In response to reports of the visit of Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and MP Michael Danby to a Max Brenner shop in response to the recent Nazi style thuggery of BDS activists in Melbourne, this letter appears in today's Melbourne Age:
No place for hate
BY PATRONISING a Max Brenner cafe, Kevin Rudd has rightly demonstrated his opposition to the boycott of Jewish/Israeli-owned stores (''Citizen Rudd's sweet support for cafe chain'', 15/07). The sight of angry protesters yelling their hate-filled invective outside Jewish businesses is reminiscent of the thuggish Nazi boycotts of the 1930s and has no place in democratic Australia.
Merv Morris, East St Kilda
Apologists will no doubt respond using the standard apologetic response for the behavior of the thugs who abused patrons of the chocolate shop and police that they were protesting Israeli policies, not Jews as such and they will no doubt come up with a Jew of convenience who supports this thuggery. The problem for them is that BDS founder Omar Barghouti (a hypocrite who doesn't practice the boycott he preaches) has outlined the movement's fundamental aim of bringing an end to Israel and thus the Jewish right to self-determination by flooding it with descendants of Palestinian refugees. The aim is to achieve this by force and against the will of the Israeli people.
The demonstrators outside Max Brenner's establishment made no secret of this aim when they chanted, "Israel will be free from the river to the sea." That's a not so subtle code for, "we want to destroy the Jewish State." Call it whatever you want. We know what these people are and Mr. Morris' letter concisely makes the point.