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BDS is evil/Nazism/terrible/awful/anti-Semitic (but Israel scared of global equal rights campaign)

How’s this for hysteria? Such hyperbole masks a deep insecurity. Israeli occupation of Palestine continues. Daily threats against Iran continues. Apartheid grows in the West Bank. But the real threat, people, is this damned BDS!

This story, in Murdoch’s Australian today, shows one thing; bullying is the only way the Zionist lobby and its political and media courtiers know how to play; and they are losing public opinion, finally:

Israel’ representative in Australia has abandoned normal diplomatic language to slam “vigilante local councils” in inner Sydney that have pursued boycotts against his country.

Ambassador Yuval Rotem, a former chief of staff to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told a gathering at NSW parliament on Tuesday evening that supporters of the boycotts, divestment and sanctions campaign held a “schoolchildren’s view of foreign conflict” and had suffered a “humiliating public defeat” at the state election last March.

However, Mr Rotem reserved his strongest words for Fiona Byrne, the former mayor of Marrickville in inner-western Sydney, whose position on the BDS was widely credited with costing her a seat in state parliament for the Greens. Marrickville Council adopted BDS as official policy under Ms Byrne, but abandoned it a few months later following public condemnation.

“The candidate for Marrickville, Fiona Byrne, tripped over herself in many public statements, confused that her Utopian vision of a world with a weakened Israel was poorly received outside the confines of her urban hamlet,” Mr Rotem said.

“BDS in Australia has since become a media byline, like the S11 and G20 protests before it, for another failed movement of radical activists which, shamefully, attached itself to a municipal council for a few months.”

Mr Rotem also hit out at Ms Byrne’s federal Greens colleague, Lee Rhiannon, a former prominent supporter of the Soviet Union who marched alongside controversial Islamic cleric Taj Din al-Hilali at an anti-Israel demonstration in Sydney in 2010. “Where Lee Rhiannon’s Greens looked likely to pick up a cluster of seats in the NSW election, they left demoralised, finishing behind Labor on primary votes in the only seat they ended up winning,” Mr Rotem said.

“When we hear about BDS now, it’s not coming from the mouths of prominent politicians and mayors or respected journals of record. It’s being shouted from poorly attended protests or from the back of police cars or from the former communists who stayed with Stalin even after the (Berlin) Wall fell. One year on, and the movement in NSW to economically undermine the Middle East’s only democracy is as dead as Fiona Byrne’s brief career in international diplomacy.

“The concern throughout NSW that arose during the BDS debates was expected: common sense does not comply with vigilante local councils wreaking self-imposed economic sanctions on one nation which is locked in a struggle for peace.”

Mr Rotem was speaking at the relaunch of Parliamentary Friends of Israel, a group including Labor and Coalition MPs, along with one Green, upper house MP Jeremy Buckingham.

Mr Buckingham has emerged as a leader of the “deep-green” or conservation-focused section of the party in NSW, which has pushed back at the hard-Left faction associated with Senator Rhiannon. He successfully led a push last December for the state party to abandon BDS.

In his speech, Mr Rotem said: “I thank those Greens MPs and candidates who stood tall and opposed BDS, citing their own values of principle and justice, for which some of their colleagues have no tolerance.”

Co-convener of the parliamentary group, Labor upper house MP Walt Secord, told The Australian: “The ambassador gave one of the toughest speeches I have ever heard from a diplomat in my more than 20 years observing and participating in Australian politics. Further, I agree 100 per cent with the ambassador’s observations on the Greens . . . Their tactics were schoolyard foreign affairs and almost borderline anti-Semitism.”

Ms Byrne would not comment.

5 comments ↪
  • I have it on reasonable authority that Ms Byrne would indeed comment. It appears though that the comment didn't please the journalist…

    I guess it would have involved actually including the word 'Palestine' in the story.

    What a disgrace.

  • Kevin Herbert

    Neocons at work

  • examinator

    Even Haaretz is underwhelmed by the successes by the BDS campaign http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/near-and-apparent/th
    My reading of the BDS campaign is that it has similar failings as the OWS campaign big on emotion but light on specifics/focus.
    In this media Noisy world successful campaigns need to be run like marketing campaigns . They must have measurable goals and an organised strategy. neither campaign has attracted the right sort of focus. Haaretz's story has a picture of a well tatooed girl clearly shouting it is this type of image that isolates the campaign from 'the must involves'…..Mr& Mrs identifiably one of the average.
    It is these voters and consumers that will hurt the powers that think they are not the radicals….they are a *minority* considered winnable.
    The BDS must set the agenda and fight on terrain of their choosing.
    A year or so ago BHPBilliton (US Coal) were forced to combat the anti coal lobby.
    The threatened to sue The lobby. here was the Lobby's response http://coalcares.com/
    It's a hoot and it stopped the campaign dead.
    Read it but warning be prepared to giggle.

  • Andre

    It is strange that Israel is opposed to a campaign that, as Norman Finkelstein recently pointed out, is essentially about trying to destroy the State of Israel, under the guise of nice humanist propaganda.

  • K C Herbert

    Examinator: you're 'even Haartez…'…….they're lost in space right now…they spout the 2 state solution as the way forward…helloooo…..that solution is about 3 years out of date……….these dudes couldn't book a kick in a stampede!!!!