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Australians no longer accept Zionist narrative

He’s right, it’s something I see and hear all the time. Countless journalists, editors and politicians may be sent to Israel on Zionist-lobby sponsored trips but this is a sign of weakness, not strength. People are finding out the real news about Zionist occupation of Palestine from alternative sources and brutalisation is hard to sell, no matter how much money is being spent by the usual suspects.

Times are changing:

Israel has to understand it cannot continue to hold public opinion by the throat in countries such as Australia and the United States, according to former Australian ambassador to Egypt Robert Newton.

He was speaking at a dinner in Canberra yesterday arranged by Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine, to mark the 63rd anniversary of the declaration of the state of Israel.

He said a highly articulate, well-resourced lobby ensured Israel’s interpretation was accepted by most influential politicians, writers and journalists in Australia and the US.

But more Australians, including those of Jewish background, were becoming increasingly uneasy about the continuing violations of human rights of Palestinians in Israel and in camps outside Israel, he said.

Mr Newton, who was recently elected vice-president of the Australia-Palestine Advocacy Network, said the network was made up of groups of people who wanted justice for Palestinians affected by the conflict.

It wanted dialogue with politicians, business and Jewish groups.

Israel’s 63rd anniversary is known by Palestinians as Nakba the catastrophe or disaster when about 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled from Israel and hundreds of Palestinian villages there were depopulated and destroyed.

Mr Newton said this was an appalling part of history, endorsed by the United Nations.

The new state of Israel had been assisted in the depopulation of Palestinians by what could only be called terrorist gangs, he said.

He said 500 Palestinian villages had been destroyed and 13,000 Palestinians killed and that Arabs had declared war on Israel.

”Three generations of these Palestinians have suffered terribly as a result of what happened in 1948, 1956 and 1967,” Mr Newton said.

Meanwhile, Israel completely dominated the Palestinians under its occupation. Israel would probably prefer this, including the occasional terrorist attack, than to a negotiated peace.

Mr Newton said many people who were not well informed believed Israel was deserving of support by countries such as Australia and the United States.

7 comments ↪
  • Adam

    Times they are changin………….
    Life finds a way, WAKING UP to the one & only show EVOLUTION, No doors no hells no heavens,no marketing, no PR, no campaign, no frequency, no target audience, no covert no overt, no collateral damage, no preemption, No Terror No Torture just TRUTH.
    The moment we come to the realization that we are a million years old & not 4000 a quantum leap will take place, it has begun around NOW.

  • Adrian

    I have no Jewish blood. I have no Jewish family or friends. I am well educated with more than one Masters Degree. I work for the Australian Government in a managerial role. I figure I am the average educated Australian – the type of people Mr Newton claims no longer support Israel.

    But I fully support Israel's right to defend itself. How many of the left believe that the world would be a nicer place if only the Israelis were living under Arab rule? Robert Newton has his opinion – he has been an ambassador to Egypt and has many connections there still. I, and I know many like me, fully support Israel because they are subjected to relentless assault on many fronts.

    Contrary to what Mr Newton thinks, many people are very well informed in Australia – they just don't agree with him. We read books on modern history – we see translations of Arab news articles on Israel – they all paint a picture of a liberal democracy under assault from neighbors who can't accept the existence of a Jewish state. Would you want Arab government in Australia? Why should the Israelis?

    • Moe

      Adrian, if it was a case of defense then there would be no problem.

      I say do your research and actually look at fact rather than good PR.

      Israel as a nation HIRES PR agencies to cover its messes and has for the last 40 yrs.

      Reporters who used to be on the Israeli lobby and then WENT to palestine and saw with their own eyes have almost all changed their minds in regards to the human rights violations and such.

      These movements are not aimed as anti israeli but rather, anti-israeli-nonaccountability.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnORldiRQTI

      I hope these links help you become more well informed, as if you are relying on mass media that is mostly bought and paid for, i cry for you for thinking you have the facts.

      check the statistics, all of which are shown unbiasedly here:
      http://www.ifamericansknew.org/ (the site is only titled such as it is meant to show accountablity of financing the israeli war machine by american aide.)

      I am sure many palestinians who have had their families wiped out would politely disagree with you.

    • Hugo

      Well you are THE IGNORANT. 90% of Jews in Israel are Ashkenaze which means they are descendents of CONVERTED Eastern European Jews who are NOT SEMITIC and who have nothing to do with Ancient Palestine. Their ancestors were never there.
      The real Jews are Sephardic and semitic and they are a minority in Israel as most of them were brought to Rome 2000 years ago as slaves by the Ancient Romans and their descendants still live there.
      The Ashkenaze Jews already have a Jewish State in Russia called "Birobidzhan" that Stalin gave them in 1939. Why don`t they go there?

  • Peter

    Over 800,000 Jews were pushed out of Arab countries. Many had to leave their homes behind. I was recently in Morocco where tiny, elderly, communities are the only remnants of a quarter of a million Jews who once lived there. Their ancestors were there long before invading Arabs arrived. Why did they leave. Along with the Christians the Muslim fanatics were making life unpleasant for non Muslims and still are. Many of these Jewish refugees from all over the Arab world live in Melbourne and no doubt in Sydney. Robert you could easily talk to them and get the other side of the story. You couldn't do that while you were in Egypt, they had all left.

  • and also, adrian, arab rule? it was like that pre-1948 and they were doing just fine without a gun in sight.

    you have been brainwashed.

  • ratrickfourmy

    Being educated and well-informed does not imply impartiality. We make moral choices, and have cultural preferences outside of being 'well-informed'. In fact, such a claim of being 'well-informed' is quite arrogant, as a person not well-informed still has valid and valuable insights and cultural preferences.
    Socially, you may not be brave enough to give voice to your inner concerns about the Palestinians. Perhaps you picked up some zionist ideology at an early age and never confronted it. Who knows? Do you really think that the human-rights dimension to the israeli conflict will be solved by calling 'israel' a "Jewish" state? What about the non-Jewish citizens?