I cross post pieces at IT that on the face of it likely look are about the parochial and marginal from the standpoint of where all the action is. Australia is a middle ranking power that diplomatically punches above its weight but no one here kids herself that the country has much sway in the way of the world.
I do it because it is striking how similar are the issues in our countries. I do it as a reminder that we are up against a sophisticated global movement that is pulling out all stops in this sinister campaign against Israel and the Jews.
They mean business. Rewriting history is nothing for them. For them, that is the least that they will do.
I do it because Australia, with Canada and the Czech Republic, may be Israel's only remaining true friends in the world and in the case of Australia at least that can now change with a change of government.
If you follow the links you may be astonished at the energy and sheer bloody-minded determination that has been invested this year and last in the ongoing process of tearing the Australian Labor Party, despite aberrations, arguably historically the most pro-Israel party in the Western world, away from its traditional rock solid support of Israel and Zionism that extends back to the foundation of Israel and decades before.
For the benefit of US readers, you will recall Bob Carr is the creepy little man who due to the vagaries of the Australian constitutional and political systems was unelected to any public office when he was appointed the country's foreign minister in 2012 by the besieged Prime Minister in a bizarre twist to a failed attempt to stop her government from falling apart.
It is to do with the faction system of the ALP, especially the power of the faction bosses in the then ruling party in the lower house and without question the most formally factioned party in the democratic world.
Except perhaps Israel.
The good news is that it did not work, the Australian public did its job and last year out went the government poxy foreign minister and all. As predicted former PM Gillard, now in political retirement and on the record, immediately came to regret her appointment of the creepy little man as FM and also as predicted, the creepy little man has lived on in retirement as the Jimmy Carter of Australian politics who as we all know is the strangest and creepiest little man to have ever been POTUS. Ever.
Enough background. From this point the post is as appears in the Australian blogs.
Happy to answer any questions in comments.
|A Defining Moment in the History of the ALP
This is a New Year greeting from NSW Labor to the NSW Jewish community just a few weeks after NSW Labor served up a big bowl of something red and smelly to the NSW Jewish community and for that matter everyone else who might think the Middle East Jews are just as entitled as their neighbours to basic civil and human rights including in particular the right to be left in peace in their own sovereign state.
Look at this . This is Bob Carr's resolution adopted by NSW Labor condemning Israel and rewarding "Palestine" for the Hamas (and Fatah) war crime of attacking the civilian population of Israel from the shelter of the civilian population of Gaza.
It is now official.
From the policy standpoint of NSW Labor, attacking innocent civilians with lethal force carries no particular moral opprobrium at all so long as those civilians are Jews. Or at least Israeli Jews. Please do not dismiss this as hyperbole.
This is so even if the attacks are carried out from behind women and children as calculated battle tactics to deflect or inhibit directed retaliation aimed at stopping the strikes. That the intended victims are Israeli Jewish civilians overrides everything. Terrorism on a massive scale. Cold blooded murder. Genocidal antisemitism. Everything. Nothing is too vicious, depraved or obscene for Carr and NSW Labor to draw in a flash an immediate moral equivalence with Israel's military response to the attacks.
Can you think of any other circumstance where Carr and the ALP would stoop so low?
On the other hand Israelis defending themselves against these war criminals are condemned with a resolution that quite explicitly holds them responsible for the violence that Hamas coldly launched and the casualties the terror gangs have quite deliberately caused even among their own population.
Why does Fatah always get a free pass by the way, in the muddy airy world of Bob Carr and the other strange and unpleasant men and women of NSW Labor? Given that President Abbas' boys were right in there from the start doing their best to murder civilians with the rest of them?
Why does it take a political resolution to determine a matter of international law? Why would a party ever seek to resolve any matter of law at a political conference? The answer I suggest is obvious. That "Israel and the settlements are in breach of international law" has long ceased to be an issue of law, at least as the concept is understood in countries such as Australia, US or Israel. The only international law that Israel is in breach is Sharia. The rest is politics and puff.
We may be witnessing the death of international law as a concept that is worth retaining.
Carr and NSW Labor have sold out much more than you might think when they sold out Israel and the Jews.
We can say something for certain about international law that NSW Labor in it new role as arbiter, or at least resolver, on issues legal, could save for its next conference. Firing thousands of rockets across a border at random on a civilian population in an attempt to murder as many people as possible is a breach of international law. That's an opinion NSW Labor can have for nothing.
On reflection NSW Labor should avoid resolving that murder is illegal at the next conference. Let alone that civilised states have a duty to stop if they can with police and soldiers if they must. NSW Labor has already shown its true colours on these matters.
This is Bob Carr's resolution, now NSW ALP policy. NSW Labor's Rosh Hashanah message follows. It's a peach.
MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS – Resolution adopted at NSW Annual Conference