ABC censors anti-racist Jewish scholars
The egregiously dishonest, cowardly, taxpayer-funded Australian ABC has failed to report a petition by some of Australia’s most outstanding Jewish scholars denouncing and renouncing the racist and genocidal Israeli “law of return” that is a key instrument in Apartheid Israel’s Palestinian Genocide.
The taxpayer-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation (the ABC) is Australia’s equivalent of the taxpayer-funded British BBC. The Australian ABC has an appalling record of lying by omission and lying by commission, indeed ABC censorship has plumbed Orwellian depths (Google “ABC Censorship”).
This extraordinary ABC censorship stems from the reality that the ABC, like other Mainstream media in Murdochracy and Lobbyocracy Australia and in other Western Murdochracies and Lobbyocracies, is subject to pressure form neocon Americans, racist Zionists and their associates.
Australia is a Murdochracy (Big Money determines public perception of the truth and hence votes) and a Lobbyocracy (Big Money buys politicians and policy). The Zionist Lobby is extremely powerful in what has become an Australia that now follows the Israeli and Israel-supported Apartheid South African racism examples and applies race-based laws and regulations to Indigenous Australians and to refugees. Thus in 2010 the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who had been elected with a huge majority in 2007, was deposed in a pro-Zionist-led overnight Coup. The impetus for PM Rudd’s demise came from a $23 million Mining Industry campaign against his proposed MiningTax but the people who did the dirty work of deposing a democratically-elected Australian Prime Minister were mostly members of the extreme pro-Zionist faction of the Australian Labor Party (see Antony Loewenstein, “Does the Israeli Lobby have blood on its hands in Australia?”).
The racist, extreme right wing ALP is well-funded by pro-Zionists with some of this funding notoriously coming from the proceeds of crime. This is a great irony because the Labor Government had no objection to former PM John Howard profiting from his recently published memoirs (PM Howard had illegally invaded Iraq and is thus complicit in 2.7 million post-invasion war related Iraqi deaths; Google “Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide”) but referred the case of David Hicks to the Australian Federal Police under Australian “no profit from crime” laws (David Hicks has killed nobody, broke no Australian laws, was abusively imprisoned and tortured by the Americans in Guantanamo Bay for 5 years and has recently published his memoir “Guantanamo: My journey”).
In March 2010 a large number of decent, anti-racist Australian Jewish intellectuals signed a petition against the racist and genocidal Israeli "law of return" that gives all Jews (as defined by the Zionists running Apartheid Israel) the "right" to live in Palestine with Israeli citizenship to the exclusion of 7 million Palestinians forbidden to live in the land inhabited continuously by their Palestinian forebears since the literal dawn of history.
According to outstanding Jewish Australian writer Antony Loewenstein "Some of the key signatories include world-renowned ethicist Peter Singer, actor Miriam Margolyes, legendary feminist campaigner Eva Cox, La Trobe University’s Dennis Altman, Monash University’s Andrew Benjamin, Sydney University’s David Goodman and John Docker, legal scholar GJ Lindell, best-selling author and journalist Antony Loewenstein, writers Susan Varga and Sara Dowse, ANU’s Ned Curthoys and many others".
However the ABC has resolutely failed to report this remarkable, ethical statement by some of Australia’s most famous Jewish intellectuals. Thus a Search of “the entire ABC site” using the “ABC Search” function for the phrase “law of return” yields 4 reports, but ZERO (0) reportage of this important letter by these outstanding anti-racist Jewish Australian intellectuals.
The petition is reproduced below – this is what the Australian taxpayer-funded but Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist ABC does not wants its viewers, readers and listeners to see, read, hear, know about or think about.
"Petition Against the Right of Return to Israel on Behalf of Australian Jews- March 2010
We are Jews from Australia, who, like Jewish people throughout the world, have an automatic right to Israeli citizenship under Israel’s “law of return.” While this law may seem intended to enable a Jewish homeland, we submit that it is in fact a form of racist privilege that abets the colonial oppression of the Palestinians.
Today there are more than seven million Palestinian refugees around the world. Israel denies their right to return to their homes and land—a right recognized and undisputed by UN Resolution 194, the Geneva Convention, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Meanwhile, we are invited to live on that same land simply because we are Jewish, thereby potentially taking the place of Palestinians who would dearly love to return to their ancestral lands.
We renounce this “right” to “return” offered to us by Israeli law. It is not right that we may “return” to a state that is not ours while Palestinians are excluded and continuously dispossessed.
- Professor Peter Singer – Princeton University
- Miriam Margolyes (OBE) – renowned actor
- Eva Cox (AO) – National Chair of the Women’s Electoral Lobby.
