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Don’t touch small, delicate little Israel, says wannabe Jewish Zionist

Murdoch attack-dog Andrew Bolt worries that the West is “selling out Israel” – yes, saying anything critical of the Jewish state is clearly one step away from anti-Semitism – and then this:

I understand from excellent sources that Israel is alarmed by Kevin Rudd’s increasingly hostile comments (esepcially these) and policies, and major Labor donors among the Jewish Left are finding it much harder to reach for their wallets.

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  • Simon

     
    “bloodthirsty Islamo-fascist” neighbours Shaun?

     What was the body count in Gaza Shaun? 

    Whose soldiers are coming out saying they used civilians as humans shields, who used white phosphorus in a built up area and shell an UN compound to boot?
     Who steals land and uses collective punishment?

    Crawl back under your rock.

    Yes the other side shoots rockets at civilians but since they are living in a open air prison while more and more of their land is taken, it is deplorable, but I’d like to see any of us turn the other cheek.
    It exactly ethically myopic individuals like yourself who have allowed Israel to become the monster it has become and will cost innocent Jewish lives when it all unravels.
     

  • ej

    '… major Labor donors among the Jewish Left are finding it much harder to reach for their wallets.'

    There's a book in this clause alone.

    There's an Australian Jewish Left that opens its wallets for Israel? No doubt a sizeable number in this estimable category.

    There  are members of the Australian Jewish community paying a Labor government to go easy on a foreign pariah state?

    Given that Israel has just imperilled the safety of Australian citizens, we  have a fifth column on Australian shores.

    And Mr Bolt opines that this is a wholly desirable state of affairs, one that shoiuld not be threatened.

  • Marilyn

    Don't forget Bolt was one of those taken to Israel last year by the lobby.   He and Alan Howe have been spouting the most mindless drivel ever since.

  • Shaun

    Wading through the comments on forums like this one, the sheer ignorance of many "anti-Zionists" makes it obvious that they have never even set foot near the region.  Mr Bolt on the other hand has seen with his own eyes the reality of what Israel is confronted with and has formed logical and natural sympathies with Israel in it's struggle with its bloodthirsty Islamo-fascist neighbours. 

  • ej

    Possibly the most abused label in the political lexicon is that of 'fascism'. Its misuse is a clear sign of misunderstanding at best, wilful ignorance and intent to deceive at worst. In particular, the application of the label to the muslim world is ludicrous.

    Bolt's friends, the Australian 'Jewish Left', those with the wallets, should be pursued

    by the intelligence authorities as aiding and abetting terrorism.

    This will leave free the funding of Labor governments to the resources and developer lobbies, as is appropriate. Thoroughly corrupt of course, but generally not rooted in criminality, as is the zionist lobby.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

     

    I vividly remember meeting quite few cocky Israeli travelers in Australia in the mid 80's & raising with them some of the then emerging fascist trends in their homeland.

    Their standard retort would be " have you ever been there?" to which my standard retort (which I understand later used widely in diplomatic circles globally) became " No..but I don't have to stick my head up a brown bear's arse to have a general idea of what I'm going to find".

    The Aussie diplomatic corp was definitely the loser for  not securing the benefit of my debating skills.

  • Shaun

    I'm pretty certain that your knowledge of the digestive system of the genus Ursus is about as detailed as your understanding of the realities of the Middle East.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    ej:

    never a truer statement made than your:

    "The Australian ‘Jewish Left’, those with the wallets, should be pursued by the intelligence authorities as aiding and abetting terrorism".

  • Kevin Charles Herber

     

    Shaun;

    Your last retort is definitely a case of  'shit wit'….in every respect.