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, 5 February 2014

In Australia Next Month, "Islamophobes" Will Gather

In Australia, the "Lucky Country"
Explains its website:

"The Q Society is a national grassroots organisation run exclusively by volunteers since 2010. Members and supporters are concerned about the socio-political problems associated with the rise of Islamic sharia law in Australia; as well as religiously-motivated human rights abuses against women and indigenous religious minorities in OIC member countries. We seek to inform and lobby for a free and open discussion about the socio-political impact of political Islam in Australia. Q Society opposes the Islamisation of our society as well as attempts to silence critical debate under the pretence of multicultural tolerance and political correctness. We reject racism and multiculturalism and stand for an integrated multi-ethnic society."

In New York City
From the 7th to the 10th of next month, in Melbourne,  the 1st International Symposium on Liberty and Islam in Australia will be held under the auspices of the Q Society in association with in association with SION and SkipnGirl Productions.  Explains the blurb for the symposium:
 "From China to Iceland and from New York to Sydney, Islam is spreading. Since the 7th century this unique theocratic ideology, veiled in religious veneer, has conquered people and nations. No other ideology spawns discrimination, division and violence on a global scale. People are looking for information, perspectives and better policies. This symposium offers insights and answers."
Americans Pamela Geller of "Atlas Shrugs" and Robert Spencer of "Jihad Watch" are listed among the speakers.

So is the Israeli Arabic specialist Dr Mordechai Kedar, an expert in Islamic ideology and movements, who of course in 2008 on Al Jazeera gave a memorable defence of the Jewish People's claim to Jerusalem:

Dr Kedar's attitude towards the threat to the West from Islam may be discerned from his remarks here in 2009, where he warns of the Muslim demographic weapon that seems poised to undermine Europe and of the wider danger contained in Iranian ambitions and machinations:

The Hamas Covenant goes global
Other speakers include Dr Ashraf Ramelah, founder and president of  the human rights organisation Voice of the Copts.  He knows a thing or two about Islamic persecution of Christians.

There's New York-based human rights activist Simon Deng, a black man who was enslaved for some years by Muslims in his native Sudan.

There's Anders Gravers, chairman and founder of Stop the Islamisation of Denmark and leader of Stop
Islamisation of Europe:
"Despite death threats, violent attacks and harassment from Neo-Nazis and Islamic extremists, Anders continues to fight for freedom of speech and to stop the further Islamisation of Europe and his native Denmark."
 There's the head of the Q Society, Debbie Robinson, of whom it's explained:
"Witnessing a violent anti-Israel rally in the streets of Melbourne led Debbie to question the source of hatred and aggression she saw that day. Realising that the freedom of the Western World is also at stake, Debbie now dedicates her time to raising awareness about the true nature of Islam." 
And there's Kirralie Smith from Halal Choices, which campaigns against what some people call "halal jihad".

The full list of speakers can be found here

Meanwhile, under the headline "Don't be taken in by Islamophobia", a Jewish far-left activist in the correspondence columns of last week's Australian Jewish News, aghast at the contention of one of his friends that Muslim "asylum seekers" are
"only pretending to be boat refugees. But in fact they are the advance wave of a Muslim tsunami that threatens to engulf us all",
"You might expect to find such ideas among some of the more benighted members of the general community, but not among fellow-Jews.  Readers of The AJN should keep their eyes and ears open, and resist the blandishments of racist anti-Muslim campaigners."
Woe betide those of any background who dare to voice concerns about mass Islamic immigration to Australia in the hearing of lefties and liberals of any background; for, as elsewhere in the West, to do so is to invite vilification.

I have mentioned more than once how a senior Jewish academic known to me was reported to his department by a clique of Aussie Jewish far leftists intent on making trouble for him after he'd told the AJN in an interview that after what he's seen in the UK in recent years Muslim immigration is not in the interests of the Jewish community or of the wider society.  A strange totalitarian bunch, some leftists.

A strange bunch in general, the Islam-friendly Left, seemingly prepared to overlook or to forgive the Islamic war on Christians, Islamic oppression of women, Islamic cruelty towards animals (see here for the difference between halal and kosher slaughter, a difference very much to the former's detriment) in their absurd insistence that all cultures are created equal.

Among the speakers at the forthcoming International Symposium on Liberty and Islam will be a well-known member of the Jewish community, retired Melbourne businessman Michael Burd.

He's no stranger to readers of the Australian Jewish News and  and the online News and Views from Jews Down Under.

At least Michael has no vice-chancellor and no head of department to whom the totalitarian leftists will be able to "dob him in" (an Aussie term for squealing on someone):
"A vocal member of Melbourne’s Jewish community whose letters in support of Israel and Jewish Human Rights often appear in Australian newspapers. He is a retired rag trader who spent 25 years manufacturing clothing out of India and Pakistan. Michael has an intimate understanding of the mindset of Muslims and Hindus. He is a passionate Zionist advocate  and a critic of the Jewish community representatives’ views  on multiculturalism and asylum seekers."


  1. I have to say that Geller is among the most demonized anti-Jihadis in the United States today.

    She is generally looked upon by the American progressive-left with the blinding hatred of a thousand suns.

    One need only whisper the word "Geller" and they start flopping around in a self-righteous frenzy.

    Which is why, of course, I have spoken up in her favor.

    Also very interesting to see that Michael Burd is a speaker.

    I only know him as a commenter on JDU.

    Good piece, Daphne.

    1. That was a good article of yours, Mike. I feel it's no coincidence that so many of the prominent "islamophobes" (Geller, B. Gabriel, A. Hirsi Ali, Bat Ye'or) are women, but I'm amazed at how many female leftist apologists there are. That goes, too, for Christian (in the declared sense) apologists.
      Great piece by Daniel Greenfield:

  2. At least you are getting the chance to say it. I doubt that we would be able to stage such a conference in the UK. Somehow we need to hear what is being said.