Press Releases

Press Release Indigenous Friends of Israel 30.5.24

Indigenous Friends of Israel co-founders Norman and Barbara Miller have applauded Tuesday night’s Sky News documentary Never Again: The Fight Against Antisemitism hosted by former federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg. The Millers say, “The Never Again documentary was a defining moment for Australia when a number of prominent Australian leaders called out the alarming rise of antisemitism in Australia.” “These included former Prime Ministers John Howard and Julia Gillard, the current Prime...

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Press Release Re Australia’s Vote at UN Re Israel 13.5.24

“On the eve of the 76th anniversary of the proclamation of the state of Israel on 14 May 1948, Australia has betrayed the only democracy in the Middle East at the recent UN vote on Palestine,” claims Indigenous Friends of Israel co-founders Norman and Barbara Miller.  “On Israel’s Day of Independence or National Day, it will be asking if it has any allies in the world. Prime Minister Netanyahu has said he will go it alone if he has to so that more October 7s, promised by Hamas, will not occur...

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Press Release Re Holocaust Denial and ICC Decision 22.5.24

“International Holocaust Remembrance Day should not be wiped off the calendar,” say Co-founders of the Indigenous Friends of Israel, Norman and Barbara Miller. “But that is just what Time and Date website have done. It’s a disgrace.” “This is just another form of Holocaust denial. This world-wide commemoration of the most horrific event in history with the deaths of 6 million Jews through the gas chambers, hard labour, starvation, and the shooting of defenceless men, women and children must be...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 4.4.24

“The tragic killing of Australian aid worker Lalzawmi 'Zomi' Frankcom, along with six of her colleagues, in Gaza a few days ago has rightly drawn the criticism of the Australian government even though initial reports are that it was accidental,” said co-founders of the Indigenous Friends of Israel, Norman and Barbara Miller.  “However, the anger expressed by Prime Minister Albanese and Foreign Minister Wong to Israel immediately re Zomi was not there when an Australian Jewish grandmother,...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 7.1.24

“Australia is letting down the only democratic state in the Middle East, Israel, and letting down its no 1 ally in the world, the US, in a distressing loss of moral compass and strategic naivete,” said founders of the Indigenous Friends of Israel, Norman and Barbara Miller. “Israeli civilians including babies and Holocaust survivors were tortured, mutilated, raped, and slaughtered in a horrific attack by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Gazan civilians on October 7. Australia should be...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 14.12.23

“Each-way Albo has turned Australia into an each-way state trying to appease the antisemites and appear to be friendly to Israel at the same time. Chamberlain has shown us that the path of appeasement is dangerous as it just emboldens those with no moral conscience,” said co-founders of Indigenous Friends of Israel, Norman and Barbara Miller.  There can be no peace with an enemy that wants to destroy us with its genocidal claims of “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free.” This...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 8.12.23

Indigenous Friends of Israel founders Norman and Barbara Miller condemn the ignorance, racism, and antisemitism of the Greens MPs in the Australian Senate in recent weeks and of the Greens’ mayoral candidate for Brisbane, Mr Sri.  Mr Sri made a post calling for Zionists, Nazis and TERFs to be excluded from a protest rally he was calling to scrap the Gabba Olympics. Was this in the name of inclusion which the Greens usually call for?  For someone who hopes to be Lord Mayor of Brisbane to be...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 7.11.23

Indigenous Friends of Israel founders Norman and Barbara Miller refuted the claims of Brother Ismael recently at the Al Madina Dawah Centre, southwest Sydney that Hamas is not a terrorist organisation. He also called for Jihad.  Indigenous Friends of Israel also raise concerns that not only has the Al Madina Dawah Centre not distanced themselves from this but it has released a similar tirade from another preacher. No other Islamic organisation has taken issue with this call to kill Jews...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 10.10.23

“Those pro-Hamas demonstrators celebrating the murder, rape, and kidnapping of Israeli civilians including women, children, and elderly in their homes and cars is disgusting and reprehensible,” said Indigenous Friends of Israel co-founders Norman and Barbara Miller. “We condemn it – at the Sydney Opera House or Melbourne or anywhere else in the world. “On 7 October 2023, about 900 Israelis were killed and this is the highest number of Jews killed in one day since the Holocaust. This is tragic,...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 8.10.23

