UPDATES

Media Week – Undiplomatic posting; Missing link still not found; No conversion for this Paul; Seeing red over Greens’ BDS support

Sep 15, 2011 | Allon Lee

Media Week - Undiplomatic posting; Missing link still not found; No conversion for this Paul; Seeing red over Greens' BDS support
Weapons found on the pacific Mavi Marmara

Undiplomatic posting

Perhaps one can dismiss the opinion in the Canberra Times (8/09) of Peter Rodgers, former Australian ambassador to Israel, that Israeli intransigence prevents a Palestinian state on the basis that his tenure ended there in 1997.
“If statehood is good enough for Israelis why should it be denied to the Palestinians? That the Israeli Government and its supporters at home and abroad oppose the resolution reflects the double standards which epitomise the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Perhaps Rodgers doesn’t know that Israel offered a statehood deal in 2000 so generous that former US/President Bill Clinton “couldn’t believe anyone would be foolish enough to let it go”, or Israeli PM Ehud Olmert’s even sweeter offer in 2008 was humbly declined by the same leadership now demanding UN recognition for a state previously rejected as unacceptable because of the need to grant Israel peace in exchange.

Missing link still not found

ABC’s “Lateline” (9/09) choose as its 9/11 anniversary interviewee, Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA unit hunting Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, who, as he always does, blamed US support for Israel as one of the stimuli for anti-US terrorism.
“…they’re not fighting us because of who Americans are…they’re fighting because of what our government has done in the Muslim world over the past 40 years… and probably the most dangerous thing now is our unqualified, unquestioning support for the Israelis.”

No conversion for this Paul

Sydney Morning Herald correspondent Paul McGeough responded to the Palmer Report investigating the flotilla incident in May 2010 that resulted in deaths and injuries (7/09). As a flotilla passenger, who labelled Israel’s actions in stopping the ships “piracy”, but was not on the Mavi Marmara where the violence happened, McGeough dismissed the report’s criticisms of the Turkish Islamist IHH group that initiated the violence as “More an opinion than a definitive finding in law”.

Even McGeough concedes that: “The report does conclude the naval blockade of Gaza is legal and Israel is justified in enforcing it to prevent the delivery of weapons…”. But this concession is undermined when he writes that the report “…arrives at this point only after isolating the blockade from the wider suite of strategies that Israel uses to control the Gaza Strip.”

With the main stumbling blocks out of the way, McGeough emphasises the report’s analysis of the wounds on the 9 dead activists while ignoring how 40 activists wielding metal bars, slingshots, chains and knives attacked the descending Israeli commandos who carried paintball guns and side-arms in their back pockets.

Seeing red over Greens’ BDS support

Writing in the Canberra Times, Reverend Peter Kurti (6/09) attacked NSW Greens’ BDS support: “Committed to the belief that Israel…is the leading threat to world peace, the…campaign is part of a renewed offensive to challenge the legitimacy of the state of Israel. And with that, the nature of the BDS campaign is revealed. Far from being simply an attempt to urge the Israeli government to change its policy on the occupied territories, the campaign really amounts to a denunciation of the Jewish state itself…if BDS is so concerned about ‘basic human rights’ and ‘violations of international law’, why was it so oddly silent when Syrian forces…shelled…Latakia, forcing more than 5000 Palestinian refugees to flee…?”

Allon Lee

 

Tags:

RELATED ARTICLES


455daec3 C2a8 8752 C215 B7bd062c6bbc

After the Israel-Hamas ceasefire for hostages deal

Nov 29, 2023 | Update
Screenshot of Hamas bodycam footage as terrorists approach an Israeli vehicle during the terror organisation's October 7, 2023 attack in southern Israel, released by the IDF and GPO (Screenshot)

Horror on Video / International Law and the Hamas War

Oct 31, 2023 | Update
Sderot, Israel. 7th Oct, 2023. Bodies of dead Israelis lie on the ground following the attacks of Hamas (Image: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa/Alamy Live News)

Israel’s Sept. 11, only worse

Oct 11, 2023 | Update
Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu (r) gets his long-awaited face-to-face meeting with US President Joe Biden in New York (Photo: Avi Ohayon, Israeli Government Press Office)

Netanyahu meets Biden, other world leaders, in New York

Sep 27, 2023 | Update
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who gave an address on Aug. 28 threatening the US and laying out the Iranian-led axis's new "unity of the arenas" doctrine. (Photo: Shutterstock, mohammad kassir)

US-Iran prisoner swap deal set to go through

Sep 12, 2023 | Update
A rally of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party last year: Yet outside these faithful, Abbas is not only largely unpopular, but his rule over the PA has seen the Palestinian parliament dissolved, judiciary sidelined, and his party hollowed out (Photo: Shutterstock, Anas-Mohammed)

The Crisis in the PA

Aug 28, 2023 | Update

SIGN UP FOR AIJAC EMAILS

RECENT POSTS

Screenshot 2024 02 20 At 12.19.24 Pm

“The Jewish community of Australia has gone through horrific… intimidation tactics since Oct 7” – Joel Burnie on Sky News

Screenshot 2024 02 16 At 12.32.57 Pm

Israel “acutely aware of the [humanitarian] issues its forces face in Rafah”: Joel Burnie on SkyNews

Image: Shutterstock

UNRWA is NOT running out of money. Who says so? UNRWA does!

Screenshot 2024 02 15 At 6.22.56 pm

AIJAC disappointed with Prime Ministers’ statement on Rafah that appears “divorced from reality”

UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini (Image: UNRWA)

Of UNRWA and other unremarkable things in the media 

Screenshot 2024 02 20 At 12.19.24 Pm

“The Jewish community of Australia has gone through horrific… intimidation tactics since Oct 7” – Joel Burnie on Sky News

Screenshot 2024 02 16 At 12.32.57 Pm

Israel “acutely aware of the [humanitarian] issues its forces face in Rafah”: Joel Burnie on SkyNews

Image: Shutterstock

UNRWA is NOT running out of money. Who says so? UNRWA does!

Screenshot 2024 02 15 At 6.22.56 pm

AIJAC disappointed with Prime Ministers’ statement on Rafah that appears “divorced from reality”

UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini (Image: UNRWA)

Of UNRWA and other unremarkable things in the media 

SORT BY TOPICS