- Professor Dennis Altman – Professor of Politics, La Trobe University
- Professor Andrew Benjamin – Monash University
- Sara Dowse – writer
- GJ Lindell – Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Adelaide
- Susan Varga – writer
- Antony Loewenstein – writer, journalist, author of My Israel Question
- Professor David SG Goodman – Professor of Chinese Politics, University of Sydney
- Professor John Docker – Sydney University
- Jean McClean – advisor to Vice-Chancellor at Victoria University on East-Timor
- Dr Peter Slezak – University of New South Wales
- Dr Tony Balint – Blue Horizon Clinic
- Dr Ron Witton – University of Wollongong
- Dr Ned Curthoys – Australian National University
- Dr Rick Kuhn – Australian National University
- Dr. Tamas Pataki
- Russell Bancroft – Manager Industrial Relations, Government Branch
- Alice Beauchamp
- Toni Beauchamp
- Wendy Crew
- Bronwyn Dahlstrom
- Nicole Erlich – PhD candidate, University of Queensland
- Marshall Harris
- David Hermolin
- Sylvie Leber
- Jeffrey Loewenstein
- Stefan Moore
- Martin Munz
- Vivienne Porzsolt
- Joe Rich
- Margot Salom
- Rene Tsukasov
- Nic Witton." (see Antony Loewenstein, "Prominent Australian Jews reject the Israeli "right of return", Media release, 3 March 2010).
Summary and Conclusions
All decent, anti-racist folk will applaud this courageous and ethical statement by this wonderful anti-racist, humanitarian Jewish Australian intellectuals denouncing and renouncing the genocidal, racist Zionist "law of return"
For Jews and indeed all anti-racist humanitarians the core moral messages from the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) and from the more general WW2 European Holocaust (30 million Slav, Jewish and Gypsy dead) are “zero tolerance for racism”, “never again to anyone”, “bear witness” and “zero tolerance for lying”.
In 1880 there were about 0.5 million Indigenous Palestinians. Of the 25,000 Jews in Palestine in 1880 half were immigrants. Palestinian deaths from war violence total about 80,000 since 1948 and about 100,000 since 1936. However one must also consider avoidable Palestinian deaths from war-, expulsion- and occupation-imposed deprivation that now total about 1.4 million since 1948. Palestinian refugees total over 7 million. This has been a Palestinian Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention.
Decent, anti-racist people will accordingly similarly applaud the words of outstanding Jewish American scholar Professor Jared Diamond who in his best-selling book "Collapse” (Prologue, p10, Penguin edition) enunciated the "moral principle, namely that it is morally wrong for one people to dispossess, subjugate, or exterminate another people" – an injunction grossly violated by racist Zionist (RZ)-run Apartheid Israel and its racist, genocide-committing and genocide-ignoring US Alliance backers.
Zionism is not simply a huge threat to Palestinians (1.5 million dead, 7 million refugees, 4.3 million without rights under Occupier guns in West Bank mini-Bantustans and the Gaza Concentration Camp, 6 million forbidden to even step foot in the land continuously inhabited by their forebears for thousands of years, only the adults of 1.5 million Palestinian Israelis are permitted to vote for the government ruling all of Palestine, albeit as third class citizens in a race-based Apartheid Israel) - it is also a huge threat to decent, anti-racist Jews around the world.
All decent, anti-racist, humanitarians must vigorously oppose: those supporting Zionism, Apartheid Israel and racist Western wars and occupations who are currently complicit in 0.7 million non-violent excess deaths annually and 12 million Muslim deaths since 1990 in the Zionist-backed US Alliance War on Muslims; continuing, racist perversion of human rights, humanitarian values and rational discourse in the Western democracies; the ignoring of a worsening climate genocide (that may kill 10 billion non-Europeans this century through unaddressed man-made climate change); and egregious anti-Jewish, anti-Semitism through utterly false identification of decent, anti-racist Jews with these appalling crimes.
Australian media are not just anti-Arab, anti-Semitic (by supporting the ongoing Palestinian Genocide and the ongoing Muslim Genocide that has killed 12 million Muslims in the last 2 decades) but are also anti-Jewish anti-Semitic by resolutely ignoring the opinions of outstanding anti-racist Jewish scholars (for such views from Hannah Arendt to Howard Zinn Google "Jews Against Racist Zionism") and by utterly falsely and dangerously conflating racist Zionism and its genocidal crimes with decent, anti-racist, secular, liberal and Orthodox Jews.
The taxpayer-funded ABC through its lying by omission and commission over the Palestinian, Iraqi, Afghan and Muslim Genocide (12 million Muslim war- and occupation-related deaths, 1990-2011) by endangering decent anti-racist Jews and sidelining their opinions. The failure of the ABC to report the “Petition Against the Right of Return to Israel on Behalf of Australian Jews” signed by outstanding anti-racist Australian Jewish intellectuals is a further instance of lying by omission by ABC (Google "ABC Censorship" ) and of its entrenched anti-Arab, anti-Semitism and inherent anti-Jewish that threatens Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims and decent, anti-racist Jews.
The cowardly journalists and editors of the Western Mainstream media had better soon decide whether they owe a primary allegiance to their own country, the country of their readers, or to the race-based, Zionist-run, nuclear terrorist rogue state of Apartheid Israel and its traitorous, neocon supporters.
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