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17 November 1995. Thought for the Week: "The true tragedy of the 'European' Community is that the whole upheaval, the destruction of democratic rights, the constitutional outrages and the imposition of an alienating artificial superstate on the fearful peoples of free nations is all completely unnecessary. Indeed the whole enterprise is a step backwards into the disasters of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia."
Treason At Maastricht, by Rodney Atkinson and Norris McWhirter.
MIDDLE EAST VIOLENCE
by Eric D. Butler
Jews and Palestinians, many of these Christians, had lived together relatively harmoniously over many centuries. The Jews, a minority, were predominantly of Sephardic background and could legitimately claim some historical relationship with Palestine. But Zionism, like Communism, was born and developed among those Askenazim Jews of Russia and Eastern Europe, who, as demonstrated in Arthur Koestler's famous classic, The Thirteenth Tribe, were the descendants of the ancient Central Asian Khazaar Empire, which had Judaism imposed upon it as a State religion in the 7th century. It was the Azkenazim Jews who, under both Communism and Zionism, exploited the "Chosen Race" myth in the ruthless advancement of power politics.
The injection of Zionist aggression in the Middle East started during and after the First World War, when a desperate Britain accepted the infamous Balfour Declaration. This declaration was a violation of previous promises made to the Arabs, but was made in exchange for promised American and International Financial support at a critical time when the First War looked like having to end in a stalemate. Successive British Governments were faced with the impossible task of attempting to maintain law and order in Palestine as the Palestinians revolted against the growing Zionist invasion. Zionist terror activities, including the murder of Britain's Ambassador to the Middle East, Lord Moyne, even provoked pro-Zionist Winston Churchill to raise his voice in protest.
Although not a major terrorist figure like Begin and others, Rabin was directly involved in the terrorist campaign, which ended with the dispossession of the Palestinians of their own country. Much is made of Rabin's successful handling of the Six Day War, which ended with a major expansion of Israel at the expense of the Arabs. Conveniently overlooked in the welter of comment about the Six Day War, is that, as pointed out by Sir John Glubb and other experts on the Middle East, it was the Soviet strategists who misled the Arabs into a conflict which they were doomed to lose even before it started. Sir John Glubb said that the most amazing aspect of this conflict was that it lasted even for six days.
A combination of debtors, including International Zionist pressure, continuing Palestinian resistance to Israel and deep divisions inside Israel, eventually resulted in Rabin's Government agreeing to start exploring the prospects of some type of peace agreement with the Palestinians and other Arabs. The long- term strategy of Rabin and his advisers was to take the heat out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while making the Palestinians increasingly dependent economically upon the Israelis. But there was violent objection to any concessions to the Palestinians, inside Israel.
Reflecting the depth of feeling on the issue, Rabin's widow blames the leader of the Likud Opposition for the climate of violence she said had led to the assassination. Rabin's widow has painted an ugly picture of the violent threats her husband had to endure. The reality is that Israel, conceived in violence and terrorism, is itself a victim of a terrorist culture it initiated. Still unresolved is the future of the Palestinian people.
Reports emerging from Israel suggest that what is required from the Palestinians is an assurance that they have given up their aspirations to return to the properties they were forced to leave during Israel's creation in 1948. But in the Declaration of Principles signed in Washington in September 1993, it is stated that the question of the Palestinian refugees will be addressed at the second phase of the peace talks, these scheduled for May 4th, 1996.
The right of the Palestinians to return to their own properties is the key question to be resolved if there is to be anything resembling peace in the Middle East. The Rabin assassination is but a symptom of the basic disease in the Middle East. The basic disease remains.
