‘Compensating Jews who fled Arab nations is historic justice’
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‘We should get what we deserve’, says Minister Silvan Shalom on matter of paying compensation to Jews from Arab countries who were forced to leave behind homes, land, businesses in 1948, echoing claims made by other Sephardic Jews attempting to find balance between past grievances and future prospects. Read more, by Â Itay Blumenthal
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Leftist affliction trumps loyalty to Jews, Judaism
I like Barry Cohen, the former Labor minister, and enjoy his conversation. But I am not impressed when people don’t speak truth to power when it matters most.
Here is CohenÂ inÂ The Age:
I’m sick of Labor leaders making all the right noises to Jewish audiences while an increasing number of backbenchers launch diatribes at Israel. When the likes of Labor MP Tanya Plibersek rise in the House of Representatives and call Ariel Sharon “a war criminal” and Israel a “rogue state”, or Opposition whip Janice Crosio makes the absurd claim that Israeli forces had destroyed Bethlehem, Nablus and the Jenin refugee camp, I want to hear more than stony silence from those in the Labor Party who say they support Israel. Some do. Most don’t…
I told a Labor legend: “Anti-Semitism is now rampant in the Labor Party.” I expected a vigorous denial. His response confirmed my worst fear: “I know,” he said.
For better or worse my character and life were shaped by the anti-Semitism I experienced as a boy and a young man. I was proud to belong to a party that fought all forms of prejudice. Not any longer.
Very strong words, but then comes this footnote:
A longer version of this article (which Barry Cohen asked not be published until after the federal election) appears in the Australian Jewish News.