|How Very Clever. We Haven't Seen Anything Like This Before|
This is the cartoon that headed an article by Graham Richardson in this morning's Australian that cites the Prime Minister's courage in standing up for Israel and standing by the US, Canada and the Czech Republic in the critical UN vote that has given "Palestine" the status of a state as reason why her political judgement is lacking and simplistic. Why she had to be rolled.
We shall see about that.
It's behind a pay wall so this is my summary.
The "Israel right or wrong" group in the Victorian right of the Party, Richardson complains, "can't bring themselves to say no to Israel." Bob Carr used to be like that, he says, but "has long harboured deep concerns about Israel's policy of allowing more and more settlements on the West Bank" .Carr says there is "no hope of peace without a two state solution" and there is no hope of that "if the settlements keep spreading".
Minister after minister concurred with Carr, he says, but the PM stood her ground. Gareth Evans was lobbying ministers furiously at the time (big surprize there) , Richardson informs us, no doubt declaring to anyone who would listen that to stand up for Israel was to be on the "wrong side of history". Whatever it takes, I guess.
.Anthony Albanese withdrew support and Carr said that if the issue went to caucus he would break cabinet solidarity and vote against the Prime Minister. This would bring her down. She would have lost her job over Israel.
I'm not even going to comment on the sheer bloody minded offensiveness of the cartoon that the Australian editors (and Richardson?) allowed to illustrate the piece. If they don't know by now how provocative and degrading those symbols are, especially right now in the middle of a global tsunami of antisemitism, they never will. They know. They just don't care.
I will say the courage of Australia's cartoonists is truly remarkable. They are always standing up to the all powerful and spiteful "Jewish lobby". The Jews don't scare them, they boast. They have Jewish friends who agree with them. They all do. Cartoonists have a job to do. To bring balance by being unbalanced; or something.
What heroes of the hour they are. Of course the Jews don't scare them. What a delicious thrill it must be to upset them. One thing is certain. You could bet the house not one of them would have the balls to draw an image of Mohammed.
Like Andrew Leigh's piece in the Drum a few days ago it is astonishing how wrong and perhaps dishonest Richardson's narrative is. I suppose his position is now mainstream in the chattering classes but these are supposed to be informed men with power and influence. As Isi Leibler said yesterday about liberal Jewish Israel bashers --- are they malicious or ignorant?
The starting point is Richardson's description of the UN vote. It was on "the admission of the Palestinian Authority to observer status" he says. Sucked in, Richardson and the ALP. The Palestinians have already made fools of them.
Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer's latest article is entitled "Palestine: Trojan Horse Exposes Duplicitous Doublecross".
'Any doubt that the Oslo Accords and the Bush Road Map are dead and buried has been put to final rest by John V Whitbeck – an international lawyer who has served as an advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel.
Writing in the Cyprus Mail on 13 January Whitbeck reveals that the Palestinian Authority "has been absorbed and replaced by the State of Palestine" in a decree issued by Mahmoud Abbas on 3 January and signed by him acting in his capacities as president of the State of Palestine and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
|With Respect, Graham Richardson and the ALP --- Don't You Feel Just A Little Embarrassed?|
Look at this from the "Palestine Ambassador to the UK" in the British Parliament just two days ago.
Everything else I wrote to Andrew Leigh yesterday applies to Richardson mutatis mutandis. All of them really. Especially the bits that follow in a moment.. At least he didn't try on the "illegal" under "international law" blind red furphy. How seriously perverse is that one especially after a year in which Hamas and its allies fired 2556 rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel.
At least Richardson did not claim to be a friend of Israel.
Read Isi Leibler's just published piece on this. Do you have any idea of what you and the ALP have bought by signalling that this is again open as far as Australia is concerned? Especially in the explicit context of the following point? Do you seriously think you are helping?
Every Palestinian faction is united on this now. Why wouldn't they be? Wherever they look in the West they are being told they are winning . "Armed struggle" it is. Or the ethnic cleansing of the Jews outside of the 1949 armistice lines, just like from Gaza where they had lived pretty much for as long as there has been a Gaza,,; followed by the forced collapse of the state through the spurious and offensive Muslim right of return. That is their bottom line. With respect are you deaf? Do you think the Israelis are? That you overlook Palestinian intransigence and ignore the numerous repeated and specific offers by Israel and the world of a Palestinian state both before and after 1967 right up until Olmert's extraordinary offer a few years ago causes concern about your sincerity when you talk about peace.
More innovative and independent than in Australia. For better or for worse.
As far as the Palestinians and their foreign string masters are concerned it is not just these lands that are disputed. All the land is disputed all the way to the sea. Now more than ever. This is at the very core of the problem. There are reasons why this problem is worse now than ever before.. These are the Islamic Revolution and Islamism. Not necessarily in that order. Did they miss that at your universities? Do you think you are helping by feeding it?
Perhaps you think these are Israel's fault. That you don't even mention the core of the problem suggests you are part of the problem.
I am an Australian of some generations and let me tell you something true, friend. Mate. Friends like you Israel can do without. That you appear to not understand that a liberal democracy anywhere is not dispensable in the face of this vile ideology without us all being dispensable , and that she is not in any way responsible for this vile ideology, or any of the other sick political cultures that have plagued the Arab world since the end of the First World War, including the Palestinians, suggests you do not appreciate how crucial this issue is for the health and future of the West and for Australia. The Islamists mean to win. Essays like yours embolden them. Friends like you both Israelis and Australians can do without. That is why all Australians, not just Jewish Australians, who care about ideas like democracy, self determination and human rights should vote against the ALP this year.
Resident Human Rights Activist
The plan still is for the son of an ape to keep on making a pig of himself at Richardson's and Leigh's and the ALP's blogs and wherever he can find anyone who will listen. Just like Gareth Evans but without being a complete arsehole.
Readers are invited ... requested ... pleaded ... to send links to these posts to their local members and everywhere else where it might do some good. The ALP have locked themselves in on this . They have shattered the bipartisan policy on supporting Israel in the face of this vile ideology about which they are in stunned denial.. Among other things perhaps it is time to shatter the bipartisan policy on multiculturalism and immigration; at least how it operates in modern Australia in tolerating, indeed encouraging, hateful and violent religious extremism and ideological antisemitism, racism and anti-Western radicalism.
Let us see just whose political judgement is exposed as simplistic on this. .