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OUTRAGE M.I.A.: Why no BDS campaign against Saudi Arabia’s hatred of women?


If you ask many on the Left about the biggest problem in the Middle East, they’ll say Israel. Some of them, especially the non-Labor Left, are involved in boycotts of the Jewish state, horrifically reminiscent of the Nazi boycotts of Jewish commerce in the 1930s in Germany.

In Australia, that has manifested itself in a bizarre, pathetic and sinister “boycott” of a chocolate shop chain, which originated in Israel but has actually has more outlets here and seems principally frequented by young international students who seem bewildered and utterly unimpressed by the whining of be-scarved local private-school brats, Hamas-niks and anti-Semites raging against the chocolate machine.

And yet we read story after story of human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, which is just one example of many, so vile that they are truly stomach-churning.

In this most recent outrage, a celebrity Saudi preacher, who regular appears on television:

■ Raped, tortured and murdered his five-year old daughter, Lama, by crushing her skull, breaking her back, ribs, left arm with a cane and cables, who died after spending five months in hospital;

■ Committed these atrocities because he doubted his daughter’s virginity;

■ Was sentenced to a few months in jail before being able to pay “blood money” to get out of it;

■ Benefited from a legal system where fathers and husbands are not treated like murderers if they kill their daughters or wives.

Where is the boycott of Saudi Arabia?

Where is the outrage from the Left? From academia? From feminist groups?

Their silence is deafening…

There are very dark forces involved, in our view, in the boycott of Israel. The silence about Saudi Arabia of these groups who profess concern about human rights but only target that complaint against the Jewish state’s government proves their perfidy beyond doubt.


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  1. But what about the Zionists!

    Posted by Ric Cardi | June 2, 2013, 19:31
  2. But what about the Zionists!

    Posted by Jack Sun | June 2, 2013, 19:34
  3. Zionists rock! and provide more freedoms and opportunities to Arabs than Arabs to do each other. That is the point of the post.

    Posted by wtf | June 2, 2013, 21:41
  4. That ugly mole Christine Milne should be forced to wear a hijab.

    Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2013, 23:18
  5. Steve H – Bill in Yiddish mail

    Posted by Healer | June 2, 2013, 23:24
  6. Let’s make a list of all of the immoral Australians who do business with the murderous Saudi rulers.

    1. Kevin Rudd and Therese Rein – Ingeus.

    Posted by world war III | June 3, 2013, 1:49
  7. Lee Brown’s parents saw nothing wrong with Saudi Arabia – it reminded them of the USSR under uncle Joe and we all know how beloved he was

    Posted by the Insider | June 3, 2013, 9:04
  8. Poor Dave I know just how he feels.
    Who would have thought Samantha Cameron and old Borie Johnson hey… Victor my dear dear pal it looks like everyone around us is getting a bit on side except us.

    Posted by Fatty Doyle | June 3, 2013, 10:33
  9. The Saudi regime is abhorrent, but a couple of points need to be made:

    1. It is not clear that the Saudi people, and Saudi women in particular, would support a boycott of their government. Perhaps they see their high living standards, based on oil and cheap guest labour, as an acceptable trade off for the loss of rights they experience.

    2. On the other hand, credible Palestinian leaders HAVE called for a boycott of Israel, which illegally occupies the Palestinian territories.

    3. It is always a weak argument to deflect human rights criticism by pointing out that another country is EVEN WORSE than yours. Is this the standards Israel expects to meet, the lowest possible?


    Posted by Pete | June 3, 2013, 11:20
  10. Or what about their draconian stance on homosexuality? Isn’t there an actual death penalty for it there? Where’s the outrage there? Israel treat gays and women with respect, while Palestine renders them as sinners. What a disgrace.

