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The right to protest in Australia for Palestine

This really shouldn’t even be a story. Of course, the Zionist lobby (who should be called the Israeli propagandist lobby) don’t think Palestinians should be heard at all. Here’s Vic Alhadeff, a paid lobbyist who simply repeats everything spoken by the Netanyahu government (anti-intellectualism has a new name), condemning Sydney-siders who want to commemorate the Nakba:

As Australians, we should not be importing overseas conflicts onto the streets of Sydney.  But there is a tragedy today, and it is that when the Jewish world accepted the State of Israel as decreed by the UN 64 years ago, the Arab world did not do the same. If it had, we would be celebrating a state of Palestine today which was 64 years old, just as Israel is. Isn’t it time we all moved on and explored ways to advance peace instead of dwelling on the past?

The offensiveness of such a statement is clear. I suppose he wouldn’t mind if non-Jews tell Jews to stop dwelling on the Holocaust and just move on? As if.

Here’s the full story in today’s Daily Telegraph:

A bid to stop a pro-Palestinian demonstration was rejected by a Supreme Court justice because it should be treated just like Anzac Day or Australia Day.

In allowing last night’s Sydney CBD march to go ahead, Justice Christine Adamson said freedom of speech and history was more important than the risk of commuters being inconvenienced.

Police had sought a court order to stop the demonstration, held to mark Nakba Day, when Palestinians were dispossessed from areas that now form part of the state of Israel, from going ahead.

Authorities had objected because the march, involving about 200 people, had been due to start at Sydney Town Hall at 5.30pm, when the area is “frequented by tens of thousands of commuters”.

After an urgent hearing on Monday night, Justice Adamson published her reasons yesterday, saying freedom of speech trumped commuter disruption – and the event could not be moved to another day because of its historical significance.

“Nakba Day ought to be regarded as a day which, like Anzac Day, Christmas Day or Australia Day, is referable to a particular date which is not movable,” she said in her judgment. “I do not regard it as reasonable to expect persons commemorating a particular date to defer or bring forward its commemoration so that it can be commemorated on a weekend. The date is the product of history.”

The police argued in court that because the protest was likely to result in “significant interference with commuters’ passage home” it may lead to “frustration and unintended outbreaks of violence”.

Justice Adamson noted that inconvenience was likely to be experienced, saying “if one’s purpose were to disrupt commuter traffic, one could hardly choose a better time or place”, but said to refuse the protest “would be inhibiting … the right to freedom of expression and assembly”.

“It will present a significant challenge to police officers to keep the peace and ensure the public assembly does not cause a breach of the peace or that the consequences of any such breaches is minimised,” she said. “Public facilities are to be shared. It is the nature of a protest that others will be affected and their routines will be interrupted.”

In its submission to the court, the al-Nakba planning committee, which changed the time of the march to 7pm to minimise disruption, highlighted other protests that had been staged near Town Hall.

  • Anne

    I am very pleased this protest went ahead. Well done to the organisers. The right to protest is too much disputed and even suppressed.

    • Shirl in Oz

      Anne if you support something, then at least show some intelligence by checking what you are supporting.

      NO ONE tried to prevent the action.

      The POLICE wanted a change of time and venue.

      All you bunch of clowns have succeeded in doing is turning more people away from your most unworthy cause.

  • Richard

    You have left out, of the Telegraph / coverage, the inflammatory headline, saying that the judge said that Nakba was "just like Anzac Day"—whereas clearly the passage of the judgement likens it to Anzac Day only in the aspect of it being something that should be observed on the actual date, rather than on some weekend date near it.


  • Jean

    The next time a Holocaust commemoration involves people marching through the CBD at peak hour demanding that Jews be allowed to go back to the properties throughout Europe from which they were dragged, then you might have a valid point of comparison with the Nakba protest that occurred yesterday. Till that time your comparison is completely fatuous.

  • Marilyn

    Vic should go back to South Africa.

    • Shirl in Oz

      How such a racist comment is permitted to be posted, is beyond belief and says much about the owner of this site.

      Just a 'by the way ' for you Marilyn dear!!! Vic doesn't come from South Africa.

  • kevinherbert1

    Anne: me too.

    Antony: loved your opening few pars !!!!

  • kevinherbert1


    What a fatuous line of reasoning you stake your case upon.

    I feel no need to dissect it, as it is patently silly…the ramblings of a Zionist bigot who feels that al you have to do is mention the Holocaust, and you're making sense.

    FYI, it's the 21st century……not 1968.


  • John Salisbury

    Mr Alhadeff wants us to move on from 1948 and 1967 but would possibly not be so enthusiastic about "moving on" from 1940's Europe and definitely not moving an inch from Bronze Age Palestine.