Australia could boycott Israel, Mr Rudd
Australia’s Prime Minister is supposedly very angry with Israel because it used the passports of 3 Australians in its assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh.
Kevin Rudd told radio station 3AW that ‘any state that chooses to do this in relation to Australian passports, frankly, is treating [Australia] with contempt.’
Foreing Minister Stephen Smith went further. ‘If… the abuse of Australian passports was in any way sponsored or condoned by Israeli officials, then Australia would not regard that as the act of a friend,’ he said.
OK, so the Labor Government is very cranky with Israel. Just what are they going to do? Nothing, or very little, I suggest.
Israel is a key part of US imperialism, the same imperialism Australia is allied to. Israel helps make the Middle East safe for American rule of the globe, a rule that protects Australian expansionism.
Australia too is part of team America, and so we are normally very supportive of the Israeli regime.
Like Israel and apartheid South Africa, Australia was a colonial settler state built on the genocide of the original inhabitants. And like Israel, our society is both an expression and continuation of that genocide.
The apartheid regime had a policy of assassinating members of the resistance. Israel echoes this. Historically, politically and economically it is the true inheritor of the spirit of Rhodes and Malan.
Significant South African figures in the anti-apartheid struggles recognise the similarity and have called Israel an apartheid regime.
And like the battle against South African apartheid, an international boycott Israel campaign is growing in strength.
170 groups representing Palestinian society in 2005 called for a boycott of Israel. They said in part:
We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) has grown over the years, especially since Israel’s war crimes in Gaza just over a year ago.
The Israeli mis-use of Australian passports to assassinate a Hamas leader is indicative of a regime based on the genocide of the Palestinian people.
If Rudd and Smith were serious they would not only join the BDS campaign, they would lead it until Palestine is free.