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Australia ready to take those pesky blacks from Israel?

This story seems unbelievable. Leading Australian Zionist politician and occupation defender Michael Danby wanting to highlight Israel’s blatant racism? Mmm:

MK Danny Danon (Likud) requested from Australian MP Michael Danby on Wednesday to propose sending African migrants from Israel to Australia in parliament.

Danon and Danby discussed the issue during the Australian politician’s recent visit to Israel, as a part of the World Jewish Congress’s International Conference of Jewish Parliamentarians.

“The arrival of thousands of Muslim infiltrators to Israeli territory is a clear threat to the state’s Jewish identity,” Danon told The Jerusalem Post. “The refugees’ place is not among us, and the initiative to transfer them to Australia is the right and just solution.

“On the one hand, it treats the refugees and migrants in a humane way. On the other hand, it does not threaten Israel’s future and our goal to maintain a clear and solid Jewish majority,” he explained.

Danon said Danby agreed to present the idea to the Australian parliament. Danby was not available for comment.

According to the Knesset’s Research and Information Center, there are 35,638 migrants in Israel, as of May 2011. Less than one percent of these migrants are recognized by the UN as refugees.

However, 61% of the migrants – 21,748 people – are Eritrean, and categorized as “temporary humanitarian protection group” by the UN, because they cannot be returned safely to their home country due to internal strife.
“Since Australia has a policy of accepting refugees and groups under protection, I would appreciate it if you could promote a solution in which Australia would accept those who seek refuge,” Danon wrote in a letter following his meeting with Danby.

“This solution will make it easier for Israel to ensure its future as a Jewish state, because without a Jewish majority the State of Israel cannot survive,” the Likud MK wrote.

11 comments ↪
  • Marilyn

    I believe it, one nation of racists to another.

    • pam

      yes, right, australia is the most racist place I ever went to, couldn't wait to leave, they will certainlynot take any blacks, they don't now and soon they will be owned by the chinese which makes me larf, haha

      • Joe

        Actually Australia has taken a significant number of African refugees for resettlement over the last decade, over 20,000 I believe. It gives them free housing, welfare benefits, free education and free health care. Not bad for a racist place which is soon to be owned by the Chinese.

  • glengyron

    Danny Danon also apparently loves Glenn Beck.

    I hope Danby laughed in his face…

    Really hope…

  • Billy

    I don't understand why Australia even has a minister for Israel?

    Oh yeah…that's right.

  • Marilyn

    http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/2778102.html

    and here are the ones we have chosen for death.

  • Sol Salbe

    This is nothing more than the Member for Melbourne Ports big-noting himself in Israel and Danny Danon making full use of it. AL is right: this is unbelievable. The original story in the Hebrew Yediot Acharonot has been translated by Didi Remez:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/59036464/Yediot-Jun30-1
    The original story even had a picture of the Sydney Opera House!

  • Kevin Herbert

    Ah Michael Dumby…….you've done it again.

  • I think that if the Australian government were considering this odious deal it would not be because these Africans were refugees, or because they have nowhere to go (they have somewhere in 'democratic' Israel, don't they). It would be a grubby deal to help Zionist Israel out with their alleged demographic problem (funny, I don't think I remember any other country having this problem – except perhaps the USA).

    What worries me is that these African refugees will displace a. other refugees awaiting processing and b. other African refugees who also have UNHCR letters.

    Ah, and that nice Michael Danby, 'umble servant of the Zionist state (who should remember who is paying his salary as an Australian MP) – who also hatches vexatious hate plans in his back office against 'extremists' in the Greens. http://www.vexnews.com/news/13748/bully-bob-brown

  • To avoid all the bureaucratic red tape and any negative media that is sure to follow, there is a quick win-win solution. Perhaps Danby should lobby Israel to allow the Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2 to sail after all. When it gets to international waters, the Israeli navy (aka. Pirates of the Mediterranean) can commandeer the boats to Israel, arrest all passengers and then have them deported to their countries of origin.

    Israel can then use the confiscated boats (after unloading any valuable cargo) to load up the undesirable refugees and send them on their way to Australia as boat people. Of course Danby can also lobby Australian racists to welcome the refugees as they will be considered bona-fide refugees from a democratic country rather than being "queue jumpers/potential terrorists" from failed states.

  • John Taurus

    The devil, faux Jew. They insist the rest of the world drink from the well of ethnic diversity, yet, they refuse to do so. It is because they know the well is poisoned. It destroys all who drink from it. The faux, devil Jew calls Whites racists when they want an all White country, yet, they want an all Jewish country. Pure evil walking the earth in human form.