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The “dangers” of anti-Zionism

Ted Lapkin is the Director of Policy Analysis for AIJAC, Australia’s most insidious, Zionist lobby group. His job essentially involves defending Israeli war crimes, invasion, occupation and torture (evidence for the prosecution here.)

In the current issue of the conservative (and government-funded) magazine, Quadrant, he attempts to analyse a handful of “anti-Zionist” academics in Australia, and includes a large section on my work. I am, in Lapkin’s worldview, a supporter of now-deceased Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi (due to my opposition to the Iraq war and desire for US defeat) and a “dyed-in-the-wool anti-Zionist.”

Perhaps the funniest section of his article is near the end:

The best and brightest of Australia’s youth are exposed to virulent anti-Zionism throughout their university years. It remains to be seen what effect this indoctrination will have on the next generation of Aussie leaders.

Of course, blindly supporting Israel and the US isn’t indoctrination, it’s simple common sense, according to Lapkin and his ilk. After all, who wouldn’t want to support two governments that feed off each other’s aggression?

The full article can be read here: Download File

19 comments ↪
  • Aaron Lane

    Why do you imply it to be improper, due to its conservatism, for Quadrant to be government funded?

  • Aaron Lane

    Also, you seem to suggest that line Quadrant takes on the issue is linked to its government funding, and that the government demanded it be written or something. This is obvious. After all, the government has long funded films and other artistic forms, and as we all know not a single one has taken a liberal political position ever.

  • Nell Fenwick

    I take it by virulent you mean infectious.

  • Nell Fenwick

    Antony,

    Insidious? You might want to try yet another adjective.

  • boredinHK

    I see in the article by Lapkin he claims you made a thinly veiled threat to sue him.

    How is that going or any further details available ?

  • Addamo

    Gawd these right wing nut jobs are all operating from the same manual, it's so obvoious. Criticise the US or Israel and you are either a Zarqawi love or Saddam appologist. Everything is binary. There is no concept of middle or moderate.

  • Keith

    Criticise the US or Israel and you are either a Zarqawi love or Saddam appologist

    I imagine that all people rooting for a US defeat are by default supporting the insurgency and US defeat is more important than the immorality of the insurgency.

  • ed squire

    In the current issue of the conservative (and government-funded) magazine, Quadrant

    ..from the above words, Aaron Lane (Jul 14th, 2006 at 6:29 pm) by what must be one of greatest feats of clairvoiance seen on his blog, discerns:

    Also, you seem to suggest that line Quadrant takes on the issue is linked to its government funding, and that the government demanded it be written or something.

    What I want to know is: what are next week's lotto numbers?

  • Addamo

    I imagine that all people rooting for a US defeat are by default supporting the insurgency and US defeat is more important than the immorality of the insurgency

    That simplistic bullshit is what created the Stalinist and Nazi rule. If your not with us, your're against us – stright out of of the Goebells schol of propaghanda.

    You can't be that stupid Keith. How about being opposed to the imorality of the occupation (which is illegal), and recognising the right of Iraqi's to resist occupation (which is legal)?

    When will you recoignise that here wil be no US victory short of killing all Iraqis? So long as Iraqis exist in UIra,q there wil lbe a resistance to occupation. Even Rumslfeld himself has state that much.

  • viva peace

    Very interesting reading. I must say I was hsocked at the revelations of AL not having any journalistic or academic pedigree, and the evn more scandalous appointment to the Macquarie Uni. position.

    Are these allegations correct or will AL sue?

  • boredinHK

    Viva peace ,

    You can search the archives for the discussion about AL's appointment.

    As an issue though … yawn.

  • john ryan

    What else would you expect from Viva and the Israeli Govt Propaganda Dept,I have a feeling that Lapkin is its operative

  • Captain

    addumbooo, you really show how sick you are when you try and justify Iraqi 'resistance' (i.e. bloodthirsty terrorism: you know the beheading kind) as being "legal".

  • Addamo

    addumbooo, you really show how sick you are when you try and justify Iraqi ‘resistance’ (i.e. bloodthirsty terrorism: you know the beheading kind) as being “legal”.

    Did yo say bloodthirsty Capatin? Is that not a Blood Libel?

    I am not justifying anything you sick arsewhipe. I am merely pointitng out that the Geneva conventios and the UN Charter include the right of resistance to an occupation.

  • Addamo

    addumboo you are ignorant as well as an antisemite. Justifying terrorism with silly circular irrational ignorant statements shows just what an unhinged idiot you are.

    So my blood drinking friend.

    What is terrorist but another form of warfare? Israel has used terorrirm from it;s bith, beginning with the Irgun, not to mentino it's forrays into Egypt with the Suzzana Project (aka Lavon Affair). Does that mean that Israel is a terrorist state? No you wil say that these actions were all necessary for the security fo the country – they were acts of warfare rigth?

    Pull your head out fo your arse once in a while Captain. Your brain is suffering from oxygen depravation.

  • JohD

    'bloodthirsty' – A zionist blood libel against all and sundry.

    When suicide bombers kill Israelis at work and play, and Israelis kill civilians, we can all recognize murder for what it is. In my book, the latter is worse than the former because it is perpertrated by a State; and all acts of mass slaughter that killed millions in the last century was perpertrated by States. Both are evil, so I guess in that respect they are equivalent, but Sate slaughter is infinitely worse than private murder.

    The stench of apologia for slaughter is becoming intolerable, and manifestly so. Even to the extent that ordinary people, 'sheeple' in the parlance of the radical left, are questioning what is happening. The same old fog is not working anymore. The US, with it's invasion and lies in Iraq, has broken the spell, the consequences of which are now becoming evident. Zionazis need to change their tune because they beginning to sound like a broken record.

  • Addamo

    JohD,

    As always you cut throught the bullshit and say it like it is. Thank you.

  • JohD said: The stench of apologia for slaughter is becoming intolerable, and manifestly so.

    Amen.

  • Rhys A. Needham

    Why do they let nutters like Lapkin, etc. even see the light of day, we should get a Labor government in, give these right-wing lunatics a taste of their own sedition laws that they've so desired, as well as the treatment they've decided that anyone who opposes THEM deserves, i.e. Mediaeval torture in a concentration camp on soil not even owned by the country carrying it out, merely leased from them, whilst simultaneously subjecting to the 1984-esque, Goebbelsian propaganda they've been using on all us intelligent moderates who can see both sides of the story, i.e. both sides are as bad as one another.