Australian Jewish candidate shows true Zionist colours

The Jews. Ah, Zionist Jews.

Inner Sydney council Marrickville recently endorsed BDS against Israel.

And now this. Here’s a hint for the Zionists in our community. Please say this far more often and more publicly; the general community needs to hear your views about Arabs and how much Israel has deformed our religion over and over again:

The [NSW] State Liberal candidate for Marrickville has described swathes of the inner-city electorate as “xenophobic”.

Rosana Tyler told The Sunday Telegraph the people of Marrickville – 38 per cent of whom were born overseas – “don’t like foreigners”, adding that “the community itself hates everybody”.

Mrs Tyler, a solicitor, part-time lecturer and vice-president of the Newtown Synagogue, is running against Carmel Tebbutt, the incumbent MP, Deputy Premier and Health Minister.

Responding to questions about controversial decisions by the Greens-controlled Marrickville Council to boycott all Israeli goods and services, Mrs Tyler said xenophobia was entrenched in the area.

“The community itself hates everybody,” she said. “One of the things I’ve noticed as I’ve been campaigning is people don’t like foreigners. It’s coming from everybody, from all different types.”

Mrs Tyler, who is Jewish, said the council had a history of anti-Israeli sentiment.

“They’ve always done really stupid stuff on this council … They’ve brought resolutions for various groups against Israel in the past,” she said.”There are a lot of independents on the council … and the Greens are pretty much anti-Israeli.”

She said campaigning had shown her people were paranoid about new arrivals, which had “shocked” her.

“I’m not just talking about Israelis,” Mrs Tyler said. “A lot of other people have said the same thing.

“They want to know what groups are moving into the area – quite a number of times people have said to me, ‘What are you going to do about this group?”

The day after Mrs Tyler made these comments, she distanced herself from them and told The Sunday Telegraph the remarks she had referred to were made by only “about 12 people” from the 5000 she had canvassed.

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