Mathew Henderson Hau would be proud. Funny how the Anti fa in Sydney didn't have a protest about this meeting.
History Made as Chanukah Comes to NSW Parliament in Australia
History was made in Sydney last night when the Jewish festival of Chanukah came to Parliament House for the first time since the New South Wales Parliament was established in 1856. The event was initiated and hosted by the Yeshiva Centre – Chabad NSW Headquarters under the auspices of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.
Premier Nathan Rees, Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Richard Torbay, Deputy President of the Legislative Council Kaye Griffin and Leader of the House John Aquilina joined over 70 members of Parliament, a dozen Ministers and shadow Ministers and over 100 Jewish community Leaders and Rabbis at a pre-Chanukah reception in Parliament to celebrate the festival.
A highlight of the occasion was the historic presentation of a pure silver Menorah (Chanukah candelabra) to the NSW Parliament by the Chabad movement. The Menorah was presented by the Head of Chabad in NSW, Rabbi Pinchus Feldman OAM and accepted on behalf of Parliament by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Deputy President of the Legislative Council.
In an emotional address, Rabbi Feldman spoke about the history and meaning of Chanukah and said that the Menorah, which shines its light and shares its warmth with those around it, is a fitting gift to the Parliament of New South Wales, whose Latin motto,“Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites”, means “Recently risen, how brightly you shine”.
The inscription on the Menorah reads as follows:
“This Menorah was presented to the Parliament of New South Wales by The Yeshiva Centre - Chabad NSW Headquarters, in recognition of the friendship bestowed by our elected representatives to all faiths, including the Jewish people. May the light of Peace and Harmony continue to shine brightly in this State and throughout our nation.”
In accepting the gift, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Richard Torbay said, “On behalf of the Parliament and people of NSW it is a pleasure to receive this gift of the Menorah which will permanently be on display here in Parliament, and which symbolize the values and morals which our society is blessed with.”
Other speakers at the event included Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell, Deputy President of the Legislative Council Kaye Griffin, Leader of the House John Aquilina and NSW Jewish Board of Deputies President Robin Margo.
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff said: “The Jewish community is proud to be an integral part of this great state and this great nation. Holding a Chanukah celebration in Parliament House reflects the values of democracy and liberty which the Jewish community shares with the Parliament.”
The Chabad movement is holding public Chanukah celebrations later this month at iconic venues such as Martin Place and Bondi Beach.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Governor-General Quentin Bryce have recently visited The Yeshiva Centre – Chabad NSW Headquarters in Bondi where they were also presented with Menorahs.
Now as we all know NSW has a new Premier. A nice Christian Girl. You will love this comment. "FYI, she is indeed a great friend of chabad, she attends almost every year the F.R.E.E. gala dinner etc.. however due to major political turmoil she did not show to this event, and the last photo is NOT her."
Three arrested in anti-Israel protest
Melbourne police used horses and capsicum spray to subdue a demonstration by pro-Palestinian protesters who targeted a major meeting of Jewish leaders last night.
Three people were arrested after 100 protesters stormed a side door at the Park Hyatt Hotel.
Inside, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Israeli Vice-Prime Minister Silvan Shalom were waiting to address about 400 delegates to the Australia Israel Leadership Forum.
Sergeant Steve Burke says a police radio went missing during the scuffle, as protesters moved towards the building.
"The building wasn't damaged. There was some dirt hurled at police officers, water hurled at police officers," he said.
"It was a pretty quick event; a couple of minutes and it was all dispersed."
Sergeant Bourke said the protesters had breached an earlier agreement with police for a peaceful protest.
"We are fairly disappointed that they have broken that agreement," he said.
"At the end of the day three people have gained entry, we're talking a few metres into a foyer, they were apprehended and their details have been obtained and we are following up inquiries in relation to those."