The BDS-bashing machine over at Murdoch's dark, satanic propaganda mill, News Ltd, is currently in overdrive (front page 'report' + 'opinion' piece yesterday; 'report' + editorial + letters today) relaying the confected outrage of the usual suspects (Gillard, Israel lobbyist Peter Wertheim, and the AUJS's Andrew Goldberg) over comments appearing on a UNSW Students for Justice in Palestine Facebook page.
To extract just one snippet:
"The UNSW Student Representative Council Ethnic Affairs Officer, Charlotte Lewis, was so shocked she posted: 'Reading over these comments has left me gobsmacked at the outrageous anti-Semitic slanders mentioned on this event. If I see one more antisemitic comment, I'm taking this to the University... I am the Ethno-Cultural Officer, meaning I need to look out for any hate speech towards any ethnic group. I have witnessed many accusations that the Holocaust didn't exist, and that Jews are money-hungry pigs. Due to this, several Jewish students actually feel unsafe to step [sic] foot into the University, meaning I actually DO need to solve this problem." (The ugly face of student activism, Peter Wertheim & Julie Nathan, The Australian, 30/4/13)
Now I hate to see people in pain (most people anyway), OK? And frankly, I'm a bit worried that Charlotte is about to burst a boiler over this matter. Therefore, in a compassionate effort to relieve her obvious suffering, I've decided to address the following open letter to her:
In the event that the comments which have so stressed you are genuine - by which I mean not the work of agent provocateurs - I wonder if, at some time in the future - obviously not now - when you're capable of thinking lucidly about this subject, you might consider carefully what I am about to say.
a) that the state of Israel promotes itself as the world's only Jewish state, the go-to destination for world Jewry, the only place on Planet Earth where Jews can really feel safe and secure, and realise their Jewishness - because it is after all their real home (and anyway the Bible says so, so there); and
b) that it also expels, occupies, dispossesses and brutalises the indigenous Palestinian Arab population of the land which it has usurped - you know, the one called Palestine, in case you've never heard of it before - on behalf of Jews from all corners of God's earth (and even some who, with a little help from their Israeli friends, have only just discovered they're Jewish, such as India's Bnei Menashe)...
Given these two facts, is it any cause for wonder then that Jews as Jews, however unfairly and wrongly, have become targets for the kind of comments that have had you reaching for the smelling salts?
In which case, it has to be asked, who is responsible for this terrible state of affairs?
a) a group of students under the rubric 'Students for Justice in Palestine' who, as their name suggests, are merely trying to draw other students' attention to the monumental injustice perpetrated - and still being perpetrated - on the Palestinian people by the Zionist project in Palestine?; or
b) the Zionist movement itself, aided and abetted by their former British and now American imperial backers, which gave birth to the state of Israel, and today sustains and enables it to carry on with its project of wiping Palestine and Palestinians off the map?
PS: If they still have a library at UNSW containing those thingies called books - remember those? - try getting hold of and reading David Hirst's classic, The Gun & the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East.