In accepting the Jerusalem Prize from the Zionist Federation of Australia, the Zionist Council of NSW and the World Zionist Organisation on Thursday night, Scott Morrison said “absolutely shameful” acts of anti-Semitism had “no place” in Australia, but they were still occurring and could not be ignored.
“We can’t pretend it isn’t happening here – it is,” he said. “It’s like the country just wants to eject it out of its system, yet it persists. That’s why we must remain so vigilant about these things – we can’t be casual about these things. We can’t overlook it or just pretend.”
This from the man who suggested exploiting community concerns about Muslims as a campaign strategy.
The former Attorney-General, George Brandis, infamously proclaimed our right to be bigots in the government’s push to remove the words “offend, insult or humiliate” from section 18C of the racial discrimination act.
Pre-empting Donald Trump, the Abbott government broke with the international community over Israeli occupation of disputed territory.
In November 2013, the Abbott government quietly registered Australia’s opposition to a United Nations resolution ordering an end to ”all Israeli settlement activities in all of the occupied territories”.
Julie Bishop subsequently questioned in an interview with an Israeli newspaper whether the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank were illegal.
George Brandis told the Senate that ”The description of East Jerusalem as ‘Occupied East Jerusalem’ is a term freighted with perjorative implications, which is neither appropriate nor useful.”
We, along with the US, were the only two countries on the UN Security Council to vote No to a proposal demanding Israel end the occupation of Palestinian territories within two years.
Then we had Morrison’s by-election brain fart to say we were moving our Embassy to Jerusalem – an announcement that took our own diplomats and security forces by surprise and caused a flurry of ‘please explains’ around the world.
It’s one thing to court votes domestically but aligning yourself with the Zionists at the expense of the Palestinians is hugely irresponsible.
Morrison said that the UN “has allowed anti-Semitism to seep into its deliberations – all under the language of human rights. And we are not buying that, my government is not buying that, our government is not buying that.”
The fact that Israel have illegally invaded and appropriated another country’s territory seems to escape Scott’s attention, as has the corruption of its leader.
But hey, anything for a trophy eh, Scott.
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