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Important background to the Marrickville BDS story

Following my post earlier today about the issue of BDS in Australia and the role of Australian politicians siding blindly with the Zionist state, an insider sent me the following information which provides essential understanding of the truth behind the story. If you think politicians who embrace Israel are principled, think again:

Sadly, this is not really about the issue of Palestine and Israel or even the Greens political party. It’s just more internal game playing by the Right.

A meeting of the Labor Left in 2010, attended by Luke Foley, Anthony Albanese, Andrew Ferguson and others, actually endorsed the BDS against Israel. Unanimously.
It wasn’t until Albanese saw an opening for political opportunism that he flipped, started attacking Greens party candidate Fiona Byrne and putting heavy pressure on his own Marrickville Councillors, particularly Mary O’Sullivan and then Deputy Mayor Sam Iskandar.
Iskandar (Albanese’s main numbers man) was holding firm under an immense amount of pressure to back down.

The real crunch was when the Greens party councillor Max Phillips publicly caved in and declared in the Sydney Morning Herald that he was now going to oppose the BDS. With no chance of the BDS remaining in place, Iskandar was off the hook and voted against it on the floor of council.

What does all this tell us (for those of you still reading this and remembering the internal politics at play)? Taking a stand against Israel, or at least its occupation, is growing worldwide (including in Britain) and the Jewish community establishment are freaking out, putting all kinds of pressure on journalists and politicians to make sure the party line is maintained. It’ll fail, of course, but in the meantime the ALP is happy to side with a Zionist lobby that can cause far more pain electorally than the Arab or Palestinian communities.

In the meantime, Palestine is ignored.

6 comments ↪
  • John Salisbury

    There would be a lot of latent anger in moves by Likud fans to force politicians to behave unethically.

  • unculturedbogan

    Indicative of everything that is on the nose with Labor. What was once a party based on principle, now a sad, reeking carcass.

    Faulkner's speech the other day was a beauty. But he's one of the few left pushing shit up hill on his own.

    Principle 0 Vs Politics & Spin 100.

    Off to the wilderness with you Labor and thanks very much for Abbott!

  • Which Conspirator?

    Why a Jew gets off on promoting conspiracy theories about his own people is anyone's guess. If you look in the Inner West Courier you will see that the prime movers against the BDS were local progressive Jews, upset that they weren't consulted prior to a resolution guaranteed to create ethnic hostility by Greens who pride themselves on their exquisitve sensitivity to multi-culturalism and consultation. Maybe the Labor Left came to their senses about this quicker the the Green Left. The green Greens don't support BDS either, Antony. Now I leave you and your illustrious followers to decide whether I am Labour, green Green, Zionist, Jewish, Christian Right, or Christian Palestinian conspirator.

  • treesnotgreens

    There is so much more you are NOT privy to Antony.
    So get off your high horse.
    BDS was defeated at the state elections by electors who saw Fiona Byrne and Lee Rhiannon as the rock spiders and pretend greens they are.
    Electors realized that a a former communist apparatnich was the puppetteer, and wanted no more of its racist antisemitic and anti Chinese rants.

    Max Phillips and other Greens reentered the real world and consequently defeated Rhiannon on the floor of their annual conference in December 2011 and thus rebutting you entire BDS concoction.

    Your rants against the winners of Marrickville are pathetic.

    You and your ilk lost the unloseable state election.

    You lost the Council vote.

    You lost the NSW Grenes annual conference of 2011

    And you have lost the Greens policy onBDS.

    So dream on with your world domination by BDS.

    We willjust quietly goabout our business as before and put you and your ilk to the sword whenever the time comes.

  • Anthony Albanese

    Not for the first time, you have run a conspiracy theory that is not based upon fact. I was asked about the BDS Campaign by Tony Jones on QandA on 15 October 2009 and responded consistent with the position I have given every single time I have been asked.

    See for yourself on the ABC website instead of through anonymous fiction.
    http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s2708880.htm

    Anthony Albanese

  • Yea we all know the 'consistent position'. Nothing is going to get in the road of DOLLARS for election funds.

    Exactly how many cluster bombs, illegal nuclear reactors and weapons, chemical weapons in stockpiles, failures to comply with the UN, refugees, killings, jailing children, racist 'kill the Arabs' chants in the streets of Israel, Facebook pages set up by the sayam to abuse the Muslim community and defame them, $3.4 billion walls, racist roads, bitching about the miserable $18 per person per year for stateless refugees in the UN (none from Israel of course) OR EVEN involvement of Goldman Sachs in the NBN after ripping off pensioners….

    Right heroes of human rights the major parties in Australia are!

    ISRAEL HAS WAY LOST ITS RIGHT TO EXIST IN THE CURRENT FORM. IT IS AS DESCRIBED BY FINKELSTEIN A LUNATIC STATE!