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TEST OF CHARACTER: O’Farrell will win on Saturday but he must put Greens extremist Fiona Byrne last

barryofarrellBarry O’Farrell, the backroom bovver-boy turned presentable soon-to-be NSW Premier, is on the verge of a famous victory on Saturday. He’s held it all together, kept the factions from feuding, stayed calm under fire and is ready to win. Everyone will wish him well in governing the former convict colony whose brand of politics causes the rest of us such amusement.

But he has a major test of character also.

Because on Saturday, he and his party and their followers will decide who wins the Sydney inner-city seat of Marrickville.

It’s just one seat.

But it’s an important symbol. And an important test of Liberal sincerity on Israel and anti-Semitism.

THE UNACCEPTABLE FACE OF AUSTRALIAN POLITICS
The Greens party candidate – considered most likely to win – is Fiona Byrne. A vicious anti-Israel zealot of the most despicable and scary kind. As the mayor of Marrickville she has campaigned for a boycott of the Jewish state, a chilling reminder of boycotts of Jewish commerce that characterised pre-Holocaust Nazi Germany.

It is as simple as this: she is unfit for public office.

As Labor MP Luke Foley said so eloquently in a recent radio interview, Fiona Byrne isn’t a Bob Brown, all cuddly and moderate and soft.

Byrne is the hard-face of anti-Semitism in its insidious and nimble modern form. By pushing to boycott Israel, she is attempting to do nothing less than attack its viability and undermine the prosperity and security of its six million citizens. It is a brand of extremist politics that has no place in decent political discourse.

If elected, she has pledged to introduce her vicious anti-Israel politics to the New South Wales state legislature, pushing for a state-wide ban of the Jewish state.

O’FARRELL MUST ACT
And yet despite that, the next Premier of New South Wales, a good and decent man, is putting out a How To Vote card that has the practical effect of directly assisting the Greens by not allocating preferences at all.

It’s a cop-out.

And considering Byrne’s well-established villainous record, it is an outrage.

The NSW Liberals have made a decision not to allocate preferences generally. And there a range of perfectly pragmatic and respectable reasons for that.

But is clear they need to make an exception in Marrickville.

THE STAKES ARE MUCH HIGHER THAN ONE SEAT
If they don’t, if Fiona Byrne is elected as a result of Liberal preferences exhausting, then O’Farrell will have to live with the consequences. Her every utterance in state Parliament, her every mad act, her every attack on Israel and the Jewish people will be down to him. He will wear her victory like a crown of thorns.

We – and many others – are under no illusion about the practical effect of Liberal preferences in this seat. Unless they direct them to put this Byrne extremist last, she will be elected and it will be O’Farrell’s fault. There is no wriggle room on this. He must personally intervene – today – to ensure that How To Vote cards are printed to put them last. If he fails to do so, it will be a failure that will haunt him every time the lunatic opens her mouth.

Every visitor to every Holocaust museum around the world is left saying to themselves when they walk out into the light “Never again”. And sometimes we wonder how to give effect to that. Well, how we give effect to it is through eternal vigilance and zero tolerance for anti-Semitism and bigotry and race-baiting of any kind. We do it by remembering that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Barry O’Farrell will win on Saturday, we just truly hope his victory isn’t tainted by his failure to stop the triumph of evil when he had the chance. We call on him to stand up for decency and show the Jewish community and all of Australia that he is committed not just to fair treatment for Israel but to the eradication of the worrying dark forces who wish to drive Israel’s Jews into the sea.

UPDATE: Michael Danby MP, Federal Member for Melbourne Ports today slammed the NSW Liberal Party’s decision to not allocate preferences in the NSW seat of Marrickville.

The NSW Liberal party’s decision to not allocate preferences in the seat of Marrickville means it is more likely that the Greens candidate, Marrickville Mayor Fiona Byrne, will be elected. Her Council recently passed a motion to boycott products made in Israel.

