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What we were talking about this week…

UNHRC, Israel and Australia


Last Friday, the UN Human Rights Council voted to establish an investigation into Palestinian deaths during protests along the Gaza border. The council also condemned “the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians.”

Shamefully, 29 countries voted in favour of this incredibly biased resolution, and 14 countries abstained. Australia and the US stood alone in opposing the decision. They were the only two countries who stood by Israel’s right to defend its borders and its citizens while the rest essentially chose to side with Hamas terrorists.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the decision and the UNHRC itself saying “There is nothing new under the sun. An organization that calls itself a council for human rights has once again proven that it is hypocritical and biased [and its] purpose is to harm Israel and support terror… Israel completely rejects the resolution that was adopted by an automatic anti-Israel majority whose results were known from the start. Israel will continue to defend its citizens and soldiers as it has the right to defend itself.”

So if this investigation is going to go ahead, I would like to submit FOUR testimonies to the independent inquiry.

1. Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar telling the mob around him, “take down [the Israeli] border and tear out their hearts from their bodies.”

2. senior Hamas official, co-founder and foreign minister, Mahmoud Al-Zahhar telling an interviewer how Hamas uses its weaponry to carry out its aims, saying, “so when we talk about ‘peaceful resistance’, we are deceiving the public”.

3. Hamas Politburo member Salah Bardaweil saying that during the protest last week “50 of the 62 martyrs were Hamas.”

4. A Gazan who was apprehended by Israelis forces trying to infiltrate the border telling the IDF exactly how much control Hamas has over the people and how they encouraged women and children to go to the front to capture headlines.

They can start with that and then come back to me for more if they wish.

But I suppose I am only dreaming because in reality, the findings will already be skewed against Israel and there is no way they will conclude that Hamas had an enormous role to play in the events that took place along the Gazan border.

Shame on the UN. And shame on the 29 countries that voted in favour of Hamas.

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Read ZFA President Dr. Danny Lamm AM’s statement thanking the Australian government for voting against the resolution

Meanwhile, Colonel Richard Kemp delivered a brilliant speech at the UNHRC where he slammed the vote as well as the lies told by a number of countries while they had the floor. He declared, “I ask every country in this Council: You have all been telling us that Israel should have reacted differently. But how would you respond if a Jihadist terror group sent thousands to flood your borders, and gunmen to massacre your communities?

Your failure to admit that Hamas is responsible for every drop of blood spilt on the Gaza border encourages their violence and use of human shields. It makes you complicit in further bloodshed.”

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Dutch parody of Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai’s song “Toy” anti-Israel and anti-Semitic


Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of satire, but this parody of Netta’s Eurovision winning song “Toy” on a public broadcasting channel in Holland was not just anti-Israel but had massive overtones of anti-Semitism.

With lyrics such as:
“Look at me, I am such a cute country,
World leaders all eat out of my hand
I make all fires disappear with a kiss,
We are having a party, you wanna come?
Soon in the Al-Aqsa mosque, which will soon be empty
From Haifa to the Dead Sea, there is kosher food and drink
So come and dance with me.

Is your country surrounded by rock-throwers?
Build walls like Trump dreams about at night and fire rockets at them

Look how wonderfully I fire explosives
Again, Israel is winning
70 years of this celebration is continuing, look how wonderful it is.
I won’t allow Palestinians to enter
I am a tough dog who chases Palestinians
This is my party and this is my time to shine

Was your party ruined by extremists?
Open another embassy and make more dollars and cents.”

And the worst part, the chorus which went like this: “with your ka-ching, ka-ching and your ping-a-ping, with your dollars and cents and your funds, with your ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching.”

Really? Jews and money? At least try something a little more original than classic anti-Semitism.

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Zionist Federation of New Zealand in the media


When it comes to Israel, the media and public perception, our friends in New Zealand have it much tougher than we do. While Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull placed the blame squarely on Hamas, who he accused of “pushing people to the border. In that conflict zone, you’re basically pushing people into circumstances where they are very likely to be shot at.” Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned Israel called last week’s events a “devastating one-sided loss of life”.

Zionist Federation of New Zealand President Rob Berg responded, wondering “how many Israeli deaths would have prevented her recrimination”?

Read his fantastic Op-Ed entitled “Israel right to defend itself against Hamas terrorist attack in Gaza
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Embassies in Jerusalem

Last week, Dr. Danny Lamm AM sent a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, on the issue of moving the Australian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Dear Prime Minister,

I write in reference to an issue that is very close to my heart – the location of Australia’s Embassy in Israel. I am asking to you to seriously consider moving Australia’s Embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital.
I can appreciate that there is sensitivity around this issue, but it need not be that way.

Jerusalem is and always has been the beating heart of the Jewish people; it has been the capital of the Jewish nation for over 3,000 years. The Israel government functions from Jerusalem, the courts rule from there. The Prime Minister, your friend Benjamin Netanyahu, resides in Jerusalem.

Every sovereign nation should have the right to define where their capital is. As it currently stands, 124 countries around the world are involved in some sort of territorial dispute, and yet 123 of them still choose their own capitals.

Moving Australia’s Embassy to Jerusalem will simply right a historical wrong.

In light of the US Embassy opening on Monday, the Guatemalan Embassy on Wednesday and Paraguay by the end of the month, I urge you to reconsider this issue. I think of Australia as a leader in ethical and moral behaviour, and I believe that we should also be seen as leaders in correcting a wrong.

For your government to champion such a move, to lead what we would hope would be a motion supported from both sides of parliament, would reaffirm your strong commitment to the State of Israel, its sovereignty, its democracy and the values we share.

Kind regards,

Dr. Danny Lamm AM

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Op-Ed, page 3 of the Australian Jewish News (17/9):

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Welcome to Jerusalem, United States, Guatemala and Paraguay!

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Bob Carr puts in his two cents on Gaza

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Former Foreign Minister Bob Carr appeared on Sky News Australia this week and had a few things to say about Israel’s conduct on the Gazan border as well as recognition of a Palestinian State.

Hey Bob Carr! I am just wondering what you mean when when you declared that Israel’s conduct makes “inevitable the passage of a motion [at the National Labor Conference] that says an incoming Labor Government will recognise Palestine”?

Do you mean to say that the Labor Party should recognise a Palestinian State run by the terrorists of Hamas? Or one run by the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas, who has now entered his 14th year of a four year term as President, and who proved himself unfit to lead the people after his vile anti-Semitic speech a few weeks back?

Do you mean to tell us that by defending their borders and their citizens, the IDF has made it inevitable that you will recognise a State in which its leaders say, on record, that “when we talk about a ‘peaceful resistance’ we are deceiving the public”?

What a disgraceful worldview. Rewarding those that threaten to rip out Israeli hearts from their bodies, while accusing the other side of committing war crimes. You would think a former Foreign Minister might have a better grasp of international law?

Mr Carr, I would have suggested that perhaps you head over to the Gaza border on a Friday and see for yourself just how “peaceful” these demonstrations are, but I am not sure that any of the airlines that fly to Israel provide pyjamas. And we’d hate for you to have to lie, or tell lies, in your suit.

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Keep up to date…

We have been incredibly busy responding to the various issues in the media. You can catch up on our latest statements on the ZFA website. In the meantime, please read the most recent: