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Australia kicks off Lag Ba'omer celebrations

Australia becomes first in the world to begin Lag Ba'omer celebrations this year - with a tribute to last year's disaster victims in Israel.

Australia kicks off Lag Ba'omer celebrations

Two Jewish men brutally attacked outside Melbourne supermarket

Two Jewish men assaulted outside Melbourne, Australia supermarket in what is being described as a “shocking” antisemitic attack

Two Jewish men brutally attacked outside Melbourne supermarket

Victoria city plastered with swastikas day after Nazi symbol banned

One day after Victoria becomes first Australian state to ban the swastika, two men arrested for plastering swastikas all over Jewish suburb.

Victoria city plastered with swastikas after Nazi symbol banned

University of Melbourne rejects student union BDS motion

University of Melbourne distances itself from BDS motion described as “extreme” and “blatantly antisemitic."

University of Melbourne rejects student union BDS motion

Glen Eira, Australia adopts IHRA antisemitism definition

Melbourne suburb becomes first council in Victoria to adopt IHRA antisemitism definition.

Glen Eira, Australia adopts IHRA antisemitism definition

Melbourne University student union slammed for passing 'extreme' BDS resolution

Australian university student gov sparks outrage after passing BDS resolution that groups say "incites hate and is blatantly antisemitic."

Melbourne U student union passes 'extreme' BDS resolution

Australian PM celebrates Passover with Jewish community

PM Scott Morrison joins Jewish community on first night of Passover at a Melbourne synagogue.

Australian PM celebrates Passover with Jewish community

Massive swastika on Melbourne soccer field for over a month sparks outrage

Swastika etched into soccer field has been there for over a month and is visible from the ground and the air.

Massive swastika on Melbourne soccer field sparks outrage

Jewish former students sue Australian school for discrimination

Five Jewish former students of an Australian high school have launched a lawsuit alleging discrimination and an unsafe environment.

Jewish former students sue Australian school for discrimination

Netanyahu salutes Chabad of Sydney, Australia

Chabad community in Sydney hosts virtual conference on mental illness and support, with video message from Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu salutes Chabad of Sydney, Australia player

Pensioner confronts Australian president: 'I've paid my dues'

An unhappy pensioner took his frustration out on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who faces an uphill battle for re-election.

Pensioner confronts Australian president: 'I've paid my dues' player

Jewish Australian lawmaker’s election signs defaced with Nazi imagery, dog feces

Hundreds of signs belonging to Australia's Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg defaced with Nazi imagery and other vandalism during campaign.

Jewish politician target of 'organized' antisemitic vandalism

Zelenskyy's ominous warning to Australian parliament

After a moving speech, Australia's PM promised more aid to Ukraine, calling Putin 'Moscow's war criminal.'

Zelenskyy's ominous warning to Australian parliamentplayer

New South Wales parliament adopts IHRA antisemitism definition

NSW Legislative Council becomes first parliament in Australia to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.

New South Wales parliament adopts IHRA antisemitism definition

It's already Purim in Australia

Jewish community in Sydney kicks off Purim celebrations.

It's already Purim in Australiaplayer

Australia, Netherlands sue Russia over Malaysia Airlines crash

Australia and the Netherlands are pursuing legal actions against Russia over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in 2014.

Australia, Netherlands sue Russia over Malaysia Airlines crash

Israeli soccer star joins Australian synagogue's Purim campaign

Tomer Hemed, the Israeli national football team striker who plays for Sydney Wanderers, joins the mega Purim campaign at Sydney's Shul.

Israeli soccer star joins Australian synagogue's Purim campaign

Large wooden swastika found in Jewish area of Melbourne sparks outrage

Nazi symbol found in heavily Jewish Australian suburb leads to call for government to follow through on plan to ban display of Nazi symbols.

Large swastika found in Jewish area of Melbourne sparks outrage

New South Wales enacting legislation to ban swastika

Jewish group praises proposed legislation for dealing with a "red line in public discourse."

New South Wales enacting legislation to ban swastika

After 2-year ban, Australia reopens to international travel

Australia ends its self-imposed isolation after two years of COVID pandemic, welcoming tourists back - if they're vaccinated.

After 2-year ban, Australia reopens to international travel

Bennett: Australia stands strong in recognizing Hamas as terror org.

