Monday, January 16, 2017

Jews Who Don't

If Zionism dictates that Palestinians must be out, it just as strongly dictates that Jews must be in. And, in the case of the latter, woe betide any Jew who doesn't get with the Zionist program. This "EXCLUSIVE" report comes from today's Australian:

"A Sydney mayor has refused a personal invitation to attend the annual Great Synagogue Law Service, citing Israel's 'illegal" actions in the West Bank, which he says 'will cause endless terrorism across the globe, including here.' Peter Abelson, the Mayor of Mosman on Sydney's lower North Shore, has in return been accused of anti-Semitism by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, which said he was not effectively representing Jewish residents in the area. 'Thank you for your invitation to the Great Synagogue Law Service for 2017. I will not be attending,' Dr Abelson wrote to the synagogue's rabbi, Benjamin Elton, earlier this month. 'I should express my deep personal concern about the gross and illegal occupation of the West Bank which creates intense international division and bitterness, and, unresolved, will cause endless terrorism across the globe, including here.'

"Writing in response to Dr Abelson, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff said: 'We are appalled that you would refuse to represent the Jewish constituents of your ward because of your views on the Israeli-Palestine conflict.' Mr Alhadeff's letter accused the mayor of anti-Semitism, citing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition, a section of which defines the term as 'holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.' He also rejected Dr Abelson's characterisation of Israel's actions.

"Dr Elton, who has invited nearby mayors and all NSW federal and state parliamentarians to the event, was shocked by Dr Abelson's response: 'Sometimes people decline with thanks, but to receive a reply with a stark message that attacked Israel's policies... I'm astonished really. 'The policies of the state of Israel is another discussion. To boycott a Jewish event in Sydney because of the actions of Israel, that's a form of anti-Semitism.'

"Dr Abelson, a PhD in economics who has spent time in northern Israel and worked as an adviser to the NSW Treasury, said he attended all the events he could within his council area and described accusations of anti-Semitism as 'nonsense'. 'There are large numbers of people, Jews around the world, who respect Jews and Jewishness, who are critical of the occupation of the West Bank. To say someone who is critical of the [occupation of] the West Bank is anti-Jewish is just nonsense - My father's family was wholly Jewish,' he said. 'I don't think my views are that important. I'm mayor, I run Mosman... for the people of Mosman. There is no discrimination against Jewish or any other race in Mosman'." (Rabbi pans mayor's anti-Israel boycott, Sam Buckingham-Jones)

3 comments:

Mannie De Saxe said...

If Vic Alhadeff, as a South African Jew who lived through some of South Africa's apartheid police state is so fond of the apartheid policies of his country of origin, why does he not go and live in the world's apartheid state of Israel, the "only democracy in the middle east and the most moral army in the world!"

How much longer is this nonsense about anti-zionist Jews being called anti-semitic going to continue? It is of course a deliberate ploy of the apartheid Israeli government to show our "treachery" to the rest of the Jews around the world.

I think this sort of horror is diminishing and particularly in the USA where, despite the advent of Trump, more and more Jews, especially young ones, are beginning to see the light. Australia, as ever, is 100 years behind everyone else, so one's hopes are somewhat dimmed!

Grappler said...

When I read your post, MERC, I was worried that you were making the mistake of adopting the Zionist technique of conflating Jews with Israel. "What," I asked, "has the Great Synagogue got to do with Israel." Then I went to its website. Here is this week's post from the rabbi:

http://www.greatsynagogue.org.au/FromTheRabbi/DvarTorah.aspx

Quoting: "Our connection to the Land is clear, and the love and devotion we have for it, is obvious to any fair observer. .... The basis of Zionism is that we have a claim to a state in the Land of Israel as of right."

It goes on with similar drivel. I'm with you and Dr Abelson, MERC.

MERC said...

The jwire video of Turnbull at Bondi Junction's Central Synagogue on December 30, where he ends up dancing with the rabbi, is also worth watching. For the rabbi and his congregation it's all about Israel and the recent UNSC vote.