ga('send', 'pageview');
John Passant

Site menu:

July 2014



RSS Oz House



Subscribe to us

Get new blog posts delivered to your inbox.


Site search


My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Australia, the US and Israel: a tale of shared genocide

Australia, like the US and Israel, is a colonial settler state built on the genocide of the indigenous peoples.  Like Israel, the dominant ideology was of terra nullius (land belonging to no one), paradoxically populated by ‘barbarians’, the ‘uncivilised’, ‘heathens’ or people ‘less than human’.

The continent pre-1788. None of these areas exist today – with some remnants scattered across Australia and tiny bits recognised as Native Title.

Capitalist development in Australia required the conquest of the land on which the various Aboriginal tribes and clans lived. Driving people off their land is genocide.

Henry Reynolds estimates that in the Frontier Wars between 1788 and 1920 ‘upwards to 30,000 and beyond, perhaps well beyond’ Aboriginal peoples died defending their land. Other estimates are higher, much higher,  especially if one includes the impact of diseases brought in by the settlers.

Similarly the establishment of a modern capitalist state in Palestine required driving many of the original inhabitants off their land. Estimates are that in the original ethnic cleansing Zionism unleashed against Palestinians in 1947/48, around 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes and into the concentration camp that is Gaza, and the West Bank, or into the miserable refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries.

Those Palestinians remaining in the new state became second class citizens.

The logic of capitalism twinned with Zionism is expansion, not only of the productive forces but the population in which that productive process is organised.

It is not just the consequences of the genocide against Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders that continues to this day. The genocide continues. As The Bringing Them Home Report made clear about the Stolen Generation:

The Australian practice of Indigenous child removal involved both systematic racial discrimination and genocide as defined by international law. Yet it continued to be practised as official policy long after being clearly prohibited by treaties to which Australia had voluntarily subscribed.

The racist Northern Territory Intervention is a current example of genocide. Its effect is in part to drive Aboriginal people off their lands and force them to seek refuge in the cities.

This opens up their lands to mining companies. It is and is about re-creating terra nullius.

In Australia the genocide has been ongoing since 1788.  In the US the genocide against American Indians has been ongoing since white settlement there well over 400 years ago.

The disappearing Indian lands.

Israeli genocide against Palestinians has only been happening since before the formation of the state of Israel in 1948. They have a lot of catching up to do to succeed on the same scale as their white American and white Australian ruling class brothers and sisters.

They also believe they have a lot of time. The slow genocide in Palestine, like that in Australia and the US, aims to push back the original inhabitants and steal their land over a long period of time.

The genocidal success to date of Zionism is remarkable, and the invasion of the concentration camp that is Gaza these last few days is but the latest step in the 66 year program of genocide against the Palestinians.

The disappearing Palestine. Does this look familiar?

What can we do? Now more than ever we all need to stand with Palestine. One way to do that is to begin building more and more BDS campaigns right here in Australia. Another of course is to attend the rallies for Palestine.



Pingback from Australia, the US and Israel: a tale of shared genocide | OzHouse
Time July 21, 2014 at 10:11 pm

[…] Jul 21 2014 by admin […]

Comment from Fred
Time July 21, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Gotta love anti-Semites like John.

Comment from John
Time July 22, 2014 at 8:02 am

Ah, Fred, you come on to my site, use the same words Bolt used to denigrate Aboriginal people (and which was found to be in breach of section 18C of the Human Rights Act) and then resort to the usual facile unthinking retort of anti-Semite to someone who opposes Zionist genocide. The lack of intellectual capacity or ability to even carry an argument does you and your racist right wing side no credit.

Comment from Fred
Time July 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

Actually, I was using language of Justice Bromberg. He is the one who created the category of ‘fair skinned aborigines’.

As for restrictions on free speech, it’s actually the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

Comment from John
Time July 22, 2014 at 9:25 am

‘So repealing section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is a pre-emptive move to allow the ruling class, if it needs to, to unleash a tsunami of racism, xenophobia and bigotry on us. If the economy worsens expect more and more of this abuse, both verbal and physical, from the Right.’

Comment from John
Time July 22, 2014 at 9:25 am

Ooh, a sophisticated racist who warps the judge’s decision for his own racist ends. Don’t play games.

