Born and bred in Melbourne, portly, pudding-faced Labor MP for Melbourne Ports, Michael Danby, looks just like any other comfortable, well-upholstered, whitebread pollywaffle with a princely retirement package lying in wait.
But appearances, as always, are deceiving.
Beneath that puffy, humdrum visage lurks a fierce Semitic Son of Israel with an unbroken DNA connection going all the way back to the warriors of Moses' Israeli Labor Party who once stood on the desert verge, gazing wide-eyed at the land flowing with milk and honey which lay before them, and which that mysterious entity G-D had conveniently promised them for their exclusive use.
With this antique connection surging through his veins, grinding all the while a photo of Bob Hawke underfoot, and the aforesaid mysterious entity guiding a hand trembling with righteous indignation at the silver bodgie's blasphemous use of the words 'Palestinians', 'indigenous', and 'Holy Land' in the same sentence, he furiously penned the following words, which, lo and behold, appeared in yesterday's Australian:
"Hawke's analysis of the conflict included a surprising throwaway that the Palestinians are the 'indigenous' people of the Holy Land. How could anyone, let alone a former prime minister, ignore the plethora of historical documents and archaeological artefacts that attest to the unbroken chain of Hebrew, Israelite and Jewish language, culture, religion and civilisation in the Holy Land over the past 3250 years?"" (Labor troika fails to see the roadblocks in Palestine)
But wait. What's this?
"And I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt into the land of the Canaanites..." (Exodus 3:17)
Once again: "... the land of the Canaanites..."
Just in case you missed it: "... THE LAND OF THE CANAANITES..."