Monday, January 26, 2015

Australia Day Awards 2015

If you were thrilled by the award of a knighthood to Phil the Greek (aka Prince Philip), you'll be over the moon at the award of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) to Sam the Zionist (aka Sam Salcman):

"For service to the community through a range of organisations:

"Senior Vice-president, Zionist Council of Victoria (ZCV) (formerly the State Zionist Council of Victoria) 15 years; Executive Member 1972-2010. ZCV Delegate to the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (formerly the Jewish Board of Deputies) since 1973.

"Member of the Executive of the Jewish Board of Deputies as Chair of the Overseas Jewry Committee, 4 years.

"National Secretary, Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA), 6 years; Executive 1974-2012 and since 2014.

"Honorary Treasurer, Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) 1992-1995 and 2000-2007; Honorary Life Member of ECAJ since 2008; Chairman, Overseas Jewry Committee, now known as the Australian Committee for Soviet Jewry (part of ECAJ) 1982-1990.

"Treasurer, Lamm Jewish Library of Australia Board (formerly Makor library) 1994-2003.

"Honorary Treasurer, Australian Reform Zionist Association (ARZA) 2003-2007.

"Vice-Chair, Australia Arava Partnership Committee since 2013 and Committee Member since 1998.

"Founding Member, Australian Friends of Labour Israel (Victoria), 1974; Vice-Chair, 1976-1997.

"Member, Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce Victoria since 1985.

"Secretary, Victorian ALF Foreign Affairs Committee 1976-1980; Member 1975-1982.

"Member, CPA Australia since 1984.

"Foundation Member, Institute of Certified Management Accountants since 1980; Chartered Tax Advisor, Taxation Institute of Australia since 2012.

"Member, Governance Institute of Australia since 1989.

"Recipient, Community Recognition Award, Jewish Community Council of Victoria, 2009.

"Recipient, Jerusalem Prize, Zionist Council of Victoria and Zionist Federation of Australia and World Zionist Organisation, 2003." (Australia Day Awards 2015,, 26/1/15)

Reading through the above, I found myself wondering whether the Zionist Federation of Australia had nominated Sam for the above award. Wondering thus, I recalled the ZFA's recent (5/12/14) gripe about the 2014 Walkley Awards for journalists.

Railing against awards going to Middle East correspondents Paul McGeough and Ruth Pollard (Fairfax), and John Lyons (News Corpse), the ZFA griped that "Perhaps the only sure-fire way to win a Walkley these days is by spouting Palestinian propaganda and making sure you only tell half the story." (

The ZFA's gripe was titled:

How to win a Walkley Award - Step 1: Become Middle East Correspondent, Step 2: Write incessantly against Israel.

But would I be so churlish as to detract from Sam's considerable achievements by titling this particular post:

How to win an Australia Day Award - Step 1: Become a Zionist lobbyist, Step 2: Campaign incessantly against Palestine?

No way!

Still looking for an Australia Day 2015 award to a Palestinian lobbyist...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

SMH: Independent. No More.

"More stringent approval procedures for cartoons have been introduced at The Sydney Morning Herald, following the publication of a cartoon last year that was described as 'clearly anti-Semitic' by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry." (Gaza cartoon breached Press Council standards, Australian Jewish News, 23/1/15)

So begins the AJN's report on the Press Council's adjudication of Glen Le Lievre's Gaza cartoon. (You can read the PC's adjudication, and my comments on same, in my 20/1/15 post Je Suis Le Lievre & Carlton.) The only real interest in the AJN's report, however, lies in its airing of SMH editor Darren (Yes Sir!) Goodsir's comments on just how Herald staff are now being put through their paces by Zionist trainers:

"Previously section editors had been able to approve illustrations themselves but I raised that, so that myself or the news director, who is effectively my deputy, would need to approve all illustrations,' Goodsir said. He said that there have been several positive outcomes from what was clearly a bad situation. 'The other thing that I did last year, and intend to do again this year, was work with the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) to run a two-hour talk and Q&A session about anti-Semitism.' Goodsir said the first half was about the history of anti-Semitism, and how the media has played a role in that, while the second half was a very productive conversation between the JBOD presenters and senior editors about how things can be interpreted in different ways."

Oh to be a fly on the wall!

And now that Vic Alhadeff (of JBoD) has his foot well and truly in the door, I can see these "very productive conversations" really taking off - wink, wink, nudge, nudge, know what I mean? (See my 9/2/12 post The Chosen.) 

But if you think it's only Herald editors who are getting the treatment, check out what's going down at NSW Police HQ (see my 28/10/11 post Israel 101 for Cops) or in your nearest high school (see my 14/12/13 post Building Bridges... to Israel).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pulling Punches?

Playing it safe in the ms media inevitably involves pussyfooting around with words:

"On tribalism we're much more conflicted. Easily the best counter to tribalism would be to ban religious schools. Not religion. That's fine. But segregating children on religious grounds inculcates Chosen People Syndrome from birth. Be it Wahhabist, Jewish or Anglican, in Saudi, Paris or Bronte, chosenpeopleism makes war, not peace. This is not God's doing, though religions lend themselves to tribalism." (Tribalism lets out our inner fascist, Elizabeth Farrelly, Sydney Morning Herald, 22/1/15)

'Wahhabist, Jewish or Anglican'. An interesting choice of words. Wouldn't 'Muslim, Jewish or Christian' have been more to the point?

