Danon pushes bill to stop Israel from returning bodies of terrorists
Pipe bomb thrown at police in capital injures east Jerusalem resident
PM may revoke east Jerusalem terrorists' families residency
Erdan weighs option of revoking residency status of terrorism supporters
Merkel against unilaterally recognizing Palestine as a state
Cabinet to vote on 'Jewish State bill'
Israeli official: Erdogan rhetoric befits Tehran or Damascus, not a NATO capital
Netanyahu proposes his own version of 'Jewish state bill'
Israel’s ambassador to return to Sweden on symbolic Nov. 29th date
Health Scan: BGU course makes med students more empathetic
The toilet taboo
Pro-public health advocates battle against private-medicine lobbying and ad campaign
Doctors, nurses more than twice as likely to get flu shots than general population
'Leviathan gas reservoir to begin flowing by early 2018'
New kid's Israeli archaeology game launched for iPhone
Green Knesset advances as MKs replace paper with iPads
Zion Tech: Our Israeli start-up of the week aims to revolutionize therapy access
James Blunt is coming to get ‘high’ in Tel Aviv
Grapevine: Farewell to an articulate advocate for Israel
Theater Review: The Tempest
Beitar-Sakhnin match to draw tight security amid rising Jewish-Arab tensions
Yellow-and-blue survives scare to beat Limoges
Beersheba with an opportunity to go top
Back-on-track Maccabi Tel Aviv takes on Limoges in Euroleague
Animal rights organization urges better conditions for IDF's vegetarians
New Worlds: The tone of sign language
Possible Nazi art transfer riles Jewish groups
‘Brussels museum attack could have been prevented’
UK soccer club owner ready to resign after anti-Semitic comments
Turkish official rejects angry governor’s wish to turn synagogue into museum
English soccer club owner faces racism probe for saying Jews 'chase money'
Guantanamo Bay inmate released to Saudi Arabia
Iran nuclear talks: The narcissism of minor differences the EU and US
Pro-ISIS graffiti found on monument to fallen Druse soldiers
25,000 Gazans to get access to construction materials to rebuild homes
Jordanian PM reportedly sends condolence letter to families of Jerusalem synagogue terrorists
Into the Fray: The Arabs’ war against the Jews and what must be done
My Word: A personal response to terrorism
An open society
November 21, 2014: Expel ‘shahids’
No Holds Barred: The ferocious battle for Israel at New York University
Cinema of reconciliation
On the volcano’s edge
Knowledge, power and abuse
Q&A with a Colombian lone soldier
European Press: Dividing line
Veterans: Keeping an ear out for change
Book Review: Written from his heart
This Week in Jerusalem
Who is your God?
Grapevine: Amazing place
A voice from India
Happily Eva After: When the going gets tough...
Grapevine: Reclaiming our heritage
Upscale dining in Neveh Tzedek
A war for the soul of Israel’s Arab community
Iran and the West – how big a gap?
Iranian nukes and 'Palestine' - mutually reinforcing perils for Israel
Islamic State – APEC a fizzer - G20 promises no better
A song for Cheshvan: 'The Eucalyptus Grove'
הָאַרְכִיוֹן שֶל רוֹמַן וִישְנִיָאק
Har Nof in flames
Meet the Ambassador: No longer a conference diplomat
‘Post’ leads the way with new podcast
Grapevine: The highest accolade of all
The secret of Jewish survival
Frontlines Podcast: Jerusalem's 'lone wolves'
Tempête au sein de la coalition
Crise de confiance
Qui prendra la relève de Mahmoud Abbas ?
Arafat, Abbas, même combat ?
Daniel Oren, maestro d’Israël, d’Italie et d’ailleurs !
Nos plus belles années ?
De Berlin à New York, 1920-1975
Le pogrome de Constantine
Le pot de chocolat liégeois par qui le scandale arrive
Le dernier kibboutz
La course aux étoiles
Les mordus du français
On n’invite pas un pyromane à éteindre un incendie
Tuer l’EI dans l’œuf
Le mont du Temple et la guerre sainte de l’islam
Les attentats du lundi 10 novembre vus par la presse française
L’Europe, nouvelle alliée d’Abbas ?
