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The Nazis are coming, run to the hills

It’s amazing what nonsense journalists will sprout after taking a free trip to Israel. Case study number one, Sydney Morning Herald columnist Paul Sheehan:

“…No question we will see another Kristallnacht because the Nazis are rising around the world”. 

Nazis are rising? Real Nazis? Or Iranian ones? Or perhaps he’s referring to al-Qaeda. Or Hamas. Or Hizbollah.

Or perhaps he’s just been brain-washed by those highly efficient IDF Powerpoint presentations.

  • Andre

    Oh the irony!!

  • ej

    Sheehan has been on the drip since he was the SMH AMerican correspondent in the mid-1980s.

    He had a long macho piece on the brilliant success story that is MOSSAD in April 1988, and he's never looked back.

    His piece on Hanan Ashrawi in November 2003 was as an Israeli lobby mouthpiece.

    His take on the Intifada was written in Jerusalem (e.g. January 2006).

    ANd then his late 2006 paid trip to Israel paid off neatly for his sponsors with articles on 4 November (what an nice intelligent chap is the ex head of MOSSAD Efraim Halevy), and two ultra odious pieces on 30 December and 1 January.

    SHeehan has been a profitable investment for the Israeli lobby. Pay him peanuts and you get a parrot.

  • viva peace

    If you people can not see the Nazi roots in Hamas, you are nuts.

  • Andre

    If you people can not see the Nazi roots in Hamas, you are nuts.

    And yet, Hamas was creation of Israel. Seems to be a recurring theme.

  • viva peace

    Hamas was creation of Israel

    OMG! You just get sillier the more post. Dude, Hamas is a breakaway group of the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • ej

    If you people can't see the Nazi brotherhood of Zionism you are nuts.

  • E.Mariyani
  • Andre


    Dude, Hamas is a breakaway group of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    I don't know why you pretend to be so ignorant.

    It is common knowledge that after the 1967 war, Israel were looking to dilute the influence of the PLO, hence the supported and financed Hamas. Were it not for Israel's support, Hamas may not even exist today.

    It's a little like Israel's own mujahadeen experiment gone wrong.

  • The politics of naming is something I've been researching of late. The Nazi tag is very telling for a number of reasons. First, it says nothing of current atrocities which are close to 100% committed against the Palestinians. Note there hasn't been a single suicide attack in a long time, and in general this tactic isn't used so much by the Palestinians anymore. Mainly I think because the situation is so bad in the Occupied Territories now that even this most desperate and horrible measure is no longer contemplatable.

    So effectively you have a perfect victim in the Palestinians at present. But focusing on the Nazis is about diverting attention from that. It tells us that while we might be one race, some lives are more valuable than others. Hence, the focus on the fantastical threat of future Jewish deaths at the hand of new Nazis instead of on the very real deaths currently being caused by Israel against the Palestinians.

  • Keith

    Iqbal, you research must be pretty shallow. Israel continues to capture many suicide bombers, mainly at the checkposts. There has been a suicide bombing recently in Eilat. It is true however that the Palestinians are too busy killing each other that they have lost a bit of focus of killing jews.
    Their Nazi style indocrination of the Palestinian children will however ensure that their lust for killing Jews continues well into the next generation.

  • Andre

    Keith, it's a wonder to behold how you can bring yourself to dismiss Iqbal's observation as shallow by using such a 2 simplistic, ignorant and 2 dimensional retort and still keep s straight face.

  • Leo Braun

    "The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself"… Nietzsche. A new voice for Australian Jews versus Zionist politics …

  • ej

    re Leo Braun's input, think of Spinoza, who was excommunicated for his honesty and courage. Contemplate the loss to the Enlightenment if Spinoza had succumbed to the Tribe.

    Something for the lobotomised lickspittling Zionist cheer squad to think about.

  • viva peace

    How dreary but typical of the antiSemite to go dredging up irrelevancies from the 18th century in order not to have to face the realities of 2007. Sticking your head in the sand is not going to protect you.

  • ej

    Baruch Spinoza, 1632-1677. Head in the sand indeed.

  • Apologies re the sucide attack comment, you're quite right. I was going off IDF stats which clearly haven't been updated. Still the central message remains.

    As for Palestinians killing themselves, well if you're talking about the inter-militia clashes there's an obvious link between the withholding of funding and those clashes. Also the US and Israelis (with implicit support from the Europeans) have been egging Fatah militants to clash with Hamas and generally challenge their authority now that Hamas is the elected government. In other words, even these clashes aren't entirely localised events.

    Of course such details and 'subtleties' are lost on people who live in a world of black and white, Nazis and Jews, good guys and bad guys. But people in Gaza or Hebron don't have that luxury. Every day I get emails and messages from people telling me in painful detail how the occupation is ruining their life. So forgive me if I don't feel to keen to play this childish game of Nazis and Jews.

  • viva peace

    As the Mulsims so correctly stated last night on "Australia Talks Backs" the biggest killer of Muslims is other Muslims.

  • viva,

    Likewise, you'll be fascinated to know that the biggest killer of Jews in Israel are other Jews.

    Or that cars kill far more people in Israel than terrorists.

  • viva peace


    Indeed. Thank god for checkpoints, the Securty Fence, and Mossad!