Friday, April 18, 2014

Antisemitism And The Australian Left


Those looking for the smoking gun of Australian Leftist antisemitism and how far and deep it has come so quickly need only take a glance at New Matilda. Look at this recent article by Stuart Rees following on from antisemitic enabler, Bob Carr's outburst about the Jews. Needless to say my retort was not published.

The Israel Lobby's Goal Is Silence

By Stuart Rees

As Bob Carr's diaries reveal, the Israeli lobby has consistently tried to silence critics of the state and shut down discussion of the human rights situation in Palestine, writes Stuart Rees
In the much discussed memoirs from his time as Foreign Minister, Bob Carr revealed the "extraordinary influence" that the Israeli lobby has on Australian foreign policy. His work details how former Prime Minister Julia Gillard would not criticise Israeli West Bank settlements for fear of the anger such criticism would provoke. "So we can’t even ‘express concern’ without complaint," wrote Carr.
For decades, the narrative about Palestinians being savage and uncivilised has been controlled by Israel — but under the influence of the world wide, non-violent, Boycott, Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement to assert Palestinians’ rights to self-determination, that control is being challenged.
A week ago, a public forum in Sydney’s Footbridge Theatre was subtitled "All you wanted to know (about BDS) and were afraid to ask". Palestinian playwright Samah Sabawi identified Israeli academics’ deafening silence when Palestinian universities were bombed or closed, or when such academics learned of other human rights abuses against Palestinians: murders, the theft of lands and destruction of homes. She asked, "Would an invitation to Australian academics to protest these abuses and to join the BDS movement also be met by silence?"

Do read it all You will find just about every antisemitic trope going in just a few hundred words. Including
  • That there is an extraordinarily powerful "Lobby" doing the bidding of Australian Jews 
  • Its job is not to put a case to politicians and the media but to silence "critics" of Israel
  • Its influence extends way beyond mere political pressure 
  • Australian bureaucrats, academics, journalists and politicians are pressured to not criticise Israel  
  • Rees's fellow antisemite, Jake Lynch, is being pursued in the Federal Court at the behest of the "Lobby" (In fact Australian Jewish communal leaders opposed this action)
  • Major newspapers do not report on the court action against Lynch because of fear or intimidation 
  • Jews deploy enormous wealth to achieve these ends 
  • Rees gets "hate mail" every week and that this appears to be organised
  • Jews bash and intimidate foreign pro BDS demonstrators in Israel  

And so on.
You might think that at least New Matilda and its commenters are not yet pushing Holocaust Denial. You would be wrong.

Look at this The emphasis is mine.

Syd Walker
Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 17:08

I'm also someone who usually identifies with the "Left" on most issues and I've been a passionate conservation for many years. I dislike bigotry, the Murdoch media and Andrew Bolt. 
However, I find most of the current debate shrill, formulaic and partisan. When the Human Rights Commission was estabhed in the 1980s, I remember feeling excited that it would help push the case for human rights in Australia. I was aware of the International Declaration of Human Rights and pleased to have a Govt body set to defend it. i was especially keen on Article 19 of the UDHR which gives a robust guarantee for free speech.
28 years later I am disappointed. I'm unaware of a single instane when the HRC has actually promoted free speech in Australia. On the contrary, it has acted to limit free speech. The 1990s amendment that introduced 18C was lobbied for by the Zionist movement. A few years ago, Jeremy Jones of the Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council was actually given a HRC award for his efforts
The Scully and Tobin cases followed enactment of 18C. , their human rights were shredded by the HRC in the courts. Both ended up bankcrupted. The Tobin case was particularly egregious. As far as I'm aware, it was the first time a court in Australia arrogated to itself the right to specify historical truth, in some detail. 
Now we have a boorish, unchallenged and multi-partisan vilification of "Holocaust Deniers" - while these peoples' free speech is almost completey denied (they're NEVER given a fairing airing in the mass media - not as long as I've been watching this issue).
Is there anyone viewing this forum who'd like to explain why they believe the opinions expressed by Paul Eisen in the article below should be routinely vilified and subject to criminal prosecution?

Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 17:37

The net result of 18C on the thorny topic of judically-enforced historical 'truth' has been a handful of show trials (eg Scully and Tobin), while more-carefully worded querying of 1930s/40s history has not, so far, been persecuted.
But there has been a more important effect. That has been to give the mass media a rationalization for why they report and discuss "The Holocaust" with such egregious bias.
Roughly a decade ago, I emailed Phillip Adams to ask why, after an hour-long, utterly one-sided interview he gave to one of David Irving's most prominent critics on Late Night Live, in which Irving was repeatedly vilified, he didn't invite Irving to reply. Adams responded that he didn't think irving would dare accept. I emailed Irving to ask him directly if he was willing to be interviewed on Australian radio. He said he most certainly was - but doubted the offer would come to anything. He was right. When I emailed Adams again to say Irving accepted, he ignored my correspondence.
When I re-read Adams' emails, he did at one time mention there might be 'legal issues'. I presume he had in mind the Tobin case. As long as 18C is on the statute books, it facilitates wholly one-sided coverage of this important history in mass media, schools, academia and public discuourse in general. Someone like Adams or his prodcuer can avoid accusations of bias by claiming they are compliant with the law.

Posted Friday, March 28, 2014 - 14:38

Syd Walker:
I did not read the full Paul Eisen article but the pertinent points.
I would classify him not as a denier - as he himself does - but a skeptic.

And this guy:

Kevin Charles H...
Posted Friday, April 11, 2014 - 18:03

I question the numbers murdered in the Shoah.

Does that make me a H denier?

And so on.

My reply

Posted Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 10:50 new

Sure it does. Why would you even bother given that this is the most examined and closely recorded event  in human history? Why is it so important  to you to deny that? Why are the "numbers" so important to you especially given you must know you haven't a clue about what you are talking about? What exactly is your point?
There is is not a shadow of doubt about it. The Left has become the natural home of the bigots. A glance at this thread proves that beyond any question.
Congratulations modern Australian Left with all your pretensions and elitist self importance courtesy of a public education system that you made not the slightest contribution to build. 
Syd Walker is this charmer  Have a look at his most recent contribution to the public conversation. Some years ago he was even banned from Margo Kingston's now defunct Webdiary. Why? You guessed it. For Holocaust Denial.

This Is What Happens To "Palestinians" Who Try ...


Read this. Just in case you were under the delusion that there is any hope of peace with these people.

Palestinian university students’ trip to Auschwitz causes uproar

(Courtesy of Mohammed Dajani/ Handout Image ) - Mohammed Dajani, a Palestinian university professor, took 27 of his Palestinian students to Auschwitz last month on a project to learn more about the Holocaust and to study empathy.
JERUSALEM — Professor Mohammed S. Dajani took 27 Palestinian college students to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland a few weeks ago as part of a project designed to teach empathy and tolerance. Upon his return, his university disowned the trip, his fellow Palestinians branded him a traitor and friends advised a quick vacation abroad.
Dajani said he expected criticism. “I believe a trip like this, for an organized group of Palestinian youth going to visit Auschwitz, is not only rare, but a first,” he said. “I thought there would be some complaints, then it would be forgotten.”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014



The Conversation, fed by filthy great slabs of Australian taxpayers money, doesn't have the guts to hear what I have to say.

Apparently I'm immoderate and anonymous. Is there any doubt who I am? That I might have a genuine concern to protect my family? 

 Yet they publish the views of professional antisemitic activists and other cowards such as Antony Loewenstein without so much as a look in the rear view mirror. They ain't heard half of it yet.

They "welcome debate and dissent".

Bullshit they do. Only if you are a Jew basher.

