Statement on Moshe Feiglin's Visit to Australia

Twelve Jewish and Zionist organisations in Australia from across the religious, political and social spectrum have come together to issue a statement regarding former Likud MK Moshe Feiglin’s visit to Australia this month.


The statement reads:

“Moshe Feiglin’s views on women, homosexuality and Palestinian citizens of Israel are inconsistent with Jewish values. They have no place in a modern democracy such as Israel that was established on the principle of respecting the human rights of all its minorities.”

The following organisations have signed on to the statement:

  • Aleph Melbourne
  • Ameinu Australia
  • Australian Reform Zionist Association
  • Habonim Dror Australia
  • Hashomer Hatzair Australia
  • Hineni Australia
  • Jewish Labour Bund and SKIF
  • Keshet Australia
  • Netzer Australia
  • New Israel Fund Australia
  • Progressive Judaism Victoria
  • Shira Hadasha Synagogue

In addition, a number of the organisations’ leaders have commented:

Dr Ilana Snyder, President of New Israel Fund Australia, said:

“The views of many people in the Australian Jewish community do not line up with Moshe Feiglin’s which is why it is important to point out when such anti-democratic values are being promoted. NIF is working hard in Israel to bring different sectors together, promote shared society and coexistence, and uphold the values of the Declaration of Independence.”

Johnny Baker, President of Ameinu Australia, said:

“Whilst we respect the right of different voices to be heard in our community, we are equally concerned that the impending visit of Israeli extremist, Moishe Feiglin, will bring the Jewish community into disrepute and play into the hands of our adversaries.”

Daniel Stiglec, Meta’em (Vice President & Community Liason) of Hashomer Hatzair, said:

“Hashomer Hatzair Australia believes Moshe Feiglin's views about minority groups in Israel are divisive and detrimental to the character of the Jewish State. Whilst he has the right to freedom of speech, we condemn his views and would like to highlight the fact that these are not the views of Australian Jewry and the larger Israeli mainstream society.”

Shira Appelboom, Federal Mazkira (Chairperson) of Netzer Australia, said:

“Moshe Feiglin's disrespect for marginalised groups in Israel goes against Netzer Australia's fundamental beliefs in equality and respect for all human life. Though he is entitled to his views, we strongly believe they are an obstacle to the pursuit of peace and democracy in Israel.”

Brian Samuel, President of Progressive Judaism Victoria, said:

“We are concerned about Mr Feiglin’s visit to Melbourne. He is a disruptive person in the Jewish world and shares few values with the Jewish community.”

Jonathan Barnett, President of Keshet Australia, said:

“The board of Keshet Australia, wishes to express our concern regarding the proposed visit by Mr Feiglin to Australia. Keshet aspires to encourage and teach inclusivity. Mr Feiglin's philosophy is diametrically opposed to our core values. Mr Feiglin has expressed views which seek to oppose the inclusivity and rights of GLBT Jews. Keshet Australia believes his views are damaging and hurtful to people here and in Israel. We feel it is incumbent on us to highlight to the greater community that such views are not held or supported by most Jewish people in Australia or elsewhere.”

Barbara Ford, Acting President of the Australian Reform Zionist Association (ARZA), said:

“ARZA Australia supports discussion about sensitive issues in Israel, including the treatment of minorities, the status of women and the issues of pluralism and sexual orientation. However, such discussions should be respectful and focussed on constructive dialogue. It is highly questionable if the views and presentation of Moshe Feiglin meet these basic criteria.”

New Israel Fund Australia
Habonim Dror
Hashomer Hatzair
Progressive Judaism Victoria
Shira Hadasha

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For more information, please contact:

Liam Getreu
Executive Director, NIF Australia
0413 374 401

Article in the Australian Jewish News:
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  • Rob Muchnick
    commented 2015-10-14 04:29:04 +1100
    Michelle, you are confusing all kinds of issues and showing either your ignorance or your anti-Semitism (whether or not you are Jewish).

    First, the people who call themselves “Palestinians” are not the aboriginal people in the Land of Israel. The Jews are. We are akin to Native American Indians taking back North America from Obama. We are the only aboriginal peoples to have taken back their homeland. Get over it. The so-called ‘palestinians’ only made up this fake nationhood to destroy our nationhood. Read quotes from Arafat’s deputy, Zuhir Muhsin, where he says it explicitly : This originated in a March 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw:5

    “ Between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese there are no differences. We are all part of ONE people, the Arab nation. Look, I have family members with Palestinian, Lebanese, Jordanian and Syrian citizenship. We are ONE people. Just for political reasons we carefully underwrite our Palestinian identity. Because it is of national interest for the Arabs to advocate the existence of Palestinians to balance Zionism. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new tool to continue the fight against Israel and for Arab unity."

