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)

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Marrickville Council Calls on Israel to "End the Occupation of All Arab Lands" but Backs Down over Boycott

Faced with the sack by New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell, Sydney's Marrickville Council has backed down on its ludicrous and outrageous Greens-led BDS venture, but certain councillors still fail to realise that they are in the "roads, rates and rubbish" tier of public life and that their business is emphatically not Australian foreign policy.

You see, despite voting on Tuesday 8:4 in favour of this motion:

“Cancel resolve not to pursue the GBDS against Israel in any shape or form, as called for in the Dec 14 resolution”
the Council  passed this, introduced by Councillor Dimitrios Thanos, one of the four recalcitrant Greens, who included Marrickville mayor Fiona Byrne:
“The Council remain concerned about Palestinian human rights and calls on Israel to end the occupation of all Arab lands; dismantle the wall, and to ensure the fundamental rights of Palestinians to full equality”
The three-hour meeting was raucous, with eruptions from the public gallery that entailed swearing in Arabic; a few pro-Palestinians were asked to leave, three were ejected, and outside on the stairs there were altercations that were broken up by police.  All 12 councillors spoke, as did no less than 17 members of the public.

According to The Australian, Councillor Cathy Peters, who intoduced the original motion that committed the Council to the BDS Movement, was the most passionate speaker in favour of retaining BDS.  She, it seems, is Jewish, to boot; her grandparents reportedly were incarcerated in Terezin.

As a taste here's local Anglican cleric  and anti-Israel agitator Father David Smith (aka "Father Dave"), talking emotively about the "forces of darkness" (the voice calling for order is Fiona Byrne's):

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(Hat tip: reader Shirlee)

On hand to boost the Boycott Derangement Syndromers' cause was that nice Jewish boy Antony Loewenstein, whose strange hatred for the Jewish State has lent aid and comfort to anti-"Zionists" galore.

He's the subject of this early post of mine:

Here, he posts John Pilger's missive to the meeting:

And there have been, evidently, more dirty doings Down Under, since an Australian citizen of Saudi birth has been arrested in Israel as a spy for Hamas:


  1. Sorry for such a quick note last night Daphne. It was very late and I was mentally and physically drained

    The pro-Palestinian/BDS supporters, were a VERY loud raucous crowd. They were calling out and swearing in Arabic

    Three were ejected from the Chamber. There were a few problems apparently, I read in today's papers, with the Police breaking up a few altercations on the stairs and in the street

  2. Thanks, Shirlee - have amended!

  3. This was the reply from above mentioned Dimitrios Thanos:
    "You fail to recognize that the matters you raise are irrelevant as items of consideration. Spare
    Yours faithfully"
    In response to this email sent to a number of council members including Mr Thanos:
    News of your BDS scheme against Israel has reached the UK. I see many of you are of Greek extraction. It is quite extraordinary that you are all so ignorant of the truth about Israel and you support and promote attacks against her! I would expect the Greeks to know how the Ottoman Turkish mozlems massacred their ancestors as well as the Christians among you to see what the mozlems are doing to your co-religionists even now across Egypt, Pakistan, Nigeria, Syria, Iran etc.

    Israel is a beacon in the Middle East and a haven for Black Christians from Africa, Arab Christians and gays who are persecuted by mozlems. The only people murdering Christians are mozlems! You are being used. In the Qu'ran, the mozlem holy book, it states:

    Qur'an (5:51) - "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people."
    Qur'an (5:80) - "You will see many of them befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide." Those Muslims who befriend unbelievers will abide in hell.