I did not enjoy reading the Australian Jewish News this week.
Like the rest of the left leaning press, the AJN replicated the media love affair with the Rudd Government with a front page article “on the right track, so far”.Â The first sentance on the article reads “In judging the first 12 months of the Rudd federal Government, it is important to separate the Government’s attitude towards the Jewish community from that towards Israel”Â How wrong is that?Â I am sure that the vast majority of the Jewish community know full well that this Government has already sold Israel short at the UN, and has directed more of our taxpayer money toward a Palestinian Administration that refuses to recognise Israel’s right to exist and funds hate education and terrorist activities.Â Thank you to the AJN for being an apologist for the Government, but all it will do is put you further offside with your readership.Â Then again, it has been said that Australia’s Jewish paper is a lotÂ like Rudd himself; it delivers lots ofÂ feel good geekish rhetoric andÂ but then when it comes to the real issues shows itself devoid ofÂ substance.Â
The second irksome item was on pageÂ 3, about voting in the Victorian elections.Â The photo caption reads that Orthodox JewsÂ are unable to attend polling booths on Shabbat.Â Â Actually, it is all Jews who are unable to attend polling booths on Shabbat.Â Maybe what the AJN meant to say was that it isÂ the Orthodox Jews whoÂ observe the ShabbatÂ tradition that take care to vote before Shabbat.Â Or perhaps in the view of the AJN halachaÂ only applies to those who practiceÂ it?
But the most annoying aspect of reading this weeks AJN, was that there was no mention ofÂ any news from Perth.Â In fact, in the pastÂ few months, the onlyÂ “newsworthy” itemÂ from Perth has been the acquistion ofÂ land for a new cemetary.Â Yet there are so manyÂ events and developments here thatÂ the news silence is deafening.Â We have the construction of the state of the art drama centre, the visit of Malcolm Turnball, the local writing of a sefer Torah, the 90th birthday of Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman, the opening of the third year of the Yeshivah, at least two speeches to Parliament that reference the Perth Jewish community, a new wave ofÂ immigration, Bob Geldof’s appearance, Civic events, and the development of new public relations initiatives.Â These events are all current to the past couple of weeks,Â and all news about Jews in Australia.Â There are many many more newsÂ stories about Jewish Perth, and aÂ huge number of human interest stories beyond that.Â Â But they are of no interest to the Australian Jewish News.Â Maybe the paper should be renamed the Melbourne Jewish News?Â
As Australia’s third largest Jewish community, and a stronghold of yiddishkeit, we deserve more!