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Teen who stabbed Bishop accused of plotting to attack Jews

Prosecutors reveal that after stabbing a Bishop in a church attack, 15-year-old boy messaged his friends saying, "I want to do it to a bunch of Jews. I want to attack Jews here."

Teen who stabbed Bishop accused of plotting to attack Jews

Australian PM sends Passover greeting

PM Albanese says 'We remain steadfast in our determination to counter hateful prejudice and antisemitism so that our Australian principles of respect, acceptance and inclusion prevail.'

Australian PM sends Passover greeting

Jew accused of Sydney mall murder, suing

While the identity of the killer who murdered six people in a Sydney mall was still confidential, Twitter users blamed a Jew for the killing – and he decided to file a lawsuit.

Jew accused of Sydney mall murder, suing

Sydney

Assailant stabs bishop, worshipers at church

One of the victims, Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel, is the leader of an ultra-conservative sect of the Assyrian Orthodox faith.

Assailant stabs bishop, worshipers at church

Six dead in stabbing attack in Sydney

The attack took place in one of the city's busiest shopping centers on Saturday afternoon. The attacker was shot dead by a police officer.

Six dead in stabbing attack in Sydney

Australia:

‘We will recognize a Palestinian state’

Australia's foreign minister announced that Canberra would consider recognition of a Palestinian state, to promote a two-state solution as an end to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Britain considers the same.

‘We will recognize a Palestinian state’

Tragedy:

Israeli killed while hiking in Australia

Israeli hiking in Queensland dies after slipping while rock-climbing at the Isabella Falls in Cairns.

Israeli killed while hiking in Australia

Australia to appoint envoy on probe into Israel strike

Australia's government says it will appoint a special adviser to work with Israel to ensure "full confidence" in investigations into air strike which killed seven WCK aid workers.

Australia to appoint envoy on probe into Israel strike

Australia to resume funding to UNRWA

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong says the government will apply "stringent conditions" on the new funding agreement with UNRWA.

Australia to resume funding to UNRWA

Australia:

Jewish family goes into hiding due to harassment

Australian Jews on high alert after public list of ‘Zionists’ fuels harassment.

Jewish family goes into hiding due to harassment

Australian Prime Minister:

'We're probing the claims against UNRWA'

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says his government wants to make sure the accusations against UNRWA are "fully examined" before aid is restored.

'We're probing the claims against UNRWA'

Countries follow US' lead in suspending UNRWA funds

Several countries follow US' lead, announce pause in funding for UNRWA following 'deeply concerning' reports that UNRWA employees participated in the Oct. 7 massacre.

Countries follow US' lead in suspending UNRWA funds

Yemen:

US army destroys two Houthi anti-ship missiles

In latest strike against Iranian-backed rebels, US army destroys two Houthi anti-ship missiles that were ready to be launched.

US army destroys two Houthi anti-ship missiles

US launches fifth round of sanctions against Hamas

The move was joined by Australia and the United Kingdom imposing sanctions of their own against the terrorist organization.

US launches fifth round of sanctions against Hamas

Australia:

Jewish doctor assaulted while helping unconcious man

An Australian Jewish doctor was helping a man who had collapsed in the street - who woke up and immediately assaulted the doctor.

Jewish doctor assaulted while helping unconcious man

Nine dead following thunderstorms in Australia

Torrential rains and thunderstorms slam eastern Australia, bringing death and destruction.

Nine dead following thunderstorms in Australia

Hamas official who proudly flaunted massacre thanks Canada

Senior Hamas official Ghazi Hamad thanked Canada, Australia, and New Zealand for their support of a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas official who proudly flaunted massacre thanks Canada

Melbourne synagogue evacuated 'as a precaution' during services

Melbourne synagogue evacuated on Shabbat as tensions over Israel-Hamas war flare in Australia.

Melbourne synagogue evacuated 'as a precaution' during services

Pro-, anti-Israel protests clash in Australia

Multiple locations in Australia have seen anti-Israel protesters gathering in the thousands to demand the war be halted.

Pro-, anti-Israel protests clash in Australia

Australia store removes ham bag after Jewish group complains

‘Merry Ham-mas’: Australian Kmart removes Christmas ham bag from shelves after Jewish group complains.

