Watchdog of the Week: Friends of Israel (Western Australia) Fighting Bias Down Under

This week’s Watchdog of the Week is awarded to an organization rather than an individual.

In September 2008, nine highly committed individuals held an informal meeting with the aim of creating an informal organization with priority to be given to fighting Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, assisting pro-Israel activity on Perth campuses and developing a website.

With the endorsement of over 450 community members at a public meeting in May 2009, Friends of Israel (Western Australia) officially launched in September 2010 with a number of key aims and challenges:

  • Providing members and the broader Australian community with up-to-date, factual information to assist in their knowledge of and their advocacy for Israel.
  • Developing dialogue with the mainstream churches, the trade union movement and the broader Australian community.
  • Promoting messages to both Jewish and non-Jewish schools and various community groups.
  • Arranging guest speakers from Israel and encouraging audience attendance from across the spectrum.
  • Responding to adverse newspaper reports with letters to the editor.

foiwaFast forward to today and FOIWA has its own website and membership stands at over 1000.

HonestReporting was delighted to meet two of FOIWA’s key activists, Phil Samuell and Lee Edmundson, who joined us on our last Mission to Israel. Watchdog of the Week is our opportunity to acknowledge the the efforts of Phil, Lee and the rest of their team as a fine example of how grassroots activists can make a difference.

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  • Sending a tip-off to HonestReporting through our Red Alert page  that we act upon;
  • Get a letter published in a media outlet;
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