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Why ‘Queers against Israel’ is so Absurd

Posted by Atilla89 on August 29, 2009

I’ve recently started writing articles on a very small university paper under the heading of ‘International News’. Since I very rarely actually write anything here, I will start putting these up on the blog for you all to read.

It is common knowledge that every country around the world has its own set of problems. Some have big and serious problems such as Afghanistan, while others like Australia are quite well off. However, in late June in Toronto, Canada 180 protesters from “Queers Against Israeli Apartheid” (http://queersagainstapartheid.org/) marched in an attempt to “reignite Toronto’s queer community in the fight against apartheid”. Israel has many problems, some relating to security, others relating to the issue of the Palestinians. Naming your group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid draws attention to the dirty little secret in the Middle East, that is homosexuals are not welcome there. Except for Israel that it. The protest group echoes another similarly ridiculously named group, Queers for Palestine. Both groups ignore the fact that Israel is the most liberal country in the Middle East allowing anyone almost anyone who is prosecuted to find shelter within its borders. There is a reason why the Baha’I faith decided to move the remains of Bab from Iran to Haifa and it wasn’t for the view.

Some people on the fringe of both sides of politics will believe anything that you tell them about Israel or Jews. If you needed more evidence of blatant lies being printed about Israel look no further then the claim being put forward by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that Israeli soldiers kidnap Palestinians to steal their organs and sell them in the black market. Did I mention that Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt refused to apologise to Israel for this disgusting report. I think Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman got it right when he said “It is regrettable that the Swedish foreign ministry does not intervene when it comes to a blood libel against Jews, which reminds one of Sweden’s conduct during World War II when it also did not intervene.” It is these sorts of allegations and lies that regularly rise up around the world which then must be combated in the media as well as at university campuses.

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Posted in Antisemitism, Arabs, Europe, Islamism, Israel, Jews, Middle-East, Uni | 1 Comment »

Talk With Spokesperson For The Israeli Embassy In Australia

Posted by Atilla89 on May 27, 2008

So sorry about the large gap between posts, I have been very busy with work and the like. I have another big load of work coming up in the next few weeks so regular posting won’t be back for a while yet, here’s a few tasters just to let you know that I’ve not given up on this blog. Anyway, two really nice articles from FrontPage.

  1. Iraq Rising
  2. Behind the Israel-Syria Talks

Just to let you know, last Wednesday (May 21), I heard Mr Dor Shapira, spokesperson for the Israeli Embassy in Canberra discuss the future of Israel for the next 60 years. I didn’t really learn that much primary because he went into the history of Israel, of which I am quite versed. Interestingly, one the questions asked was (paraphrasing here), what sort of contingency plan is there if talks with Fatah don’t work out (or Fatah is taken over by Hamas)? Mr Shapira didn’t really have an answer for it. He went on about trying to keep Fatah going but eventually admitted that Israel would be in ‘deep shit’ if that happened. I myself asked the question what sort of chance is there for Israel and Syria making peace? The answer that I got was its not likely that peace would achieved, it is doubtful that Syria would want to cut its relations with Iran and all the other terrorist groups. He also mentioned that it was a kind of cycle, every three years or so there would be talks but no real action.

That’s pretty much all the exciting things that have happened to me this week, yay… Once again hopefully I will have some more posts for you all.

Posted in Arabs, Fatah, Hamas, Hizbullah, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Middle-East, Palestine, Syria, Terrorism, Uni | 1 Comment »

Liberal Club Canberra Trip

Posted by Atilla89 on May 18, 2008

I got back from Canberra two days ago from what was in my opinion, an awesome trip. I could give you an itinerary type account of what we did but that would probably bore you. The definite highlights of the trip was attending question time, attending the ALSF Alumni Cocktail Party with Senator The Hon. Eric Abetz, listening to Brendan Nelson give his Budget Reply speech and having breakfast with Alex Hawke MP (of Mitchell). Unfortunitely, I was only able to see Bronwyn Bishop MP (of Mackellar) for literally about 5 minutes, of which she did all the talking so I wasn’t able to ask her my question. Question time was an absolute blast as we saw Joe Hockey MP (of North Sydney) using alcopops as props in his speech. Alex Hawke was fun to talk to. He came to our table while we were eating to discuss the budget speech of (then) last night. We were discussing how Labor by pushing up taxes, even though we had a budget surplus, was going to be hurting everybody. We also talked about how there was a clear split amongst scientists on whether Global Warming was an acceptable theory, Tim Blair’s name was thrown around a bit.

We also went to the American Embassy where we were given a very short tour of the place. We also talked to 4 people who worked at the place, each one representing a different department of embassy. There was an economic, political, military and front office representative. They briefly talked about what they did and then we asked a few questions. After the visit was concluded we all started to walk back to our cars when I suddenly noticed the Israeli embassy. I jogged to the the sign that said “Israeli Embassy” and got a photo with me in front of it. Then I tried to get a photo with me outside the front gates only to be told quite suddenly by some nearby AFP to clear off immediately.