Australia store removes ham bag after Jewish group complains

Australia:

Jewish man beaten by Pro-Palestine ativists in Sydney

Anti-Israel crowd surrounds, beats Jewish man who tore down poster for demonstration which already happened, punches him in head repeatedly.

Jewish man beaten by Pro-Palestine ativists in Sydney

Former Australian PM Morrison:

'Never again means - never again'

'Israel's right to self-defense includes ensuring that things like this cannot happen anymore.'

'Never again means - never again'

Praying for rain in Australia

Shmini Atzeret is not the rainy season in the Southern Hemisphere. What to do?

Praying for rain in Australia

Lital Shemesh:

International media is failing on Israel

Israeli news anchor Lital Shemesh spoke with Sky News in Australia and said: "International media is doing a bad job covering Israel"

International media is failing on Israel

EU, Canada, Australia ask Israel to permit entry to PA citizens

The countries requested that Israel allow their citizens who are Palestinian Arabs to enter freely as Palestinians with US citizenship do.

EU, Canada, Australia ask Israel to permit entry to PA citizens

3 US Marines killed in helicopter crash in Australia

3 dead, 5 in serious condition after helicopter crashes during war games exercise on Melville Island north of Australia.

3 US Marines killed in helicopter crash in Australia

Australia:

Malka Leifer sentenced to 15 years in prison

In April, a jury found Leifer guilty on 18 of 27 counts related to sexual abuse of two young high school students.

Malka Leifer sentenced to 15 years in prison

Australia resumes using term 'Occupied Palestinian Territories'

In reversal of decade-old policy, Australia adopts more strident line against Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.

Australia resumes using term 'Occupied Palestinian Territories'

Tasmania synagogue gets rare visit from former chief rabbi

In Australia’s remote Tasmania, Jews welcome a rare visit from Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, a former Israeli chief rabbi.

Tasmania synagogue gets rare visit from former chief rabbi

Australia moves to ban Nazi symbols after neo-Nazi incidents

Legislation would bar use of Nazi symbols on clothing, flags and websites and in other domain

Australia moves to ban Nazi symbols after neo-Nazi incidents

Head of Australia’s spy agency warns of neo-Nazi recruitment

Intelligence chief tells parliamentary inquiry that emboldened far-right groups are expanding public recruitment efforts.

Head of Australia’s spy agency warns of neo-Nazi recruitment

Australian Senate panel recommends Nazi symbol ban

Opposition leader calls on federal government to immediately introduce legislation to ban Nazi symbols.

Australian Senate panel recommends Nazi symbol ban

Australia exploring direct flights from Sydney to Tel Aviv

NSW premier tells Yom Ha’atzmaut audience his government is working on the flights as option instead of departing from Melbourne.

Australia exploring direct flights from Sydney to Tel Aviv

Inquiry hears Australia has failed to act on Nazi symbols

Parliamentary committee told by community leaders that country is decades behind other nations in legislating ban on Nazi symbols.

Inquiry hears Australia has failed to act on Nazi symbols

Australia to ban recreational vape

Responding to vaping 'epidemic,' Australian Health Min. bans disposable vapes, promises crackdown on non-prescription products.

Australia to ban recreational vape

Australia:

Jews outraged after Adelaide university rejects IHRA definition

University, whose student magazine called for 'Death to Israel,' under fire for not consulting with Jewish leaders before rejecting IHRA.

Jews outraged after Adelaide university rejects IHRA definition

Australian Jewish leader blasts Hitler birthday party

Nazis openly celebrating Hitler's 134th birthday at restaurant in Melbourne sparks outrage and call for action.

Australian Jewish leader blasts Hitler birthday party

Australia:

University blasted for rejecting IHRA antisemitism definition

Canberra university denounced by community leaders for not consulting Jewish students and ignoring threat of modern antisemitism.

University blasted for rejecting IHRA antisemitism definition

Celebrating Passover 8.7 thousand miles away from home

Rivka and Shifra, volunteers from Jerusalem spending the year in Australia, discuss the challenge of spending the holidays away from home.

Celebrating Passover 8.7 thousand miles away from home

Queensland moves to ban swastika tattoos

Australian state follows New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania in legislating ban on hate symbol tattoos.

