — The former principal of a Jewish girls’ school in Melbourne who fled Australia for Israel amid claims she sexually abused some of her students is unfit to stand trial for extradition proceedings in Israel, according to a psychiatric report. Malka Leifer must be released from house arrest and attend regular clinical psychiatric treatment…

  • ‘McKosher’ moniker rejected by Australia Trademark Office

    SYDNEY (JTA) — An Australian lawyer who claims he is of Scottish-Jewish descent has failed in a bid to register the trademark “McKosher.” Mark Glaser reportedly wanted to open “a Scottish and Jewish restaurant bearing the name McKosher” in the New South Wales town of Maclean, where he has an office. The town prides itself…

  • Model of Oskar Schindler’s gold ring donated by jeweler’s son

    SYDNEY (JTA) — A long-thought lost model used by grateful Jewish workers to create a gold ring for Oskar Schindler has been donated to the Melbourne Jewish Holocaust Centre, where it will go on display. The model that lay in the Melbourne workshop of ring maker Jozef Gross for more than 50 years. The ring-making…

  • Wakil family donates more than $27 million to U of Sydney

    SYDNEY (JTA) — A Jewish family foundation has donated more than $27 million to The University of Sydney. The gift from the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation is the largest donation to the University of Sydney since it was founded in 1850. In 2015, the Wakils gave an unprecedented $10.8 million to the Sydney Nursing School in…