Australia’s Disneyfied Israel

This article was originally published at The Daily Beast.

For two weeks this month, Hagai El-Ad, executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), visited Australia as a guest of the New Israel Fund Australia Foundation. Only 18 months old, NIF Australia has already achieved a significant aim of its creation: to begin anew a conversation about Israel and Judaism in Australia.

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From the future of Zionism to a near-violent brawl

This article was originally published in the Jerusalem Post.

This past World Zionist Congress, the 36th, honoring Theodor Herzl’s 150th birthday, was the first we have ever attended. We both grew up in Zionist youth movements in Australia and developed strong Jewish and Zionist identities and passions for activism.

We went to Jewish day schools and learned about the Jewish people, its spirit and its mission, and understood our responsibilities as a people, and as individuals. …