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)

Saturday 1 October 2011

"A State That There Is No Moral Justification For": An Audience With BDS Fanatics in Australia (video)

Roll Up! Roll Up!  It's the Viv & Sylv Show! Here are the two dubbed "Grannies for Gaza" (one from the so-called Jews Against the Occupation, the other a Green-Left ex-politician) talking to Students for Palestine about their experiences on flotilla and flytilla. Not a word about the suffering of the people of Israel through rockets from Hamastan, of course. And as well as that unwitting comedy duo, there's a rather more youthful BDSer, Vashti Kenway, a Socialist Alternative stalwart in Melbourne, drawing delighted cackles from the Israel-demonising faithful as she talks about the Max Brenner boycott, and alleging the "collusion" between "the far right" and the "Zionists" in supporting a "state there is no moral justification for". It's a very long video, and I reckon ten minutes' worth is as much as anyone who's not an absolute anti-Israel fanatic could muster.  Meanwhile, it's great to learn that the new mayor of Marrickville, Morris Hanna, won't have a bar of the BDS nonsense this trio, and outgoing mayor Fiona Byrne along with fellow-Greens, espouse. See (hat tip: Shirl in Oz) the reports here and  here.


  1. Sorry, but I daren't add the (justifiably)strong comment I received because it may be defamatory...

  2. Vashti? With that name, am I right in thinking she's Jewish?

  3. daphne you may have a problem with Blogger causing comments from regulars to go to spam

    I'll give this a try

  4. No, geoffff - my Spam folder is empty.

  5. Thanks Daphne. I have sorted the problem out here.

    I couldn't get past the four minute mark of that video (and that included the intro) I can't stand these people. It's the smugness that disgusts me most.


    Vashti Kenway is MOST DEFINITELY not Jewish
    She's one of the 19 arrested at a BDS rally in Melbourne a few months ago. She has broken her bail conditions and has had bail set enormously high

    I do not remember her background and can't find find anything either

  7. What is it about a certain duo that makes commenters post phrases so strong that they might be defamatory?!

    I've had to err on the side of caution in not accepting a second comment - but please don't take offence.

    geoffff, glad it's sorted.
    Shirl, many years ago in Canberra I knew another Vashti...

  8. Rita, thanks for this reference:

    Ms Kenway seems misinformed regarding the IDF: for a start, there was no massacre at Jenin.

  9. What a pity Ms Hale doesn't actually have any self reflection- had she been able to do so she would then able to know that the the BDS and Socialist Alliances vilification and demonsisation that she so feels so bad about is exactly the same that she puts on the jewish/zionist people and Israel.


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