Middle East

Jun 11, 2014

In Palestine, a question for Australia: are we on ‘the right or wrong side of history’?

Australia has decided to stop referring to Palestinian territories in East Jerusalem as "occupied", which has won it friends in the Israeli government but has outraged Palestinians. Freelance writer Nigel O'Connor reports from Ramallah.

“Oh, you’re from Australia?” The question came in a heavy New Jersey accent from a lady holding a large poster labelling United States Secretary of State John Kerry a war criminal. “Congratulations, you finally have a good government again!”


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11 thoughts on “In Palestine, a question for Australia: are we on ‘the right or wrong side of history’?

  1. gerry meehan

    abbotts as bad as gillard when it comes to sucking up to the right wing israel lobby.

    funny how left wingers who are usually feral about humanitarian issues go all scared and quiet when you mention aparteid in palestine.

    wheres Bob Carr when you need him?

  2. MarilynJS

    It makes me sick that the world ignores the Palestinians and makes them pay for the crimes of Europe against Jews.

    The settlers are invading terrorists and with the brutality of this country towards refugees one wonders why we cheer for Israeli criminal regimes.

  3. bushby jane

    Australian Jews must be confused however (along with the rest of us), with this decision vs the Racial Discrimination Act changes mooted by this govt.

  4. Scott

    I think the PLO are on the wrong side of history. They had their chance for an independent state in 2000 and muffed it.

  5. Dianne Longson

    This makes me so angry. The Palistinian occupation has been recognised at an international level. Nothing Abbot and his lot can say will change that simple fact, although it figures that Abbott thinks he knows more about it than anyone else. He is just so arrogant. The acts of Israelis towards Palestinians are disgraceful and considering their experience of the holocaust they should know better. And before anyone ridicules what I just said, I have seen it with my own eyes. Before I went to Israel and Palestine, and on the basis of what I had read in the media and heard from other sources, I was strongly pro-Israel on this question. While there, I was horrified by Israeli actions and regretful that I had supported a country whose government and people perpetrate such inhumanity against others.

  6. MarilynJS

    Trouble is Dianne, most of the jews in Israel have no personal experience of the holocaust at all but then use the holocaust as an excuse to steal Palestine.

  7. Liamj

    How sad, that the West is still fooling Israel into thinking they have their back. The day the Arab dictators stop exporting oil to the west will be the day the xtians forget about Israel their unsinkable aircraft carrier, and the day Israel reaps as it has sown.

  8. Shaniq'ua Shardonn'ay

    As a ‘leftie’ I have become increasingly uncomfortable with Israel and I no longer vote for my local member who is very much in support of Israel. The greens have a more nuanced stance in my opinion. I also hate the way any discussion of the issue raises howls of ‘antisemitism’, it’s not. I support the right of Jewish people to live safely wherever they are, here or in Israel, but that doesn’t mean they can take land away from others to do it or impose their own form of apartheid. The attempt to create states based on a religion or ethnicity has caused harm all over the world from the wars in the Balkans to the persecution of Muslims in Cambodia. It’s an idea that has failed again and again.

  9. old greybeard

    I don’t want a relationship with Israel. I grew up admiring the feats of the Jewish people, but the present lot are nothing but thieves. How can there ever be peace when the US alliance is an exceedingly dishonest broker. Why does the fact that this country’s people came from immense suffering excuse their constant bastardry? I have always supported Israel’s right to exist, but I am beginning to wonder if they deserve it.

  10. old greybeard

    Dianne is right I fear. The PLO were short circuited by Israel who backed Hammas to destabilise them. There was no chance of such a state. I’ve always found it interesting that Israel has secret weapons trading with old South Africa in the apartheid days. One would have thought that the old Afrikaner and their pseudo-Nazis were Israel’s natural enemies, but money apparently was money.

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