“The NSW Liberal party failed to allocate their preferences in Marrickville today. They had allocated preferences in other seats, including Wollongong, Cessnock, Charlestown, Granville, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Many within the Jewish Community will regard this as a failure of principle by Mr O’Farrell and the Liberal Party.”  Mr Danby said.

Mr Danby criticised the decision and said it was an act of cowardice.

“The Liberal party are going to win big in NSW, but this decision was a mix of political cowardice and parochialism. That the Liberal’s would rather see the election of a member of the Watermelon faction of the Greens than give their preferences to the current Deputy Premier, is astonishing.” Mr Danby said.

The decision to not allocate preferences in the seat of Marrickville comes after Liberal Senator Mitch Fifield  introduced a motion in Federal Parliament denouncing the Israeli Boycott by Marrickville Council and condemning any expansion of it. The motion passed with support from the Federal Labor Government.

“It seems strange to me that after the Federal Liberal party introduces a motion condemning the Fiona Byrne and Marrickville Council for introducing a boycott of Israel, that the NSW Liberal party would fail to prevent her from entering the NSW parliament by not allocating preferences,” Mr Danby said.

“Mr O’Farrell should remember the political wisdom that all that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. The Liberal party have allocated preferences in 7 seats, but they have failed to allocate preferences against the green candidate in Marrickville. If Fiona Byrne is able to enter the NSW parliament it’s because the NSW Liberal’s let her.” Mr Danby concluded.


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  1. This is a test of character for Julia Gillard.

    She must now publicly renounce her coalition agreement with the Greens until Bob Brown acts to disendorse this vile anti-semetic candidate in NSW.

    Anything less from PM Gillard will be a complete abdication of leadership.

    All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for the Labor Party to enter into a governing agreement with an evil party.

    Posted by Realist | March 23, 2011, 15:32
  2. NSW Labor Deputy Premier Carmel Tebbutt recommends that Labor voters should give their second preferences to Greens Party Israel-boycotter Fiona Byrne in the ‘Inner West Bank’ Marrickville electorate. http://tinyurl.com/48w8ju7

    Posted by Nayef Hawatmeh | March 23, 2011, 15:48
  3. This article is moronic and inflammatory in so many ways. Let’s count them:

    1) The logic that being opposed to policies of the Isreali government is equivalent to being anti-semetic.

    2) The inevitable ‘holocaust’ comparisons where a symbolic disapproval of Isreali policies is considered the same is the despicable extermination of jewish people

    3)The completely unsubstantiated claims of zealotry and bigotry against a member of parliament.

    Regardless of your political affliations, when you write inflammatory, vitriolic stuff like this, you completely lower the tone of political discussion about the election and completely cheapen genuine discussions of anti-semitism

    Posted by Mike Salvey | March 23, 2011, 15:48
  4. Mike Salvey speaks the truth. Whilst the Greens should be put last on the Libs’ HTV cards (Red Ted’s masterstroke), this article is nothing more than an unstable rant. Either provide irrefutable evidence of improprietory matching the vile spewed forth, or save your venom for ‘the worst’.

    Posted by The Truth | March 23, 2011, 16:00
  5. Ian Cohen is still upset he could not find a community based independent to run for Marrickville – it may well be the only thing that stops Parker in Balmain.

    Posted by the Insider | March 23, 2011, 16:14
  6. In the hypothetical scenario where preferences from Deputy Premier Carmel Tebbutt were distributed, NSW Labor would apparently prefer to elect the Israel-boycotting Greens Party candidate Fiona Byrne over every other candidate in Marrickville (including the Liberal). NSW Labor did not need to do this as the Greens Party is not reciprocating by recommending second preferences to them. Why under these circumstances should the Liberals be required to help ‘keep Carmel’ Tebbutt [Albanese] in the NSW Parliament?

    Posted by Nayef Hawatmeh | March 23, 2011, 16:33
  7. Byrne is antiSemitic because she adopts policies against the Jewish State that are not being adopted anywhere else. The basic premise of the BDS movement is to delegitimise Israel. It’s founders want to replace Israel and take away the right of Jews to self-determination.

