Danby adds his voice

October 30, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
Read on for article

Federal Labor MP Michael Danby has added his voice to his Leaders following the pro BDS speech by Fremantle Labor MP Melissa Parke in parliament this week.


Michael Danby

Michael Danby

Michael Danby, the Labor member for Melbourne Ports and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition said ‘the Labor Party opposes the BDS campaign. The Leader of the Opposition, the Honourable Bill Shorten, has repeatedly reaffirmed this position.

‘In a speech to the Zionist Federation of Australia on 30 March he stated “I also want to register my profound opposition to those promoting an anti-Israel boycott.  I reject it.  It has no place in our universities and it has no place in the commercial marketplace. I stand for engagement with Israel at every level”. Peace in the Middle East will only be achieved by the parties negotiating a mutually equitable outcome. Labor does not regard the BDS campaign as contributing to this outcome.

Michael Danby, the federal member for Melbourne Ports said ‘Melissa Parke is a maverick. Her views represent no one except her own. Anthony Albanese, the leader of the ALP’s left, led a campaign of opposition to the BDS together with his wife Carmel when they faced down the Green political party at the recent NSW State election. Danby said ‘the BDS movement is not an opposition to settlements, it’s an opposition to Israel’s existence.’

Can I remind you that the founder of the BDS movement, Omar Barghouti, has said on a number of occasions that he wants an end to the Jewish state. His BDS movement is not an opposition to settlements, it’s an opposition to Israel’s existence.

Omar Barghouti:  ‘Going back to a two-state solution, beside having passed its expiry date, it was never a moral solution to start with.’ … ‘Good riddance. The two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is finally dead. But someone has to issue an official death certificate before the rotting corpse is given a proper burial and we can move onto a unitary state where, by definition, Jews will be a minority.’

Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek said: “We don’t support it at all. And we think it’s a very clumsy way of making a point, frankly.”

Executive Director of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry Peter Wertheim told J-Wire: “Not even Lee Rhiannon was prepared to present the BDS petition to the Federal parliament when she was asked to do so in August [scroll down below].  But it seems that Melissa Parke has become even more extreme in her anti-Israel views than Lee Rhiannon.  She has also foolishly quoted ex-UN official Richard Falk in support of her position.  Falk is primarily known as a fringe “9/11 conspiracy theorist”, and has been widely denounced, including by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, for vile comments blaming the Boston terrorist attack on “the American global domination project” and “Tel Aviv.”  As noted by the British government’s Equality and Non-Discrimination Team, Falk’s recent writings are “resonant of the longstanding antisemitic practice of blaming Jews (through the State of Israel by proxy) for all that is wrong in the world.

Peter Wertheim

Peter Wertheim

No country is perfect but to condemn democratic States like Israel and Australia with the “apartheid” tag is ludicrous, and an affront to those who suffered under the real thing in South Africa.

Every one of the parties represented in the Federal parliament and in the State or Territory parliaments supports Israel’s right to exist in peace and security, free from military and terrorist attacks and the threat of such attacks.  They all support a negotiated two-State solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. They have all rejected endorsement of the anti-Israel BDS campaign in their policy platforms, and leaders of the Coalition, Labor and the Greens have denounced BDS publicly more than once.    More importantly, despite criticisms of Israeli government policies and practices, whether well-founded or not, most Australians have shown no tolerance at all for the fringe groups that have picketed chocolate shops, university centres that try to censor Israeli academics or local councils that are inclined to spend rate-payers money on anti-Israel crusades.”

Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek have been right to publicly dissociate themselves and the ALP from Ms Parke’s ill-considered statements.


Parker’s speech can be read here



5 Responses to “Danby adds his voice”
  1. Kevin Herbert says:

    Agree 100% with Andrew Barak

  2. joe says:

    Adrian, forget about chocolates for a while. What are your thoughts about Syrians murdering tens of thousands of Arabs? Or the Islamic State’s mass ethnic cleranic murders and their beheadings?

  3. Adrian Jackson says:

    Mr Danby you very public campaign to help keep your local Max Brenner chocolate shop supported by the customer public has failed. The shop in Clarendon St, South Melbourne, which is within Melbourne Ports electorate, closed recently.

  4. Andrew Barak says:

    A much appreciated clarification. However there are no calls for the expulsion of Melissa Parke from Labor, or calls for her resignation. Given the gravity of her speech it is untenable for Mr Danby to remain in the Labor party alongside a colleague who is not held accountable for making such remarks in Parliament.

    • Otto Waldmann says:

      Yes, sure, almost done, no worries, alevai and 100% expected,…..but before all that, just remember, Michael Danby is FIRST a most loyal Labor Party apartchnik and anything else well after that. One may also assume that it’s taken Michael a tad longer to react because he needed approval from his Labor masters on what and if at all to say all that stuff ( not all that tuff anyway ).

Speak Your Mind

Comments received without a full name will not be considered
Email addresses are NEVER published! All comments are moderated. J-Wire will publish considered comments by people who provide a real name and email address. Comments that are abusive, rude, defamatory or which contain offensive language will not be published

Got something to say about this?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.