Friday, September 9, 2016

Why Netanyahu? Why Australia?

So why has the Turnbull government invited Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Australia next year? Sure, there's the perennial need to keep party coffers topped up, partly through Zionist money, but surely Netanyahu's malignant presence here isn't the price they (and we) have to pay for that?

It's worth noting that Israel's Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, is currently in London seeking the British government's cooperation in tackling the growth of the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement. He is reported as saying that:

"Great Britain is the world center of the anti-Israel BDS campaign... I'm going [to Britain] to battle the boycott and delegitimization in every arena, and to discuss with members of the British government - which is also committed to fighting boycotts - ways to strengthen our cooperation against [the] anti-Semitic boycott campaign... I will meet with government officials and law enforcement in order to form a front of democratic countries against the worldwide threat, which includes targeted action against incitement on the Internet." (Israeli minister says Brits will 'pay the price' for anti-Semitic boycotts, rt.com/uk, 7/9/16)

Remember too that Julie Bishop, extender of the invitation, declared back in 2013 that "the Coalition will institute a policy across government that ensures no grants of taxpayers' funds are provided to individuals or organisations which actively support the BDS campaign." (Libs to cut funding for anti-Israel activists, Ean Higgins, The Australian, 25/5/13) (See my 26/5/13 post Bishop Takes Axe to Human Rights Activism.)

Government invitations to war criminals to drop in for a cuppa are one thing, allowing them to lobby for restrictions on our democratic right to protest their criminality is quite another.

3 comments:

Grappler said...

It is interesting that over the last few years 'anti-Semitic' has totally totally morphed into 'anti-Israeli Government policies'. That's a very dangerous path to tread. Mooser, in his inimitable style, keeps warning of the consequences of this kind of conflation over on MW. I wished, though, that RT had put 'anti-Semitic' in inverted commas as well as 'pay the price'.

Mannie De Saxe said...

I am still a bit puzzled as to how the apartheid Israeli government views those of us Jews who "do not toe the party line." If I support BDS and wear a t-shirt and sloppy joe loudly proclaiming my political affiliations, will the Australian christian zionist government and its loyal christian zionist opposition supporters - apart from Danby and Dreyfus who are Israeli zionists anyway - loudly proclaim laws to lock us renegades up after Bibi's visit?
Anti-semitism is propagated world-wide by the Israeli government in the same way it shoves holocaust memories down everybody's gullets at the first opportunity. It is now always linked to us anti-zionist "self-hating" Jews. Remember Masada 2000?

Grappler said...

"the Coalition will institute a policy across government that ensures no grants of taxpayers' funds are provided to individuals or organisations which actively support the BDS campaign."

Would this be legal? Suppose I participate in a march in favour of BDS, can they, for instance, discriminate against me if I seek Commonwealth funding from the Anzac Centenary Production and Commissioning Fund? This seems to me to be at odds with basic rights on freedom of speech and discrimination. I would be interested in the opinion of a lawyer.