‘Keep NSW Safe’ a smokescreen to silence Israel criticisms
So apparently the ‘Keep NSW Safe’ Coalition is not happy Jan about the NSW government quietly shelving plans to make amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Act (https://goo.gl/3z2dHz). The Keep NSW Safe initiative (http://www.keepnswsafe.com/) was started and headed (and is spoken for largely) by Vic Alhadeff and the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies – although the framing of it was as a neutral broad-base community platform.
I’m not sure what’s worse about this whole saga. Is it that:
A. A Zionist Organisation, which carries water for the most brutally violent occupation of our age (‘Israel’), is leading an initiative against violence. For the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies bombing civilians, blowing up hospitals and killing children is fine in the Middle East but incitement to violence is not okay in multicultural Australia. Or that…
B. So many representative bodies of ethnic communities think that the way to secure protection is legislation. Have they learnt nothing from the ‘war on terror’? The law is a tool in the hands of the state that is uses to further its political agendas. It’s particularly silly to want to give the state a clause that prohibits ‘recklessly inciting violence’, so it can define something as subjective as ‘recklessness’ as it wants. Or that…
C. Muslims organisations like the Australian National Imams Council and the MWA Australia got on board in spite of A and B. Imagine having a Zionist bigot like Vic Alhadeff speak on your behalf! Recall that Vic is the guy who explicitly defended the Israeli aggression in Gaza in 2014 after over 1000 people had been killed there.
The fact of the matter is that the sought legislative amendment is not only futile as a strategy but also not well thought out in terms of unintended repercussions. The current legislation (section 20D) already caters for prohibiting incitements to violence of the basis of race.
What local Zionist bodies actually want (and what they’re using other community organisations for) is to silence criticism of ‘Israel’ under the cover of anti-Semitism. This is an old and consistent lowly strategy of theirs. The proof of this is that the only example Keep NSW Safe can offer – the one which led to this campaign and the only one Vic Alhadeff has been parroting in his media appearance – is an instance of criticism of Israeli aggression on Gaza at a protest following this aggression. This entire context is left out in order to cry wolf and claim anti-Semitism.
Uthman Badar is a student of Islamic sciences, philosophy and a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia.
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