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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Speaking truth

Gerald Kaufman is the British Labour MP for Manchester Gorton. He writes eloquently and compassionately on the so-called peace process in the Middle East:

"I recently returned from leading the first British parliamentary delegation to the Palestinian Authority. What we saw is never seen by ordinary, decent Israelis, like the citizens of Netanya - who, since they dare not venture into the occupied territories, have no idea of the persecution of Palestinians being carried out in their name.

"Last there two years ago, I was appalled at how an already unacceptable situation has deteriorated. There are now more than 600 fixed checkpoints in the tiny Palestinian area, which, with so-called flying checkpoints, make free movement almost impossible. In Bethlehem, which used to be crammed with tourists, we saw just two groups in Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. The Old City of Nablus, which I knew for a quarter of a century as a hub of commercial activity, is also desolate. Heavily-armed Israeli troops man walls, gates and huts, all preventing Palestinians from moving about."

It's almost inconceivable for a leading Australian politician to speak such truths, let alone travel to the areas under direct Israeli occupation. The Zionist lobby will make sure any politician even thinking such ideas is put in his or her place.

12 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

Maybe if the Palestinians stopped (a) sending suicide bombers into places like Netanya and (b) celebrating and dancing in the street after the fact, life would get easier for them.

Thursday, December 08, 2005 11:18:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Easier as in getting their land back or having fewer homes bulldozed? Not.twrdybv

Thursday, December 08, 2005 12:07:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

But they're Arabs, and therefore barbaric, and deserve having their homes bulldozed, right?

Thursday, December 08, 2005 12:27:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Well, the Pallys had the chance to get about 99% of everything they wanted when Clinton brokered that deal, but they walked away out of bloody-mindedness and pride...

Thursday, December 08, 2005 1:23:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

So says the comic books you keep reading Shab.

Thursday, December 08, 2005 3:13:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

There seems to be a strong pro Israel lobby in Oz. Aside from the Poli "fact finding" visits to the region being orchestrated by Israel, this influence reaches right to the top. Take for instance the comments by Howard parroting the screechings from The Lobby when the Palestinian lady was here to receive her award. Then of course the vote against the Apartheid Wall at the International Court of Justice.
Against: Israel, USA, Australia, 1-2 bumfuck Pacific islands beholden by $$$$ to the US.
For: The Rest of the World.

..it's not a wall, it's a fence.
...it's not permanent, it can be moved
...it's to stop suicide bombers

you know the rest

Thursday, December 08, 2005 4:34:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Indeed there is, and very few voices critical of Israel ever see the light of day.
My book examines why this is, and political behind-the-scenes moves that allow it to happen.
BUT, the Zionist lobby is starting to lose some of its power. And it's scared...

Thursday, December 08, 2005 4:45:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

Antony

You are having a book published??? No offence, hun, but HOW? From what you post here, you are still a few years of reading away from having a confident grasp of the layers of issues that are relevant.

Also, if you don't think that Palestinian propoganda and tired old anti-semitic slurs do not rule, you really need to open your eyes. You clearly have been inside a university or read the broadsheets!

The rubbish I hear spewing from even my most highly educated friends on "israel the biggest human rights and international law breaker in the world" is truly heart-breaking

Thursday, December 08, 2005 7:35:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Thanks for the support, brave truth teller.
You can buy a copy next year for the appropriate price.

Thursday, December 08, 2005 8:08:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

antony

I think there are one or two books on reading list first.

Thursday, December 08, 2005 8:37:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

What's your recommended reading Lefty?

"Ignorance is bliss"
"Faith based logic 101"
"A perfect world without Arabs"
"Being one of God chosen means never having to say you're sorry"

Friday, December 09, 2005 12:26:00 am  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

Kaufman is good. I was so impressed by a piece of his in the Guardian a few years ago I wrote to him to say 'goodonya'.

Love to see our trolls debating him...

TONY JONES: Now we turn to the seemingly eternal problems afflicting the Middle East. Gerard Kaufman is the British Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and a leading critic of Israel's expansionary tactics in the occupied territories.

We are also joined by err, Mr Shabadoo and Ms umm.. Neoleftychick...'

Friday, December 09, 2005 12:26:00 pm  

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