READ THE POWERFUL LETTER the Australian Jewish News declined to publish below.
As many will know, one of the principles championed by Australian Jewish Association (AJA) is free speech in accordance with both democratic and Jewish values. Unfortunately there are some in our community who actively oppose such values.
AJA when arranging its Melbourne launch for early September, booked the Beth Weizmann centre months ago. We chose to do presentations on the subject of Islam and Jews as it raises important issues which other Jewish organisations refuse to discuss publicly and we believe require discussion and our community deserves to be informed.
AJA President Dr David Adler and renowned theology scholar Dr Rev Mark Durie were the presenters. Both have delivered numerous talks on Islam.
One week before the event, as a result of pressure from within the Jewish community including by senior community leaders, the Beth Weizmann board cancelled the booking.
Read the powerful letter from Tom Borsky, former leader of the organisation which cancelled our booking and listen to a 30 sec extract from an interview with Peter Wertheim, Executive Director of ECAJ, who sent an observer to an AJA presentation and confirms that there was “NOTHING OBJECTIONABLE SAID THERE AT ALL”. (Audio courtesy of Nothing Left on J-Air).
So here’s a compelling case why AJA is necessary. We will respect our community and not treat our community members like proverbial mushrooms. We will encourage dialogue on a range of subjects and policy issues even if these are seen by some as controversial. We will not be cowed by Political Correctness.
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