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Major Australian newspaper calls for stronger Jewish criticism of Israel

A pretty remarkable editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald, clear, correct and being proven right in the Middle East by events. Blind support for Israel is causing its death. Discuss:

In seeking to reassert forcefully its blockade of Gaza, Israel has succeeded only in calling its action even more into question. And each new ramification of its action in boarding the pro-Palestinian protest vessels attempting to run the blockade serves only to undermine its case further.

The Herald has covered the protest from the start. Running the blockade was clearly a political act in the guise of a humanitarian one – provocative and dangerous, but nonetheless legitimate.

The Israeli government was informed, through its ambassador to Australia, that the Herald journalist Paul McGeough and photographer Kate Geraghty would be with the flotilla. The two were detained along with the protesters on board the boats. That was predictable, given the confusion of the night-time interception in which nine protesters lost their lives. But what followed was not.

Once their identities were known, instead of being allowed to carry on with their professional activities, the two had their equipment confiscated and despite legal action pending in the Supreme Court of Israel against the legality of the country’s action on the high seas, they were deported yesterday morning to Turkey. They signed notes assenting to deportation: in the circumstances they had little choice.

The government of Benjamin Netanyahu, which routinely thumbs its nose at international opinion, clearly treats Israeli law and due process – and the freedom of the media to cover events in the region – in a similarly high-handed manner. No doubt its mailed-fist approach to protests which push the Palestinian cause will win it support among parts of the Israeli population; other Israelis, though, will view with dismay their country’s gradual descent from the democratic ideals with which it was founded, in which the shooting of protesters is only the latest stage. Israel’s allies are right to urge a full inquiry into the assault on the vessels. It would be a first step to reasserting Israel’s great claim that it is the only democratic country in its region.

We believe that it is time for Jews of the diaspora to question Israel’s actions. For too long the spectrum of Jewish opinion outside Israel has been narrowed on Middle Eastern questions to a compulsory, unquestioning support for the Israeli government of the day, no matter what. A few brave individuals challenge this orthodoxy – to their cost. No similar constraints exist in Israel itself, where debate even now is robust about the rights and wrongs of intercepting the blockade-runners, and broader issues of Palestinian rights. Not the least reason for the domestic criticism is that Israel’s excessive response has now guaranteed the Gaza blockade protest will have imitators, all of them confidently expecting the Israelis to repeat their initial blunder.

12 comments ↪
  • Andrew

    Wow, the Herald is finding its balls at last. There are going to be a lot of angry letters from the Bergs and Steins from Bondi and Bellevue Hill…

  • ej

    'We believe that it is time for Jews of the diaspora to question Israel’s actions. For too long the spectrum of Jewish opinion outside Israel has been narrowed on Middle Eastern questions to a compulsory, unquestioning support for the Israeli government of the day, no matter what.'

    This is very heavy duty stuff. Very heavy. a spade a spade.

    the corruption, the collective self-abnegation of one's moral being, ultimately the pathology born of tribalism.

    no thank you. fuck off.

    Mind you, the SMH's censorship of the opinion page, and of the letters page remains ongoing.

    We'll see. If any of the paid flunkeys for this rogue regime are given precious space to deny this truth with the usual pack of disgusting lies, then it's business as usual.

  • Mallee

    One interesing theory to consider, is Israel's deliberate manner of handling the whole flottilla. Maybe it was not a 'stuff up'.

    By annoying the world, Israel again comes under international pressure and is able to thrive on being lonely, vitimised and being criticised. After all , the Goldstone report is now passe' .

    The 'perennial victim' can now call on the loyalty of the tribal diaspora's nature to garner loyalty and commitment in annoying  the Arabs so much, that any discussion of a peace deal is out of the quesion.

    Thus Israel can continue it's territorial conquest, cubit by cubit, in Palestine, knowing that no one will do anything to stop them, as has been happening since 1948.

    It has also caried out the payback to Turkey who offered the uranium swap with Iran which took some out of the wind out of Israel's cause for  warmongering toward Iran.

    Now, was it Dayan who said that Israel had to act like a mad dog to get it's way? (and forward its ultimate agenda in the Middle East)

  • Not the type likely to be found in the shameful and shameless  " The Australian". Can't wait to hear the account of  Paul McGeough and Kate Geraghty ..

  • pablo

    Equipment (and some film) confiscated from the SMH journalists. How can this action be defended?  Other film was not found and should prove interesting. It surprises me that this confrontation was not foreseen and some heavy hitters from the West, including ex-diplomat Rudd were not quickly onto BN about consequences. Not that this beligerant leader would  necessarily have changed course. The blockade is indefensible and it is naive for Israeli supporters in the west to have backed the Israeli offer to offload the humanitarian cargo in Ashkod.

  • Marilyn

    The Herald have been shills for Israel for years and the AGE was worse when they censored off Ed O'Loughlins description of the murder of a Reuters journalist that we all saw as it happened.

    Now that their journos have been abused in this way they might lift their game and report news instead of the shilldom of the likes of Rubenstein and the other right wing nut bags.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Does anyone whose opinion really matters in this country believe anything  Rubenstein, Ahladief, Goot et al , say about Israel anymore.

    Nonetheless, the ALP & Libs are currently clearly smitten with the obsessively secretive Zionist lobby in Oz…..I have my theories as to why…some are sad, others painful reminders of the cost of political power in a money- crazed western society……

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Antony,

    I love the word ID you have in operation.

    Very slick indeed….I won't mention the "L" word…until further notice….

  • Surely there is no hope for Israel now, even Herald is squaring up to them.

    BOYCOTT ISRAEL TODAY

  • ej

    NO worries.

    The Oz is back on track.

    Sheridan at his most depraved:
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/a-huge
    And the Editorial looking under the lamppost for the key:
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/iran

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