How Mike Carlton got it wrong

Philip Dalidakis shares his thoughts on Mike Carlton's take on Gaza.

Mike Carlton’s malevolent agenda

Philip Dalidakis, commentator for Sky News and ABC News writes: Israel is a small and isolated western democracy surrounded by undemocratic states and terrorist-controlled territories. Israel is not beyond criticism, nor do I lightly accuse people of anti-Semitism. It is not anti-Semitic to criticise Israel, but it is if you don’t hold other regimes and conflicts to the same standard.

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26 thoughts on “How Mike Carlton got it wrong

  1. Damon

    It is not anti-Semitic to criticise Israel, but it is if you don’t hold other regimes and conflicts to the same standard.

    Absolute and utter drivel. If that’s the opening statement I refuse to read it further. Go call someone else names.

  2. cairns50

    sorry Philip Mike Carlton got it right you got it wrong

    the truth hurts doesnt it?

  3. Michael

    A well constructed and argued article that will no doubt be condemned by thoughtless denialists. It is banal for the safe smug Australian siperati to condemn Israel. Try and see a little deeper.

  4. Kevin Herbert

    Philip Dalidakis’ comments are meaningless tosh, and are taken straight out of the Zionist Anti Defamation League’s widely discredited talking points.

    The definition of anti-Semitism has become so broad, and the label of anti-Semite so loosely applied, that it can now be used to describe almost any academic, author, activist, or correspondent that says anything critical about Israel or Jewish persons, regardless of the validity.

    US Jewish activist Dr Norman Finkelstein says that, “new anti-Semitism is neither new, nor anti-Semitism.” Finkelstein argues that organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League have brought forward charges of new anti-Semitism since the 1970′s not to fight anti-Semitism, but rather to exploit the historical suffering of Jews in order to immunize Israel from criticism.”
    According to the Anti-Defamation League, ‘new anti-Semitism’ can include legitimate criticism of Israel if the author does not equally criticize other countries that demonstrate similar behavior. This ridiculously faulty premise ignores the fact that many activists and journalists choose to singularly focus their attention on a certain region, country, or cause”

    The most significant fact about Dalidakis’ piece is that he thinks his views have any credibility in 2014.

  5. ilolatu

    “Israel’s stated aim was to stop Hamas firing rockets at Israel’s cities. That aim has now been achieved, and with Hamas stopping its rocket fire Israel has ceased responding.”

    Israel has responded to ceasefire by taking 400 hectares of Palestinian land.

  6. Draco Houston

    “It is not anti-Semitic to criticise Israel, but it is if you don’t hold other regimes and conflicts to the same standard.”

    Rubbish. Not reading the rest. Since when did we have to hold non-state actors to the same standard as an ally?

  7. Russ Hunter

    “Israel never stated any such aim [crushing military and economic dominance of the Palestinian people].”

    I think that is well and truly achieved already.

    Philip Dalidakis, you claim to want a two-state solution but have not a bad word to say about Israel. Spare me.

  8. Jake

    Philip, I’m sure you didn’t pen this reply to Carlton’s latest toxic piece in order to feel the love on Crikey, where the “liberal” minds are so set in their views that some freely admit they won’t bother reading if your view differs from theirs, while others re-visit their fantasies of Zionist talking points and show off big new words like “hasbara” because they think it makes them sound grown up and knowledgeable. Good onya for a clear and logical analysis. I’d add only that the destruction of Hamas’s tunnel network was another of Israel’s stated aims, once it became apparent how extensive and threatening it was.

  9. Dogs breakfast

    Philip Dalidakis, commentator for Sky News and ABC News writes

    “blah blah blah, anti-semitic, blah blah blah.”

    Well that’s new. Someone suggesting that anything written calling out Israel, the government, for the utter bastardry of recent times, is anti-semitic. I suppose that especially extends to those Auschwitz survivors and descendents what wrote that nasty letter, the Mr Carlton quoted from.

    How dare he quote Jews who are speaking up against the actions of a bereft and clueless government.

  10. Khupert the Runt

    Dear Philip,

    You don’t seem to understand how your words come across.

    Same old same old comes to mind.

    Carlton: “…drips with hatred…..towards….the overwhelming majority of Australian Jews”

    Not at all, he, like me finds it is simply tragic to see so many people unable to see the bigger sadder picture of two nations, one of which will always have the power to totally annihilate the other, unable to create a rational and fair peace, because they have an all too literal belief in words written thousands of years ago.

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