Senator authorises pro-Palestinian poster

May 17, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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A Pro-Palestinian poster advertising a Nakba Day rally was “authorised and printed” by Senator Lee Rhiannon together with leaflets distributed at the event.

Senator Lee Rhiannon at the rally

Senator Lee Rhiannon at the rally

The Nakba day rally was held in Sydney at the Town Hall at which NSW Greens Senator Rhiannon addressed the small crowd saying “the great crime of the 20th century is now the great crime of the 21st century – that is the Nakba. It started in 1948, it’s the longest military occupation in history.”

Peter Slezak at the rally

Peter Slezak at the rally

Senator Rhiannon has confirmed that she used parliamentary funds to finance the banners and leaflets for the rally.

By dating the ‘occupation’ to 1948, Rhiannon is saying that the whole of Israel is under occupation. Dating ‘the occupation’ to 1948 is a denial that Israel is a legitimate state.

Following comments by the rally’s MC that Israel has “Judaised our villages, our culture, our land”, Lee Rhiannon said: “the great crime of the 20th century is now the great crime of the 21st century – that is the Nakba. It started in 1948, it’s the longest military occupation in history.”

Julie Nathan attended the rally and told J-Wire that Senator Rhiannon had spoken of going to Lebanon and of the situation there for Palestinians. “There are 1.5 million Palestinians in refugee camps in Lebanon. They are not allowed to work, not allowed to build, have no electricity, have no water. They are living under the most appalling situation because Israel dispossessed them. … Join the Greens campaign to end military ties with Israel.”

From the river to the sea

From the river to the sea

Nathan added that Sydney professor Peter Slezak had told the gathering: “I represent APAN, the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, the largest umbrella group for Palestine in Australia. APAN has now come out in support of BDS. There are flyers and sticking going around, go onto the website on your mobile phone, email a letter to your MP. I vote Palestine.”

A participant in the rally was photographed holding a poster condemning “ROTHSCHILD ZIONISM”. The Rothschilds are a banking family of Jewish background, whom antisemites routinely refer to as ‘proof’ that Jews control the world’s money, media and politics.

Rothschild reference

Rothschild reference

Another poster at the rally drew an obscene analogy between the State of Israel and Nazi Germany – “ONE HOLOCAUST DOESN’T JUSTIFY ANOTHER.” The anti-Israel campaigners have worked out that Holocaust denial isn’t credible, so instead they try to dilute the legacy of the Holocaust by calling every tragedy a ‘Holocaust’.

Robust discussion of the conflict and its human impact on both Israelis and Palestinians is completely legitimate and required for any peaceful resolution. However equating a war between two armed groups to the systematic, industrial-scale murder of millions of unarmed Jews by Nazi Germany is an insult not only to historical truth but also to the Jewish survivors.


National Chairperson of AUJS Michael Fisher said: “We do not challenge the rights of individuals to attend these rallies, nor do we seek to stifle legitimate discussion of the conflict. However, much of the discourse at these rallies is not legitimate debate. Instead, it lays bare the unabashed hatred of Jews that has descended like a plague on the anti-Israel movement. Furthermore, it demonstrates that though these protestors speak of peace and justice, it is clearly a rhetorical smokescreen for their hatred, which is at the heart of their activism.

We call on Senator Rhiannon, the Socialist Alternative, the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network and Students for Palestine to publicly dissociate themselves from, and condemn, the many manifestations of antisemitism at the rallies they have supported. Sadly, the importation of anti-Jewish slurs into the anti-Israel discourse has created a toxic atmosphere on Australian campuses and serves to threaten and marginalise Jewish students.

It is time for the national leaders of the anti-Israel movement to either reject the antisemitism in their midst or to accept responsibility for it.”

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported that Senator Rhiannon had printed the posters and leaflets using taxpayers’ funds.  The paper added that “senators are allowed $103,000 for taxpayer-funded printing and communications related to their parliamentary and electoral duties.”

