Sunday, September 10, 2017

Phillip Adams: Normalising Zionism

More muddying of the Palestine/Israel waters by the ABC's Philip Adams:

"We are all, each and every one of us, dual citizens... Just as Muslims pray to Mecca, Australia's Roman Catholics are, in a real sense, dual citizens of Australia and Vatican city. Australian Jews, from the Orthodox to the secular, have a form of dual citizenship with Israel. All diaspora cultures are powerfully connected to the cultures that gave them birth... " (Layers of loyalties, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 9/9/17)

Let's get this straight.

Australian Muslims have no designs on Mecca. They merely face it when praying, and, on occasion, visit as pilgrims.

Australia's Roman Catholics acknowledge the Pope as their spiritual leader. For historical reasons, he just happens to reside in the Vatican.

While Israeli Jews resident in Australia may be said to constitute an Israeli diaspora,  Australian Jews, in general (whether born overseas or in Australia), have no diasporic connection whatever with Israel.

Just because political Zionism pushes the fantasy that all Jews, no matter their ethnicity, origin, or current citizenship, constitute a 'people/nation', and that the Zionist entity known as Israel is the 'national home' of this alleged 'people/nation' does not make it so.

And just because successive governments of this entity have sought to con Jews into emigrating there by legislating an apartheid 'Law of Return' (1950), granting anyone who can demonstrate a biological connection with a Jewish woman automatic citizenship rights, does not mean that Australian Jews are bound by it or have to take it seriously.

Suffice it to say that it is precisely the most ardent Zionists in Australia's Jewish community - Colin Rubenstein, Vic Alhadeff, Michael Danby et al - who never take advantage of this "form of dual citizenship," as Adams puts it, and emigrate to Israel.

The only genuine diaspora associated with the usurping Zionist entity is the Palestinian Arab diaspora. But you'll never hear about that from Adams.


Grappler said...

Adams is, once again, talking BS on Palestine/Israel. Here are the rules for citizenship in Saudi Arabia

"Your only route to becoming a naturalised citizen is by marriage to a national; even this, however, doesn’t guarantee citizenship, particularly for non-Muslims."

So by no means all Muslims can acquire citizenship of Saudi Arabia.

And here for citizenship in the Vatican:

"citizenship of Vatican City is granted jus officii, namely on the grounds of appointment to work in a certain capacity in the service of the Holy See. It usually ceases upon cessation of the appointment. Citizenship is extended also to the spouse, parents and descendants of a citizen, provided they are living with the person who is a citizen."

Again, it is essentially impossible for even Catholics to become citizens of the Vatican.

Whereas to become an Israeli citizen, quoting the law of return:

“ The rights of a Jew under this law, and the rights of an Ole under the Citizenship Law -1952, and the rights of a Ole under any other law, are given to the child or grandchild of a Jew, the spouse of a Jew the spouse of a child and grandchild of a Jew; Except a person who was born Jewish and out of his free will converted his religion.”

In other words it is a right for Jews to become citizens of Israel unless they convert to another religion. Given the current debates going on about our politicians and their dual allegiances, you would imagine that any Jewish politician would be required to renounce their right to citizenship of Israel. But then again, you wouldn't, would you?

Grappler said...

Personally I don't care whether or not someone's mother registered them for Italian citizenship, or whether they left the UK at the age of 2 with their parents. Surely the key question is whether their primary concerns are for the welfare of Australia and Australians or for some other country. Quite a few politicians in Australia, some but not all with the right to Israeli citizenship, seem to have a primary concern for the welfare of Israel. When these concerns coincide with Australian concerns, I have no problem, but usually they don't. It is difficult to see what we have gained by our various adventures in the ME recently and from our sanctions on Iran, for instance.