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October 11, 2003

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The Sharon Wall (Khaldoun Gaharaybeh, Al-Ra'i, 10/8/03).

That image will be seen as anti-Israel in Australia since it points the finger at the current Sharon Government. Australia pretty much lines up behind the US and Israel in relation to the Middle East.

The consequence is that the UN is deemed to be part of the problem not the solution. Or having symapthy for the Palestinians, being critical of 'the Palestinains are terrorists' or questionign the assumption that Palestinian terrorism gives Israel the right to do whatever it pleases is seen to be biased. In contrast, a pro-Israeli perspective is not seen to be biased. Israeli is represented as good oppopsing the evil of the Palestinians.

The Israeli-Palestinian politics is currently being played out in Australia in terms of a national inflexion. Australian Jewish leaders are opposing the NSW Premier Bob Carr's proposal to present Palestinian activist Dr Hanan Ashrawi with the Sydney Peace Prize next month. Dr Hanan Ashrawi, a human rights activist, is seen to be the voice that legitimates terror.
Update
A decription of the politics involved can be found here.

Let me speak plainly in the face of this one sided distortion. The impact of the Sharon Wall is to confiscate more Palestinian land, isolate Palestinian communities from one another and sap their social and economic viability. It's an apartheid wall constructed by a colonial power.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 3:45 PM | | Comments (0)
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