Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Don't look now but the Melbourne Age has handed Israel a major compliment with today's revelation that Israel has arrested eight violent neo-Nazis in the town of Petah Tikva. The young men are among 1 million migrants from the former Soviet Union who came to Israel under its "Law of Return". Ed O'Loughlin reports on the calls to deport what he terms these "Israeli Nazis".

I have used the word "compliment" because I believe that it is a credit to this nation that it has acted swiftly to identify and root out the racists in its midst. Just as it did when it outlawed the racist "Kach" Party some years ago.

This is in sharp contrast to what happens elsewhere in this region. The neighbouring Palestinians, for example, have a far greater tolerance for neo-Nazi philosophies. Indeed, last year they even elected a party to government that has a racist Charter and calls on its people to destroy Israel and kill Jews. Of course, Age readers wouldn't know about that because O'Loughlin generally steers clear of covering the brutal racism of Hamas or its incitement to violence and murder even among young Palestinian toddlers watching kindergarten television shows. Such things are not even on Ed's radar.

Another neighbour of Israel is Jordan which also rarely gets a mention from O'Loughlin but which, in reality, is the true "apartheid state" of the Middle East. The Jordanians expelled all of their Jews from the country way back in 1948. They also created a citizenship law to give Palestinians citizenship - this is how Law No. 6 of 1954 on Nationality defines Palestinians to specifically exclude those Jews who previously had Palestinian nationality for those purposes -

"Any person who, not being Jewish, possessed Palestinian nationality before 15 May 1948 and was a regular resident in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan between 20 December 1949 and 16 February 1954;"

This would make the old time Nazis proud and it really is a wonder that while O'Loughlin manages to make an article out of eight hoodlums arrested in Israel for what the entire nation agrees is unacceptable behaviour, he routinely fails to highlight the true state based racism and apartheid from the region which he is meant to be covering in an objective manner for his newspaper.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Age and O'Loughlin can go to hell. Their only role in this conflict is to stir up hatred of Israel and hide the sins of the other side.

There's a word for what they're doing.