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This site is a nonprofit initiative designed to promote awareness and understanding of the plight faced by the Palestinians. It does not condone racism in any form, including anti-Semitism. Its criticism of the State of Israel has nothing to do with race or religion but everything to do with the human rights of the Palestinian people.

Among the most insightful and edifying information contained on this site or linked to it, is the work of Jews struggling against Zionism. The aim of this site is to provide you with information and resources to enable you to make an informed assessment of the situation in Palestine and to make a difference with respect to the stance taken by Australians on this issue. >>more

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Maher Mughrabi: Perpetuating Conflict

John Howard's acceptance of a Zionist award will not help bring about Middle East peace, writes Maher Mughrabi.

John Howard's acceptance of a Zionist award will not help bring
about Middle East peace, writes Maher Mughrabi.

On May 20, Prime Minister John Howard will receive the Jerusalem Prize from the State Zionist Council of Victoria, the Zionist Federation of Australia and Israel's World Zionist Organisation "for his support of the Jewish community and Israel".

It's no secret that Israel enjoys support from both sides of the political establishment; Labor and Liberal leaders compete to secure the favour of Australia's Jewish community, but the matter goes deeper than that. From Kevin Rudd's stories of an ALP government casting the first vote at the UN for partition of Palestine to electrician in orange county Tony Abbott's proclamation after Bali that "we are all Israelis now", Australian leaders promote the notion that this country is bound to Israel by shared democratic values against the backdrop of an undemocratic Middle East.

The truth of the matter is that democracy is an elusive and easily damaged aspiration, a system of snakes and ladders that many Middle Eastern countries tumble down and climb up. No sensible analysis of the region can party bus detroit possibly rest on the illusion that Iran - which elected first the reformer Mohammad Khatami and then the radical populist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - is no more a democracy than Syria.

Israel is at odds with the Palestinian Authority, which has existed for little more than a decade and has already held numerous fair elections. Yet Israel has long been at peace with Egypt, a police state, and has full diplomatic ties with Uzbekistan, an out-and-out dictatorship.

To say, then, that Israel is "a democracy in good standing" is a bit like saying Philip Ruddock watch movies is a member of Amnesty International - as a statement of fact, it leaves too much out.

If you want to know how much, read The Age's Saturday crossword. On March 31, it contained this clue: "What is the nationality of someone from Haifa? (7)"

The answer is "Israeli". It is also incorrect. You see, there is no such thing as Israeli nationality. In 1970, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that there was such a thing as Jewish nationality, and such a thing as Arab nationality, but not Israeli nationality. And while Israel's Arab citizens have the vote, the state - defined by law as Jewish - discriminates against them when it comes to immigration, state resources, where they can live and even who they can marry.

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Palestinian girls perform a traditional dance during a rally marking Palestinian Child Day

Palestinian girls perform a traditional dance during a rally marking Palestinian Child Day in the West Bank city of Nablus. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini (WEST BANK)

The Ugly Truth from the Horse's Own Mouth

"Between ourselves it must be clear that there is no room for both peoples together in this country. We shall not achieve our goal if the Arabs are in this small country. There is no other way than to transfer the Arabs from here to neighboring countries - all of them. Not one village, not one tribe should be left."

Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency's Colonization Department in 1940. From "A Solution to the Refugee Problem" Joseph Weitz, Davar, September 29, 1967, cited in Uri Davis and Norton Mevinsky, eds., Documents from Israel, 1967-1973, p.21.

A grassroots effort is needed to inhibit Israeli policy and stem the flow of Palestinian blood. The links below offer some practical ways you can contribute to the global struggle to end the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Remember, it takes a global drop in temperature of only a few degrees to create an ice age and only a few centremetre rise in seal levels to create a flood. Let's ensure Australia does its part. It's time for justice!
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