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Jews insulate themselves from reality

The Australian Jewish News reports today on some utterly unsurprising news. God forbid the Jewish community establishment will allow their members to hear alternative perspectives on Israel/Palestine. Thankfully, such views are getting increasingly widely aired, against the woeful judgement of the Zionist cabal:

A Sydney synagogue has cancelled a March 23 appearance by an Israeli academic who described the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as “a countdown to apartheid”.

American-born Professor Jeff Halper, who condemned Israel as a country of “nefarious ideologies”, is coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against Housing Demolitions (ICAHD). The organisation was set up 12 years ago to oppose the practice of house demolitions.

Emanuel Synagogue executive director Allan Glazerman said on Thursday the decision to withdraw Prof Halper’s invitation was made at a special executive meeting on Tuesday this week.

The synagogue had planned to make a decision at its scheduled executive meeting on Thursday, but Glazerman said the shul’s management wanted an early resolution of the matter.

Prof Halper had been invited by Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, Emanuel’s senior rabbi, to address a Torah class of about 12 people who study the weekly parshah and related issues.

“I guess people in that class who are maybe connected with [Prof] Halper … somehow wanted to open it up as a community forum. We never had any interest in that,” Glazerman said.

“Our rabbi thought that for a regular class to hear his views about the demolition of Palestinian homes was important. He certainly never intended it as a forum for the community.”

Jews against the Occupation spokesperson Vivienne Porzsolt said the synagogue’s reversal was due to “the noxious culture of silence, fear and suppression that dominates the organised Jewish community in relation to Israel” and said the organisation would set up an alternative meeting between Prof Halper and the Jewish community.

She also slammed a decision by The AJN not to publish an advertisement listing Prof Halper’s speaking engagements. The newspaper’s management said it acted within its legal right to refuse to publish the advertisment.

Prof Halper is on an Australian speaking tour. During his Sydney and Melbourne visits, he will speak at several universities, the title of one of his lectures is “Countdown to Apartheid in Israel/Palestine”.

Supporting his visit are Jews Against the Occupation, Independent Australian Jewish Voices, Australians for Palestine, and the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine.

4 comments ↪
  • I am an observer, i.e. not Jewish, but this seems very sad. It has an Alice in Wonderland quality…

  • Marilyn

    Perhaps AJN need to understand that the vast majority of people going to hear Dr Halper are ordinary white, not jewish Australian people.

    Antony discovered in Adelaide and all over the country for his book launch that it is white Australia interested in the plight of Palestinians because our fathers and grand fathers were there during two wars.

    And we shafted them.

    Pathetic, snivelling children who cannot bear to have the rogue, satanic state criticised whinged like kindergartners and expect us to care.

    Just for once they should tell us all loud and clear why they slavishly support one of the worst human rights violators on earth.

  • Paul RETI

    Dear Antony and Lady Marilyn,
    Some of us Jews really do think that it is very important for members of the Jewish Community to hear what Jews imported to speak critically about Israel are saying about Jews and Israel. That is just one reason many of us think that the AJN should have accepted the advertisement about Halper's (helpful?) tour.
    However, I am not the publisher and the AJN.
    The Jewish News Publisher's writes We won't gag Israeli critic, but we won't promote him in the SMH of March 18, 2009. That seems fair and reasonable to me. Publishers, like Antony does here, make such decisions every day.
    Is Robert Magid's action parochial and patriarchal? I think: yes! However I doubt that those who brought Halper to Australia (or the ethnic and political media normally available to them) would have promoted the visits of people like Wafa Sultan and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The net effect of their stories are actually closer to reality than Halper's. So… Why the fuss? Oh yes! It's the Joooz!
    I will soon find out which Jews insulate themselves from reality.
    Some members of Sydney's Jewish Community, including I trust some of its leadership, look forward to hearing Rabbi Halper at the meeting scheduled primarily for the Jewish Community on the original date and time in the same area: 6:00 pm on Monday 23 March at the Uniting Church Hall in Paddington.

  • Israel is only one of many human rights violators on this planet, Marilyn. Try Sudan, or any of the other states where women have almost no rights at all, apart from bearing children. By all means get stuck into Israel, but don't forget all the others!