    They complain about Israel’s blockade of Gaza but are silent when shiploads of weapons are delivered there for the purpose of killing Jews (as was the case with the vessel “Victoria” last week). Silent when a family of five Jews including three children are butchered while sleeping in their homes. Silent when Hamas fires missiles and mortar shells at Israeli civilian targets as they did this week. Silent when Hamas uses its own people as human targets as they did during Operation Cast Lead and again this week (just like Ghaddafi’s doing in Libya). Silent at the racist incitement in Palestine Authority Media. Byrne is an extremist and the boycott is correctly compared with the behaviour of the Nazis who collaborated with Palestine’s Grand Mufti in WW2. Their aims and those of the BDS are one and the same thing.

    Posted by Karl Marx | March 23, 2011, 21:27
  8. “The logic that being opposed to policies of the Isreali [sic] government is equivalent to being anti-semetic. ” [sic]

    You’ll have more credibility discussing what is, and is not anti-Semitic when you can actually spell it.

    In any case, what you’ve said is a Great Lie, that Jews call any criticism of Israel antisemitic. They don’t and any suggestion otherwise is a lie.

    What’s clear however, is that people like Byrne attack Israel, the world’s only Jewish state, yet completely and totally ignore some of the biggest human rights abusers on Earth.

    Contrast the daily outrage over anything and everthing Israel does (or doesn’t – they lie about Israel too) and the complete silence, for years about Libya and any number of other tinpot Arab dictatorships.

    When people hand a free pass to headchoppers and dictators, yet bang on about the Jewish state you’d have to question their motive and to ignore it is either naive or deceitful in the extreme.

    As Thomas Freedman said:

    “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 Eas –is anti-Semitic, and not saying so is dishonest.”

    Posted by Dan Lewis | March 23, 2011, 21:38
  9. On the basis that they have chosen to give their unrequited ‘preferences love’ to Israel-boycotting Greens Party candidate Fiona Byrne in Marrickville, NSW Labor has already failed another ‘test of character.’

    Posted by Nayef Hawatmeh | March 23, 2011, 22:01
  10. Oh thank you!

    Posted by SoroAgorsedes | March 23, 2011, 22:22
  11. “Byrne is antiSemitic because she adopts policies against the Jewish State that are not being adopted anywhere else.”

    Where someone else has adopted similar policies or not is completely irrelevant to whether the policies are anti-Semitic.

    “In any case, what you’ve said is a Great Lie, that Jews call any criticism of Israel antisemitic. They don’t and any suggestion otherwise is a lie.”

    I Never said that. I’m merely saying you are calling this criticism of Israel antisemitic when you have absolutely no proof. Don’t put words in my mouth.

    We could debate the finer points of middle-east conflict, and what various politicians think about the issue. Certainly, Fiona Byrne may well single out Israel’s role in military conflict more than other nations. However, that does not equal anti-antisemitism. It can mean lots of things: a disapproval of Israeli military tactics, support of a Palestinian state. To casually explain away the complex motivations of people as merely anti-Semitic is both lazy and regressive.

    Issues like this are grey and complex. Provocative language and unsubstantiated character assassination are unproductive.

    Posted by Mike Salvey | March 23, 2011, 23:04
  12. Mike, by your ‘logic’ anything short of her wearing a t-shirt saying “Yes! I’m an antisemite” would not qualify her as one.

    Sorry mate. If it walks like a duck…

    Posted by Dan Lewis | March 23, 2011, 23:28
  13. Lulz etc guys, I love this whole the Greens=Gay Nazis thing. Does anybody in Israel, I mean The Zionist Entity, even know who/what Marrickville Council is, btw? Have to say I have my doubts :-) But it’ll be interesting if the Greens break into the lower house, despite all best efforts. An illustration of the limits to manufactured consent (ref Marieke Hardy on The Drum).