The actual wording of the directive about the Printing and Communications Entitlement:

Senators and Members are provided with a printing and communications entitlement to:

  • support their role as members of the Australian Parliament; and
  • to help them communicate with members of the public in relation to their duties as elected representatives.

Notated among the restrictions is the direction “the material must be for parliamentary or electorate purposes”.

ZFA president Dr. Danny Lamm said, “The Australian Greens have been unable to shake their reputation for being the go-to party for anti-Israel sentiment and behaviour. At first it was on a “discreet” local level and over the years it has it has seeped into Federal politics, particularly from Senator Rhiannon and her support for the blatantly antisemitic BDS campaign. Her presence at pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli rallies over the past few years has shown how the line between anti-Israel sentiment and antisemitism is blurred.


The fact that tax-payers money was used to print flyers for this latest rally against a staunch ally of this country is not only an outrageous misuse of funds, but also beggars the question, what else is she using taxpayers money to fund?”



oster advertising the rally authorised by Senator Rhiannon

Poster advertising the rally authorised by Senator Rhiannon

Leaflets distributed at the rally some bearing authorisation from Senator Rhiannon.






6 Responses to “Senator authorises pro-Palestinian poster”
  1. Geoff Pahoff says:

    Jews and others who believe in human rights and dignity have no business being members or supporters of the Australian Greens.

  2. harry rich says:

    Ms. Rhiannon came to the attention of Australians when she advocated that the Marrickville Municipal Council should adopt BDS in regards to Israel.
    This lady is a conspicuous MP in the Labor Party. The Greens have used their taxpayers allowances to print the anti Israel propaganda. This is just to emphasize whom we should avoid voting for in the coming election

    I think that writing interesting and instructive articles in J Wire alone are really not enough to counteract this poison which is being injected into the Australian public.

    If the Telegraph will print Ms Rhiannon.s and the Greens,s efforts they may just print the fact that Rhiannon’s propaganda is a lie from beginning to the end, starting with the lie that Apartheit commenced in 1948 with the establishment of the State of Israel not by force but by decree of members of the League of Nations and that the Palestinians who fled, never had a state, never had biblical attachment to the land and must be the only people who live in so called “Refugee Camps” for over 60 years being well funded, helped to attack the new State in the first war and the next and
    the next and spread their poison to this day.

  3. Gerrard Friedlander says:

    I hope Aussies are aware that they are settled in a country that previously was inhabited by indigenous Aboriginals, and they did terrible things to settle there! History is full of peoples whose rights have been usurped by ‘colonialists’ taking over someone else’s lands, regardless of whether they have evidence that the land is theirs. Nz. is similar, so how far back must we go to claim something is yours? Or to suggest they have to go back to wherte they came from!

    • Marta Mikey Frid says:

      Sorry Gerrard but this is the wrong analogy. Israel never occupied other people’s land…unless, of course you are talking about the Canaanites’ land. And where are they now? Palestine was always a Hebrew/Israel/Jewish land, if not from Moses’ times, surely from Kind David’s time.

  4. Marta Mikey Frid says:

    Was there anti-Semitism before the establishment of the State of Israel or not??? And if there was, why to claim that with the destruction of Israel anti-semitism will disappear? Was there a PLO whose aim was to liberate the so-called Israeli occupation of Palestine lands before 1967 or not?
    Will the Palestine leadership ever be willing to relinquish the greatest source of income ever manufactured by claiming victimhood at the expense of Israel as their invented but convenient enemy ? Will all the good-doers benefiting from such a state of affairs ever be happy without this valve for releasing their unresolved anger?
    Please no bellicosity, just answers, and please cogent ones.

  5. Henry Herzog says:

    And when (it will never happen)Palestine is from the river to the sea, what will happen to the some 7 million Jews in Israel. “One Holocaust doesn’t justify another”, indeed. The only other Holocaust These anti-Semitic, anti-Israel creeps have in mind is that of Israel. And it will never, ever happen.

    There needs to be a Senate enquiry on how Rhiannon gets to spend our money for her anti-Semitic rallies.

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