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Anatomy of a failed boycott

NOW we know that the meddling ideological extremism of the Greens cost them the inner-city seat of Marrickville in the NSW election last month.

What should have been a shoo-in in one of the most barmy left electorates in the country resulted in more than one-in-three voters rejecting the Greens because of Marrickville Council's Israel boycott, according to a poll by a Jewish group.

This is a boycott that, by the Green-controlled council's own figures, will cost it as much as $4 million to stop using Israeli-linked products such as Hewlett-Packard computers (apparently used at Israeli checkpoints) and Motorola telephones.

The voters were first to show some backbone, after abiding years of Green dabbling in Middle East politics. But last week Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd slammed the boycott as "nuts" and NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell threatened to sack the council if it doesn't reverse its stance.

Sensing the end of his dream run, even the Greens' supreme leader, Bob Brown, rejected the boycott and distanced himself from his failed state candidate, Marrickville mayor Fiona Byrne, although he can't help offloading blame onto what he calls the "hate media" for costing his party the seat.

But he should look a little closer to home for the culprit.

Jake, a 55-year-old Jewish health professional with friends in Marrickville, was so incensed by the council's Israel boycott that he took three weeks off work to wage a guerrilla campaign against the Greens, plastering the suburb with posters late at night, accusing them of homophobia for boycotting gay-friendly Israel.

"I felt so angry," says Jake, who wants to remain anonymous. "I couldn't sleep at night, so I organised the posters, hired some utes and ladders" and enlisted the help of his son and his friends. Greens supporters harassed them, ripped down the posters, called police, and tried to intimidate Jake's young helpers, posting footage of them on YouTube.

Two nights before the election, a "black sports car with neon high beams and a pseudo photographer kept flashing his camera right up on our eyes . . . It slowed us right down."

Another night "cowboy" greenies in a Toyota Camry started following them home, until Jake confronted the driver at a roundabout. "It was like something out of a movie".

On election day, Jake and his son organised 10 friends wearing T-shirts with "Boycott the Greens" logos to visit polling booths, prompting "Zionist pigs" abuse from greenies.

"The Greens knew we were the enemy, but the Labor people all nodded and smiled and gave us the thumbs up. Anthony Albanese [whose wife Carmel Tebbutt was ALP candidate] shook my hand and thanked me. We must have had quite an effect.

"On Sunday I took the boys out to dinner. It's not often in life a private citizen can make a difference."

And make a difference he did. The Greens lost to Labor by fewer than 700 votes, in a seat they were favourites to snare.

The backlash was quite a shock to the Greens, whose extremist ideological baggage is at last costing them votes.

After all, as Jake points out, if they actually cared about the environment or human rights they would realise Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and the only country in the region where people can be openly and proudly gay. Israel's neighbours, meantime, routinely stone homosexuals to death.

Israel is also the Middle East's Eden, having greened the desert with millions of trees, eco friendly exports, and superior water conservation.

And if anti-Israel Greens are so concerned about children in the Middle East why haven't they lamented the fate of the Fogel children of Samaria -- 11-year-old Yoav, four-year-old Elad and three-month-old Hadas, murdered in their beds by Palestinian terrorists just two weeks before the NSW election.

The Middle East conflict is not a game. Yet it has somehow become a vehicle for moral preening half a world way and a badge of belonging for lazy leftists whose talents are best suited to fixing potholes, which, by the way, abound in Marrickville.

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It"s interesting to note that even those in the Greens who criticised NSW Greens for its BDS policy, only did so for tactical reasons. I say that at the next election, Israel supporters should wear T-shirts to polling booths all across the country reading "The Greens: supporting terrorism". After all, as Miranda so clearly pointed out, they NEVER criticise the terrorist acts committed by any of the Palestinian groups, but routinely criticise Israel for anything that they think they can. When a terrorist group is allowed to act without censure, it only gets bolder, and more people die. By not censuring Palestinian terrorism, the Greens are supporting it. This needs to be brought into mainstream awareness.

Posted by Meyer Mussry on 2011-04-17 23:21:47 GMT

Miranda Devine has written a fine piece detailing how the green exterior rotted quickly in the glare of publicity and exposed the red/green/black ideologies of the petend environmentalists. The "green" mob are infiltrating good and groups popular with progressives and then perverting them to serve their purposes under the guise of the cause they pretend to champion. Equally important is the undemocratic tactics people such as the greens are prepared to use to silence and intimidate their opponents. They demand a privileged status and protection for their ideals and actions. The "greens" are intolerable for all of the reasons stated, but mostly because they are exposed as having contempt for both truth and the cause they want to appropriate for themselves.

Posted by paul2 on 2011-04-17 14:08:40 GMT

The real inspiration - and hero - has been The Australian. On April 2, the national daily slammed the proposed boycott in a lead front page story, an entire inside page and an editorial piece, and it has continued to vigorously champion Israel. This is a deliberate campaign, no doubt instigated by Rupert Murdoch and it has proved stunningly successful. It has triggered anti-Israel boycott responses from all the key political parties, numerous members of the general public and even - wonders will never cease - the SMH and The Age. The piece by Miranda Devine (columnist for Sydney"s Telegraph, not The Australian) is part of News Ltd"s current pro-Israel push. It should be the subject of intense interest by Australia"s Zionist organisations.

Posted by Zelda Cawthorne on 2011-04-17 00:54:00 GMT