16 July 2011


A letter in The Age newspaper on 16 July 2011 was in response to a news item a day earlier showing a radiant Kevin Rudd sharing chocolate delights at a Melbourne Max Brenner with Michael Danby Federal Labor member for Israel (Port Melbourne), and others to show his support for the zionist oppression of the Palestinians in the occupied territories. The letter-writer gave his place of residence as East St Kilda (not Eretz Israel)

It is fascinating to discover how quickly zionists climb out of the woodwork to use rhetoric reminiscent of the worst excesses of a police state to condemn a demonstration against a Jewish/zionist chocolate shop in Melbourne in which it was the brutality of the Baillieu government's police force used to crush and arrest people involved in an anti Israeli apartheid state protest.

The violence and hate-filled invective and thug-like brutality was perpetrated by the police and not by the demonstrators.

As soon as the Israeli apartheid state is attacked by a BDS-supporting group of people, zionists in Melbourne jump up and down shrieking "Nazis"!!!!

Jews resident in East St Kilda (not Israel) in Melbourne should know better than this, but zionists haven't learn't too much over the years.

Antony Loewenstein, in his 16 July 2011 blog quotes from a recent Australian Jewish News editorial which states:

"As for the impact on Australian Jewry, the BDS troublemakers must surely understand the resonance of their boycotts, so painfully similar to the Nazi boycotts of Jewish shops in Germany and Austria at the onset of the Holocaust."

Now lets get this straight - Nazis murdered six million Jews in Europe between 1933 and 1945 (we will leave Stalin out of the discussion for the moment!) thus reducing the world's Jewish population by 1945 to 2/3 of the total before the Holocaust, that total having been about 18 million people. Currently in 2011 Jews in the world number about 13 million.

Jews ultimately establish a zionist state in Palestine which becomes Israel and which occupies another peoples' land, expelling thousands of them and then during subsequent wars, occupying more and more of their territory and then controlling every aspect of those peoples' lives. These people are called Palestinians.

The world at large supports Israel, mainly the United States of America which sees Israel as its middle east controller and policeman, but also many other countries in Europe and around the world.

This is where Australia comes into the picture.

Kevin Rudd and his ilk in the Australian Labor Party, and members of the Coalition, elected members to the Australian Federal Parliament, have been treated to trips to Israel, courtesy of the Australia-Israel Jewish Affairs Council, a zionist organisation one of whose primary aims is to keep up the propaganda in Australia about the wonderful country of Israel and to continue to foster trade relations which are probably booming with arms sales and other delectable goodies such as chocolate and other edibles. Oh, don't forget about Intel and Better Place and other shared technologies.

The next item is from a post on Antony Loewenstein's blog dated 3 February 2009:

re Australia's merchandise trade with Israel.

In 2007-08, Australia exported $254m worth of merchandise to Israel, and imported $685m of merchandise from Israel (a net deficit of $430m).

Top imports from Israel were (in 3-digit categories):

- pearls & gems: $122m (mostly diamonds? this is classic Australian global division of labour - export 'raw' diamonds, dig it up, ship it out, and import the value added stuff)

- fertilisers (presumably not the high quality Hasbara propaganda shit; that would be listed under services imports): $69m.

- telecom equipment: 67m.

Israel has also been trying to flog UAVs (for which Israel has a 'comparative advantage') to the Australian military. meaning unmanned aerial vehicles. this is the ideal reconnaissance/killing machine - don't put any of your own people in danger. They also demonstrate what a fucking brilliant technologically advanced country we are; the moral? don't mess with us.

So if Australians want to boycott Israeli products, the first port of call is diamond rings. But who amongst the cognoscenti buys diamond rings?

Now, how many of these hypocrites have been on unsponsored and non-Israeli permitted trips to Gaza and the West Bank to be able to report on Israel's atrocities related to its status as a pariah apartheid state.

Oh, I forgot - Palestinians and/or Arabs generally are considered to be untermenschen - ah - the Nazi analogy yet again!

Rudd is quoted in The Age of 15 July 2011as follows: "As an individual citizen - that is me, K.Rudd - I am here (at Max Brenner's in the Queen Victoria Building in Melbourne) because I object to the boycotting of Jewish businesses," he said. The final paragraph in the article stated: "Mr Rudd said the laws Israel passed were a matter for Israel, but Australia had historically supported a two-state solution to the conflict.

