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Labor sells its soul for the Muslim vote

Australian Jews are reminded again that Labor represents danger, not help. It is driven by demographics, not principle. Simply put, there are more Muslim votes that Jewish in Labor marginal seats:

NSW Right power broker Tony Burke will lead the push for a historic shift in Labor’s position on the recognition of a Palestinian state at the party’s July national conference, under an agreement hammered out with Bill Shorten.

Mr Burke will propose a resolution at conference expected to mirror that put at NSW Labor conference last July. It stated if no progress was made towards a two-state solution “and Israel continues to build and expand settlements, a future Labor government will consult like-minded nations towards recognition of the Palestinian state”.

To know where Tony Burke is coming from:

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke, for instance, represents the Sydney seat of Watson, which now has an astonishing 20 per cent of Muslim voters. In fact, of the 20 seats with the most Muslim voters, many in western Sydney, Labor holds all but one.

It shows. Two years ago, the Gillard government dropped support for Israel in the United Nations after foreign minister Bob Carr spent an hour with prime minister Julia Gillard, as The Australian reported, “explaining the electoral problems in Sydney”.

Added The Sydney Morning Herald: “Many MPs in western Sydney, who are already fearful of losing their seats, are coming under pressure from constituents with a Middle East background.”

Last September, the Mufti of Australia even wrote to Labor members warning that union boss Paul Howe had a “bias” towards Israel, and if he became a senator, Labor would lose the Muslim votes that helped “successfully retain the majority of ALP seats in Western Sydney”. Howes was stopped.

To know just what Tony Burke will say to win Muslim votes at an Australia Palestine Advocacy Network Fundraising Dinner:


If you are serious about justice, then we need to acknowledge and acknowledge the truth, that all Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are illegal. If we’re serious about speaking the truth then we must unequivocally be able to say that East Jerusalem is occupied…

For those who are political advocates within Palestine itself, I will never know the bravery that comes with putting your life on the line and at risk, in engaging in politics in different ways.

I’d bet many of Burke’s audience heard that as an implicit endorsement of Palestinian terrorism.

Jewish members of Labor should be fighting like fury against this dangerous pandering. Where are they?


NSW Labor leader Luke Foley is just as craven, issuing this press release:


NSW Labor leader Luke Foley announced today that any Labor MPs receiving assisted travel to Israel would be expected to spend an equivalent time in the West Bank and/or Gaza to hear the case of the Palestinians…

“This arrangement will mean MPs understand the Palestinian as well as the Israeli case,” Mr Foley said.

Will Foley now insist that every NSW MP visiting China spend equal time in Taiwan? Every MP visiting South Korea spend equal time in North Korea?

(Thanks to readers Dexxter, CK and Marcus.)

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How is this "news" in the conventional usage of he term?

Posted by GP on 2015-04-30 22:50:41 GMT

"When the political scientist Pascal Boniface, in a note the the leaders of the Socialist Party, in April 2001, advised them, as a matter of simple electoral calculation, to abandon the Jewish vote (500,000 in France) for the Muslim vote (five million), he very honestly spilled the beans." The Tyranny of Guilt, An Essay on Western Masochism, Pascal Bruckner, 2012

Posted by Ymr on 2015-04-29 11:36:23 GMT