As Justice Bromberg says:

I have concluded that from the perspective of fair-skinned Aboriginal people, the messages (or what lawyers call “the imputations”) conveyed by the newspaper articles which Mr Bolt wrote, included that:

There are fair-skinned people in Australia with essentially European ancestry but with some Aboriginal descent, of which the individuals identified in the articles are examples, who are not genuinely Aboriginal persons but who, motivated by career opportunities available to Aboriginal people or by political activism, have chosen to falsely identify as Aboriginal; and

Fair skin colour indicates a person who is not sufficiently Aboriginal to be genuinely identifying as an Aboriginal person.

These imputations were found to contravene section 18C of the RDA.

Comment from Kay
Time July 23, 2014 at 9:21 am

I found Mick Armstrong’s discussion (‘Why what is happening in Palestine is genocide’) about what constitutes ‘genocide’ quite interesting. This accepts the term ‘genocide’ to cover a very wide range of atrocities over times, perpetrated in many ways. Fair enough. I have no real argument with his definition.

But, like all socialist writers, Mick chooses to link ‘genocide’ with capitalism. And one ongoing conflict that Mick has completely ignored is the centuries-old ongoing Shia/Sunni conflict. This is a conflict that appears, if anything, to be mitigated by capitalism.

Professor Nazeer Ahmed of the Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc. has noted that:

“A hundred years from today, when a chronicler writes about the presence of Islam in North America, he may well record that one of the principal achievements of this presence was the healing of the Shia-Sunni split. It will be recorded that America brought together Shias and Sunnis in its embrace and made them rediscover the commonality of their faith transcending the distractions of history and tradition.

The world’s longest running feud is not over Kashmir or Palestine or Chechnya, nor is it the Catholic-Protestant schism. It is the Shia-Sunni conflict. Measured in terms of historical longevity, it beats the Catholic-Protestant schism by a factor of three and the Palestinian conflict by a factor of more than twenty.

If a traveler from outer space were to visit planet earth, he/she would be astonished at the sheer tenacity of the passions and prejudices that govern human life. And the Shia-Sunni conflict would easily top the list of issues that arouse ugly passions.” (‘Shia versus Sunni, the World’s Longest Running Feud’)

And, at this point in history, the loss of life occurring throughout the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan via Shia/Sunni atrocities is quite significant. The loss of life in Palestine pales into insignificance in comparison. That is not to say that Palestinian loss of life is to be ignored – just put into perspective. Israeli Zionists are not the only perpetrators of genocide in the Middle East.

And don’t forget that in communist USSR, anti-semitism was rife after WW2. The Soviet press accused the Jews of “groveling before the West,” helping “American imperialism,” “slavish imitation of bourgeois culture” and “bourgeois aestheticism.” Victimization of Jews in the USSR at the hands of the Nazis was denied, Jewish scholars were removed from the sciences and emigration rights were denied to Jews. The Stalinist antisemitic campaign ultimately culminated in the Doctors’ plot in 1953. It is widely accepted that the Doctors’ plot was aimed at the total liquidation of Jewish cultural life. Communist anti-semitism under Stalin shared a common characteristic with Nazi and fascist anti-semitism in its belief in “Jewish world conspiracy”. So, even after the Holocaust, many Jews were forced out of their homelands, and chose to go to the refuge offered by Israel – which was in fact created as a UN initiative after the Holocaust. The partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish areas had strong support in Western nations as well as the Soviet Union. It was opposed by Arab nations.

My conclusion? Human beings everywhere, of all races, faiths and creeds, right throughout history, have committed atrocities and ‘genocide’ against ‘the other’. This unfortunate human trait is not confined to any group, nor is any group immune to it, or incapable of perpetrating genocide. It is the human condition. No political system is immune to it. The best defense against genocide, it would seem to me, is good economic conditions for all. And I regard religion as a common cause of many genocides. I prefer to be an atheist.

Just trying to bring a little balance to the genocide debate.

Comment from John
Time July 23, 2014 at 10:33 am

Fred, as a good friend of mine says:

Bromberg didn’t create the category of “fair-skinned Aborigines”, the Australian governments did. Via the concepts of half-castes, quarter-castes, quadroons and so forth, whilst drawing on concepts borrowed from Charles Darwin, they argued that race could be bred out in a few generations. Aborigines were therefore considered a “dying race” and hence the policies leading to the stolen generations, where lighter-skinned individuals could be assimilated whilst others perished was part of Australian practice for 50-odd years. Bromberg created nothing, he just drew on historical legacy.

In addition, Bolt didn’t lose the case only because he contravened 18C. He lost it because he was unable to be exempted under the provisions within 18D as his comments (which contained fabrications, inaccuracies and vitriol) were deemed to be not in the public interest and highly likely designed to humiliate and vilify.

Write a comment