Prisoner “X” and the effect on Jewish Australians
I wanted to raise some strong responses to the charges of ‘Dual Loyalty’ made against the Australian Jewish community. For perhaps the most ugly outcome of the tragedy of Prisoner X – Ben Zygier affair is the exploitation of this issue by the usual suspects to denigrate Israel and the Australian Jewish community…writes Michael Danby.
Given the official ethos of multiculturalism, no other Australian minority would have been so savagely disrespected by various academic and media commentators, including angry Arab spokesman Joseph Wakim, Professor Ben Saul of The Age, the International Affairs Editor of the Financial Review Tony Walker (AFR 23/2/2013) (Yasser Arafat’s Biographer).
However, the most vile of all the divided loyalty allegations was broadcasted by ABC presenter Elizabeth Jackson on her AM program on Saturday February 16th with her guest Anthony Lowenstein (from the telephone box group AIJV). Like Eva Cox, the feminist who (though unaffiliated with any Australian Jewish organisation), used last Monday’s QandA (see below) to gratuitously attack Israel. The ABC seems to specialise in selecting Uncle Tom’s like Cox and Lowenstein who without any community affiliation use their ‘Jewish’ background as a platform to enhance their credibility to attack the values of the vast bulk of the Australian Jewish Community. I will be writing to all members of the ABC board about this ABC habit of using apologists to discuss issues related to the Australian Jewish community.
Some redress to this bias appeared in the Director of the Sydney Institute, Dr Gerard Henderson’s recent weekly “Media Watch Dog” which examines the prejudice of Wakim, Walker, Saul and Lowenstein and their claims of “Dual Loyalty” - Click here. On SKY news’s“The Contrarians” I commented on this tragic story of Mr Zygier. Why the real threat to Australia, of Sydney based Shia and Sunni extremists slipping in and out of Syria and back to Australia was not getting more reportage was one of the issue of context raised. Whereas, as I argued on Skynews, non issues of Australian sovereignty, which critics like Walker argue seem to be ‘emerging’ from the Prisoner X case, are instead receiving excessive coverage.
Danby Added: “When Tony Walker, who should know better, raised this issue, he should have rememberd Sir John Monash who lead the five divisions which turned the tide of the First World War. Perhaps Walker could make these allegations against Sir John Monash who was the first president of the Zionist Federation of Australia. The allegations must be extremely hurtful for the parents of Greg Sher who gave his life serving in the Australian army in Afghanistan…and the million Australians who currently live overseas.”
George Dreyfus – Free Concert
PS: Composer George Dreyfus will be giving a free orchestral performance at the St Kilda Town Hall on Sunday March 10th at 3pm. The concert titled “Dreyfus, Dreyfus, Dreyfus” combines ‘the songs of the day’ with Dreyfus’s own most-loved pieces. The show is devoted to Dreyfus’s namesake Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jew who was persecuted in the late 18th Century. Please email George if you wish to attend firstname.lastname@example.org.
QandA Monaday 25th February
TONY JONES: Eva Cox?
EVA COX: Well, I don’t think they are held to a double standard because I think that this particular issue hasn’t arisen up in this particular way. There’s another Australian connection I think we need to remember, which is the Mordechai Vanunu affair many years ago, where he lived in Australia and then was kidnapped by Mossad and disappeared into the system. He was not an Australian citizen. I think what this sets up…
TONY JONES: And he wasn’t kidnapped from Australia either.
EVA COX: No, he was overseas by that stage, which is another issue. But, I mean, I think what it raises for me is the much bigger issue, and it goes to the point you’re making, which is that Israel is losing a lot of its legitimacy by involving itself I know it’s under threat, I’m a, you know, a Holocaust survivor in that sort of sense. I know all of those things but I do think that if Israel intends to survive its ability to be open and not to lock people up in jails, not to hide people, not to hide what they’re doing, really raises serious questions about Israeli democracy and about the openness of the Israeli government. I mean, one of the things they keep running is saying, “But we’re the only democracy in the Middle East.” But, I mean, when they behave like this, put people in jail, you can’t find out what they’re in jail for, regardless of whether they’re an Australian citizen or not, and there’s no information sort of flowing onto the outside it raises, for me, some serious questions about the legitimacy of the claims to be a democracy that Israel puts up.