And if, as is the case with Farrelly's op-ed, the focus is really on the interface between tribalism and religion, where the going really gets rough,wouldn't the logical choice have been 'Wahhabist, Zionist or Christian Zionist?

But just imagine the conniptions which would have followed.

Friday, January 23, 2015


American Psycho:

"[Chris] Kyle left soon after [9/11] on the first of 4 tours of Iraq, as a Navy SEAL with an ambition to become a sniper. The book he wrote later makes clear he was gung-ho, full of simple Texas truths and wholesome Christian certainty. Dodging tracers in the helicopter on his first mission makes him fret: 'Damn, I thought. We're going to get shot down before I even get a chance to smoke someone'." (Review of American Sniper, Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald, 22/1/15)

Israeli Psycho:

"During the Israeli bombardment and shelling of the Gaza Strip last summer an Israeli soldier approached a 74-year-old Palestinian woman Ghalya Abu-Rida to give her a sip of water. He gave her the water, took a photo with her and then shot her in the head from a distance of one metre. He then watched as she bled to death, the Palestine Information Centre reported." (Israeli soldier gives water to blind elderly Palestinian woman for propaganda, then kills her,, 21/1/15)

Australian Psycho:

"'I think he [killed IS fighter Mahmoud Abdullatif] liked the extreme culture of Islam and I think he just wanted to be part of the violence,' Ms [Sashini] Senadeera [a former girlfriend] told Fairfax Media. 'I think for him Islam was just an excuse to behave like that.' At Brunswick Secondary College in Melbourne's north, Abdullatif and a group of Lebanese friends 'kind of ran the place' and bullied other students, she said. They were kicked out in Year 11 for failing class and causing damage to a neighbouring school. Abdullatif's father and uncle urged him to change his ways and he enrolled in a trade course and started going to the mosque more often but kept partying hard. 'He never really changed but he wanted to show people that he was extreme. I think a lot of them just get bored and want that life over there,' Ms Senadeera said." (Party animal and ladies' man, but still hungry for violence, Rachel Olding, Sydney Morning Herald, 21/1/15)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Remember Iran's 'Stolen' Election?

"Even stolen elections have results that matter. The election that Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole from the Iranian people last weekend is no exception. Its consequences are almost all bad. If any election is the prelude to conflict, with all the tragedy and terror that entails, this was it. First, the good news. Huge numbers of ordinary Iranians took serious personal risks to demonstrate their disgust at the demented rhetoric and sterile extremism their President and the mullahs behind him offer them. Everything that was good and decent and brave and creative about Iran was alive with hope in the days before the election, and in the heroic resistance afterwards." (Don't pin your hopes on change in Tehran, Greg Sheridan, The Australian, 18/6/09)


"Five years after the 2009 post-election unrest in Tehran came under the world's spotlight, stunning footage was shown on Iranian state-owned TV showing Mir-Hossein Moussavi's chief voting inspector Abbas Akhoundi five days after the election telling a meeting of key campaign members of all the 4 presidential candidates with the Supreme Leader that there had 'basically been no election fraud' at work." (Historical footnote made public: key Moussavi campaign official admits to no fraud in 2009 election,, 4/1/15)

See also my 19/10/10 post Was Iran's Election Stolen?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Luke Foley Gets the Koala Vote

You will of course remember my most recent post on NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley: NSW Labor: Out With the Old, In With the Same Old.

In it, I referred to Luke's namesake, Tom 'Fine Cut' Foley, the Queensland Labor Lands Minister who declared open season on koalas in the 1920s.

I'm pleased to see that Luke is an avid reader of MERC.

How else to explain his announcement on Monday that when he's elected Premier of NSW he'll establish Australia's first 'koala national park' on the NSW north coast?

Janet de'Arc

And now for a word from Janet Albrechtsen (rambammed: 2008):

"We cannot wait for imams to lead this debate. So what of our own leaders...? As David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, a global advocacy organisation, told me last year during a wide-ranging discussion about Islamic terrorism, 'Every generation needs a Winston Churchill - a leader who sees events with absolute clarity and courage, who spots the seemingly disparate pieces and the links among them, and who mobilises the tools of language to awaken an often sleeping world and rouse it to resolute action." (Debate Islam's place in the West now, The Australian, 21/1/15)

But Janet, we already have this generations's Winston Churchill. Name's Col. Lives in Port Macquarie. In case you haven't noticed, see my 17/1/15 post Australia's Answer to Winston Churchill.

But here's the thing, while it may have been good enough back in 39-45 to make do with just a Winston Churchill, surely we've moved on since then?

I mean, we have male and female newsreaders, don't we? So why not male and female worldleaders? Shouldn't Col of Port Macquarie be accompanied by a woman of like calibre, this generation's Jeanne d'Arc?

Janet, isn't it time you stopped talking the talk and started walking the walk?