    Posted by Zaf | March 23, 2011, 23:49
  14. Dan,

    Being labeled an anti-Semite is a very serious accusation. In modern society, there are very few more lowly-regarded titles. That’s why people should be cautious when using it.

    Lets take it to a crazy extreme. Suppose a politician like Fiona Byrne completely and unequivocally supports the establishment of a Palestinian state. Suppose she would go to the extreme of calling for the limitation of land in the Israeli state.

    Would it make them a rabid, delusional, radical reactionary? To most people (including me), it would.

    Would it make them an anti-semite? Hardly. It would not follow that they would hate a jewish person or organisation they met on the street.

    Opposition to Israeli policies comes from many people today. Some of this opposition would support policies that may have detrimental impacts on people within Israel (such as embargoes, or the limitation of Israeli territory). Some of these people are anti-Semitic, but the vast majority simply see it a necessary means of writing a perceived historical wrong to others, such as the Palestinians. It is foolish and reactionary to believe they are racially prejudiced against Jews.

    Personally, I don’t have a particularly strong opinion on the matter either way. I do however, have a strong opinion on honesty and integrity within media. Depictions of public officials as ‘witches’ (as seen on another column here) is nothing but trashy tabloid journalism. It demeans us all, and creates a sheen of hyperbole and caricature that prevents us seriously discussing these issues.

    Posted by Mike Salvey | March 23, 2011, 23:54
  15. I agree that Fiona Byrne would do better in a mental hospital then NSW State Parliament but the reality is that Liberal Party has no legs to stand on in Marrickville. Libs have squandered everything they ever had in Marrickville and Balmain. I don’t think Liberal Preferences will make any difference.

    Not to forget that most people would just put a “1” in their ballot.

    Your intentions are in the right place but unfortunately Liberals are useless in this situation. Fiona Byrne and “snake oil salesman” Parker will surely add MP next to their name on 27th March.

    Unfortunate but true!

    Posted by Mark Sharma | March 24, 2011, 1:29
  16. salvey and zaf , and all those who are not in marrickville,these are the facts on the ground.
    1/nsw greens do have a policy of BDS.

    2/Parker-the Green in Leichhardt decided to get Palestinian supporters and Jewish residents together to work for charitable causes in Israel and Palestine.

    3/ Parker chose cooperation and peace

    4/Fiona Byrne of Marrickville was in the identical position of Parker…..but instead of community harmony, dialogue and tolerance she purposely chose confrontation, division and ill will.
    5/Byrne WAS advised by her own supporters and yes some greens, that she was taking a tricky course which was if nothing else ..unnecessary.
    6/Byrne did not listen.
    she went ahead with BDS of Marrickville Council, spent upto $40000 of rate payers money in formulating the BDS policy.

    7/Byrne in formulating the BDS in Marrickville Council, unlike Parker across the road, totally ignored the local Jewish residents, disenfranchised them–her own ratepayers,
    Remember that most Jewish residents see themselves as progressive and left of centre.

    8/since then only 2 days ago another council-Randwick has condemned Marrickville’s policy of BDS and resolved to exclude it from intercouncil purchasing.
    Thus Byrne has succeeded in isolating her own council within Sydney, all due to her aggressive BDS actions.

    9/ Now objectively look back….there was no need nor reason to be as aggressive andbull necked as Byrne was–her colleague across the road had found a cooperative solution.
    Why not Byrne?

    When logic fails–I am sorry to say, but I must come to the conclusion that she is herself an anti-semite.

    10/ now-too late , she claims she was never going to actively pursue BDS in the NSW parliament.Audios have shown her to be a liar as well.

    She has copped a pasting from the radio, tv–ABC, and the written press.
    All deserved.
    She may still get in.
    But her campaign is weakened, and demoralised.
    Labor has picked up momentum in the past week.
    And a third force is also hitting the greens as already shown in grand theft corflute and the amusing witches article.

