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BIASED BULLIES: The Age edits letters to reflect its Israel bashing editorial line

The same letter appeared in both newspapers today. Compare what was cut in The Age’s version…

The Age 20/6/2009
Is he a moderate?
THE protests we are witnessing on the streets of Tehran are the outpouring of anger and frustration, especially by the educated urbanised youth, after 30 years of theocratic repression. They also represent an internal power struggle among the ruling clerics that may eventually weaken the tight grip of the Islamist regime.
President Ahmadinejad’ s opponent Mousavi is more of a reformist on some local and women’s issues, but as one of only four candidates selected from thousands by the regime he is unlikely to be a real international moderate. Furthermore, he was one of the instigators of the early work on Iran ‘s nuclear weapons program, which is by far the most pressing issue that the West should be focusing on in the Middle East .
The current turmoil also questions the wisdom of President Obama’s conciliatory approach to the hardline Iranian regime.
Mary Werther
, Camberwell
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THE AUSTRALIAN
Iran’s power struggle
Saturday, June 20, 09 (12:02 am)
THE amazing protests we are witnessing now on the streets of Tehran are the outpouring of real anger and frustration, especially by educated urbanised youth, after 30 years of theocratic repression. They also represent an internal power struggle among the ruling clerics that may eventually weaken the tight grip of the Islamist regime.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’ s main opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi, is certainly more of a reformist on some local and women’s issues, but as one of only four candidates selected from thousands by the regime, he is unlikely to be a real moderate in foreign policy. Furthermore, he was one of the instigators of the early work on Iran ‘s nuclear weapons program, which is by far the most pressing issue that the West should be focusing on in the Middle East today.
The current turmoil questions the wisdom of President Obama’s conciliatory approach to the hard-line Iranian regime and also his attempts to artificially link rapprochement with Iran to progress on the Israel-Palestine conflict. In fact, there seems to be little sympathy for the Palestinians on the streets of Tehran , and the reported attacks on protesters by imported Hamas and Hezbollah thugs have caused additional anger.
Mary Werther
Camberwell, Vic

Somehow I doubt al-Age edited a single word from an adjacent letter:

Palestinian ‘ghetto’

THE Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council’s Bren Carlill is disingenuous in claiming (Letters, 19/6) that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech didn’t rule out the right of return for Palestinians or that he didn’t say a Palestinian state wouldn’t control its borders. According to the text of the speech published by the Jerusalem Post, Netanyahu stated clearly that “there must also be a clear understanding that the Palestine refugee problem will be resolved outside Israel’s borders”. In addition, he stated: “To achieve peace, we must ensure that Palestinians will not be able to import missiles into their territory, to field an army, to close their air space to us, or to make pacts …”

If the Palestinians can’t close their air space to Israel or field an army, how are they in control of their borders? A state’s sovereignty is marked partly by its ability to have effective control over its land, sky and sea. What Netanyahu and Carlill are promoting is a Palestinian ghetto and the repackaging of Israel’s occupation.

Kim Bullimore, Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne), Brunswick

The Age: Hamas’s favourite Australian daily…

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