Cybthia Marchant (Qld) responds to “Anti-Israel bullies’ hard centre bites in chocolate shop campaign” Weekend Australian 20Aug11 August 21, 2011
The Australian: “Anti-Israel bulliesâ hard centre bites in chocolate shop campaign” by Cameron Stewart, 20 August 2011
Cameron Stewartâs article (Weekend Australian, Ant-Israel bulliesâ hard centre bites in chocolate shop campaign) Â shows the poverty of the anti- BDS case. Â Despite claims of Â BDS anti-semitism Â not one example is given of a Jewish business being targeted which is not also an Israeli business â although they must be legion. Â Max Brenner â the business, not the man â is an Israeli firm which, Â as part of the Strauss Group, supports the Israeli army. Â Ofra Strauss says they are supported because they are âour kidsâ Â - a truism which could be said of any armed force, including the Wehrmacht. Â As for Ted Lapkin: Â on the ABCâs The Drum he lately attacked racial vilification laws on the grounds that they infringe our democratic Â right to impugn individuals on the basis of their race. Â But now he claims that it is unacceptable to criticise businesses for such reasons!Â Not that this is what is happening. Â Both he and âECJAâs Wertheimâ construct Â a straw man. Â Whoever has said that no criticism of Israel is anti-semitic? Â Although I donât read it, I daresay there is plenty which is. Â But not that of the BDS movement. Â BDS is aimed squarely at Israelâs own anti-semitism â privileging one group to the grave detriment of the (semitic) Â Palestinian population it also rules.