The Star has not been given a mandate by shareholders to enter this sphere of politics and has presumably only done so in order to raise money for the operation of the Star Observer.
The following is an open letter to the Star Observer editor who obviously has no intention of responding to our complaints and we will be forced to take our complaints to the Star Observer Board in order to stop this sort of "advertisement" ever being accepted again!
Mannie De Saxe, Lesbian and Gay Solidarity,
PO Box 1675
In January 2013, the Star Observer carried an advertisement from the Jewish National Fund seeking funds for tree plantings in Israel and - unstated - in the occupied Palestinian territories. We objected to the advertisement then (shown in the letter below) and we object even more strongly to the advertisement - again! - on page 10 of the Star Observer edition 1193 of 20 September 2013. The Star Observer is accepting such an advertisement which is blood money - the blood of Palestinians in the West Bank occupied by Israel since 1967.
Are the readers of the Star Observer Israeli citizens? Are they zionist supporters? Is the Star Observer so desperate for funds that it has to resort to this sort of advertising?
We received no response last time and we believe it is time the Star Observer answered the issues raised.
The zionist community will do anything to show that it is "gay" friendly and the JNF in Australia designed this advertisement for that purpose.
Please ensure that this advertisement does not appear ever again in the Star Observer.
Mannie De Saxe
FROM ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN'S BLOG, 26 SEPTEMBER 2013
23 January 2013
As you can see from the picture below the graphic shows two trees with stick people below and the colouring of the trees from left to right is -you guessed it - rainbow colours to show that zionists are gay-friendly!
Oh, the hypocrisy!!!
What the advert doesn't tell you is that it the JNF is supporting planting trees in the illegal settlement areas of the west bank, where Israelis steal Palestinian land on a daily basis, apartheid intensifies criminally and the JNF trees are watered with water reserves stolen from the Palestinians for the illegal settlements!
The advert tells you how gay friendly the JNF is, but doesn't tell you that after the elections in Israel on 22 January 2013 the religious right will have more control of the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) and that they are not exactly gay friendly!
And this is now supported by the Star Observer who were no doubt paid a large sum of money for the advert to be placed so prominently in the paper.
Send your protests loud and clear to the editor of the Star Observer and tell the editor that blood money is unacceptable!
I have sent the following letter to the editor of the Star Observer as a protest on behalf of Lesbian and Gay Soldarity:
I wish to complain in the strongest possible terms to the Star Observer accepting an advertisment form a zionist organisation such as the Jewish National Fund which is an organisation using blood money to pay for the advertisment.
On top of this travesty, the advertisement purports to support the gay, lesbian, transgender and HIV (GLTH) communities by showing trees and stick people in rainbow colours. In reality, the rabid right-wing reactionary government of Israel is controlled by religious political parties which are endeavouring to ban all aspects of acceptance of GLTH groups into the life of the Israeli communities.
The Jewish National Fund is one of those groups which plants trees in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories, is instrumental in securing water to water these trees and depriving the Palestinian citizens of their rightful use of their own waters which are diverted for the use of the illegal settlers.
Please ensure that the Star Observer does not ever again accept advertisements from such organisations.
On top of everything else the advertisement appears on page 2 of the issue of 18 January 2013 in one of the most prominent positions available.