Author: Philip Feinstein

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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At Speakers Corner we all have a voice

Everyone needs a platform to express their thoughts. Every Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm, there’s a perfect place: Sydney’s Domain, opposite the Art Gallery. It’s a unique space called Speakers Corner. Up until the 1970s, Speakers’ Corner was popular. Communists, socialists, capitalists, anarchists, anti-Semites and representatives from many religions spoke there. They spoke about sex, philosophy, social issues . . . Politicians and people of importance spoke there, including Prime Minister Ben Chifley. The place was called, ‘The University for the People’. However, with the introduction of TV current affair programs, Sunday shopping and Sunday football, crowds dwindled. In...

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The forgotten Jews of Arab lands

On Thursday evening 30 November 2017, around 400 people attended an event at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, Sydney which included the screening of the short film The Forgotten Refugees and the telling of personal stories by members of the Jewish community from Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. The evening recognised the plight of the around 850,000 Jews who were expelled or had to flee from Arab lands. The events were hosted by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, together with the Sephardi Synagogue and the Sydney Jewish Museum, to tell the forgotten story of the ethnic cleansing...

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april, 2018

28apr10:30 am- 12:30 pmPre-Ramadan Mini Market Ladies Event (Limited Tickets)Ladies Only

28apr7:00 pm- 10:00 pm3rd Annual Fundraising Dinner

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