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Jewish “leader” asks Australia to ignore Israeli crimes

So this is how the Zionist establishment wants to be known: defending extra-judicial murder. Well done, lads, you make us fellow Jews proud:

The nation’s peak Jewish organisation has warned it would be an “extreme” reaction for the government to expel an Israeli diplomat as retaliation for the fake passport scandal.

In its first public comments since Britain last week expelled an Israeli diplomat, raising pressure on Australia to follow suit, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry has called on the Rudd government to take a different path.

ECAJ president Robert Goot told The Australian: “I think it would be an extreme reaction or possibly an overreaction (to expel an Israeli diplomat). The Jewish community would hope the Australian government might adopt a more nuanced position, depending on the outcome of the (Australian Federal Police) investigation.”

The government says it will not make a decision on whether to take further diplomatic action against Israel until it receives a final report by the AFP into whether the Israeli government was involved in the use of fake Australian passports.

Four fake Australian passports were used by an assassination squad in Dubai in January during their murder of a Hamas leader, a plot widely believed to have been masterminded by Israeli spy agency Mossad.

Gordon Brown’s government in London last week expelled an Israeli diplomat as punishment for the use of British passports in the Dubai killings after a British report found it was “highly likely” that Israel was involved in the fake passports. The AFP has a copy of the British report, but Mr Goot said that other countries whose passports were used in the operation, including Germany, France and Ireland, had not expelled any diplomats.

Mr Goot added that Britain’s decision might have been linked to the domestic politics of that nation’s forthcoming election campaign. “We note with dismay the actions taken by the British government over the passport issue,” Mr Goot said.

He described as “sensible and astute” comments made last week by Tony Abbott, who called on the government not to expel an Israeli diplomat and to be sympathetic to Israel’s unique security situation.

Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser this week criticised the Opposition Leader’s comments as “thoroughly ill-advised” and said Australian politicians should not be blind to Israel’s faults.

Mr Goot said he believed the relationship between Israel and Australia would ultimately be unharmed by the controversy. He denied that there had been a slow drift in the relationship under the Rudd government.

10 comments ↪
  • vealmince

    I want you to quote me the part of the article where Robert Goot defends extrajudicial murder or asks the Australian government to ignore alleged Israeli crimes.

    (Alleged, yes, because the Dubai Police force is a world-renowned powerhouse of forensic investigation. Stay tuned for the new hit TV series CSI: UAE. And of course, it has never demonstrated any prejudice against Israel or foreigners. Not.)

    But getting back to Robert Goot, show me the part of the article where he says, "Assassinating people is OK under some circumstances, given Israel's difficult security situation, and the Rudd government should mind its own business".

    What's that, he didn't say anything like it? If not, it's just you talking shit as usual, Ant.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    The best way to ensure that the government does the right thing in defending the integrity of Australian passports and safety of Australian citizens, is to keep up the public pressure to do the wrong thing (ie. do nothing).

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/malcolm-

     

    "FORMER Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has urged Kevin Rudd to expel Israeli diplomats after four Australian passports were used in the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai.

    Mr Fraser said today there had been a long history of double standards when it came to dealing with Israel.

    "People will not do in relation to Israel what they would do if the same action was conducted by some other country," he said today"

  • vealmince

    I wouldn't want you to think I had a big man-crush on Robert Goot or supported the ECAJ's position, by the way. But I think you could have made your point better without the overblown rhetoric/trollery.

    Expelling diplomats is meretricious. In the UK, one guy went home and the next guy has already booked his flight AND been approved by the Foreign Office. Wow, I bet the Israelis are crying into their Goldstar about that.

  • Suzy

    LOL vealmince: "But I think you could have made your point better without the overblown rhetoric/trollery."  What a typical response from a hasbara student 🙂 It is quiet amusing that you were unable to actually point out , in a constructive manner, what " trollery" you were actually suffering to. Nevertheless, your comments were quiet amusing. Thanks!

     

    Indeed the passport scandal needs not to be ignored and ECAJ`s aggressive demands to  sweep the whole thing under the carpet is the proof , as to how potentially dangerous this whole incident is!

     

  • Mallee

    A report at the Ma'an News Agency cites, under the heading, Israel copied thousands of passports, a News of the Worl dreport that;

    ' '…..the British MI6 intelligence service believes Britons flying to Israel have been targeted for months and their documents cloned".

    The report also reads:

     

    "Police official reportedly believe documents were alsos copied during searches at a September terrorism conference in Israel",  adding;  '….There is now real concern that some of these high ranking officers have also had documents cloned".

    Ref: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=2

    Things are getting curious, just goes to show how a betrayal of a friend can lead to so much angst, suspicion and distrust.

    Yet another shot to the foot no doubt and  left to apologists to excuse and whine!?

  • ej

    It would be salutary to have evidence of the occasions on which the spokespersons for all 'official' Jewish organisations in Australia have criticised the Israeli leadership on any matter.

    Do these organisations exist for any reason other than to shill for a criminal foreign state?

  • Marilyn

    What is a jewish organisation doing anyway and what precisely does it mean when we seem to have 120,000 people following this strange little cult and 120,000 spokesmen.

    And Ant.  for the last time.   Are you an atheist or jewish because you cannot be both.

  • because the Dubai Police force is a world-renowned powerhouse of forensic investigation.

    vealmince

    ————-

    And a proof that the Mossad didn't do it is that those sand niggers  investigators aren't capable of conducting an investigation…Sure!

    Veal mince for brains!

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Related to ej's point, when have the Federal Members for Israel e.g. Brandis ever criticised Israel for anything.

    Q: Which country in the world allows representsatives of a criminal foriegn power to occupy safe seats in both major  political parties in the Federal Parliament?

    A: The same country who gladly entertains & heaps praise on accused war criminals from the same criminal foreign power.

    Rudd, Gaza Gillard, Abbott are a disgrace to Australia's political class.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Israel responsible for faking Aussie passports, diplomat expelled: Smith 

     

    "Australia's relations with Israel have hit a new low, with the Rudd Government expelling an Israeli diplomat over the fake passports affair"

    "Mr Smith said that intelligence sharing with Mossad would also be cut as the fake passports affair drags relations between the two countries to a new low"

     

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/israel-responsible