Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Send in the Clowns? Don't Bother, They're Here


"In Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten rose in Parliament to back a bipartisan motion calling for a respectful and unified Australia. It highlighted Indigenous people, refugees and Muslims, reaffirming commitment to equal rights, a non-discriminatory immigration policy, reconciliation, multiculturalism and denouncing racism." (Meanwhile in Canberra, an outbreak of unity over race, Fergus Hunter, Sydney Morning Herald, 11/10/16)

Let me get this straight: Israel drove out the Indigenous people of Palestine in 1948 and 1967; has refused to allow the return of Palestinian (Muslim and Christian) refugees to this day; treats its Palestinian Arab minority as third class citizens; occupies, colonises and represses the Palestinians of the West Bank; blockades and massacres those in the Gaza Strip; operates a Jews-only immigration policy; is based on a raft of apartheid laws; is a Judeoculture; and promotes racism against Palestinians in particular, and Arabs in general.

 And yet, in the same issue of the Herald, there's a photograph of the same two clowns, Turnbull and Shorten, signing a book of condolences for the late Israeli war criminal, Shimon Peres.

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