    Posted by Liam | June 3, 2013, 12:28
  11. ah man i hear this argument so much. “there are so many worse things going on in the world, why pick on Israel?? ”
    it’s not a choice of one or the other. if you want to fight for justice in saudi arabia, by all means go ahead, it’s a great and necessary cause. but it cannot be used as an argument to diminish what is happening in another country.
    i’m not arguing either way on the bds, just pointing out how stupid it is to argue we have no right to take action in israel because we’re not taking the same action elsewhere.

    Posted by Y B | June 3, 2013, 17:05
  12. Glad that Vexnews is keen to expose the evils of Saudi Arabian law, but curious as to the implications of a boycott. One good thing is that Australia no longer imports their crude oil. However Saudi students at our universities have a Saudi minder looking over their shoulders all the time – perhaps those ‘minders’ should be ‘persona non grata’ in this country.

    Posted by Fred | June 3, 2013, 18:41
  13. Y B, I don’t think the point is that it’s a choice to boycott one or the other.

    The point is that Israel seems to attract a disproportionate amount of international excoriation relative to its actions. This reeks of double standards and calls into question the bona fides and motivations of many of its detractors.

    Why has an entire international movement mobilised around demonising and delegitimising the world’s only Jewish state and the Middle East’s only democracy but apparently no other? Why do these same people ignore political situations that are worse? Could it be that other factors and agendas are perhaps at play? Your guess is as good as mine. Vexnews published this story because it’s always worthwhile pointing out hypocrisy when one sees it.

    Having said that, Israel is by no means beyond criticism and no one is saying that it is. If you feel that a particular course of action is justified, by all means advocate in its favour. However, taking a consistent approach in these matters will ensure that you are taken seriously when you do so.

    Posted by Laura | June 4, 2013, 0:36
  14. Normally I hate Saudi Arabia – enemy of great Islamic Republic of Iran. But Saudi Arabia has good view on women. This attack on Saudi is attack by Zionist entity against all believer in Allah.

    Posted by Mullah Abdullah | June 4, 2013, 11:05
  15. I like Saudi Arabia, knows how to keep bitches in line.

    Posted by M.Sodginist | June 4, 2013, 15:29
  16. Say it ain’t so but dirty ol Cossie leaking again today to the AFR gossip king Joe Aston about election night. Makes a change from leaking against his ol colleagues! Aston has ceased attacks on them after Big Tony asked Cossie to lay off. Timmy Allerton in the middle again.

    Posted by Elio | June 4, 2013, 17:36
  17. Y B said

    “i’m not arguing either way on the bds, just pointing out how stupid it is to argue we have no right to take action in israel because we’re not taking the same action elsewhere.”

    Note – “we” and “we’re”, not “they” and “they’re”. Sounds like someone is part of the action.

    Posted by Patriot | June 4, 2013, 20:03
  18. Can anyone shed any light on the funding of the ALP here in Victoria outside the usual branch and union funding.

    I heard that a wealth Toorak businessman Albert Dadon not only helps financed the ALP, particularly Michael Danby, but was present in Canberra with Danby and others to ask the then PM Kevin Rudd not to expel the Mossad station chief in Canberra from the Israel Embassy.

    Shortly after the two faced Julia Gillard was approached and the rest is history.

    Posted by Yasmine Arafat | June 4, 2013, 21:06
  19. Gillard’s partner Tim got a job working for Dadon in 2010

    Posted by Mike Kabos | June 4, 2013, 21:19
  20. Mike Kabos is a massive joke. The good Liberals in Aston worked this out quick smart – Ted never did. Kabos should have no role as a staffer – a moron of the highest order.

    Posted by Anonski | June 4, 2013, 23:31
  21. PS Not so sure thhat Tim is Julia’s fb.

    Posted by Anonski | June 4, 2013, 23:32
  22. any one see the lightning show the other night like thousands of little flares in the sky.

    Posted by thanks chris | June 4, 2013, 23:44
  23. Thomas Friedman of the New York Times wrote the following.

    “Criticising Israel is not anti-Semitic, and saying so is vile. But singling out Israel for opprobrium and international sanction – – out of all proportion to any other party in the Middle East – – is anti-Semitic, and not saying so is dishonest.”

