Al Quds Day In Sydney, Australia

PressTV report on Al Quds Day protest in Sydney.

Notice how the reporter quotes organizes as saying the protest was a “peaceful demonstration against the Israeli occupation of Palestine with no ill intent towards any Jewish people.” Try reconcile that with the Hizbullah flag at 0:35.

It is clear why the organizers were careful to make this claim. And why it is complete bollocks.

THE NSW and federal governments have laid down the law to pro-Palestinian activists planning an anti-Israel protest today, warning that any racial vilification could lead to criminal prosecution

The move followed the revelation by The Australian yesterday that the website promoting the Al-Quds Day rally in Sydney contains graphic videos alleging severe Israeli persecution of Palestinians, and for the destruction of the Jewish state.

Al-Quds Day, first proclaimed by Iranian revolution leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei in 1979 as a day of international condemnation of Israel and in favour of the Palestinian cause, has been marked with fiery protest rallies in Iran each year and in many western cities.

But today’s rally in Sydney, whose participants will march to the US consulate, marks the first commemoration of Al-Quds Day in Australia.

The website promoting the event shows videos replaying news reports of Israeli attacks on Palestinians, wounded men, women and children, and simulated bullets fired in their direction.

…One video, which appears to have been produced by the Australian committee itself, includes Khomeini’s emblematic line when he founded Al-Quds Day: “We must all rise, destroy Israel and replace it with the heroic Palestinian nation.”

Asked to comment on the rally and the website, federal Attorney General Nicola Roxon’s spokesman said that in Australia “the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly are fundamental human rights”, but added “such rights are not absolute and carry duties and responsibilities.”

“The Australian Government strongly condemns offensive behaviour based on racial hatred. Such behaviour is unlawful under section 18C of the Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act 1975.”

A spokesman for NSW Attorney General Greg Smith said: “In NSW it is generally against the law to vilify people because of their: race, colour, nationality, descent, ethnic, ethno-religious or national origin.

“NSW anti-discrimination law defines vilification as a public act that could incite or encourage hatred, serious contempt or severe ridicule towards people because of the aforementioned characteristics. The law covers public acts which includes speeches at rallies and material on websites.”

Funnily enough, this is the image that greets you when you first visit the Press TV site page for the report on the Sydney march.

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  • Peter Young

    I stand in full support of not only Israel’s right to exist but I stand in full support of their God-given right to take all the land that has been given to them by inheritance. I also support Israel’s right to defend itself with whatever means it thinks necessary, as a sovereign nation, against any nation or group that would seek its destruction.

    • mzk1

      Thank you, although I don’t think we’d want to take northern Jordan. That can wait for the messiah.

  • http://cifwatch.com AKUS

    I had to laugh listening to the turbaned cleric at 1:50 into the clip saying “we stand for anyone whose land has been taken from them”.

    Considering that this is in Sydney, which was indisputably taken from the Aborigines, that is really quite funny.

    • ziontruth

      “Considering that this is in Sydney, which was indisputably taken from the Aborigines, that is really quite funny.”

      Why go so far forward in time and away from the speaker whose imperialism-as-religion is one of the most guilty of this? Did millions of Persians, Egyptians, Africans and Greeks give up their political sovereignty and ancient culture because the Arabs who stormed out of the desert in the 7th century said “Pretty please!”, or might swordpoints have had something to do with the spread of Arab Man’s Religion?

      Muslims—adherents of a religion which is nothing but Arab imperialism systematized—are the greatest hypocrites in this whole issue of national conquest, land grabbing and cultural robbery.

      • mzk1

        Well, the Greeks were colonialists. I wonder how many of the real “Palestinians” (not the majority who came later) are descendents of those colonialists, since they likely became Christian.

  • Jim from Iowa

    They’re none too subtle, are they? Supporting the Palestinians’ right of return means supporting the destruction of Israel.

    • mzk1

      And Jim comes ever closer to taking a rational position on the issue.

    • mzk1

      To be specific, how will there be an agreement with the PA that will not lead to such a “right of return”, even if it isn’t in the actual agreement?

      • Jim from Iowa

        To be effective and to support a long-lasting peace, any agreement with the Palestinians must be explicit in denying in perpetuity any such right of return based on the demographics of 1948.

        • mzk1

          And what’s to make them follow? Now that they’re sovereign, how would we stop them? And how would we stop them from importing arms, or even WMDs?

          If I believed there was a way, I might support such an agreement.

          Of course, it’s all academic. The PA has no reason nor inclination to compromise.

  • Pro Israel Girl

    I have hope for the Palestinians. Someday Hamas’s luck will run out and the Palestinians will revolt against them.

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