Moses Was The First Zionist


This is courtesy of our dear friend, Rita. Passover is the festival of liberation. National liberation. There is nothing at all that is new about Zionism. It is tremendously important especially at a time like now when the storm clouds are once again on the horizon, green with envy, hate and hail, we remember that we have genuine friends. Friends that we can count on. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Breaking: Racist Murder of Jews in Kansas (Updated)


A Kansas state trooper at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park.

Suspected white supremacist held in Kansas Jewish center shootings

52 minutes ago
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Three people were shot to death Sunday at two Jewish community facilities here after a man in his 70s opened fire, authorities said. The gunman was believed to be a longtime white supremacist.
As the suspect was taken into custody, he appeared to shout "Heil Hitler" as a local TV crew filmed his arrest.
The shootings took place on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins at sundown Monday.
Although officials refused to identify the suspect, a Johnson County sheriff's database reported that Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, had been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder Sunday and was being held without bail. According to court records, Cross is a name used by Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. 
Miller is an avowed white supremacist who "has been in the movement all his life," the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement. The center, which tracks white supremacists, said it had confirmed the link between Cross and Miller in a phone conversation with...

continued here


Not a mention of this on the ABC news. Not in any edition. Dead Jews are no news as far as the gutless and bigoted Left is concerned.

Imagine the screaming headlines if this was a group of blacks murdered by a Nazi in the US. Don't even think about the hysteria if it were innocent Muslims going about their business who were the victims of this terrible crime.

The Australian Left is the natural  home of the Australian bigot.  Try not to think about what they will say and do when a crime like this comes to Australia.

Does This Look Like A Man Under Unhealthy Pressure From A Disproportionately Powerful Lobby?


He should know

Bob Carr famously complained to the ALP caucus while in government about what was he expected to say about Israel the next time he was speaking from the steps of the Lakemba Mosque. 

Where else would you make a major policy statement affecting Israel and the Jews?

He could have kept his mouth shut I suppose given that his audience would have included supporters of Hezbollah and the PLO whose opinions about what should be done about Israel and the Jews would not suffer from ambivalence at least when expressed in private. Prominently it would have included the Mufti of Australia who was about to lead a delegation of Australian Muslims to Gaza to demonstrate solidarity with Hamas.

Instead he chose to say this.

   ” I’ve been to Ramallah, I’ve spoken to the Palestinian leadership, and we support their aspirations to have a Palestinian state in the context of a Middle East of peace. And that means respect for the right of Israel to exist. But we want that Palestinian state to exist, in the context of a peace in the Middle East, and that’s why we say, unequivocally, all settlements on Palestinian land are illegal under international law and should cease. That is the position, of Kevin Rudd, the position of the Federal Labor Government, and we don’t make apologies for it.”

Carr knows that the unanimous opinion of those with the power over the "Palestinians", and their supporters in the Middle East, is that all the land between the river and the sea is "Palestinian land" and that all of Israel is one big "illegal settlement". Carr knows that even the "moderates", if they can bring themselves to talk about Israel having a "right to exist" at all, for the benefit of a foreign audience only, mean an Israel that does not have sovereignty over its own borders or population. An interim step to swamping the Jewish population and once again subjecting it to dhimmitude, expulsion or death as is required by a political culture that demands subjugation and submission even of its own people.

Fat chance. 

This is why the Palestinian polities and those of almost all Arab Muslim countries and Iran are tyrannies. They always have been in one form or another.

Carr knows this. And yet it is the Jews living in Jerusalem and Judea, even in that tiny area that has been ear marked for Israel,  who are "illegal". 

Is this a man who was under an unhealthy pressure to signal to the world that Australia had jumped camps on the question of the Jews and their right to live peacefully and lawfully even in Jerusalem or in that tiny spit of land in Judea that will be part of Israel under any realistic two state solution? 

Very likely.  But there is something else in this picture.

