Danby tells parliament of Israel’s right to defend itself

September 14, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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Speaking on the anniversary of 9/11 Michael Danby MP spoke in parliament supporting a motion that supports Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism and calls on the Palestinian Authority to cease its support of terrorist activities and make efforts towards peace.

Michael Danby in parliament

Danby said: “The issue of Israel defending its citizens against terrorist attacks by individuals or organisations would seem to be self-evidently sensible, but it affects the safety of people around the world because, of course, we all know that defending our populations against terrorism is indivisible in these days.

The jihadist threat that is around the world doesn’t exist just in Marseille or in parts of Marawi in the Philippines. It exists all over the world, and we need to confront it wherever it exists. Of course, from the point of view of equality and fairness, if a third of car rammings in the world are in Israel, we need to know this. It’s a shame we don’t, but the pioneering of jihadist violence against publics around the world often begins in Israel. What happens there is of great relevance all around the world.

Former Treasurer Wayne Swan and current Shadow Immigration Minister Shayne Neumann join the Hon Michael Danby MP at Max Brenner’s for a hot chocolate sit in with the Jewish Community

We’ve seen the Palestinian Authority continue inciting its population over the last 10 years, a period where there should have been negotiations. Most people don’t understand what that means. These jihadists terrorists are not unique in their methods. The car rammings, the stabbings et cetera that we’ve seen—we saw a terrible one recently where at a Sabbath Friday evening meal an 18-year-old terrorist came into the house of a person who was having a ceremony for the welcoming of their grandson and stabbed three of the family to death. The odious thing about this, as the member for Fadden pointed out, is that the Palestinian Authority pays incentives, usually from international relief funds that they get, to people and their families who are involved in these things. If they get killed, the family gets the pension. If not, they do. It’s estimated that a third of the PA’s budget is spent on these odious pensions to terrorists or their families. And of course this only encourages— incentivises—people to do these kind of things. It’s an absolute shame.

This resolution also has an important point about acknowledging the Jewish connection with the holy sites in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel. Recently UNESCO, to its eternal shame, classified the Old City of Jerusalem as a Muslim site only. For the great city of Jerusalem we have to respect all of the great Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. But history doesn’t change because of a bunch of countries that make these ridiculous decisions in Geneva.

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem existed 600 years before the forming of Islam. So it’s absolutely and self-evidently crazy for UNESCO to decree the city which Christianity and Judaism have as their holy city as a solely Islamic city without acknowledging the affinity which that

Premier Dan Andrews, Vic Attorney General Martin Pakula, and Senior Minister Martin Foley join the Hon Michael Danby MP for an anti-BDS hot chocolate sit in at Max Brenner’s

place existed with long before those days.

Let me conclude with some points on the BDS. The founder of the BDS, Omar Barghouti, makes it very clear that the aim of this program is not—not—to change this or that Israeli policy. He makes it clear that the aim of the BDS is to replace, to eliminate, Israel ‘from the river to the sea’, as the extremists say. So this is not only aesthetically revolting and politically revolting, we have in the leaflets of this BDS movement that Estee Lauder and Vidal Sassoon should be boycotted. What do Estee Lauder and Vidal Sassoon have in common with a political campaign against Israel? They don’t have anything in common with it. They’re Jewish firms that are international. Both happen to be in the cosmetic area.

It’s outrageous: it’s a perpetuation of the 1930s for this movement to continue that kind of behaviour. I pay tribute to some of my colleagues, Wayne Swan, Kevin Rudd, Premier Andrews and David Feeney, who all joined me at anti-BDS sit-ins at the chocolate shops all around Australia, Max Brenner.”


2 Responses to “Danby tells parliament of Israel’s right to defend itself”
  1. Leon Poddebsky says:

    Can we attribute to the influence of global warming the assertion that was made by a former senior Australian cabinet minister to the effect that ” Israel is Judaising that great Arab city of Jerusalem”?

    Did the same influence also cause that minister to condemn legal pro-Israeli efforts made by Australian citizens who are Jews, in a fashion that clearly implied an orientation that is contrary to Jewish emancipation?

    Or was it a different influence?

  2. Erica edelman says:

    There are millions of jewish (and non Jewish) supporters
    Of PEACE all around the world with this same message!
    What are the EU, UN and all it’s agencies, Germany
    Belgium, Scandinavian and eastern bloc countries doing about
    PEACE in the Middle East?
    What is the whole of Asia CONTRIBUTING to peace?
    What is the White House administration doing that
    What is EVERY European Parliament doing that
    What are the MORE MODERATE Arab countries
    Doing that is INSIGHTFUL and HEROIC?
    The answer to all these questions would be : NOTHING!
    What is the world waiting for?
    Has anyone been watching any of the relevant futuristic
    Programming on our screens?
    Time to change the course of history for we are headed
    For a huge disaster!

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