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Australian politicians love to embrace apartheid Israel

The utterly depressing state of mainstream Australian politics on the Middle East. Beyond embarrassing. Stuck in a bad Zionist lobby time-warp from 1948. Somebody, save us:

The three major candidates contesting the seat of Wentworth in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, addressed the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies plenum last night…J-Wire filmed the event.

Addressing the plenum were, Malcolm Turnbull [sitting Liberal member], Steven Lewis [Australian Labour Party candidate] and Matthew Robertson [Australian Greens candidate].

First to speak was former Leader of the Opposition Malcolm Turnbull.

He told the meeting that in Australia there was bipartisan support for Israel, a country which “stands in the front line in the battle against terror  – a battle we cannot afford to lose. Australia is one of Israel’s few unequivocal allies.” He said that Australia stood “shoulder by shoulder” with Israel.

Turnbull added that Israel must be in a position to defend itself within secure borders and that it is “geographically vulnerable”. TUrnbull made reference to Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza and said that at the time he had expressed hope that it would not signal the start of attacks on Israel from within Gaza. He added that “the fundamental duty of every State, including Australia, is to defend its citizens”.

But his main point was to describe the difference between the strategic issues such as Israel’s right to defend its borders and its right to prevent armaments being smuggled into Gaza and the tactical issues as to how Israel goes about that indicating that it is difficult “to second guess and critique as to how the Israeli Defence Force handles a particular mission.” He said that Israel would always have “unequivocal support from the Coalition”. Turnbull added….”and you know you will always have it from me.”

ALP candidate Steven Lewis told the meeting his introduction to political activism within communal politics when he was taken as a young boy to protest outside the visiting Moscow Circus at the time when it was difficult for Jews to leave Russia. Later in his life, he was to personally visit Russia and witness the plight of the country;s Jews first hand.

Lewis agreed with Turnbull that bipartisan support for Israel is a reality but was jeered by a member of the audience when he said that “the Australian Labour Part has been and remains a friend and strong ally of Israel”. He told the audience of the ALP’s historic links with the establishment of the State of Israel and how Prime Minister Julia Gillard when in charge of the education portfolio introduced Holocaust studies into Australian schools’ curriculum. He highlighted the financial help the Government had given to the Australian Jewish schools.

Lewis added that he opposed the demonisation of refugees and says that as a society “we do not need to go down that path”.

Mark Robertson confined his remarks to the Greens’ policy on climate change…he did not refer to Israel or any Jewish issues. But he had to face questions on the Greens’ attitude towards Israel during question time.

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  • Apartheid is so deeply ingrained in the Australian psyche that to support one form of apartheid such as Israel's is as easy as supporting the apartheid within the Australian landscape – the story of apartheid white and black Australians.

    What is not so easy is to understand where many Australian Jews are coming from in their blanket support of the Australian government's and opposition's ongoing support of Israel for "security" reasons.

    So many people in this country have arrived here from states of oppression, discrimination and racist extremism and yet blindly go ahead with their support for Israel and that of the majority of the parliamentarians they vote for.

    Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is now a growing world-wide movement and eventually, as happened with apartheid South Africa, it will happen with apartheid Israel.

    It just means those of us who are Jewish and have no intention of moving to Israel, unlike so many Australian Jews who are packing up and going there (NOT!!!) will have to work that much harder to ensure that justice will one day come to that benighted piece of land called Palestine.

    Mannie De Saxe

  • autopoet

    "Australian politicians love to embrace apartheid Israel”

    is that because their messiah comes from there?

  • mallee

    It would be interesting to know how the Green's candidate answered the quetions.

    So Turnbull is ''shoulder to shoulder" with Israel; a 'terrorist organisation' that murderd British soldiers in Palestine and made those murderers part of their government, carried out the false flag Lavon affair to trick the people of the UK and the US to go die for Israel, heinously carried out a false flag attack and murdered 34 crew members of the US liberty to trick the people of the US to go die for Israel, thieved the property and houses  of thousands of innocent palestinians, bombed Iraq, want to bomb Iran, pushed the US and us to go invade Iraq, abusers of our 'friendship', by the deceitful use of forged Australian passports and a apartheid biggotted state. Just like so many other Muslim states. it is about time our politicians put Australia; first, second and third. 

    Thanks Malcolm, I suppose he wants more of our boys to go die for Israel. No doubt Lewis would do something similar in view of his leader's 'free lunch commitments' to Israel.

    In any case, how sad to see our prospective members of an Australian Parliament grovelling to and giving loyalty to a foreign 'nuclear' power.  Bloody Un-Australian.

    How sad it is for a lobby group thinking themselves as Australians, calling in prospective members to compare those candidates policy and commitment to a foreign land in order to buy their votes.

    Seems that the 'drover's dog' is a 'shoe in' for the seat of Wentworth.