Daily Archives: March 13, 2010

Book Launch: “Ordinary Courage” by Donna Mulhearn

Brisbane launch - Flyer for Donna Mulhearn 24 March 2010 (2)

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This is one woman’s account of finding the ordinary courage to fulfil her purpose, no matter what the odds.
At the age of thirty-four, Donna Mulhearn had become disillusioned by her career as a journalist and political adviser and set off on a journey of self-discovery.

Then one day she heard something radical, a call to action that would change her life forever. A man on the radio was appealing for human shields in Iraq – volunteers to deter the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ from attacking Baghdad.
Donna was already against the war – she was a firm believer in the power of nonviolent action, and like many people she mistrusted Bush and Co’s motives for entering Iraq. She knew immediately what she had to do. Continue reading

Little sense on Middle East

This is a response to ‘Uncommon sense on Israel/Palestine from an interesting source’ on the blog, LarvatusProdeo.

I post it here because my reply seems to have been rejected on that site [It turns out they have now accepted my comment]. The Workers Liberty pamphlet the post refers to states:”A boycott movement against Israel would, once it took off, inevitably become a movement against “Zionists” in Britain. In practice that would mean: against Jews.”

Australian unionists meet with the Palestinian leadership of the BDS campaign (Boycott Israel) in Ramallah. BDS thinks it time for Australia to pull its weight in the anti apartheid struggle.

Australian unionists meet with the Palestinian leadership of the BDS campaign (Boycott Israel) in Ramallah. BDS thinks it time for Australia to pull its weight in the anti apartheid struggle. Australian unionists meet with the Palestinian leadership of the BDS campaign (Boycott Israel) in Ramallah. BDS thinks it time for Australia to pull its weight in the anti apartheid struggle. Photo: Phil Monsour, Union Aid Abroad (APHEDA) Tour, March 2010

This incorrectly equates Zionism with ‘being Jewish’. Yes, Zionism is the pursuit of the Promised Land for Jews solely, to the exclusion of others, but this can cause only conflict for Jewish people.
Nazism had the goal to create a homeland for the ‘Aryan race’ excluding Jewish people.
Europeans supported the colonisation of Israel by Jewish exiles from Europe because of their guilt over the holocaust. Apartheid in South Africa sought dominance over black people thus seeking a similar objective.

Israel like South Africa and Australia are settler societies based on the colonialist model.
Australia implemented its own apartheid under the White Australia legislation and the Queensland Acts.

Israel pursues the settler model to this day and rejects Palestinian rights to the lands of their forefathers.

Most of the arguments and comments on ‘Uncommon sense on Israel/Palestine from an interesting source’ still centre around the assumption that a two state solution is possible. Yet US vicepresident Joe Biden’s attempt to broker a two state solution this week (12 Mar 2010) was met with Israeli PM, Netanyahu, announcing even more settlements in east Jerusalem.

A settler state in the 21st century, still!

The Workers Liberty document incorrectly equates Zionism with Judaism and therefore misunderstands the cause of the conflict. The conflict is political and economic not religious. As if proof is required, many devout Jews are anti-Zionist.

In the discussion of an economic boycott, neither Lavartus Prodeo nor its commentators even mention the significant economic effect that a Palestinian boycott would have on Israel’s economy.

I do not know if the boycott movement that is growing strong in France, Germany and Britain will stop the settlements being built, but if you think the Left’s support of a boycott against Israel is anti-Semitic, you are mistaken.

A secular multicultural state that ends the occupation of Palestinian lands seems to be the only hope of peace for Palestinian and Jew alike.

Ian Curr
March 2010

Reference:

Zionism Laid Bare
by Kathleen Christison
The Lemon Tree
A two-state-solution?