Kudos toÂ Andrew Bolt for standing up for Israel:
I don’t think Jeremy Sher is overreacting at all:
I’m unsure if you have seenÂ this article by Joseph Wakim (founder of the Australian Arabic Council) defending the Greens’ ‘“Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions” campaign.Â However, what I dislike about this article is that the taxpayer-funded ABC blog is promoting an article which has all the hallmarks of old-fashioned anti-Semitism. It has all the juicy innuendo that one expects in modish, leftish writing about Israel and the so-called ‘Israel lobby’:
“It is ironic that the Greens candidates who dared to take a moral and non-violent stand against the Israeli occupation have copped the wrath ofÂ those who carry the political whips…
“With swastikas and loaded labels smeared onto the Greens candidates, the individuals are placed in a defensive position whereÂ they are permanently tattooed as guilty â€“ defeated Greens candidate for Marrickville Fiona Byrne, successful candidate for Balmain Jamie Parker, and Senator elect Lee Rhiannon…“On cue, the major parties promptly paid their dues to Israel…
“If any ofÂ these whip crackers bothered to research the facts about the BDS, they would struggle to find any extremism…
“In our democracy, our politicians should shape our foreign policy based on our population and our national interests, not based on lubricated lobbying and ‘behind the scenes’ engineering”
The reason why this material is should be labeled anti-Semitic is two fold.
First, Wakim is obviously drawing a parallel between the Holocaust and the proponents of the Palestinian cause.Â In particular, the use of the phrase ‘permanently tattooed’.
Second, it harks back to one of the more virulent strains of anti-Semitism, best typified by that awful tome, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.Â This ‘book’ alleged an international Jewish conspiracy, where Jews were seeking to control the world.Â Whether deliberately or not, Wakim is suggesting that some shadowy figures are behind the bipartisan opposition to the racist BDS campaign.Â Rather, Australia’s major political leaders have rightly and independently concluded that there are better ways to forge a path to peace than by punishing the Middle East’s sole democracy.
The activities of ABC Unleashed deserves more scrutiny – given its public funding and well-documented left wing bias… Wakim ought to be condemned.
Strangely, Australia’s PC laws don’t seem to apply to Jews, only to those who want to kill them:
SECTION 18C RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT (1975)
“It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private, if the act is reasonably likely, in all circumstances, to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people, and the act is done because of the race, colour or NATIONAL or ETHNIC ORIGIN of the other person or of some or all of the people of the group.”
Perhaps the Australian Israeli community – and Israeli government – should consider legal action against the Greens and their “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions” campaign under Section 18C?
After all, most Israelis surely feel offended, insulted, humiliated, or intimidated by this act, one which – it could be argued – has been done because of their national origin?