Jews and Australian Politics

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Geoffrey Brahm Levey, Philip Mendes
Sussex Academic Press, 2004 - History - 262 pages
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Over the past two decades, Australian Jews have been at the centre of significant Australian political and ideological debates, including: the War Crimes legislation and the associated Helen Demidenko controversy; anti-vilification legislation, and broader concerns over multiculturalism and racial tolerance; and the on-going Israeli–Arab conflict, and its local manifestations such as the recent Hanan Ashrawi and Sydney Peace Prize affair. There is a strong public perception that Jews are an influential group in terms of their social and economic resources, and access to key political groups and players. In particular, popular literature portrays Australian Jews monolithically, as speaking with a single voice rather than as a diverse community with many different factions and perspectives. … There has been little informed, research-based analysis of the political activity and allegiances of Australian Jewry. This book – an edited collection of new contributions from distinguished Australian academics – contextualises, illuminates, and explains the contemporary politics of Australian Jewry. It critically analyses the three broad themes above through relevant case studies and source material, and situates the politics of Australian Jews through comparisons with general patterns in Australian politics, the politics of other minorities in Australia, and the politics of other Western Jewish communities. Contains a detailed appendix of Jewish Parliamentarians, 1849 to the Present, compiled by Hilary L. Rubinstein

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Geoffrey Brahm Levey is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and International Studies and founding Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

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