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)

Tuesday 5 April 2016

Orrible Members: Lappin it up?

"The Honorable Member."

"The Honorable Member for Indi."

Has a nice ring to it, eh?

Indi is a federal parliamentary electoral constituency in the Australian state of Victoria.  Its first parliamentary representative following the Federation of Australia in 1901 was the brilliant Jewish lawyer (Sir) Isaac Isaacs, destined to become the country's first native-born Governor-General.

He sat for Indi as a Protectionist, and since then the seat of Indi has had representatives from all the main political parties in Australia.  Its present member, Cathy McGowan, is an Independent who defeated the high-profile Liberal Sophie Mirabella at the last election.

In 2010 and 2013 another Independent hopeful, Alan Lappin, contested Ms Mirabella's seat of Indi.

Mr Lappin's a farmer and small business owner who contributes not infrequently to the correspondence columns of his local newspaper, the Border Mail, and posts not infrequently on social media. 

A scroll down through his Facebook posts since the beginning of the year (to venture no further) suggests that he doesn't harbour warm and fuzzy feelings towards Israel:

Uh huh.  We get the picture.

This one, below, is a shocker.  But it seems to have passed without criticism by the poster's Facebook friends.

Not so this shocker, posted on Facebook in the past few days:


It did draw remonstrances from some of the poster's Facebook friends, Jewish and non-Jewish (a few of whom have evidently de-friended him), in response to which he did the honorable thing and took it down, while, however, adding this caveat:

Whether or not the poster will make another bid to enter federal politics remains to be seen.

What is seen is that despite such dodgy posts a number of high-profile anti-Zionist activists, including politicians, remain his Facebook friends with no apparent attempt to remonstrate or rebuke.

 That's the real moral of this little tale.


  1. Daphne you should put Alan Lappin in the text, preferably in the title, so it comes up in searches.

    1. Aye aye, sir. Done. btw, I see that the usual suspects have been making hay with Sky News's report of Mike Baird's visit to the West Bank. Channel 7's was no great shakes either.

    2. That news didn't make it over the boarder.
      BTW I haven't watched Ch7 since they stitched up Qanta Ahmed.


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