Thursday, March 04, 2010


This week's assault on Israel is not only coming from the mealy mouthed media and quirky letter writers but even the AFP cops who are in Tel Aviv "investigating" Passportgate have gotten into the act - Australia cops probing Dubai passports involved in hit-and-run.

According to the report, the investigators spent the day at the Australian embassy in Tel Aviv where they planned to interview three dual nationals whose passports were forged and tied to the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month.

As they left the embassy, their car, with Australian embassy license plates, struck a bicyclist and did not stop, ABC reported, adding that the woman was unhurt but wants an apology from the embassy and a new bike wheel.

One wonders why on earth aren't these blokes in Dubai where the alleged "evidence" (for want of a better word) sits in the hands of antiSemite Police Chief Tamim.

One also wonders why these blokes are in Tel Aviv anyway. After all, the Age's array of cartoonists, reporters and op ed writers have already found Israel guilty as charged. The only thing left was to follow up Julie Szego's hatchet job yesterday with a letter from an Age reader who doesn't think she went far enough:

Call for scepticism
IT IS a pity such a talented writer as Julie Szego applies her journalistic scepticism unevenly (Comment, 3/3). She correctly refuses to accept as proof circumstantial evidence presented by the Dubai police chief as to Mossad's culpability for the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. But she accepts as good coin what is said about Mabhouh.

It is not in dispute that he was a senior Hamas commander. But how could he have smuggled thousands of Iranian-made rockets into Gaza? The vast majority to have hit Israel were home-made Qassams. Had they been factory-made Iranian rockets with proper ordinances, they would have been more accurate and deadly. How could he have been involved in the use of children, or anyone else, as suicide bombers when he left the occupied territories before the first suicide bomber appeared on the scene, and spent most of 2003, one of the worst years for such bombings, in an Egyptian jail?

If Mabhouh was as important a villain to make him a legitimate target, why can't I find any reference to him in this paper before his death? Why can't I find any reference to him in the three main Hebrew dailies in Israel for the same 10-year period? Scepticism is called for in the claims of both sides.

Sol Salbe, Maidstone

Now I get it. We shouldn't accept anything written about al-Mabhouh (even his own confessions of malfeasance in numerous articles including interviews) but we must accept as proven that the Israelis were the murderers and that the Israelis used faked passports.

I can now understand exactly why the Age treats its readers as complete imbeciles because, if this correspondent, is an example, then that's exactly what they are!


Anonymous said...

What makes you say the Age has it in for Israel.

Op Ed writers are entitled to say their piece and letter writers are allowed to have an opinion.

Anonymous said...

Of course they are anon.

It would be nice however, if the Age deigned to produce some balance to allow us mere mortals to understand the full background to the conflict. We hardly ever hear news of Hamas and Fatah wrongdoing. The racism of the Dubai Police Chief is cleverly avoided and all of the pointers to the involvement of Jordan, Egypt, the Palestine Authority or even Hamas itself in the death of Mabhouh. If the Age divulged that information, much of what its cartoonists have drawn and its op ed writers have said would simply look stupid. The Age is building up a questionable case against Israel by constantly allowing relevant facts to be omitted.

Congratulations to Wilbur Post for exposing this type of disgraceful gutter journalism.