    At least Hamas have always been upfront and honest about hating Jews. Too bad the gutless little Jew-haters in the West try to claim legitimacy for their odious and obvious agenda.

    Posted by Dan Lewis | June 5, 2013, 7:02
  24. Plenty of people boycotted French products when France was testing nuclear weapons in the Pacific, and I don’t remember anyone suggesting they should not do so because other countries were worse.

    For that matter, plenty of Jewish people boycott German products, particularly those with past Nazi associations such as Bayer, BMW and so on, notwithstanding that their shareholders today have nothing to do with the Nazis, and Germany is better than most countries in terms of human rights.

    Saudi Arabia is indeed a pretty bad place. At least Iran has some semblance of an elections, and protects its religious minorities (particularly its 25,000-strong Jewish minority) well enough that they continue to want to stay there, whereas there are essentially no Christians or Jews in Saudi Arabia, and even Saudi Shia get a pretty hard time.

    But then again, the extreme right-wing hasbarado shills that pen op-eds such as this one would prefer that we go to war against Iran rather than Saudi Arabia.

    Pot, meet kettle.

    Posted by Bab | June 5, 2013, 9:45
  25. “raging against the chocolate machine.” LMAO, that’s pure gold Andy.

    Posted by Bill Calvin | June 6, 2013, 14:16
  26. Costello pays me a fee whenever Joe Aston drops his name in the Fin. I’ve got 3 cheques this week. Keep it going Joe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Tim Allerton City PR | June 6, 2013, 14:20
  27. Is it possible to say one good thing about islam?

    Posted by cohenite | June 6, 2013, 18:20
  28. It is common to see Caulfield Jews driving Mercs and BMW in Carlisle St, St Kilda. For them the war is over.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 6, 2013, 20:01
  29. @bab.
    Iran protects its religious minorities you say? That would be news to the Baha’is.

    Also in Iran it is not conducive to staying alive to be found to be gay, they publicly hang them in village squares.

    By your standards my pointing this out makes me a right wing shill I guess?


    Posted by BloodyLanceFlashman | June 6, 2013, 21:49
  30. Last I heard it wasn’t 5 th Columnist
    Jews here sitting in our Jails for plotting to blow up the MCG and their fellow Australians>>>>>

    Posted by Michael Burd | June 6, 2013, 22:53
  31. @BloodyLanceFisherman

    Iran protects Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians well enough that they stay there. Bahais, who are not monotheists, admittedly do not fare as well. Still, they would fare even worse in Saudi Arabia.

    Outside of Israel, Iran has the largest population of Jews in the middle East. Why do you suppose that is?

    Posted by Bab | June 7, 2013, 12:00
  32. BDS hurts Palestinians more than Jews because it causes unemployment, poverty and leads to discontent among Arabs. Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl85AL1l0H0 or SodaStream – Building Bridges, Not Walls – YouTube

    It’s the same reason that the Gaza hothouses donated by American Jewish philanthropists were destroyed. Palestinian leadership keeps Palestinian Arabs under vile conditions in order to use them as weapons against Israel.
    No reasonable person accepts that with the degree of international aid that Palestinian Arabs have received, they could not have created a viable state.
    The aim of Pal leadership is not to improve the living conditions of their people, but to expel Jews and destroy Israel.

    Posted by Bella | June 8, 2013, 2:01
  33. Bab – good point and true.

    Shiraz grapes come from Shiraz in Iran and the winemakers had to change to dried raisin production after the revolution. Many of the raisin producers are Jews and still live freely in Iran

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 8, 2013, 17:39
  34. @bab.
    Baha’is are not monotheists? Where on earth did you get that bizarre idea?

    Nothing to say about the treatment of gay people in the Islamic Republic then?

    And your “out” is that things are worse in Saudi.. Really is this all you have?

