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Zionist lobby told me Israel was democracy so damn you Palestinian activists calling for justice

Sigh.

Murdoch columnist Miranda Devine enjoys Israel courtesy of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (2009 and 2010). She obviously saw the real Israel and occupied Palestine. Oh wait, her hand was held and she only saw what her Zionist guests allowed (and she clearly wasn’t curious to look at anywhere else herself).

Her column today is in this glorious tradition, talking about Marrickville council embracing BDS:

Jake, a 55-year-old Jewish health professional with friends in Marrickville, was so incensed by the council’s Israel boycott that he took three weeks off work to wage a guerrilla campaign against the Greens, plastering the suburb with posters late at night, accusing them of homophobia for boycotting gay-friendly Israel.

“I felt so angry,” says Jake, who wants to remain anonymous. “I couldn’t sleep at night, so I organised the posters, hired some utes and ladders” and enlisted the help of his son and his friends. Greens supporters harassed them, ripped down the posters, called police, and tried to intimidate Jake’s young helpers, posting footage of them on YouTube.

Two nights before the election, a “black sports car with neon high beams and a pseudo photographer kept flashing his camera right up on our eyes . . . It slowed us right down.”

Another night “cowboy” greenies in a Toyota Camry started following them home, until Jake confronted the driver at a roundabout. “It was like something out of a movie”.

On election day, Jake and his son organised 10 friends wearing T-shirts with “Boycott the Greens” logos to visit polling booths, prompting “Zionist pigs” abuse from greenies.

“The Greens knew we were the enemy, but the Labor people all nodded and smiled and gave us the thumbs up. Anthony Albanese [whose wife Carmel Tebbutt was ALP candidate] shook my hand and thanked me. We must have had quite an effect.

“On Sunday I took the boys out to dinner. It’s not often in life a private citizen can make a difference.”

After all, as Jake points out, if they actually cared about the environment or human rights they would realise Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and the only country in the region where people can be openly and proudly gay. Israel’s neighbours, meantime, routinely stone homosexuals to death.

Israel is also the Middle East’s Eden, having greened the desert with millions of trees, eco friendly exports, and superior water conservation.

A few thoughts. Devine’s points on Israeli “democracy” are the perfect talking points given to her on numerous trips to the Zionist state. Standard propaganda. But “Jake” and his admissions are released at a curious time when it still remains unknown who daubed swastikas on Greens election posters.

Whatever it takes to “defend” Israel. And the Zionist community remain silent, more than happy for anonymous people to launch undemocratic attacks against a political party. The Murdoch press march proudly behind them.

Zionism infects the mind.

6 comments ↪
  • "only democracy in middle east" still holding palestinian members of parliament in jail, with NO CHARGES!
    http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/04/13

  • Michael

    "… Israel isthe only country in the region where people can be openly and proudly gay. Israel’s neighbours, meantime, routinely stone homosexuals to death."

    "Palestinian Queers for BDS (PQBDS) is a group of Palestinian queer activists who live in the Palestinian Occupied Territory and inside Israel, who came together to promote and stand for the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, that was launched in July 2005. As an integral part of Palestinian society we believe that the struggle for sexual and gender diversity is interconnected with the Palestinian struggle for freedom. We believe that the BDS campaign is an effective way of resistance that represents the majority of Palestinian people: the refugees in exile, Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the subjugated Palestinian citizens of the Israeli state.

    As Palestinian queers, our struggle is not only against social injustice and our rights as a queer minority in Palestinian society, but rather, our main struggle is one against Israel’s colonization, occupation and apartheid; a system that has oppressed us for the past 63 years. Violations of human rights and international law, suppression of basic rights and civil liberty, and discrimination are deeply rooted in Israel’s policies toward Palestinians, straight and gay alike."

    http://pqbds.wordpress.com/

  • ej

    SMH letters this Saturday.

    Apart from one given bordered prominence from a fuckwit from Bellevue Hill, slumming it in Marrickville (no doubt using his GPS to locate the place) to find potholes (so fucking clichéd), yet another letter on the same theme:

    "Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, …"

    Where does this catechism come from? Is it implanted at birth?

    Have these people been to school and learnt about evidence-based assertions of 'fact'?

    And why do the media continue to publish this shit, when they decline to publis letters claiming that the earth is flat, or that the world was created in 4004BC?

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    One can only guess that the Aussie Zionist frock floggers & other retailers are pressuring Fairfax for coverage of their view. OR ELSE (t5he ads will go elsewhere) Apart from Hartcher & a couple of others, the gr8 majority of Fairfx journos support the BDS.

    As for News, the Oz & co take their orders from Rupert who takes the occasional call from Abe Foxman I am reliably informed. Rank & file News Ltd journos support the BDS.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Also…Devine's claim that the muder of the othrodox Israeli kids was done by Palestinian terrorists…I haven't seen any confirmation of that claim.

    If it's not true, her statement is sub judice & I'll have to check the Press Council rules, to see if Devine should be made print a retraction.

  • "Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East

     

    Lebanon and Turkey are the only democracies in the Middle East.

    Egypt is the next democracy in the Middle East.

    Israel is the only democracy for colonists* in the Middle East.

    [*] Excludes 86% of the indigenous Palestinian population of Israel/Palestine

    "Israel is also the Middle East’s Eden, having greened the desert with millions of trees, eco friendly exports, and superior water conservation

     

    Israel is the only country in the modern world that forcibly evicts the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants, demolishes/razes their homes, villages and farms, and literally turns the communities of Palestinian-Israelis into desert (eg. Negev). It then steals the Palestinian land and water resources for the exclusive use of Jewish colonists.