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Australia’s Zionist lobby demands government loyalty

So the New York Times features a story this week headlined, “Washington Asks: What to Do About Israel?” Its opening sentence:

Some topics are so inflammatory that they are never discussed without first inserting a number of caveats.

Of course in Australia any serious discussion about Israeli policy or Australia’s relationship with the Jewish state is tantamount to treason and the Zionist lobby is in overdrive. Their paranoia, insecurity and bullying shows the wider community a few things: Jews don’t like debate, Jews can’t handle open discussion about the Middle East and Jews demand to get their own way. Wonderful ways to further stereotypes, people:

Jewish leaders have cried foul over Fairfax Media’s reporting of the Gaza crisis, after chief correspondent Paul McGeough likened Israeli forces to hyenas as they hunted down protesters.

McGeough and photographer Kate Geraghty were on a ship in the flotilla as it tried to breach the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip on Monday.

Nine activists, eight of them Turks, died as Israeli commandos intercepted the flotilla.

In his account of the incident yesterday, McGeough said the Israeli forces “tightened the noose” on the protest convoy.

“Sneaking up and around every boat, there were bullet-shaped hulks which soon became impossible to hide,” he wrote. “They hunted like hyenas — moving up and ahead on the flanks; pushing in, then peeling away; and finally, lagging before lunging.”

Executive Council of Australian Jewry executive director Peter Wertheim said McGeough’s role on the convoy was to espouse anti-Israel propaganda.

McGeough’s sneering comment likening Israeli forces to hyenas gives away his bias, as does his failure to report on the links of the (Turkish extremist group) IHH to Hamas, al-Qa’ida and other jihadi groups.

“The alleged humanitarian purpose of the Gaza flotilla was a sham. It was intended as an exercise in propaganda and there can be no doubt that McGeough was there to further that purpose.”

Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council executive director Colin Rubenstein said McGeough’s language was “inflammatory” and ignored the extremist elements behind the flotilla.

Australians for Palestine spokesman Michael Shaik said McGeough’s hyena comparison was “a colourful description but I wouldn’t call it inaccurate”.

He denied the operation had been orchestrated by the IHH, saying he devised the idea in 2006, even before Hamas seized control of Gaza. Mr Shaik complained that for the first three days of the crisis, international observers had heard only the Israeli point of view.

Comment was being sought from Fairfax Media.

Meanwhile, the Federal Member for Israel, Labor’s Michael Danby (some background on this intellectual here) offered this gem amidst the usual blather about Israel defending itself against terrorism:

On Tuesday, I met with the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister to discuss a number of measures that would establish clearly Australia’s on going partnership with Israel. So  a group of senior Australian Jewish leaders including Robert Goot (EIJAC), Albert Dadon (AICE), Mark Leibler (AIJAC) and Philip Chester (ZF) attended with myself and Mark Dreyfus a meeting at the Lodge with the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister. A number of other positive suggestions were made and will be revealed in time.

Get ready for some grovelling of the highest order.

5 comments ↪
  • ej

    Instructive that the Member for Israel should be so upfront in advertising his fifth column role in public life.

    One recalls the anarchist motto (any variation): 'don't bother voting, a politicians always wins.'

    So now we have a variant: 'don't bother vocting, a flunkey for zionism always wins.'

  • Marilyn

    Danby should be ashamed of himself.    He is an Australian with not one skerrick of trace of anything to Israel except a religion.

    A religion only practiced by 25% of the population of Israel.

    If that.

    His blind support for the rogue statelet and the demand that Australia show more support for them than they would any other country (except Indonesia who shoot us down at any given opportunity) who guns down Australians in peace protests is beyond repulsive.

    Meanwhile he is silent now while we torture refugees in illegal jails.

    I read Danby's piece and almost threw up.

  • weaver

    Psst, Antony – you didn't source this. (Anyone interested: It's from <a title="The Australian" href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/jewish-leaders-cry-foul-over-paul-mcgeoughs-reporting-of-gaza-crisis/story-e6frg6nf-1225875704498&quot; rel="nofollow">The Australian. What a surprise!)

    Is ECAJ still running with the "AQ links" BS? Even the IDF is backing away from that now – didn't they get the memo?

    And good to see the "Hamas seized control" zombie lie is still lurching about. That's NewsCorp journalism for you.

  • paul walter

    If one thing has turned up with this latest incident,  its the extent to which the Americans, conservatives and Zionists were organised and have succeeded, in  suffocating dissent.

    That's apart from the unlimited  chutzpah in attempting this;  the complete lack of ability to comprehend what a blow to civilisation terrorism and violence like this creates.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    "Jewish leaders have cried foul over Fairfax Media’s reporting of the Gaza crisis…" 

       

    If apologists for Israel's never-ending crimes spent just a fraction of time preaching to Israel to stop behaving like a rogue state, that they spend preaching to reporters on how to report, then it's possible that Israel may start to act like the civilised nation that it pretends to be. 

     

    He's an unusually honest headline from the Sydney Morning Herald a few day ago (no doubt the apologists have already filed their complaints and are preparing to blockade the Herald). 

     

    "Inside the world's largest open-air prison"

     

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/inside-the-worlds-lar