    Posted by BloodyLanceFlashman | June 9, 2013, 9:54
  35. @bab.
    Just to take your strange logic a bit further,if the Baha’is actually were Polytheists you seem to regard that as an okay reason for the Islamofascists to butcher and rape them.
    You seem to have a rather unpleasant moral compass.

    Posted by BloodyLanceFlashman | June 9, 2013, 9:59
  36. It was not a Whale in the sea off Mentone Beach I was just bathing with the Icebergers.

    Posted by Inga Binga | June 9, 2013, 21:10
  37. now that Christopher Pearson has died will the truth about his relationship with T. Abbott be revealed?

    Posted by the Adelaide preview | June 10, 2013, 10:22
  38. hear old inga binga was not so popular at the annual ball of the beach side council of kingston recently. None of her little boys want to hang out with mother binga anymore and old paulie was seen on a walking stick

    Posted by jenny | June 10, 2013, 11:46
  39. Jenny, Kingston has not had an annual ball , so your info need checking!

    Posted by Anon | June 10, 2013, 12:48
  40. Even the Japanese whalers wouldn’t go near her. I heard a black hole came close to Earth and suddenly disappeared. Anyone know what happened?

    Posted by H the B | June 10, 2013, 20:09
  41. Which way does a moral compass point?

    Posted by H the B | June 10, 2013, 20:10
  42. Latham was a good laugh on Q and A tonight. Latham, Rudd, Gillard – three shocking leaders. Hard to determine which is the worst of this horrid bunch.

    Posted by Anonski | June 10, 2013, 22:41
  43. Inga Binga was pretty sought after at the recent Liberal State Council with queues of Liberals forming to speak to her.

    Jenny from Kingston is either ALP or a Lib-rat.

    Posted by Grapevine | June 10, 2013, 23:25
  44. It must be sensitive Inga binga now. Me hear many branches want to punish the young lady for shawrie and 000 wreford.

    Posted by Jenny | June 11, 2013, 7:28
  45. Mummy sure can pick them can’t she – Shaw, Wreford, Tyler, Bauer, Miller, Ablett, Serey and of course Mr DJ me. Now she is courting that nuff nuff Aziz.

    Posted by Paulie Pee Pee | June 11, 2013, 14:25
  46. i’m a lover of of stupid misguided bigoted dickheads

    Posted by jenny | June 11, 2013, 20:03
  47. Jenny so you love the MPs I’ve recruited, why thank you for the compliments.

    Posted by Inga Binga | June 11, 2013, 20:09
  48. Andrew were are you? The moderators is asleep

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 13, 2013, 23:23
  49. Dear Vexnews – why don’t you start a boycott then? You have a platform – use it! You’ll probably get a lot of support for taking such a positive step to support Saudi women. You’ll certainly have my support.
    Watching this space…

    Posted by Zafar | June 17, 2013, 13:21
  50. Career antisemite Adrian Jackson:

    It is common to see Caulfield Jews driving Mercs and BMW in Carlisle St, St Kilda.

    How do you know they’re all Jewish, Adrian? Is it the yellow star flying from the bonnet? Their hooked noses perhaps?

    You seem to spend a lot of time watching them.

    Posted by Dan Lewis | June 18, 2013, 14:43
  51. They are such bad drivers

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 24, 2013, 15:07
  52. Speaking of Carlisle St, St Kilda I walked down it yesterday for about 500 m to get a coffee before attending the opening of a new kindergarten (a German word) near St Kilda Town Hall and was it run down, many shops closer, beggars on the footpath. What a ghetto.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 24, 2013, 15:10
  53. Adrian were you chap Dogging outside the lavatories in the garden?

    Posted by Moshie Steinberg | June 24, 2013, 16:42
  54. Not onto dogging or dogs.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 24, 2013, 18:54
  55. We need toilets in Caulfield Park exclusively for the Orthodox community

    Posted by Ari Jackstein | June 24, 2013, 18:56