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This historian argues that a price of creeping assimilation and ultimate fragility was paid by the community is accepting an implicit social contract requiring that in Australia Jews forsake Yiddish and any other outward sign of separatism to meld into a middle class British society. This social contract, how it was transformed during the twentieth century, and the issue of the Jewish Future in Australia in the twenty first century is discussed in The History of Now.
Jews have been an integral part of Australia’s history since the beginning of European
settlement. In the First Fleet that landed in Sydney in 1788 there were at least
14 Jews, and Jews participated in the initialisation of the first settlement in
Port Phillip, the establishment of Hobart, Melbourne, and Adelaide. And the story
continues, with the numerically small Jewish population in the forefront of
development of Australia.
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The History of Now is devoted to Contemporary Jewish history,
from an International perspective.
By contemporary Jewish history is meant
the history of all Jewish communities post-Holocaust,
and of their relationship to Israel, as portrayed in each community's own media
and in national forums.
Within each nation we take a special interest in the portrayal of Jews and Israel
in the media and in the World Wide Web and social media.
Topics covered include: the ongoing programs to delegitimise Israel; the Baltic States attempts to obfuscate the Holocaust; falsification of Israel demographics by denial of the predomination of Jews of or descended from the ancient communities of the Middle East; diaspora - Israel relations; Jewish media history. With ongoing reporting on responses to the BDS Campaign to boycott Israeli enterprises, and both Israelis and Jews who support Israel professionally and commercially.