Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 15 April 2011

Australia's BDS Council May Face Sack

"It's unproductive. It's completely disconnected from the reality of Middle Eastern politics," Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd  says of the Greens-driven BDS obsession that now is impelling the inner Sydney  Marrickville Council to throw away all items in its possession with links to Israel. (Hat tip: reader Shirlee)

This BDS move, which conjures up distasteful images of the Nazi era and, not surprisngly, is widely seen as antisemitic (though they'd never admit to that, would they?), involves Hewlett Packard computers, Veolia waste services and Chevrolet (Holden) cars, among other products.  (See other products here:

The Premier of New South Wales, Barry O'Farrell, the President of the Local Government Association of NSW, Keith Rhoades, the Federal Greens leader, Bob Brown, and the founder of the Aussie Greens, Norm Sanders, have all attacked the Council's obsession, with Sanders saying exasperatedly on radio "What's all  this anti-Jewish stuff? I haven't heard one word about the environment from these people [Marrickville's self-styled Greens]."

It's time, he indicated, for the Greens to return to their core values, which are unreflected in the policy, and for the council to return to the purpose for which it exists (namely, rates, roads, and rubbish).

O'Farrell has warned Marrickville's boycott-happy mayor and aspiring politician Fiona Byrne (pictured, who's reportedly "gone to ground") that unless the council abandons the policy it may face the sack. 

It seems that the cost of boycotting Israel will be $A3.7million, and in consequence at least one Green councillor appears to be backing away from the folly.  Indeed, there's some talk of a split among them.

Meanwhile, Green senator-elect Lee Rhiannon, an old hard-left anti-Zionist trouper who grew up in a Communist household, has defiantly told Sky News: "It's not an anti-Israel position at all."

Yep, Lee. Tell that to the marines.


  1. Good on the new Premier of N.S.W. He seems to have quite some back-bone. Showed it recently, in putting the propagandist ABC TV pin-up boy, Kerry O'Brian in his box!

    But still, it's only once we speak of financial cost that the pro-jihadist Greens and their apologists hesitate to persue what is no less than Jew-hatred, even if you dress it up with the euphemism of "BDS"?

    It is wrong, wrong, wrong: politically, ethically and MORALLY !! full stop!

  2. Excellent points, Rita - thanks!

  3. Don't forget the cost of throwing away all PC computers (Intel, Microsoft and IBM have research centres in Israel) and mobile phones (Motorola has a research centre in Israel and AMDOCS, CheckPoint and Comverse are major players).

    The Greens may be Luddites but I don't think Marrickville would run well without computers or phones.

  4. Tossing working equipment to buy new isn't a "green" practice at all. Remind of them of the three Rs: reuse, reduce, recycle.

  5. Yes, deegee, they really are making idiots of themselves.
    Violet, great point!