The deservedly doomed and deservedly damned NSW Labor misgovernment of Kristina (Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth) Keneally, in a desperate clutch at any straw within reach prior to its coming electoral wipeout in March, has finally discovered graffiti vandalism. No, not the visual plague which degrades every conceivable urban space across the state, and renders blindness a positively desirable disability, but 15-20 specimens of alleged anti-Semitic graffiti:
"Premier Kristina Keneally announced on Saturday that she will give judges more power against offenders and new measures will make racist, offensive or pornographic graffiti an aggravated offence, carrying tougher penalties, if Labor is re-elected. She said a database maintained by the Australian Jewish community reported there are between 15 to 20 serious anti-Semitic graffiti incidents in NSW each year." (NSW Libs want harsher graffiti punishment, au.news.yahoo.com, 19/2/11)
Now it goes without saying that, as much as I abhor and detest anti-Semitism and all other manifestation of racist filth, given the chronic refusal of Zionist lobbyists to differentiate between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, I'm afraid I can't get too excited.*
In general, however, and on this matter alone, I'm more inclined to agree with the NSW Liberal opposition: "The opposition argues however that all graffiti is offensive and all of it should be eligible for tougher penalties." (ibid)
One thing's for sure though - you can bet your bottom dollar that, whatever anti-racist/anti-graffiti legislation may arise from whichever mob takes control of the government following the coming NSW election, Newtown's anti-burka 'mural' and its perpetrator will have little to worry about. (See my 21/1/11 post Just Asking)
PS (23/2/11): Speaking of Newtown's anti-Burka graffiti, its perpetrator, Sergio Redegalli, has just outed himself as a Zionist, altering his eyesore to include an attack on Fiona Byrne, the mayor of Marrickville and Greens candidate in the state election, for her pro-BDS stance. (See Mural targets mayor over decision to boycott Israel, Josephine Tovey, Sydney Morning Herald, 23/2/11)
PS 2: To more adequately report the above developments, I've decided to alter the title of this post to Zionist Chutzpah Hits the Hustings.
[* For a discussion of anti-Semitism and the so-called new anti-Semitism, see the analysis of Norman Finkelstein in my 30/1/09 post Backman & the New Anti-Semitism.]