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):
For more see: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/councillors-withdraw-support-for-boycott/story-e6frf7jx-1226041833870 and http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/marrickville-council-drops-israel-boycott/story-fn59niix-1226041840517
(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: http://daphneanson.blogspot.com/2010/07/dirty-doings-down-under.html
Here, he posts John Pilger's missive to the meeting: http://antonyloewenstein.com/2011/04/18/john-pilger-to-sydneys-marrickville-council-stand-up-for-palestine/
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: http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=217190