New Group Holds First Meeting
Australia for a Secure Israel has held its inaugural meeting in Sydney.
In spite of foul weather, the NRL Grand Final and a holiday weekend, more than 100 interested community members turned up at Bondi’s Central Synagogue to listen to Dr Ron Weiser, an honorary Life President of the Zionist Council of NSW and AIJAC’s Jeremy Jones. Both speakers agreed that Israel has never been in a stronger position than it is today and said that the “moral majority” of the word’s nations are strong supporters.
In his opening speech, AFASI’s president Danny Ginges said: “Our group was formed out of concern about the growing attempts to delegitimise the State of Israel. Not just by the extremist fringes, but by elements of the political party that currently holds the balance of power in this country. Not just by radical followers of Islam and the church, but by members of our own faith.
My late father in law, David Hakim, was born in Egypt. He once told me about an incident that happened to him on the streets of Cairo not long after Israel proclaimed its statehood. He was recognized as a Jew and was set upon by a large angry mob. Luckily he had the good sense to put his back against a wall, so that only one or two people could attack him at a time. That wall saved his life.
We too are under attack from all sides. So what is the wall that will protect our backs? …
We are that wall. Our history. Our sense of identity. Our values. Our common cause: the right to exist as a free people in our own land.
We are a capable and resourceful people.
We have shown time and again that when we stand together, we can face any adversity.
But not when our backs are exposed. Not when there are holes in our wall. And there are holes. Gaping holes.
The Jews who support the Global BDS.
Who stand outside Max Brenner and accuse Israel of apartheid and genocide. Who call for a renewed intifada.
The Israeli NGO’s who provided 92% of the material used in the damaging and grossly untrue Goldstone Report. Who organize litigation in Holland, England, The US, Spain and New Zealand against IDF officers for war crimes, and are funded by the same Arab organizations that support Hamas, and the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.
Our enemies are using disinformation to divide us and destroy us. We need to fight back with knowledge an understanding.
If we don’t know the truth, we can’t fight the lies.
On November 29, 1947, the newly formed United Nations was instrumental in the creation of the State of Israel.
It’s been a downhill ride ever since.
To quote from Netanyahu’s UN speech just over a week ago, Israel has been ‘singled out for condemnation by the UN General assembly more often than all of the nations of the world combined’. The attacks continue as we speak.”