Queensland moves to ban swastika tattoos

Australia sightseeing deaths:

Report into shocking crash finds pilot not aware of other copter

Investigation into deadly midair tourist helicopter collision raises questions about whether helicopter signalled it was taking off.

Report into shocking crash finds pilot not aware of other copter

Australian politicians pledge money for religious safety

New South Wales incumbent premier and opposition leader pledge during election to increase security funding by millions.

Australian politicians pledge money for religious safety

Australian Jews slam Nazi party game aimed at kids

'I Would Kill Hitler' game for ages 14 and up described by Jewish leader as dangerous Holocaust trivialization.

Australian Jews slam Nazi party game aimed at kids

Weird weather:

Fish rain down from sky in Australian outback town

Bizarre weather event hits remote outback town for at least third time, leaving resident stunned.

Fish rain down from sky in Australian outback town

Australian government faces hurdle banning IRGC

Senate committee recommends listing IRGC as terror entity but current provision of criminal code makes ban unlikely.

Australian government faces hurdle banning IRGC

Australian Jewish cemetery vandalized with swastikas

Police open hate crime investigation after headstones at New South Wales cemetery defaced with swastikas and paint.

Australian Jewish cemetery vandalized with swastikas

Australia:

Antisemitic incidents have nearly doubled in last two years

Annual report finds that antisemitic acts, especially neo-Nazi activities, remain an ongoing concern for Australian Jewish community.

Antisemitic incidents have nearly doubled in last two years

University of Melbourne adopts IHRA antisemitism definition

Unimelb becomes first university in Australia to adopt IHRA definition.

University of Melbourne adopts IHRA antisemitism definition

Australian minister:

'Kanye may be ineligible for a visa due to antisemitic remarks'

Australia's Minister for Education says his country may deny controversial rapper a visa due to his recent antisemitic statements.

'Kanye may be ineligible for a visa due to antisemitic remarks'

Western Australia to ban public display of Nazi symbols

Legislation will ban the display and possession of Nazi symbols, including flags, clothing and tattoos.

Western Australia to ban public display of Nazi symbols

Australian Jews outraged at Nazi items for sale at antiques fair

Jewish community in Gold Coast demands answers after discovering that stall at collectibles event was selling disturbing Nazi memorabilia.

Australian Jews outraged at Nazi items for sale at antiques fair

Australia:

NSW premier apologizes for wearing Nazi uniform at 21st birthday

Dominic Perrottet describes decision from two decades ago as 'grave error' that has left him 'deeply ashamed.'

NSW premier apologizes for wearing Nazi uniform at 21st birthday

Australia:

Jewish org urges Nazi auction items be donated to museum

Auction of hundreds of Nazi items takes place in Queensland, including album of concentration camp photos that sells for $25,000.

Jewish org urges Nazi auction items be donated to museum

'A living & thriving religion'

Rabbanit of Australian army: I get up at 4:30 to study Gemara

Yehudit Levitan believes Judaism is a living and vibrant religion and Orthodox women in leadership positions can strengthen connection to it

Rabbanit of Australian army: I get up at 4:30 to study Gemara

Tasmanian AG urges passage of ban on public display of swastikas

Tasmania holding public consultation on legislation to criminalize the public display of Nazi symbols.

Tasmanian AG urges passage of ban on public display of swastikas

Swastika spray painted in Melbourne week before Nazi symbol ban

Australian Jewish leader calls acts of antisemitism attempts to ramp up hatred before swastika ban goes into effect.

Swastika spray painted in Melbourne week before Nazi symbol ban

Australian school accused of fostering culture of antisemitism

Sydney school slammed by NSW Jewish Board of Deputies for 'troubling' incidents of antisemitism.

Australian school accused of fostering culture of antisemitism

Australia places sanctions on Iran for human rights violations

Jewish community org applauds sanctions but urges government to list Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist entity.

Australia places sanctions on Iran for human rights violations

$1m reward for information on 1982 Australia bombing attacks

Police believe one suspect is still in Australia, hope reward will encourage public to come forward.

$1m reward for information on 1982 Australia bombing attacks

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Where is Jewish Leadership?

The Israeli leadership, unfortunately, does not argue its case well in the hostile international arena. Op-ed:

Where is Jewish Leadership?