    I hope for a Labor win.
    We will see.
    But no matter how it turns out, Byrne would have romped in without a care had she not pursued her BDS agenda aggressively and unnecessarily as she hasdone.
    Now it will be very very close, and placards ARE reaching the electorate that Liberals should preference labor ahead of the Greens.

    Posted by treesnot greens | March 24, 2011, 3:16
  17. Dan Lewis, thank you for your clear thinking on the semantics of anti-semitism.

    Opposition to the State of Israel, which differs from criticism of some of its policy, must be by definition anti-Semitic.

    Israel opponents must surely be aware of the consequences of denying the Jewish people a state of their own: The Jewish people living as a minority under the hostile rule of a Muslim state, governed by those who freely express desire to destroy the Jewish.

    As a state the Jewish people can protect themselves, their sovereignty and their interests. Without a state, they would find themselves in a simialr situation which led to the Pogroms and later Holocaust.

    If likes of Fiona Byrne cannot see this, they are fools.

    Posted by Piv | March 24, 2011, 10:05
  18. The Liberal candidate for Marrickville is Jewish.

    If Carmel Tebbutt, a member of the socialist Left of the ALP, is such a supporter of Israel against the anti-semite Fiona Byrne, she should direct Labor voters to preference Rosanna Tyler, Liberal for Marrickville.

    Rosanna Tyler and the Liberals are doing the decent thing and not preferencing extremist Greens who hate Israel, or preference somebody whose husband went to Palestine funded by the PLO and has always supported the ALP Socialist Left’s position against Israel.

    If you want to stand up to anti-semites in Marrickville – VOTE 1 LIBERAL!

    Posted by The Truth | March 24, 2011, 11:35
  19. Can somebody please explain the logic shift here?

    The NSW Labor Party has recommended only one second preference in Marrickville, to the Greens Party candidate. http://tinyurl.com/48w8ju7

    This post is demanding that the Liberals should issue how-to-vote cards in Marrickville that would put the Israel-boycotting Greens Party candidate last, objectively preferencing the NSW Labor Party candidate. Surely it is a bit unreasonable to expect the Liberals to do what NSW Labor clearly won’t?

    Preferences accord some de facto legitimacy and therefore a more proper demand might be to seek to have NSW Labor withdraw its how-to-vote cards in Marrickville, printing a new batch that do not preference the Greens Party candidate.

    Alea iacta est.

    Posted by Nayef Hawatmeh | March 24, 2011, 12:19
  20. This is not a federal issue so “realist” is up the wrong tree saying this is a test for Gillard. You may not be aware, but here in australia we have federal and state elections and the same candidates do not stand in both! Weird, I know; but when you vote in NSW for say the Greens, you are not voting for Bob Brown.

    What’s even more perverse is a vote for Barry O’Farrell is not an endorsement of Tony Abbott.

    This Marrickville decision is ignorant, ill informaed and dangerous – but it has FA to do with the federal parliament.

    Posted by Real | March 24, 2011, 12:24
  21. @ treesnot

    What is a BDS, and explain to me why Israel shouldn’t be targeted in the same principled way that Apartheid South Africa was?

    Posted by Zaf | March 24, 2011, 12:31
  22. Why do right wing commentators complain about being called racist when they attack asylum seekers but throw about the anti semitic charge with abandon when people criticise Israel for its horrible treatment of Gazans, who essentially live in an open air prison? Double standards. Its an anachronism to even want Israel to be a wholly Jewish state, Sth Africa wished to be an all white state, its just not practical anymore, it breeds some of the most rabid and racist fundamentalists in the region (the settlers) who treat Arabs appallingly in their own homes.

    Posted by zeke | March 24, 2011, 14:20
  23. As ‘The Truth’ suggests above, the logical choice in Marrickville to send a clear message to the Greens Party Israel-boycotters and those who harbour (or in this case second preference) them, is a Liberal vote.

    Posted by Nayef Hawatmeh | March 24, 2011, 14:53
  24. This article would have a bit more integrity it Labor had not put the Greens extremists #2 on their HTV.

