Author: Philip Feinstein

2018 Abraham Conference: Everyone is welcome

On Sunday 5 August 2018 there will be a gathering of faiths at the 2018 Abraham Conference in Sydney. Muslims, Jews and Christians as well as non-believers will be welcomed by Moderator Professor Kevin Dunn, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University. “This is an important event which will bring together people who are interested in interfaith dialogue and multiculturalism,” he said. Since 2003 these annual conferences have been followed by many interfaith initiatives involving different religions. With the theme of this 2018 conference as Pillars of Peace, the panel has representation from Daniel Samowitz –...

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Medical students rally against harm to refugees

Dressed in lab coats and scrubs, more than 400 medical students, doctors and community members marched at the #DetentionHarmsHealth march in Sydney on 7 April 2018. “We oppose Australia’s inhumane practice of detaining refugees – a policy directly harming their physical and mental health” said Carrie Lee, one of the march organisers. “Refugees and asylum seekers are a vulnerable population who have experienced trauma including persecution and loss of loved ones. Yet these men, women and children in detention are placed in unsafe, unsanitary conditions and denied adequate health care. Many develop severe depression or suffer deterioration of physical...

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Palm Sunday Rally for refugees

The Palm Sunday rally and march in Sydney for 2018 saw a huge turnout of over 3,500 supporters. The event was held in all capital cities of Australia as well as many country towns. In Sydney everyone met up at Belmore Park near Central Railway and after some ground-breaking speeches proceeded to march up Broadway. There were many important speakers at the rally who pointed out the difficulties faced by those imprisoned at Nauru and Manus Island. The Rev Simon Hansford, a Uniting Church moderator, spoke in clear terms of how everyone at the rally was the voice of...

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Advocacy for legal support for refugees: RACS

A very special meeting in support of refugees took place on Thursday 22 February at the Marrickville Town Hall organised by The Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS). The speakers addressed around 200 refugee supporters about their serious quandary: In NSW there are 1,100 refugees seeking legal advice and RACS can only help 100 of them. These men, women and children need critical legal support to prepare for interviews with the Department of Home Affairs. These interviews will decide whether they can remain in Australia or risk being returned to danger. This special event commenced with MC Charles Firth,...

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Arabs and Jews – Combatants for Peace

Completed in late 2016, the film “Disturbing the Peace” followed former enemy combatants—Israeli soldiers of elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison—who joined together to challenge the status quo. The transformational journeys of fighters/combatants from a commitment to armed battle to non-violent peace activists, lead to the creation of Combatants for Peace, a joint Palestinian-Israeli NGO committed to cultivating peace and promoting dialogue. The NGO was nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Among the awards, the film has garnered are the New York Times Critic’s Pick and the first Ebert Humanitarian Award. The film challenges us to understand the narratives...

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