An updated history of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society, 2000-16

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Abstract

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) is Australia’s pre-eminent Jewish Left organisation. In an earlier publication, I examined the history of AJDS from its formation in 1984 till 1999. This updated history traces the history of the organisation from 2000 till the current day.
Section one examines AJDS’s views and actions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Section two specifically analyses their approach to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Section three considers their relations with the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) and other mainstream Jewish bodies. Section four explores internal AJDS divisions. Sections five and six discuss their relations with other Jewish Left groups, and the political Left more generally. Section seven assesses their relations with the local Palestinian community. Section eight overviews AJDS perspectives on other issues such as Indigenous rights and refugees. Section nine dissects the impact of generational change on the society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-148
Number of pages38
JournalAustralian Jewish Historical Society. Journal
Volume23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2016

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