From this angle this is  a man who looks and sounds very much like any other common garden variety bigot. The world is full of them. Either you resist them or you go along with them. That depends on what kind of a future you want for the world. 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Not The Best Time To Be A Friend Of Israel And The Jews

                                   Is there ever a good time?

Harder to stick up for Israel and the Jews than you could possibly imagine


A great article by Andrew Bolt that deserves to be read carefully by the Australian Jewish community and its leadership. Even if it is only to observe the ancient Jewish tradition of doing your absolute best to not make the same mistake twice.

Andrew Bolt


Many of Australia’s most prominent Jews face a terrible reality that I’ve warned about for almost a decade: the natural home of the anti-Jewish bigot is now the Left. Too many prominent Jewish intellectuals here have pampered their enemy.

Spigelman: My father was a bit of a lefty from his Polish days because Jews in Poland tended to be on the left ‘cause all the anti-Semites were then on the right. That’s exactly the reverse today.

Throsby: Is it?
And, right on time, former Labor foreign minister Bob Carr takes the stage.
Carr is not an anti-Semite, but his views on the Jewish lobby are absurd and dangerously close to an anti-Semitic trope: 

The Australian Jewish community did this brave friend a grave disservice by not speaking out in his defence against even the most vile attacks on his integrity and reputation during the section 18C action brought against him, no matter what you might think about the underlying issue.

The treatment of "light skinned" aborigines who identify as aboriginal is one issue.  Bolt was just plain wrong and offensive and he deserved to be told and why. He deserved to be told comprehensively and in detail.

But I don't recall that happening.  Instead we got this 18 C prosecution that was allowed to carry the perception at least of being very much a Jewish affair. 

I still recall the shock at the shrillness and the severity of the attack on Bolt and what was said in the opening address to the court. Almost hysterical. I honestly remember thinking that at least the judge is Jewish too. He will know that this is way over the top and even more offensive than what Bolt said. He will throw this thing out. 

Not a bit of it as we now know.  

These guys must really hate Bolt. The Green/Commo/Left has always hated Bolt that again borders on hysteria and a large part of the reason for that is that Bolt is a friend of Israel and the Jews. 

How much of this attack on Bolt was politically motivated in  any case? All of it? The Ugly Left hates Bolt and really really hates Murdoch and News Limited and for them this was an opportunity to ping the bastards big time.

Don't Want Him To Have The Last Word?

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Don't hang out waiting for my donation fellas.  It will be a thirsty day in hell before that happens.

And so now the communal leadership is about to lose 18 C for the Jews and all the others who need it and it will be replaced with something that is designed to ensure that a Bolt prosecution will never happen again. 

These things depend on perceptions. You can be certain there is little sympathy in  conservative circles  for a community asking for protection against even the most sinister of Holocaust deniers even when there are still survivors among us and when there is also a perception that this is a community that does not even stand by its own friends even when one of them has just been vilified in open court in an attack that itself bordered on Holocaust denial. 

And especially when there is a perception in some places that it was mainly a Jewish driven thing anyway. 

Now a certain creepy former politician with an unsavoury reputation has just alleged that when he was foreign minister, Middle East foreign policy was sub-contracted to Melbourne based parties acting for the Jews and who control the party when it comes to issues about Israel and "Palestine" through a system of coercion involving donations and intimidation. They even have there own faction in the party. And the creep is actually given credibility.      

Not a great era in the history of the Melbourne community in particular. After all this is the city of the Melbourne Age which is not past publishing antisemitic cartoons. Friends like Bolt are not as common on the ground as you might wish. That is because it takes courage. 

As Bolt has suggested there are lessons to be learned by Australian Jews and their leadership from this affair. And one of them surely is that if your friends are under attack then you stick by them. Especially if he is being vindictively attacked with real malice at least in part by a political class that seriously hates Bolt in large measure because he is such a good friend of Israel and the Jews.  

It is a good thing the Jewish community has such a powerful and far reaching "Lobby" acting in its interests. It would be in deep dreck if it did not.  

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