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The road to compassion may be long and difficult but we will continue to advocate on behalf of the asylum seekers and refugees who come to our shores. We won’t stop until justice is achieved.
We want to put the power back in the people’s hands. The asylum seeker issue must transcend the party-political rhetoric. It is too important an issue to have politicians scoring points at the expense of people fleeing from persecution.As proud members of the Jewish community, a refugee community, we can relate. We have our own unique story and our own refugee narrative that inspires us to strive for justice for other refugee and asylum seeker communities.
The Australian MP and Delegate at the Evian Conference in 1938 stated: “We’ve no real racial problem and are not desirous of importing one” and that “the Jews who are coming here will be of no help to producing a country like Australia.” This statement forever taints on our national character. Our Jewish community is uniquely placed to stand up and be bold in communicating our story of success. Our community must lead an effort to ensure we do not repeat the mistake of Australia in 1938 all over again in 2013.
Through strong partnerships, we’ve helped ensure that the Jewish community is active and vocal in pursuing justice for asylum seekers and refugees.
We helped facilitate Rabbis to be involved to ensure that all major faith groups were represented in these powerful actions.
Welcoming all Australians
In response to increasing racism and Islamaphobia in parts of Australian society, we joined the campaign organised by Welcome to Australia to welcome ALL Australians, from all walks of life.
In response to the Federal Government’s brutal new Immigration Bill, we coordinated a letter to be sent to cross bencher parliamentarians on behalf of Jewish community leaders, including Gary Samowitz (CEO, Stand Up), Steve Denenberg (Executive Director, Union for Progressive Judaism), Rabbi Fred Morgan AM (Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University) and Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky (Beit Shalom Progressive Synagogue).
In the Media
Our media presence has helped mobilise our community and spread our message of compassion.
If you were the mother of a family fearing for their lives in a war-torn Somalia, What would you do?
Jewish Australians actively pursuing social justice for all.
We have a mission
Effecting positive social change by:
Through our work, Stand Up realises the Jewish values of chessed (Kindness), tzedek (Justice) and tikkun olam (Repairing the World). We hope to inspire the Australian Jewish community to fulfill these obligations in their everyday lives.
We believe it is important that a Jewish voice is heard on key issues in our society today, and that we Stand Up against social injustice.