PM thanks Australia for recognizing all of Hamas as a terrorist organization. "Terrorists only understand strength.'

'Australia stands strong in recognizing Hamas as terror org.'player

'Hamas targets civilians, holds Gaza residents hostage'

'Declaration will make joining or assisting Hamas a criminal offense in Australia,' Foreign Min. Lapid says.

'Hamas targets civilians, holds Gaza residents hostage'

Australia to blacklist all of Hamas as a terrorist organization

'No place in Australia for Hamas' hateful ideologies,' Home Affairs Min. says.

Australia to blacklist all of Hamas as a terrorist organization

‘Mates for life’: Blinken thanks Australia for remaking his stepfather after the Holocaust

US Secretary of State says America and Australia are 'mates for life', cites his father-in-law's experiences there after the Holocaust.

Blinken: Australia 'remade' my stepfather after the Holocaust

98-year old Australian Holocaust survivor to Whoopi Goldberg: ‘Be careful with your words’

Annetta Able's video message rebuking Whoopi Goldberg's offensive Holocaust remarks receives thousands of views.

Australian survivor to Whoopi: ‘Be careful with your words’player

Australian rabbi afraid for his safety after receiving threatening antisemitic voicemails

Melbourne rabbi worried about safety of his family after caller leaves disturbing hate voicemails which are being investigated by police.

Hateful voicemails leave Australian rabbi worried for his safety

Victorian premier: Tournament is 'bigger than any one person'

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews addresses tennis star Novak Djokovic winning court battle over visa cancellation.

Victorian premier: Tournament is 'bigger than any one person'player

120 celebs sign letter against BDS boycott of Sydney Festival

120 members of the entertainment industry, including KISS frontman Gene Simmons, sign a letter blasting boycott of the 2022 Sydney Festival.

120 celebs sign letter against BDS boycott of Sydney Festival

Tennis star Novak Djokovic deported from Australia

Tennis star denied entry into Australia after initially being granted medical exemption for vaccination requirements.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic deported from Australia

BDS targets Australian festival for Israeli Embassy sponsorship

Sydney Festival refuses to bow to BDS movement's demand to cancel partnership with Australian Israeli Embassy.

BDS targets Australian festival for Israeli Embassy sponsorship

Leading Australian Jewish organization denounces auction of Nazi items

Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies calls on Queensland’s government to enact legislation to ban the sale of Nazi items in the future.

Leading Australian Jewish org denounces auction of Nazi items

Australia looks to reopen despite first Omicron-related death

Elderly man with preexisting conditions dies after testing positive for Omicron variant, as authorities hold off on new lockdowns.

Australia looks to reopen despite first Omicron-related death

Jewish groups in Victoria, Australia modernizing security to counter antisemitism threats

Jewish communal institutions in Australia are fortifying security measures including safe rooms, blast-resistant walls and airlock entries.

Australian Jewish groups modernizing security to counter threats

Swastika found in park in heavily Jewish Australian suburb

Swastika discovered in a park in the City of Glen Eira, a Melbourne suburb which has the largest Jewish population in the country.

Swastika found in park in heavily Jewish Australian suburb

New South Wales first Australian state to adopt IHRA definition of anti-Semitism

NSW becomes first Australian state to adopt the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, a move applauded by Australian Jewish organizations.

New South Wales first Australian state to adopt IHRA definition

Four children killed in bouncy castle accident in Australia

Gust of wind blew the inflatable castle into the air, tossing the children out from a height of over thirty feet.

Four children killed in bouncy castle accident in Australia

Prominent Australian rabbi ‘went into shock’ after anti-Semitic attack

Melbourne Rabbi feared that anti-Semite who flew into a rage at an entertainment complex and verbally abused him would "become violent."

Prominent Australian rabbi 'shocked’ after anti-Semitic attack

Australia joins diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia will join the US in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games.

Australia joins diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Anti-Semitism in Australia increasing at alarming rate, Jewish org finds

Leading Australian Jewish organization warns conference of 35% increase in anti-Semitic Incidents over the same period in 2020.

Anti-Semitism in Australia increasing at alarming rate

The first Chanukah candle has been lit in the land down under

The first Chanukah candle has been lit in the Chabad synagogue in Sydney, opening Chanukah celebrations around the world!

The first Chanukah candle has been lit in the land down underplayer