Monday, 10 December 2012

Requiem for responsible behavior!

Requiem for responsible behavior!

See the great editorial of 3/9/2011
See the naive editorial of 26/10/2011
See the great letters of 26/10/2011

Then see the below letters of 6/9/2011!!

to be completed

▼  December (42)

Israel boycott response

  • The Australian 
  • September 06, 2011 12:00AM

  • AT the risk of sounding like a cracked record, let us be clear, again, about what the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) call from Palestinian civil society is actually about.
    It is about recognising the inalienable rights of the Palestinian refugees; about ending the illegal military occupation; and about ending the systematic discrimination of Palestinian citizens in Israel.
    It also specifically renounces all forms of racism including anti-Semitism. How can it be that any criticism of Israel is automatically anti-Semitic? How can a legitimate BDS target, such as Max Brenner (the Israeli business with strong links to the Israeli Defence Force), be automatically anti-Jewish?
    And since when did a BDS protest have anything to do with 9/11 as suggested by John Ferguson ("Unions' anti-Israel campaign puts ACTU, Labor on the spot", 3-4/9)?
    Why is there a near singular narrative that continues to misrepresent the voice of Palestine in this debate?
    Moammar Mashni, Australians for Palestine, Hawthorn, Vic
    WHAT are Greens senator Lee Rhiannon's credentials for her claim that she regularly speaks out against human rights abuses (Letters, 2/9)?
    Did she boycott any communist countries when they were committing some of the greatest atrocities of the 20th century? When the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the Prague Spring, did Rhiannon boycott the Soviets? No, she joined the Socialist Party of Australia, a pro-Soviet grouping that split from the Communist Party of Australia after the CPA abhorred the Soviet actions.
    Did she boycott the Soviet Union when it was administering psychiatric abuse such as electro-shocks to its dissidents? No, she led a delegation to Moscow. She even made an appearance in Soviet Woman.
    Not even in the dying days of the Soviet dictatorship did she protest about human rights abuses.
    Rhiannon leads a movement that singles out Israel for boycott. Yet Rhiannon never boycotted or distanced herself from the communist regime she supported for decades.
    Douglas Kirsner, Caulfield North, Vic

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