Over the last month, calls to boycott the Sydney Festival after it received sponsorship from the Israeli embassy for a production of Naharin’s Decadance have featured prominently on social and mainstream media.
Sydney Morning Herald op-ed: 'Sydney Festival boycott a blunt instrument that blocks voices of dissent'
Following pressure on the Sydney Festival to reject funding from the Israeli embassy to host Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company’s Decadance, I wrote this op-ed for the Sydney Morning Herald:
For the event celebrating 10 years since the New Israel Fund’s establishment in Australia we hosted a number of speakers, including a conversation with Senator the Hon.
For this NIF event, I moderated a discussion with John Lyons, the author of a new book, Dateline Jerusalem which looks at how Israel is covered by the Australian media and a former Middle East Correspondent for the Australian, Anshel Pfeffer senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and the Israeli correspondent for the Economist and Dina Kraft, a Tel Aviv-based journalist for the Los Angeles Times and Christian Science Monitor, to hear how foreign correspondents work to tell other people’s stories and shape the discourse in their home country.
I had the privilege to interview two leaders shaping their country’s political conversations – Adam Bandt, leader of the Australian Greens, and Tamar Zandberg, Knesset member and former leader of Israel’s Meretz – on how they are shifting the political goal posts and taking decisive action rooted in shared values of equality, democracy and justice.
The Australian Jewish News published my op-ed on resolutions about Israel-Palestine at Labor’s recent national conference.
As a former prime minister and foreign minister, there are few people with a better understanding of Australia’s role in the world and our history with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than Kevin Rudd.
I was on ABC The World discussing Israel’s plans for annexation and the Australian government’s response.
I was interviewed for AM in gauging reactions from the Jewish and Palestinian communities on the Australian government’s announcement regarding West Jerusalem.