Friday, June 10, 2016

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

This smacks of disinformation:

"As Labor's Michael Danby toils in his seat of Melbourne Ports to prevent the Green tide crossing the Yarra, an intense Greens doorknocking campaign is under way. One door knockee wrote to Danby: 'A very nice sounding bloke just knocked on my door canvassing for the Greens. I said I wouldn't be voting Green because of their policy on Israel. The Greens have exactly the same policy on Israel as Michael Danby,' he said. 'I don't think so,' I replied.' The knockee had an idea of Danby's position on Israel, not least because he was a rabbi." (In the know, Strewth, The Australian, 8/6/16)

However inadequate and gutless The Australian Greens' policy is on Palestine/Israel - let me count the ways - the simple, verifiable fact is that it is still substantially better than Labor's.

Here, for example, is what Labor will do "if there is no progress in the next round of the peace process":

"... discuss joining like-minded nations who have already recognised Palestine," and "announce the conditions and timelines for the Australian recognition of a Palestinian state." (See my 28/7/15 post ALP fiddles while Palestine burns.)

The operative word here is discuss.

Now here's The Australian Greens' policy:

"Given the continuing disregard by Israel of calls to halt settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, The Australian Greens: 1. Call upon the Australian government to halt military cooperation and military trade with Israel..." (Israel/Palestine March 2010)

IOW, institute a military boycott of Israel.

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