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Murdoch reporter unable to use internet to discover Max Brenner role in Zionist occupation

Welcome to the state of Australian “journalism”.

Today’s article in Murdoch’s Australian discusses the current controversy over peaceful protests for Palestine against an Israeli business in Sydney, Melbourne and beyond. Reporter Cameron Stewart writes in a classic “balanced” way. One side says that but the other argue something else. If he actually used Google he would easily find that in fact Max Brenner supports elements of the IDF who have been accused of serious violations of human rights in Gaza and beyond.

That task was clearly too difficult for Stewart. After all, he does work for a paper that loves the smell of bombed Muslims in the morning (who are being liberated, of course):

Max Brenner says he is a man of peace who hates all forms of violence. So how has this chocolate maker become the target of anti-Israeli protesters in Australia who accuse him of being complicit with the Israeli military?

It’s a claim which has outraged many who see the campaign against the 24-store Max Brenner chocolate chain in this country as an ugly echo of the anti-Semitism of 1930s Germany when Jewish businesses were targeted.

Anti-Israeli activists counter that the current global campaign of protests against international Israeli retail chains like Max Brenner are a legitimate means of highlighting what they say is the deeply flawed human rights record of Israel and its military.

But the activists are under growing pressure to abandon their campaign since 19 people were arrested following violent clashes with police outside the Max Brenner store in Melbourne’s CBD on July 1.

The protests have been condemned by both sides of Victorian politics.

This week, the Baillieu government asked the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission to examine whether the protesters could be prosecuted for alleged secondary boycotts.

“We remember the precedent of the 1930s,’ says Jewish federal MP Michael Danby. “My father came from Germany and (at) any sign of this kind of behaviour, we have to draw a line in the sand.”

Kim Bullimore, a spokesperson for the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, vows that the campaign against Max Brenner will continue, with more protests planned in Brisbane on August 27 and Melbourne on September 9.

But it seems Max Brenner, the company’s founder, is perplexed and dismayed at finding himself as an unwitting symbol of the Palestinian-Israel conflict.

A Max Brenner spokesman said Mr Brenner, who lives in New York, was on leave and was unavailable for interview. But when asked in July 2009 about protests against his Sydney stores, Mr Brenner said he was no more than a chocolate-maker.

“Everything that has to do with conflict seems stupid (to me),’ he said. “Whether it is in Israel or not, anything to do with violence, aggressiveness or appearing at protests or boycotts seems silly (to me). But then again, I am just a chocolate-maker.”

The link between the 43-year-old Mr Brenner and the Israeli military is accidental and indirect, notwithstanding the fact that Mr Brenner, like other Israeli-born men, had to complete mandatory military service as a young man.

In 2001, the Max Brenner chain became part of the much larger Strauss Group, Israel’s second-largest food and beverage company. But Strauss also provides food and care packages to Israeli soldiers. This, in the eyes of anti-Israeli activists, justifies a boycott.

Ms Bullimore, the co-ordinator of the protest campaign in Australia, denies that activists are simply targeting an innocent chocolate-maker.

“We are trying to highlight Israel’s human rights abuses,’ she told The Weekend Australian.

In a statement last night, the general delegation of Palestine to Australia said it was aware of the recent incident at the Max Brenner shop in Melbourne but that it did not dictate positions or actions to such civil society initiatives “either within Palestine or in other countries”.

Meanwhile, the Australian political establishment alongside the Zionist community are very pleased that protests against Israel may be criminalised.

4 comments ↪
  • Kevin Herbert

    Murdoch is a paid up member of the US-based neoconservatives…The Australian newspaper takes it orders from Murdoch on all things US and/or Israel…..end of story….News Ltd is an intellectually corrupt outfit……pure & simple

  • make sure this gets to media watch please. i'd like to see him get taken down publicly.

  • Liam

    If Stewart HAD googled it, he might also have thought twice about making up totally baseless quotes from this "Max Brenner" character, since there is in fact no such person: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Brenner#History

  • ratrickfourmy

    This isn't exactly like the Nazis of the 30's, Australia isn't sending protesters to death-camps yet. Oh, wait, was the comparison to the protesters as Nazis? Talk about spin!! Listen, it's not because of 'Jewish', stupid. It's because of the zionist occupation and the thwarting of the Palestinians' right to self-determination. It they don't get a fair statehood, then the choice left will be to have One-state of Palestine, which will have a strong Jewish minority. But at least it will be democratic.