And, as the whole world knows, and more and more are acknowledging the reality, the two-state solution has been long dead in the water thanks to the Israeli government's land grabs in the occupied territories of the West Bank and the ongoing siege of the Gaza strip to crush the spirit of the 1 1/2 million people in that territory and starve them to death or drive them out. Israel's intention is to occupy the whole of Palestine and turn it into greater Israel.

Rudd is simply knowingly shutting himself off from the reality on the ground.

"There are none so blind as those who will not see!."

And, indubitably, Rudd did not pay for the day's entertainment - as an individual citizen!

12 July 2011


On 9 July 2011 the ABC TV channel 2 showed Woody Allen's 1979 film Manhattan. I had fogotten how very funny so much of the dialogue was, but one particularly funny - and pertinent - line is the one quoted below after the earlier item which I found online when looking for more on Woody Allen's writings about his mother and his upbringing in New York.

n+1 The Magazine

Thrice-yearly print publication of literature, culture, and politics.

(The following was from the online edition)

An article from the magazine called n+1 on 20 March 2005 was a film review on Woody Allen, and the paragraph quoted below is part of that essay. It is supported by one of Woody Allen’s funniest lines from his 1979 film Manhattan and which is so pertinent to 21st century US-Israeli politics.

The line is shown after the quote from the essay.

By Christian Lorentzen

Take My Balls—Please

On Woody Allen

Castration anxiety pervades the films of Woody Allen. It starts in the womb. In Deconstructing Harry (1997) he plays the author of a short story about his mother entitled “The Castrating Zionist.” In Allen’s panel of the triptych New York Stories (1989) his mother is magically and terrifyingly installed in the sky above Manhattan, where nothing he does escapes her watchful eye.

Isaac Davis: Years ago I wrote this short story about my Mother called "The Castrating Zionist" – From Woody Allen’s film Manhattan ,1979, in which he plays Isaac Davis.

11 July 2011


This report was received via Mondoweiss - Palestine news network report 7 JULY 2011

South African ASA Ruling: Israel Can be Labelled an Apartheid State

Johannesburg - PNN - Earlier this week in a bold statement against Israel, South Africa’s media watchdog the 'Advertising Standards Agency’ (ASA), dismissed complaints relating to an advert of 5fm radio that called for a boycott of Israel while comparing Israel to Apartheid South Africa.

The advert aired in South Africa in February this year, starred Dave Randall, lead guitarist of the band Faithless, where he stated: ‘Twenty years ago I would not have played in apartheid South Africa; today I refuse to play in Israel. Be on the right side of history. Don’t entertain apartheid. Join the international boycott of Israel.’

As a result an official complaint was filed to ASA by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBOD), expressing that the adverts claim that Israel was an Apartheid State was ‘untrue, not supported by any evidence… and contains a lie which amounts to false propaganda.’

This week the ASA completely dismissed every complaint made by SAJBOD against the advert.

Reggae DJ ‘The Admiral’ and active member of South Africa Artists Against Apartheid – the advert was originally created in support of the organisation – said that: ‘The ASA decision is significant due to our own history of Apartheid. The decision sends a clear message to the Zionist lobby that the time has come for an end to the baseless accusations of “discrimination” and “hate speech” whenever criticism of Israel is voiced. Calling Israel an Apartheid state is legitimate because Israel practices Apartheid. The boycott of such an oppressive regime should be supported as it was in our own Anti-Apartheid freedom struggle.’

Palestinian solidarity groups in South Africa and across the globe have strongly supported this ruling. Many claim that this ruling shows there is a clear legal basis that evidence is available to legitimately claim Israel is practising Apartheid or/and policies that could be linked and associated with Apartheid.

09 July 2011


One of the most informative books of recent years showing Israel's research and development into apartheid is the book by Sasha Polakow-Suransky called "The unspoken Alliance - Israel's Secret Alliance with Apartheid South Africa."

The story unfolds with the election of the Nationalist Party to government in South Africa and Israel's independence, both in 1948.

South Africa's apartheid state lasted from 1948 till the democratic elections on 1994 when Nelson Mandela was historically elected as first black President of a multi-racial South Africa.

Israel's apartheid state has lasted from 1948 and onwards in an undemocratic Israel which is rapidly sliding into a police state - and which is already making apartheid South Africa look like an afternoon tea party.

Polakow-Suransky's detailed research into the relationship of these two countries has unearthed a fascinating analysis of the developing relationship of two countries becoming more and more isolated by the international communities because of their oppression of the people whose countries they were occupying and ruling with brutal force.

