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An Australian Unionist or a Zionist Propaganda
By Asem Judeh
Al-Jazeerah, ccun.org, March 29, 2010
The extraordinary anti-Palestinian tirade in the Daily Telegraph
from Paul Howes, federal secretary of the Australian
Workers Union raises questions about who Howes is working for, says
Asem Judeh, human rights activist and Israeli Terrorism Monitor founder.
"Is he a unionist or a Zionist propagandist?”
asks Judeh. “The sight of him rubbing his hands with glee at Mossad’s
extra-judicial killing of a Palestinian, which involved using false
passports from Australia and other countries, is sickening.
What exactly are his political affiliations, and what
prompted him to say such things when even pro-Israel politicians in
Australia, America and Britain are outraged by what has happened?"
Judeh says questions should be asked by the union movement about Howes’
political links. He says there is no place in the union movement for
excessive support of Israel when it is engaging in acts of apartheid, ethnic
cleansing and the bombing of civilian populations. “The union movement is
concerned with justice; no union leader can look on acts like the blockade
and subsequent bombing of Gaza and be unmoved.
“Yet here we have
Howes saying that the extra-judicial killing is “a positive outcome for
those who believe in peace and justice.” He dismisses the “liberal
conscience” – that is, anyone with a moral sense – as just weak thinking. He
says we should all be “proud” Australia is a friend of Israel. Is he “proud”
of the bombing of Gaza?
“He says Hamas is responsible for
undermining of the peace process? Even the White House has realized that
Israel has no intention of negotiation -- it has not negotiated for
years. He says Hamas has waged terror against Palestinians. What about the
terror that Israel has waged against the Palestinians? And why did Gazans
elect Hamas if it is so terrible?
“He talks about the “giant lie”
“they” (whoever “they” are) are “pushing”. What about the giant lies of
Israel? Israel has had 60 years to make peace with the Palestinians, and yet
Palestinians remain dispossessed, without a country, subject to ethnic
cleansing, military oppression, bombed. And apparently it is all their
fault. What could be a greater lie than that?
“He says anti-Israelis
are pushing propaganda. He is the one pushing propaganda. The reaction to
the passports issue has been muted, especially in Australia. Then of course
finally we get the references to Nazism, implying that Middle East Muslims
and Hitler are somehow alike. How is this not racist? We can all see who the
fascists and the racists are – and it is not the Palestinians.”
Judeh says the conclusion is clear. Howes has strong Zionist connections,
and is trying to put propaganda into the public arena to defend those
interests. “It is time questions were asked,” says Judeh. “Who exactly is
Howes affiliated with and working for? And what does this have to do with
unionism? This is not just a passing political comment, it is far too biased
and extreme for that.”
Secretary, Paul Howes, racist and warmongering Op-Ed opinion piece. The
Sunday Telegraph, March 7th, 2010: ‘Dubai killing strikes blow for decency’