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  • Vandals smear pig entrails at office of Australian lawmaker whose wife is Jewish

    SYDNEY (JTA) — The district office of an Australian member of Parliament whose wife is Jewish was targeted by racists who threw pig’s entrails at the front door. The early Wednesday morning attack on Mike Kelly’s office followed less than two weeks after an attack on another of the Labor lawmaker’s offices. In the first…

  • Aboriginal and Jewish woman appointed deputy vice-chancellor at University of Sydney

    SYDNEY (JTA) — An Aboriginal and Jewish professor has been appointed deputy vice-chancellor of Indigenous Strategy and Services at the University of Sydney. Lisa Jackson Pulver is the first known Aboriginal person to receive a PhD in medicine at the University of Sydney. The newly appointed deputy vice-chancellor is a former president of Sydney’s Newton…

  • Australian lawmaker calls for ‘final solution’ to Muslim immigration

    SYDNEY (JTA) — In a speech some compared to Hitler’s rants against the Jews, an Australian parliamentarian proposed a ban on Muslim immigration to the island nation, calling it the “final solution” to the problem of the decline of its “predominately European identity.” In his maiden speech Tuesday, Queensland Sen. Fraser Anning, the sole representative…

  • Australian Jewish leaders criticize Sky News for interview with far-right racist

    SYDNEY (JTA) — The Executive Council of Australian Jewry criticized Sky News Australia for airing an interview with a far-right racist who once advocated for the display of images of Hitler in schools. Blair Cottrell, the former leader of anti-immigration group United Patriots Front, was interviewed by a former chief minister of the Northern territory, Adam…

  • ESPN removes weekly Australian Football League pool participant for ‘Burnthejews’ screen name

    SYDNEY (JTA) — International mega sports media company ESPN has removed a participant in its Australian Football League footy tips competition who had registered his screen name “Burnthejews” and has banned the person from reregistering. The sport is known in Australia as AFL but to its myriad of supporters across the country it is affectionately…

  • Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull visits Sydney yeshiva with grandson, prepares challah

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took his 4-year-old grandson to a community kitchen housed in the Sydney Yeshiva’s complex on Grandparents Day and helped him prepare challah. Turnbull’s grandson Jack, rose to the occasion and went home on Friday with the fruits of his labor. During the visit, the prime minister presented…

  • Australian groups seek government help in ‘unchaining’ Jewish wives

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Two Australian groups are seeking government help in “unchaining” Jewish wives whose husbands will not grant then a Jewish divorce. The National Council of Jewish Women of Australia and the Melbourne-based Unchain My Heart Incorporated jointly submitted a statement on the issue to the Australian Law Reform Commission. The statement said the…

  • Five of top seven wealthiest people in Australia are Jewish

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Five of the top seven positions on the list of Australia’s wealthiest people are members of the Jewish community. The country’s wealthiest person according to the Business Review Weekly is Melbourne’s Anthony Pratt with $12.9 billion Australian dollars or $9.75 billion U.S. The BRW reports that Donald Trump’s tax cuts and allowing a 100…

  • They just got married in Australia’s first same-sex Jewish wedding, but they’ve been together for 47 years

    Video created by Plus61J SYDNEY (JTA) — Two men who have been in a relationship for 47 years became the first Jewish same-sex couple to be married in an Australian synagogue. Australia legalized same-sex marriage five months ago. At their wedding ceremony earlier this month, Ilan Buchman, 70, and Oscar Shub, 71, stood under a…

  • Anti-Semitic poster hung in office window of Australian lawmaker

    SYDNEY (JTA) — An anti-Semitic poster was hung in the window of an Australian national lawmaker. The office of federal lawmaker Mike Kelly in the coastal town of Bega, New South Wales, was targeted with the poster printed by the neo-Nazi group Antipodean Resistance. The poster bears a large swastika and reads “reject Jewish poison.”…