As for the budget reply speech, personally I think it was a very nice speech. Nelson has definitely bought some more time for himself, I think he will stay on till at least the end of the year. The speech itself was for me an 8.5/10. Obviously it was not the most inspired of deliveries, however there was a few great points such as the line “Watching petrol prices does not bring them down.” Overall I had a great time and I have a couple of photos for you below (most of the photos that I took had my face or somebody else’s face in it).

Senator The Hon. Eric Abetz giving a speech to ASLF Alumni

Back Of Old Parliament House

Front Of The American Embassy

Posted in ALP, Australian Politics, LPA, Uni | 3 Comments »

Liberal Club 2008 Canberra Trip

Posted by Atilla89 on May 14, 2008

Tomorrow I will be heading off with a dozen members of the Liberal Club to Canberra where we will meet with a few MPs and listen to the Budget Reply Speech. We will be meeting the following MP’s:

  1. Bronwyn Bishop
  2. Alex Hawke

We will also meet the Senator, The Hon. Eric Abetz at a cocktail party. We will be meeting a few other people involved in Liberal think tanks such as Menzies Research Centre, Philosophical Underpinnings of the Centre Right and International Developments and the Centre Right. I also intend to ask MP Bishop this question:

“In 2005 you spoke about banning head scarves in public schools where headscarves are not part of the school uniform. You spoke to Radio National, specifically Terry Lane about women enjoying freedom in Australia as opposed to living under Sharia law. If that is the case, why are you against women who want to wear a headscarf (for religious reasons) at public schools?”

Hopefully I will be able to remember her answer to write it down for this blog. Plenty of pictures to follow!

Posted in Australian Politics, Uni | 1 Comment »

Voluntary Student Unionism Counter Protest

Posted by Atilla89 on March 19, 2008

Today I decided to attend a counter protest against those protesting against Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU); pictures are below. Firstly I want to say that everyone including myself had a great time, screaming out chants and generally trying our best to make life hell for the other protesters. There was quite a few police on the road between us and them. There was even riot police just in case things got out of hand. There was between 40 and 50 of us and at least 200+ of them. The protest was held on Parramatta Rd with students from multiple universities such as Sydney University, UNSW, UTS and Macquarie University taking part. Our counter protest theoretically started at 12pm and run until 2pm, however it was more like 5 minutes of actual protest time.

Now, let me explain the issue at hand if you are unfamiliar. VSU is a practice put in to place by the Howard Government that gave the option to students whether they wanted to join Australian National Union of Students (ANUS) or not. Its not cheap to join the union, $99, however you do get benefits out of it like being allowed to join clubs, getting discounts, having a say in political matters, etc. I myself belong to this union as do many students. However, this is not the issue. The issue is choice; at the moment people can choose whether they want to fork out $99 or not. Rudd has pledged that he will keep it that way. However the Student Union at my university wants to change this, believing that they have been weakened by VSU. I am against this, even though I still am apart of them. The Australian Liberal Student’s Federation explains it better here.

“VSU has benefited students across Australia” said Timothy Andrews, President of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation.

“Statistics show that under VSU, students have saved an average of over $200 annually – and in some cases as much almost $500. Unions that have embraced the needs of students and improved services are now reaping the rewards of increased revenue through greater membership. While elite student politicians complain about their salary cuts, real students have benefited from this reform. VSU is about Students, not student unions”.

Mr Andrews dismissed claims that VSU had seen essential campus services cut from Australian universities.

”Services that are valued by students have been retained due to their popularity. If student organisations are as good as Labor claims, 100% of students would join voluntarily. Students should not be forced to pay twice for essential government services such as childcare if Kevin Rudd fails to provide them.”

“Despite clear evidence of the benefits of VSU, Labor seems intent on breaking its pre-election promise and reintroduce compulsory student unionism by stealth. Kate Ellis has consistently refused to rule out imposing a compulsory fee on students. Regardless of what it is named, the horror of compulsory unionism is a real threat under Labor.”

“Compulsory amenities fees are no more than compulsory unionism by stealth. They failed students in Victoria and they will fail students elsewhere. These proposals are unequitable, unjust and will not only violate students rights to freedom of association, but will significantly damage student life on campus.

Under the proposal being put forward by the Australian National Union of Students, individuals would be charged a compulsory levy to be debited against their HECS loan.

Mr Andrews labeled the plan as hypocritical.

“You cannot on one hand argue that the cost of higher education is too high, yet be calling for an extra $179 million per annum to be charged to student loans,” said Mr Andrews, referring to the cost of compulsorily acquired service fees. Both Labor and the NUS have consistently attacked the cost of university education, Mr Andrews added.

“This is simply compulsory student unionism re-badged,” Mr Andrews said. “It does not allow students to choose whether they pay for services that they will not use – it simply means an increase in their HELP debt.”

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The ‘others’ aka ANUS Protesters + Police Escort

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