Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Palestinian Martin Luther King

The dumbed-down Sydney Morning Herald on Monday carried yet another opinion piece by Vic Alhadeff, chief executive of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.

Wearing his Jewish liberal - as opposed to his Israel lobbyist - hat, Baruch O'Farrell's recently-appointed NSW Human Rights Award judge took advantage of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's famous 'I have a dream' speech to bask in King's reflected glory.

Inevitably, Alhadeff got around to quoting King's ringing admonition that "individuals should be judged not by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character."

All I could think of was Israel's discriminatory, Jews-only Law of Return, and a Palestinian Martin Luther King saying: 'Individuals should not be judged by the Jewishness of their mothers, but by their actual - not imagined - connection to the land of Palestine.

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