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Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

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Keep praising those brave IDF boys

Here’s the deal. Zionist Labor MP Michael Danby – an elected politician who seems to love Israel like a beautiful woman and challenge anybody who dares damn Zionist ideology – has complained about an ABC TV program that raised the recent Gaza war. War crimes were committed, but Danby and his media mates won’t tolerate any criticism of the Jewish state. Oddly enough, Danby felt the need to slam me in his spray, too. Murdoch columnist Andrew Bolt praises Danby’s “patriotism”. My following response was published this afternoon:

And yet again here we have two Zionists fanatics defending the virtuous IDF. Just like the wonderful Coalition troops in Iraq who only happen to kill countless Iraqi civilians. Oh well, at least they’re being liberated.

Here are some uncomfortable facts for those few people still defending the Gaza war. It achieved nothing other than strengthening Hamas. Over 1400 Palestinians were murdered, the vast majority of Gazans remain in dire shape.

In terms of war crimes, virtually every human rights in the world has documented the many examples of Israeli abuses (as well as condemning the Hamas rockets.) For example, Human Rights Watch (HRW) found the use of white phosphorous in civilian areas. I guess HRW must be anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.

The testimony of Israeli soldiers in Gaza, cited above, remain valid. The fact that the IDF conducted an internal investigation and concluded no crimes were committed isn’t exactly a rigorous process.

The bigger questions largely ignored in this debate by the likes of Bolt and Danby are the prospects of the Jewish state even surviving another 60 years. The illegal occupation of the West Bank is killing Israel and most of the global Jewish Diaspora doesn’t say a word.

For Israel supporters, Israel is an ideal, a country that simply doesn’t exist. The occupation is invisible. The abuses don’t exist. The world hates Jews and Israel. Fortress Israel is the future. An appealing Zionist prospect.

And Danby might like to know that David Landau hasn’t been the editor of Haaretz for a long time. Of course, Danby and Bolt’s knowledge of Israel/Palestine is largely gained from IDF reports and Melanie Phillips.

And Zionists wonder why Israel has never been more hated across the globe. This week we discovered that more than 9000 new, illegal homes were built over the last three years in the West Bank, during the “peace process”.

Where’s Danby or Bolt’s outcry over the daily abuses by Jewish settlers in the West Bank?

More and more Jews are speaking out against such actions.

Of course, we’re all self-hating, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, terror-supporters.

  • mallee

    Michael Danby is certainly one who has a view that should not be challenged.

    In February (either 07 or 08) he was reported in a Sydney paper as saying that; the producer at channnel ten who broadcast a documentary that challenged the 911 'official' conspiracy rubbish should be sacked. I found that very strange and disturbing, that a member of our Federal Parliamaent would;

    1. Even comment on someone challenging the "official Bush believers conspircay theory that 19 Arabs did it".

    2. Not give any basis; for believing the 'official' nonsense nor argument to indicate that the program's "challenege' was possibly in error.

    3. Attempt to have a Channel ten employee sacked for just that. What about the employee's family, mortgage etc.

    Very strange behaviour indeed by an elected Member of Parliament and of concern that he may attempt such actions that may be interpreted as a threat against anyone who might wish to express an opinion, or even report some one elses' opinion, that Mr. Damby might find not to his pleasure.

    Perhaps Mr. Danby should be reminded as to which country he is living in and who and what he is supposd to represent?

  • ej

    Danby attacked Channel 10 with a short speech in Parliament on 11 September 2006. It was reported on the ABC and in the Australian the next day.

    Danby claimed that the 'barking mad conspiracy' program was an insult to the memory of our American friends.

    Danby would no doubt be in direct contact with the jubilant Israelis who watched the event, and would be intimately informed of the fine details of how the disaster was pulled off.

    Danby a patriot? hello? rather a fifth columnist, a MEmber of Parliament acting for a foreign power. He shouild be drummed out of Parliament.

    But then again, with Rudd's recent bend-the-knee self abnegation at the Australia-Israel Chamber of COmmerce on the 24th, perhaps Rudd should bring him into Cabinet with a new portfolio – Minister for the Defense of Israel's Interests in Australia.

  • mallee


    Very disappointing that more comments are not being published. Seems; Danby 1 Antony 0

  • sky

    Wow, what does he get out of it? I just reread a letter I got from Senator Mitch Fifield during the war on Gaza which included the statement: Israel is a beacon of hope and liberty in the Middle East. It is a great and robust democracy. The people of Israel are free and always will be. And Australia will stand by them. Can be found here. You must get terribly frustrated, Antony. Keep up the good fight.