    Which is EXACTLY what they did.

    ALP puts Byrne #2.

    Libs don’t allocate preference.

    Who is the disgusting one here again, Andrew?

    Posted by Peter | March 24, 2011, 14:55
  25. @Karl Marx: In comparison, the Israelis daily commit violations of human rights against the Palestinians, steal more and more Palestinian land, demolish homes … basically ethnic-cleansing of stolen lands! Not to mention the illegal apartheid wall which is another excuse to steal even more land. And the unlawful siege of Gaza where the people are imprisoned without life’s basic necessities. Zionazis practise apartheid.

    Posted by Sam | March 24, 2011, 16:49
  26. Nazis believed in and wanted a “pure” nation. Israelis want the same.
    Nazis discriminated against other races and religions. Israelis do the same.
    Nazis invaded and occupied neighbouring countries. Israel has done the same.

    BDS is a peaceful form of objection against Israel’s zionist (nazi) policies.

    So there!!

    Posted by Sam | March 24, 2011, 16:54
  27. Sam

    The Nazi’s belived in a pure nation and in exerminating anybody they did not consider pure. Israelis want to build a Jewish nation where non-Jewish citizens have free and democratic rights. They also want peace with neighbouring nations.

    Nazis discriminated against other races and religions. Israelis believe in freedom of religious belief and practice. Nazi’s boycotted Jewish businesses. Israel tries to grow the economic and trade benefits of the entire region.

    Nazis invaded occupied neighbouring countries. Israel was attacked by enemies trying to destroy it. In the process it liberated territory that has been indigenous to the Jewish people since biblical times.

    Your vitriol and lack of perspective is offensive.

    Posted by Andrew | March 24, 2011, 17:41
  28. Bravo! Excellent parody of the cognitively challenged, extremist nutjobbery that characterises much of right wing discourse these days!!

    Posted by Lol Bot | March 24, 2011, 17:48
  29. Sam, let me show up your ignorance in public for you.

    “Nazis believed in and wanted a “pure” nation. Israelis want the same.” – Israel has 7 million people, 1.3 million are Arabs, almost a million Christian. There are large numbers of Ethiopians, Russians etc. It is more demographically diverse than any Arab nation.

    “Nazis discriminated against other races and religions. Israelis do the same.” – Nazism isn’t a religion you dolt. As for other races – WTF, they were in an allaince with the Japanese and Italians! Anwswer that one and stay fashionable.

    “Nazis invaded and occupied neighbouring countries. Israel has done the same.” – Here you really show what a first class pill you are. Israel has never ‘invaded’ or occupied another country – it has repelled attackers in war. You may recall the Arab League tried 3 times to wipe Israel out and got smashed every time. Gaza has not a single Israeli citizen there. And get this zit face – Palestine has been invaded 18 times in the past 2000 years.

    “BDS is a peaceful form of objection against Israel’s zionist (nazi) policies.’ – Have you read a book you bug eyed plunger? You are Adrian Jackson right? I mean, how many dipsticks can there be in one place.

    Posted by Real | March 24, 2011, 18:11
  30. zak, zeke,eke and whatever …..you can write all you like.
    the facts are that the greens are reeling from a rejuvinated Labor campaign and a persistent and repeated anti green assaultwhich the greens had not counted on.

    Fiona Byrne is an antisemite.that is the logical conclusion –read my blurb above.
    she CHOSE CONFRONTATION when she didnt have to.
    she disenfranchised the jewish ratepayers in her own district by totally ignoring them, not consulting with even one, and then hoisting hostile bds into their lives.

    all this could have, should have been avoided.

    if any of you critics of israel, but not anti semites can objectively step back–Byrne is a dangerous, divisive and not too clever individual who has chosen her anti jewish agenda on purpose thinking it will get her so many credit points with the hard hard left as lee rhiannon.