Pope Francis condemns Palestinian violence
Last Christian shop-owners in Old City: 'Tourists afraid of the politics'
Kurdish refugees struggle to survive as they outrun Assad's army and ISIS
Discover Ramla from a Christian persepective
Pastor who died in crash mourned in Israel
KKL Belgium Donates Portable Bomb Shelter to Kiryat Gat
KKL-JNF Awards 2014 Blumberg Prize
Exploring the Ilanot Botanical Garden and the Vickar Observation Point
Cornerstone Laid for Sports Rehab Park at Meir Hospital
Mexican Politician and Business Leader Miguel Aleman Velasco Visits KKL-JNF in Jerusalem
International Conference in Sde Boker: Combating Desertification Together
Rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan: Bringing the River Back to Life
Central America Celebrates Independence at the Rabin Center
In his Footsteps: Heritage Excursions in Memory of Yitzhak Rabin
Cleanup Day Activities in Central Israel
International Cleanup Day: Cleaning Together in Northern Israel
KKL-JNF's Eyes in the Forest - The Horshim Forest Green Patrol
Israel Today and Tomorrow: KKL France Mission Visits Israel
Start-up Israel: KKL Italy November Mission Learns about Israel's Past and Future
KKL-JNF and Desert Agriculture Latin American Diplomats visit the Negev
A Successful Annual Fundraising Event for KKL Milan
Living Green in Israel: the Contest and the Winners
Addressing Climate Change Conference
Nurturing the Foresters of the Future
Saving the Sabras
11.23.2014 | 1 Kislev, 5775
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election
Not all bleak for Netanyahu
China’s moves: US decline, or balance in Asia?
Hanegbi heads to Myanmar for highest-level visit in 35 years
Former ambassador to the US Oren may enter politics on list Kahlon is drafting
MK calls on PM to destroy homes of Jews who murdered Arab teen
Netanyahu: Hamas leaders are legitimate targets, no one is invincible
Kahlon indicates comeback with new ‘framework’
'Israel no better than Chelm for providing electricity to Palestinian companies that boycott it'
Manhattan borough president shows solidarity with Israel visit
Ministers and MKs urge Netanyahu to pound Hamas
Right-wing MKs call to investigate Balad party, ban it from Knesset after Qatar trip
Diplomacy & Politics
SAM SOKOL, JPOST.COM STAFF \
'Australia Jewish community mum on Zygier'
Ben Zygier at his wedding 370.
(photo credit:ABC Screenshot)
Australia’s Jewish community is reportedly staying tight-lipped in the wake of
claims that an unnamed prisoner who apparently committed suicide in an Israeli
jail was an immigrant from Melbourne named Ben Zygier.The ABC news
program said that Zygier, who called himself Ben Alon in Israel, had been
recruited by the Mossad some 10 years ago, not long after he made aliya. At some
point he was reportedly imprisoned at the high-security Ayalon Prison, where he
is said to have hanged himself in late 2010.According to the Australian
Jewish News, the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council and the Executive
Council of Australian Jewry have all declined to comment on the story. The same
is true of the Zygier family, the AJN said.In reply to queries from The
Jerusalem Post, the Zionist Federation of Australia said “we won’t surprise
you... but no comment.”Sam Tatarka of the Zionist Council of Victoria
likewise declined to discuss the issue, telling the Post that “the ZCV has no
comment to make.”“Mr. Zygier’s uncle said today on the radio [that] this
is a family tragedy and there is nothing more to say.”Speaking with ABC
radio on Wednesday morning, the deceased’s uncle Willy Zygier said that he “saw
that show last night [and] I have no idea what is true and what isn’t
true.“All I know is there is a family tragedy, every suicide is a family
tragedy. Ben’s parents are in mourning. I don’t know if they will talk. I am a
humble musician. I don’t know anything.”The media has extensively
reported that Ben Zygier is the son of Geoffrey Zygier, the executive director
of the Victoria Jewish Community Council and one of the heads of the Melbourne
Jewish Community. Australian newspaper The Standard reported that a spokesman
for Geoffrey Zygier said that he and his family would not be discussing their
son’s death.The family’s spokesman was quoted as saying that “He [the
father] will not be speaking to the media at this difficult time.” Jeremy
Stowe-Linder, the principal of Bialik College in Australia, where Ben Zygier had
studied, told The Standard that “it is a very sad incident that has happened and
the family are remembered very positively by the school community.” The Age
reported Wednesday that Zygier’s death in 2010 triggered more than a dozen
condolence notices in the Australian Jewish News, including from major Jewish
organizations in Australia.According to The Age, none of these
organizations, which include the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, the
Jewish Holocaust Center, and the National Council of Jewish Women were willing
to comment on the piece.Israeli Ambassador Yuval Rotem met with
Australian opposition leader Julie Bishop on Wednesday to discuss the matter of
Zygier’s incarceration and death.Bishop was quoted by Australian ABC
television as saying, prior to the meeting, that “If there are security
considerations I can understand it. But if it’s just about embarrassing a
government agency, then that certainly requires an explanation and I’ll be
seeking one.”A spokesman for Foreign Minister Bob Carr told the
Australian Associated Press that “some officers of the department were in fact
aware of his detention,” according to a report in The Australian.The
newspaper noted that some Australian diplomatic personnel were aware of Zygier’s
incarceration in Israel.Carr has called for an inquiry into the matter.
Your comment must be approved by a moderator before being published on JPost.com.
Disqus users can post comments automatically.
Comments must adhere to our Talkback policy. If you believe that a comment has breached the Talkback policy, please press the flag icon to bring it to the attention of our moderation team.
Sign up for our newsletter
Please insert a valid email address
By signing up to The Jpost mailing list, I hereby