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.
Geoffrey Brahm Levey is Senior Lecturer in Politics & International Relations, and Coordinator of the Program in Jewish Studies, University of New South Wales, Sydney. Philip Mendes is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy & Community Development, Department of Social Work, Monash University, Melbourne.
CONTENTS: Acknowledgements; Introduction: Jews and Australian Politics; Jews in Australia -- A Demographic Profile; Who Speaks for Australian Jewry?; Jews and the Australian Labour Party; Jews and the Left; Jews and the Liberal Party of Australia; Political Conservatism and the Australian Jewish Community; Anti-Semitism and Australian Jewry; Pro-Israelism as a Factor in Australian Jewish Political Attitudes and Behaviour; Mending the World from the Margins: Jewish Women and Australian Feminism; Jews and Aborigines; Jews and Australian Multiculturalism; Inside AIJAC -- An Australian Jewish Lobby Group; The Hanan Ashrawi Affair: Australian Jewish Politics on Display; Conclusion: Australian Jewish Politics in Comparative Perspective; Appendix: Jewish Parliamentarians in Australia, 1849 to the Present; Notes on Contributors; Index.