SENATOR BOLKUS ON THE LEAGUE
In one of the most incredible developments in a year of turbulent politics, the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Senator Bolkus, mounted an extraordinary attack on the popularly elected Mayor of Port Lincoln, in South Australia, Mr. Peter Davis. What was Mr. Davis' crime? He not only chaired a meeting for Eric Butler on the issue of local government, but confirmed that he had been a supporter of the League of Rights for many years. Bolkus was enraged, describing Davis, whom he did not know, as being an "unreconstructable redneck", and stating that there was no place in local government politics for Peter Davis. Mayor Davis was stripped of his powers to conduct citizenship ceremonies.
Mr. Davis and a number of local League supporters have demanded an explanation from Attorney General, Mr. Lavarch. Such correspondence has been referred back to Senator Bolkus. The Minister has indicated that under the Australian Citizenship Act powers to confer citizenship rest with the Minister, and is delegated to many players, commissioners and general managers of local authorities around Australia.
The Minister's adviser writes: "The Minister decided to remove the delegation from the Mayor of Port Lincoln because he considered the Mayor's membership of the League of Rights and comments attributed to him in the media indicated that he was not an appropriate person to exercise this important power. The League of Rights was identified in the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Racist Violence in 1991 as an organisation which holds and promotes racist views. "Citizenship is, by its nature, conferred on people who come to Australia from other countries. To become an Australian citizen candidates are required to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge, which sets out their commitment to Australia. In turn, the Federal Government is committed to ensuring that all Australian citizens live in a tolerant and inclusive society free from racism. Membership of the League of Rights is therefore not consistent with the responsibilities required of the Minister or his delegate in the conferral of citizenship."
This is clearly the most unbelievable
humbug from the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs.
COALITION PAINFULLY AWARE OF A "SLEEPER" ELECTION ISSUE
by David Thompson
Keating stung Howard into redoubling his ethnic efforts with the acid comment that 'The Chinese are very smart people...' Keating claimed that the Chinese would 'see through' Howard's carefully-crafted credentials on immigration, and "knew" that if the Coalition were elected, Mr. Howard would find a way to send them back to China.
A growing number of Coalition backbenchers, gearing up into election mode, are finding that the immigration issue holds a powerful position close to the fore in the minds of the voters. It may become a question of how the issue is to be dealt with, without appearing to deal with it at all. If this is the case, then perhaps Liberal Senator Nick Minchin, of South Australia, is testing the "line" the Coalition may be preparing to use.
Senator Minchin is quoted by Peter Rees, a senior journalist with Sydney's Daily Telegraph, as claiming that the "extraordinarily large" 25 percent increase in this year's immigrant intake makes no sense. Minchin is pointing out that the migrant unemployment rate is an alarming 22 percent. But instead of calling for further debate about the size of the immigration programme, Minchin is calling rather for a population policy, and "a recognition of the need for our immigration intake to be determined within the context of that population policy.
Minchin's comments are construed as a potential embarrassment to John Howard if immigration were to become an election issue. This could be the case, especially if discussion concerning a population policy was broadened out beyond simply employment issues, to encompass social issues. For example, should a population policy establish principles about the ethnic origins of migrants? Should the matter of multiculturalism and social cohesion be considered, as John Howard himself claimed back in 1988 when he was hounded from the leadership of the Liberal Party as a result?
Senator Minchin is quoted as saying that the nation's population was increasing without any reference to "the views of Australians themselves". This is a curious comment, as it implies that Minchin might be prepared to support a consultative mechanism where the grassroots are actually consulted, about immigration policy. What about a referendum?
Senator Minchin's comments may be very significant, since he is also the Parliamentary Secretary to Mr. John Howard. When enquiries were made of John Howard about his attacks on the League, some of these enquiries have been answered by Senator Minchin as Howard's Secretary. Although Minchin accuses the League of "racism" (among other things) he does not specify what form this "racism" takes. If he is referring to the League's position on immigration, then he may be amazed to find that our position is the same as his appears to be: let the Australian people speak on immigration, preferably through a referendum.
We certainly support the development on a population policy for Australia, which would naturally have to include the social as well as economic impact on immigration.
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