    It is your problem if you have fallen for their tricks, not mine, and certainly we don’t have to be holier than thou to give this made up people part of our homeland. Heck, Abbas the ‘peacemaker’ authored the PLO’s 1974 Plan of Phases where he says that they’ll take whatever land they can get from Israel and use that as a base from which to destroy Israel.

    Also, by the way, if the pals are the aboriginals, then tell me a little about their history? When did ‘palestine’ exist? Who were it’s leaders? What is the name of its currency? Draw its borders. Are you kidding. They are an invention from the 1960s. They are simply Arabs who want to make Israel the ‘Goliath’ in the conflict and themselves into the “David”. And they’ve done a great PR job, because the Israeli leadership runs away from its Judaism.

    You are correct that those known as Zionists don’t wish to be Jewish and THEY are colonialists. However, Jews are not colonialists. We are the natives.

    By the way, every Arab country is a colonial invention and should be done away with, right? Jordan? Pakistan? SAUDI Arabia? Syria? Lebanon? These are all artificially created nations. There should be one Arab country, right? Where’s your outrage here?

    Feiglin is actually the only Jew in the story, whereas all the others are Zionists.

    If you want to step away from your preconceived notions and look at the truth, and you are anti-colonialist, then you’ll actually support Feiglin.

    Looking forward to it.
  • michelle berkon
    commented 2015-10-13 17:43:57 +1100
    Are you serious Rob Muchnik? You’re actually suggesting that Feiglin’s plan to further rid Palestine of the Palestinians by paying them blood money is admirable? You’re actually suggesting that a colonial settler state “allowing” its indigenous population to remain without the right to vote is acceptable? This says all that needs to be said about why Israel’s "democracy"is a farce. Although I could mention also the 52 laws on its books that specifically discriminate between Jews and non-Jews. And yes, I’d love to have Palestinians as my neighbours. My neighbours in justice and equality. The old “self-hating Jew” canard is quacking again, I see, but history will show that righteous Jews stand against Zionism just as righteous gentiles stood against the Nazis.
  • Michael Barnett
    commented 2015-10-10 02:29:39 +1100
  • Rob Muchnick
    commented 2015-10-10 01:58:04 +1100
    To Michelle:
    You literally did not get one fact correct in your anti-Semitic rant against Mr. Feiglin. His plan to end the conflict is to pay each Arab family in Gaza and Judea/Samaria $250,000 to emigrate to the country of their choosing. Maybe you want them as your neighbors? If they choose to stay, they can be permanent residents with all rights except the right to vote.
    After 22 years of the ‘peace process’, it is obvious to everyone who is willing to look that the Arabs, who haven’t even bothered to remove the lines from the PLO Charter which STILL call for Israel’s destruction, are not interested in living side by side with Israel in peace, but living in place of Israel after they have annihilated the Jewish State.
    You seem to be upset that Feiglin’s plan would make Israel more Jewish and less “Israeli”.
    Forget your progressive politics and face reality.
    Reality is that the only plan to end the conflict with the Arabs if Feiglins.
  • michelle berkon
    commented 2015-10-09 16:41:27 +1100
    These mealy mouthed words are an insult to the Jewish tradition of being in the forefront of struggles for social justice. Moshe Feiglin is an avowed racist who incites supremacist Jews to continue their sorties from their illegal settlements to burn, pillage, attack, abuse, shoot, run over, steal and otherwise commit acts of state-sponsored terrorism against indigenous owners of the land, usually under protection by the IDF. His views would see him excluded from public voice in any civilised nation. In Israel he sits in parliament alongside a Minister for Culture, Ayelet Shaked, who calls for genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, and a Prime Minister who calls Palestinian citizens “hordes of Arabs”, and sets dozens of troops, including agents provocateurs, armed to the teeth to humiliate, abuse, incite, beat, arrest, shoot, and execute Palestinians for exercising their legal right to resist occupation. Where are our spiritual leaders who should be standing up for universal justice rather than remaining comfortably complicit in propaganda and oppression? In another generation we will be wringing our hands over the horrific persecution of the Palestinians, just as the Germans after the holocaust.