Particular attention should be directed towards the NSW Greens. At its December State Delegates Council, the party decided to officially support the anti-Israel boycott, sanctions and divestment movement.
The Greens-controlled Marrickville council, in Sydney's inner west, quickly moved to implement party policy by officially backing the counterproductive and potentially anti-Semitic boycott in its entirety.
The good burghers of the inner west are now compelled to boycott Israel. Will the homes of Marrickville Jews be searched for illegal products? We shall await with bated breath the council's replacement of Israeli-designed Google search engines, Intel processors and other technology. Perhaps carbon-neutral homing pigeons will be recruited to fill the communications void.
Upset Greens groupies trying to go into damage control on the comments section. One of them claims that "The Greens do not have a 'sinister agenda', their policies are clearly described in detail on their website. Greens are not 'infiltrating' local councils, they are elected."
The BDS contravenes Greens Party policy found on the Greens website (see pdf file Australian Greens Resultion on Israel/Palestine):
The Australian Greens:
1.2 support the legitimate rights and aspirations of the Israeli people to live in peace and security in their own independent, sovereign state;
1.5 support negotiations to achieve the democratic aspirations of both peoples within an environment of mutual respect and equality;
The Australian Greens will work for:
2.6 the promotion of a culture of dialogue, harmony, peace and reconciliation between the peoples of Palestine and Israel, both in the Middle East and in Australia, fostered through educational, cultural and other institutions.
This is the exact opposite of what supporting the BDS does. The Marrickville Greens, by voting for the boycott, have voted for a policy that directly contradicts the stated Green aims as set out on their website. At the last Federal election I know of Jewish voters who were wavering as to whether to vote for the Greens and who were swayed by the Greens' policy as set out publicly on their website. They trusted what they read but now they are confused.
If the Greens cannot clarify this contradiction then they simply can't be trusted at all in the future. We know this to already be true at local level in Marrickville. If Fiona Byrne is allowed to run for a NSW State seat in Marrickville, then we can be sure this applies there as well.
It's time for Brown to show some leadership and clarify the mess that his underlings have created in Marrickville.