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  • Indigenous Australians form Israel support group

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Indigenous people in Australia have launched an Israel support group in a bid to counter the growing move in the Labor Party to recognize a Palestinian state and to maintain the country’s bipartisan support for Israel. Indigenous Friends of Israel is concerned that Labor is “going down a dangerous path” in its…

  • Frank Lowy, Australian shopping center magnate and Holocaust survivor, is knighted

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Frank Lowy, a Holocaust survivor who fought in Israel’s War of Independence and went on to become a billionaire shopping magnate in Australia, was knighted in the United Kingdom as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honors. Lowy’s knighthood was announced Friday night. He is chairman of the Westfield Corp., a global shopping…

  • New Zealand prime minister says he did not apologize for UN settlements resolution

    (JTA) — New Zealand’s prime minister said his government still supports a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel on settlement construction. Prime Minister Bill English’s comments to the New Zealand Herald came one day after the two countries restored diplomatic ties and Israel agreed to order its ambassador to New Zealand to return to his…

  • Teacher at Melbourne Jewish day schools arrested after child porn allegedly found on computer

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Victoria state police arrested a teacher at a Melbourne Jewish day school after his previous employer, also a Jewish day school, allegedly uncovered child pornography and surreptitiously taken photos on a computer he used. “Detectives have charged a man following an investigation into child pornography and upskirting incidents at an Eastern suburbs…

  • New Zealand reaches out to restore diplomatic relations with Israel

    SYDNEY (JTA) — New Zealand’s newly appointed foreign affairs minister has contacted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effort to restore diplomatic relations. Gerry Brownlee received his ministerial warrant on Tuesday, Israel’s Independence Day, and hours later wrote to Netanyahu to get the relationship back on track. “I’ve sent a letter to Mr. Netanyahu…

  • Australian body piercing shop declares, ‘No Israelis served here’

    SYDNEY (JTA) — A body piercing shop in Australia is displaying a sign saying “No Israelis served here.” On Saturday, an Israeli tourist posted a photo of the sign from Cold Steel Piercing in Cairns on Facebook, writing that she and a friend with whom she was traveling around Australia entered the shop the previous day to have…

  • Holocaust denial leaflets strewn at 2 Australian universities

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Leaflets denying the Holocaust were placed on car windshields on two university campuses in Melbourne, Australia. The leaflets began appearing in recent days at Monash University and the University of Melbourne at the same time of the opening in the city of “Denial,” a movie that portrays the court battle between Jewish historian…

  • New Zealand minister: Cabinet did not sign off on anti-Israel UN resolution as required

    (JTA) — New Zealand’s foreign affairs minister did not have the required approval of the country’s Cabinet to support a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israel, an opposition party has charged. On Tuesday, the leader of the populist political party New Zealand First cited the Cabinet manual as requiring such a proposal get…

  • Sydney Jewish Museum evacuated after bomb threat

    SYDNEY (JTA) — The Sydney Jewish Museum was evacuated following a bomb threat received by its staff on Tuesday. Staff at the neighboring building housing the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, Jewish Communal Appeal and United Israel Appeal also were evacuated. Police and security officials searched the buildings and allowed staff to reenter…

  • Jewish day schooler, 10, among five killed in Melbourne traffic rampage

    SYDNEY (JTA) — A 10-year-old Jewish day school student in Melbourne was killed and her 9-year-old sister and mother were critically injured in a rampage by the driver of a stolen car in the city’s downtown. Thalia Hakin was one of five people killed Friday when Dimitri Gargasoulo, 26, plowed the vehicle into pedestrians on a street near…