Indigenous Friends of Israel founders Norman and Barbara Miller condemned the terrorist invasion of Israel by Hamas, “Hamas has committed war crimes by invading Israel by land, sea and air and targeting and slaughtering hundreds of civilians in a merciless and unprovoked attack. “Hamas, who control Gaza, are a terrorist organization and are reported to have gone door to door killing civilians in their homes and shooting them in their cars, wounding, and kidnapping many.  “The Palestinians have...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 10.8.23

Indigenous Friends of Israel (IFI) co-founders Norman and Barbara Miller said, “We condemn the decision by the Albanese government to throw Israel under a bus by calling its holiest sites including the Temple Mount and Western Wall ‘occupied territories.’ At best, they are the heartland of Israel, Judea, and Samaria. At worst, disputed territories. “Foreign Minister Penny Wong has asserted in The Australian 9/8/23 that Australia remained a ‘committed friend of Israel’ based on a ‘shared...

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Press Release Re Antisemitic Comments by Noel Pearson 16.4.23

By Norman Miller 16.4.23 As Co-founder of the Indigenous Friends of Israel, I have to call out the antisemitic remarks of fellow Aboriginal Australian Noel Pearson to Julian Leeser, at the time, the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians. I note that First Nations Australians have had huge support from Jewish people, and particularly Jewish lawyers over the years. Two examples of this are the historic Mabo case where the late Ron Castan AM QC was senior counsel and currently, Mark Leibler,...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 2.2.23

Indigenous Friends of Israel (IFI) co-founders Norman and Barbara Miller said, “Adelaide Writers Festival organisers seem to think free speech reads hate speech or racist speech which is not so. In a one-sided propaganda event, the most vitriolic pro-Palestinian writers will have a platform with no opportunity for the other side to be heard. At best, this is a misuse of taxpayers’ money. At worst, it is an intellectual travesty.” “As Indigenous Friends of Israel, we condemn the inaccurate...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 19.10.22

PRESS RELEASE RE AUSTRALIA NOT RECOGNISING WEST JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL OF  ISRAEL By Norman and Barbara Miller, Indigenous Friends of Israel Jihadi Bob Carr has been pushing the terrorist organization Hamas’ position for some years. So now we have Penny Wong, Anthony Albanese, Tony Burke, and the ALP cabinet reversing the previous government’s decision that West Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Who is Australia to be telling another nation where its capital is? How insulting! No wonder...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 10.1.22

Terrorist organisation Hamas made a statement late last week re the Sydney Festival according to the Palestinian Information Center. They said, “We commend and appreciate this decision that came in solidarity with the Palestinians’ legitimate rights, and in opposition to the Israeli crimes against our Palestinian people. “We declare our solidarity with the participants who have withdrawn from the festival, and we call on all participants to raise their voices in face of oppression and...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 19.6.21

By Norman and Barbara Miller  “Regarding the recent motion by the Qld ALP re Israel, it is the Jewish people who have been subject to ethnic cleansing from the land of Israel for many centuries,” said Norman and Barbara Miller, Convenors of the Indigenous Friends of Israel. “If you want to talk about ethnic cleansing, the Assyrians forcibly removed the Israelites from their ancient homeland, the kingdom of Israel (Samaria) in the 8th century BC, and the Babylonians forcibly removed the Jews...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Statement 16.10.18

Indigenous Friends of Israel Chairman Munganbana Norman Miller said from Cairns today that he welcomes the statement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to consider moving the Australian embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Jerusalem has a 3,000 year-old history of being the capital of the Jewish state and the people of Israel,” said Miller who is an Aboriginal of the Jirrbal, Bar-Barrum and Tableland Yidinji tribes. Indigenous Friends of Israel, however, is an international...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 27.7.17

Indigenous Friends of Israel spokesperson Munganbana Norman Miller again today urged the NSW and Federal Labor Party not to change its policy towards Israel in the light of the NSW Labor Conference that will be held this weekend and previous statements by Bob Carr. Mr Miller said from Cairns, “We would like to proudly follow in the footsteps of Australian Aboriginal William Cooper, who, in 1938, led a group of Indigenous Australians on a protest walk to the German Consulate in Melbourne to...

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Indigenous Friends of Israel, Australia Press Release 6.7.17

Indigenous Friends of Israel spokesperson Munganbana Norman Miller said the national organisation is concerned at the incendiary language of Bob Carr who is leading the Labor Party down a dangerous path in his attempt to get NSW and then federal Labor endorsement of a Palestinian state while Palestinian leaders do not accept the right of Israel to exist and support terrorism. Mr Miller said today from Cairns, one of the higher population areas for Indigenous people, “I support a two-state...

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