A storm of misplaced criticism, including accusations of hate speech and the issuing of an online petition in the guise of an open letter, has greeted Mr Magid's article, with (as Ha'aretz notes here) many of the great and good of the Australian Jewish community excoriating his views, along with the so-called Australian Jewish Democratic Society (not known as a particularly robust ally of Israel) and a number of assorted leftwing Jewish activists, the kind of people who are apt to cry foul when any fellow-Jew has the temerity to evince a conservative viewpoint regarding immigration and its consequences.
"You should be ashamed of yourself," such leftists cry. And to those who point to what is happening in Eurabia, and urge Australia not to emulate what some realists are openly calling "the European tragedy," the inevitable response is: "You're an Islamophobe!" Some particularly zealous lefties have even been known with malice aforethought and an exquisite contempt for freedom of speech to contact one's boss or employer alleging unconscionable views, as I've disclosed in previous blogposts.
Like other Australians, Jews have to deal with the world as it is, and not how we imagine it or wish it to be. Look at the plight of Europe. Look at the exponential rise in antisemitism there, and note what elements are fuelling it. Is that – is this – what we want for our children and our children's children? Of course we need to be compassionate, but compassion is due to our fellow-Australians and our progeny too.
'Asked to respond to the torrent of criticism, Magid told Haaretz he stood by his article. “It’s not a question of who’s more compassionate,” he said. “The Jews who had the gas chambers behind them would have gone to any country. I feel a hell of a lot more sympathy for people starving in Darfur. “These are the people who should have first priority not people who have the money and cunning to jump the queue."
The Sydney Morning Herald adds (hat tip: reader Ian):He said he believed “most Australians including most Jews would agree with me but don’t have the guts to come out and say it."'
'Last night, Mr Magid said he stood by every word of his article. ''I think the majority of people agree with me but they are not willing to come out and say what I am prepared to say. It is a very cogent statement.'''An eminently respectable Jewish friend of mine observed recently:
"I know I should be in favour of providing refuge for our endless procession of boat people but the fact that most of them are Muslim causes me great concern. The new census figures put them up to about 400,000."Quite so.
Here's a warning to Canada. It stands as a warning to Australia too:
There is no such thing as an illegal asylum seeker, they don't pay criminals to do anything and this article belongs in the annuls of Likud.ReplyDelete
Great post, Daphne, and thank you for providing a link to Mr. Magid's original article! I'm in the US and was unable to find anything other than stuff about his article but not the article itself until I found your blog.ReplyDelete
I've added you to my blogroll over at my site, MareZilla.com - you've got a wonderful blog here and I am happy to have stumbled across it!
Thanks, Zilla. Glad to be of service!Delete
More beat-up here, this time from the ABC, Oz's an swer to the BBC:ReplyDelete
I'm glad Mr Magid is refusing to be intimidated.
The whole of the "letters to the editor" section in this week's AJN is devoted to this topicReplyDelete
With sanity prevailing, I hope!Delete
The loony left sent massive letters, with a massive number of signatures.ReplyDelete
Michael Danby has also had a dig at it J-Wire.
I can imagine some names!Delete
I'm quite surprised at one comment on J-Wire from a source I would have thought would have commented the reverse.ReplyDelete
Kol ha kavod Mr Magid for an excellent measured
Opinion piece in last weeks edition
Your views reflect a what great majority of Jews think .
Don’t be intimidated by the the ussual suspects and others who would like to shut down debate
on this issue and turn to name calling.
This is the reply from a most unexpected source
For once Michael, I and many others, would agree with you. I am rather concerned that no other ‘leader’ has been particularly vocal…until now.
I'm so happy that the realists are having their say.Delete
I say to the critics of Robert Magid..if they are so concerned about illegal assylum seekers,they should follow Gillards recommendation and provide lodgings for them,otherwise they are not sincere in their criticismReplyDelete