If you were thrilled by the award of a knighthood to Phil the Greek (aka Prince Philip), you'll be over the moon at the award of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) to Sam the Zionist (aka Sam Salcman):
"For service to the community through a range of organisations:
"Senior Vice-president, Zionist Council of Victoria (ZCV) (formerly the State Zionist Council of Victoria) 15 years; Executive Member 1972-2010. ZCV Delegate to the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (formerly the Jewish Board of Deputies) since 1973.
"Member of the Executive of the Jewish Board of Deputies as Chair of the Overseas Jewry Committee, 4 years.
"National Secretary, Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA), 6 years; Executive 1974-2012 and since 2014.
"Honorary Treasurer, Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) 1992-1995 and 2000-2007; Honorary Life Member of ECAJ since 2008; Chairman, Overseas Jewry Committee, now known as the Australian Committee for Soviet Jewry (part of ECAJ) 1982-1990.
"Treasurer, Lamm Jewish Library of Australia Board (formerly Makor library) 1994-2003.
"Honorary Treasurer, Australian Reform Zionist Association (ARZA) 2003-2007.
"Vice-Chair, Australia Arava Partnership Committee since 2013 and Committee Member since 1998.
"Founding Member, Australian Friends of Labour Israel (Victoria), 1974; Vice-Chair, 1976-1997.
"Member, Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce Victoria since 1985.
"Secretary, Victorian ALF Foreign Affairs Committee 1976-1980; Member 1975-1982.
"Member, CPA Australia since 1984.
"Foundation Member, Institute of Certified Management Accountants since 1980; Chartered Tax Advisor, Taxation Institute of Australia since 2012.
"Member, Governance Institute of Australia since 1989.
"Recipient, Community Recognition Award, Jewish Community Council of Victoria, 2009.
"Recipient, Jerusalem Prize, Zionist Council of Victoria and Zionist Federation of Australia and World Zionist Organisation, 2003." (Australia Day Awards 2015, jwire.com.au, 26/1/15)
Reading through the above, I found myself wondering whether the Zionist Federation of Australia had nominated Sam for the above award. Wondering thus, I recalled the ZFA's recent (5/12/14) gripe about the 2014 Walkley Awards for journalists.
Railing against awards going to Middle East correspondents Paul McGeough and Ruth Pollard (Fairfax), and John Lyons (News Corpse), the ZFA griped that "Perhaps the only sure-fire way to win a Walkley these days is by spouting Palestinian propaganda and making sure you only tell half the story." (zfa.com.au)
The ZFA's gripe was titled:
How to win a Walkley Award - Step 1: Become Middle East Correspondent, Step 2: Write incessantly against Israel.
But would I be so churlish as to detract from Sam's considerable achievements by titling this particular post:
How to win an Australia Day Award - Step 1: Become a Zionist lobbyist, Step 2: Campaign incessantly against Palestine?
Still looking for an Australia Day 2015 award to a Palestinian lobbyist...