The developing relationship depended on trade and arms manufacture and above all, the assistance, each to the other, of the nuclear industry in each country and the development of nuclear devices for assault purposes.

In the process of this developing and deepening relationship, Israel learned a great deal about how the apartheid state operated, but of course has gone many degrees further by building its Berlin Wall in the occupied territory of the West Bank.

South Africa was in dire financial straits due to Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions which helped lead to the release of Mandela after 27 years of incarceration and 4 more bloody years before the apartheid regime was forced to hold the first free elections ever in that country. The reason the BDS campaign was so successful was because the United States of America was dragged, shouting and screaming all the way, into divesting from South Africa.

The problem in 2011 with a campaign of BDS against Israel is that Israel is supported by the United States, and although the campaign is making inroads, they are slower to bite because of this propping up of a non-democratic theocratic regime which in essence is no different from those operating in Saudi Arabia, Iran and other countries in the region which are undergoing revolutionary uprisings which are resulting in bloody reprisals by their governments, such as in Bahrain's and Syria's brutal crackdowns on its citizens.

Polakow-Suransky's conclusions to his book about the zionist state speak for themselves:

"On the eve of the Gaza disengagement in August 2005, the Jewish population between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean dropped to below 50 percent for the first time since Israel became a state in 1948. As orange-clad settlers flooded Tel-Aviv's streets to protest Ariel Sharon's decision to withdraw, Haaretz noted, 'Following the upcoming disengagement, the proportion of Jews in territories under Israeli control will jump to 56.8 percent', giving Israel some breathing room. But due to a much higher birthrate among Palestinians and the declining number of immigrants arriving in Israel, it will be scarcely more than a decade before the Arab population in Israel and the occupied territories exceeds the Jewish population.

"Meanwhile, Israel's founding generation is disappearing. The old Holocaust survivors and their children, who saw Jewish survival in the shadow of genocide as Israel's raison d'etre, are dying off. A new generation of cosmopolitan, tech-savvy Israelis is taking their place, with a vision of Israel as a modern, prosperous, industrialised state integrated into the global economy. They have known nothing but war, occupation, and international opprobrium and want desperately for Israel to be accepted as a 'normal' country in the international community. The status quo of militarism, expanded settlements, and a refusal to offer Palestinians basic democratic rights is prolonging the conflict. If Israel does not move soon to dismantle West Bank settlements on a large scale and create a viable Palestinian state, it is only a matter of time before the demographic balance shifts and places Jews in a minority within the territories they control.

"When that time comes, the charges levelled by Carter and others will begin to stick and, as Olmert feared, Jews will find themselves as a minority governing over a largely disenfranchised majority - a situation that will inevitably lead to a struggle for equal rights that garners world-wide sympathy. Worse still, Israel will be incontrovertibly branded with the apartheid label that it has fought tenaciously for decades to avoid."

07 July 2011


The following article appeared in The Age on 6 July 2011. The Age, of course, supports Senator Boswell and attacks the Greens, because Fairfax journalists have been well represented in the groups who go on junkets to Israel paid for, or supported by The AIJAC in Australia. Participants have included Gillard, Rudd and members of both major political parties in federal parliament. They all profess undying love for Israel - what arms deals do Israel and Australia do with each other?


Vote to embarrass Greens on Israel

Richard Willingham
July 6, 2011

(photo not available at the moment)
New Greens senator Lee Rhiannon. Photo: Jacky Ghossein

GREENS Leader Bob Brown has failed to ''put his money where his mouth is'' by voting against a Senate motion condemning a boycott of Israel, a policy supported by new senator Lee Rhiannon, according to the Nationals' Ron Boswell.

Senator Rhiannon, one of four new Greens in the Senate, backed a Sydney local council and New South Wales Greens position for a boycott of Israel.

Senator Brown called the policy ''a mistake'', saying it cost votes at March's NSW state election. ''It's not our policy and won't be,'' Senator Brown said in April.
A motion by Senator Boswell that ''condemns the boycott of Israel instigated by Marrickville Council'' passed the Senate with the support of Labor and the Coalition. The Greens voted against it.

''Senator Brown had the opportunity to put his money where his mouth was and instead he chose to vote with his extremist colleague Lee Rhiannon, a known supporter of the boycott,'' Senator Boswell said. ''Brown has failed to pull her into line. By failing to support this motion Senator Brown has failed at the first hurdle.''
The motion also recognised Israel as a legitimate and democratic state and ''a good friend of Australia''.

Senator Brown was unavailable for comment last night.



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