    Fiona Byrne is acting as an gly ant semite racist.
    and that is fact

    Posted by treesnot greens | March 24, 2011, 18:14
  31. Mike Salvey, yes antisemitism is a very serious charge and contrary to the incessant whining of some, not one which is thrown around lightly.

    However when it comes to legitimate criticism of Israel, there seems to be a very simple test. I referred to it earlier:

    As Thomas Freedman said:

    “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 Eas –is anti-Semitic, and not saying so is dishonest.”

    I note that the Greens haven’t passed any such resolutions about Libya, China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, all of whom unquestionably have far worse human rights records than Israel.

    Is Israel perfect? No, nor is America or Australia. But if you had to choose a pecking order, to put Israel at the top of the list can only come from very suspect motives.

    Arab women have more rights in Israel than they do in any Arab country. There are endless other inconvenient truths for those who believe Israel is the root of all evil. However their irrational belief surpasses the truth.

    Posted by Dan Lewis | March 24, 2011, 21:57
  32. @ treesnot

    All I’m hearing is ‘greens are bad, mmmkay?’

    Why is it wrong for Byrne to choose confrontation rather than…well, what was the other option for action that is effective? Why is israel above criticism?

    Poor effort man. Could do better.

    Peace

    Posted by Zaf | March 24, 2011, 23:08
  33. Still no mention of the fact that the Marrickville Council boycott of Israel was a Labor motion.

    Posted by hollyday | March 24, 2011, 23:53
  34. Mike, Zeke & Sam – the majority of Israelis have no problem with a Palestinian State existing peacefully alongside Israel. That’s not what BDS is about. In fact its promoters have stated their ultimate aim is to dismantle Israel and to deny Jews the same right to self-determination that they demand of the Palestinians. They want a Palestine instead of and not alongside Israel. There is no intention in the BDS scheme of things to include Israel and the Jews in any negotiations to achieve their aims just as Marrickville has disenfranchised its Jews from the decision to go with the BDS policy. Further, the supporters of BDS are ill-informed on the complexities of the dispute. Israel’s blockade and treatment of the flotilla has been mentioned but its opponents are eerily silent over the apprehension of weapons headed for Gaza last week, silent about the murders of a Jewish family while they slept, silent about yesterday’s bombing of a bus in Jerusalem, the deliberate firing of rockets at Israeli civilian targets and the racist incitement in Palestine’s official media. Byrne has bought Marrickville into all of this – her support of BDS and her silence over much of the above puts her beyond the pale and into the anti-Semite box. Like it or not, the NSW politics is the politics of the jackboot. There’s no place for that sort of divisiveness in this country and I agree, if Council was going to get involved in this conflict then it should have involved itself in a co-operative endeavour in the community not this rubbish.

    Posted by Karl Marx | March 25, 2011, 1:35
  35. [the majority of Israelis have no problem with a Palestinian State existing peacefully alongside Israel]

    The Israeli Govt’s de facto on-going support of the settlements in West Bank seems to make this “Palestinian State alongside Israel” increasingly difficult to achieve. What gives?

    Posted by Zaf | March 26, 2011, 13:26
  36. With a state swing of 15% away from Labor, the best the Greens could do was a 1.5%!

    How irellavant they have become.

    Posted by Greens into the abyss | March 27, 2011, 18:57
  37. Who cares, I am so beautiful!

    Posted by Fatty fegan | March 27, 2011, 19:30
  38. Did the Greens candidate live in a $6 million beach front mansion? If not, we should have preferenced against her. There is no excuse for espousing stupid policies and not having enough wealth to be hypocritical.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | March 28, 2011, 23:12
  39. It’s pretty silly to argue that the Libs should have preferenced Labor ahead of the Greens. In other seats, maybe, but Tebbutt is from the Labor-Left, the same faction which holds the other seats on the Council which approved the BDS policy in the first place. So you stop a Greens candidate who supports the BDS by supporting a Labor candidate from the same faction that supported the BDS… bit pointless really.

    Posted by Each-way-bet | March 31, 2011, 13:18

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