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Like good little lemmings, Australian politicians continue record of trashing Palestine

Here’s an article in yesterday’s Australian about the brave stance of the ALP against those shocking and principled Greens MPs and members who actually think about the Middle East without the only frame the blind can see, Israel. When history is written, and it’s happening right now, these hacks will be clearly seen on the side of apartheid and loyalty to a state that doesn’t even admit it’s actually occupying Palestinians. That’s ALP “values” for you:

Senior figures in the NSW Labor Right have explicitly linked action against the Greens at the ALP state conference with the party’s support for the anti-Israeli Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Former state treasurer and ALP general secretary Eric Roozendaal and fellow Legislative Councillor Walt Secord, an adviser to premiers Bob Carr and Kristina Keneally, linked the successful conference motion to deny the Greens automatic preferences to the local party’s support for the BDS movement.

“The Greens will carry forever the stain of their support for the BDS campaign and their attempts to delegitimise Israel and the Jewish community – and this is one of the reasons why we must stand strong against the Greens,” the pair said in a statement.

BDS activists compare the Jewish state with apartheid-era South Africa and demand an end to dealings with Israeli businesses and institutions.

The NSW Greens backed away from formal commitment to the BDS movement last December, but their previous support is believed to have shattered the party’s chances of winning the inner-Sydney seat of Marrickville at the March 2011 state poll and divided Greens on the local council. Influential figures in the NSW party are understood to still support the policy.

Greens federal leader Christine Milne has said the party did not support the BDS campaign, but the NSW party defied her predecessor Bob Brown on the issue.

“The NSW Greens were terribly damaged by their support for BDS in 2010 and backtracked at their annual conference in 2011,” said Executive Council of Australian Jewry director Peter Wertheim.

He said three of the party’s six NSW parliamentarians had repudiated BDS in public statements and Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham had been welcomed into the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel earlier this year.

“Only a minority faction of the Greens currently supports BDS, the so-called ‘watermelons’ faction’, led nationally by senator Lee Rhiannon and in NSW by MLCs John Kaye and David Shoebridge,” Mr Wertheim said.

“There continue to be deep divisions within the Greens on this issue.”

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  • examinator

    Antony….. More urban mythology in the ( False) analogy in your headline.
    LEMMINGS don't run in mass over cliffs , certainly not any more that sheep (or other animals) can be driven over the cliff to escape a threat.
    Notwithstanding, the Labor 'right', in fact all parties are captives of their ideology …including the Greens. One could argue that they should have compromised …voting to support the government of the day on off shore processing rather than enforce a minority view….it's called democracy. But that is another matter, other than to make the point that putting the greens up as some example of moral integrity is based on flawed logic …the political equivalent of having deck chairs on the Titanic that floated… (the chill in the water would have killed the victims anyway).

    Likewise …the 'Australian' ? come on … like it hasn't got any interest in highlighting …out of proportion internal conflict in the Labor party/ movement. Or that their spin on the topic isn't geared to stress conflict ….and we all know conflict sells… Humans are a perverse lot…The less guarded/informed/aware we are to such tactics the more schadenfreude we are… And like the News (very) Limited hasn't got some self serving political agendas of its own !
    I think the point of your article is to highlight the flawed logic and morality that supports the Israeli obscene suppression of the Palestinians as humans, for political ends. In that you are correct by any reasoned/ objective standard.
    However if the article has any relevance it is to highlight the above mentioned self serving cynicism of the 'Australian ' (sic) Rather it is simply the amoral corporate mouthpiece of a bigoted self interest obsessed foreign owner. Who were he not a major media player would be described as a megalomaniac with decidedly sociopathic disregard for people in general.