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Israel lobby snares elite, Australian minds (and very few resist)

Yet more evidence that the Australian political and media are largely bought by the Zionist lobby, unable to think for themselves. This upcoming trip will result in the following (let me make some wild guesses). Iran is a focus, Palestinians have to stop incitement, the occupation isn’t really a problem and Australia must support the Middle East’s “only democracy”.

How many of these folk will actually leave the official tour and visit the West Bank for a period of time or even Gaza? As global public opinion increasingly recognises Israeli apartheid, our “leaders” are blind to facts on the ground (such as the latest evidence that the Israeli siege on Gaza has nothing to do with security and is all about punishing the Palestinians there).

Just like politicians who visited apartheid South Africa, we will not forget these people, who remained silent and who became complicit:

The largest ever Australian parliamentary delegation to visit Israel will travel to Jerusalem in December.

They will be part of a dialogue hosted by the privately funded Australia Israel Leadership Forum.

Julia Gillard has given approval for six ministers and parliamentary secretaries to be part of the trip led by Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.

They will be part of a record 17 members of the House of Representatives and Senate who will take part in the visit.

The other Labor MPs are Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, Industry Minister Kim Carr, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Mike Kelly, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles and MPs Michael Danby and Anthony Byrne. Bill Shorten, the Assistant Treasurer, is expected to join.

The Liberal Party plans to send nine members and senators — deputy leader Julie Bishop, Christopher Pyne, Andrew Robb, George Brandis, Kevin Andrews, Brett Mason, Mitch Fifield, Steven Ciobo and Guy Barnett.

And the ABC will break with long-held tradition and allow a journalist to attend, political editor Chris Uhlmann. AILF is the project of Melbourne property developer Albert Dadon and is modelled on the Australian American Leadership Dialogue begun by businessman Phil Scanlon.

Mr Dadon said the record number of participants “is testimony of the goodwill that exists between Australia and Israel”.

Asked who was paying for the 17 members of parliament, Mr Dadon said: “The general rule for parliamentarians taking part in the leadership forum is that they pay their own way to Israel and we take care of all expenses on the ground except for ministers, who are also paying for their expenses.”

Five journalists are expected to attend, Uhlmann, Greg Sheridan from The Australian, Steve Lewis from News Limited, Tony Walker from The Australian Financial Review and Lenore Taylor from The Sydney Morning Herald.

On the trip, a ceremony will be held at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum to honour William Cooper, the Aborigine who led a protest to the German consulate in Melbourne in 1938 after Kristallnacht (On November 9, 1938, the Nazis launched their first anti-Semitic attack on German Jews, to become known as the Night of Broken Glass).

While various organisations protested after Kristallnacht, Cooper is the only known individual to have organised a demonstration.

Funding for a “chair” dedicated to studying resistance during the Holocaust will be formalised.

“It’s fitting that the study chair at Yad Vashem that will be researching the resistance against the Nazi occupation during the Holocaust be dedicated to the memory of the only man in the world who had the courage to protest and stand up against Kristallnacht,” Mr Dadon said.

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  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Just another 3 card dimwitted Aussie Zionist beat up.

    Do any of those attending expect to have ANY credibility in Middle East affairs?

    Dadon's statement that the trip “is testimony of the goodwill that exists between Australia and Israel”, is yet another example of vacuous window dressing offered by Aussie Zionists to cover their financial grip on political parties.

    By now of course dear out of touch Alby has lost sight of the fact that a majority of Aussies now bear Israel illwill.

    However, when you own powerful politcal friends & have very deeps pockets, delusion is just a friendship or leadership body away……

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  • iResistDe4iAm

    As "testimony of the goodwill that exists between Australia and Israel", perhaps the Australian delegation will allow their Israeli hosts to borrow their passports for a few hours?

  • Henry di Suvero

    Yes, well done.  But who are the Parliamentary delegation members?  And also I read somewhere (Koustoukis in the Age?) that Uhlman of the ABC is going along also and other media types.  You should do a piece on the media contingent.   It adds to the SMH's Peter Hartcher, Paul Sheehan and Tom Allard that we know about.   And Paul Cutler of SBS.  All seeing nothing to being brainwashed.

  • Rosie Young

    I wonder if they'll be discussing  Israel's policy of deliverate reduction designed to keep Gazans at near-starvation levels.   After years of denial, this policy was recently revealed but somehow the mainstream media just missed it.

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