As Ren would say: Eediots! (hat tip: Ian)

marrickville greensIt was the policy that cost Greens candidate Fiona Byrne her bid for a seat in State Parliament.

Now the Green Mayor of Marrickville’s boycott of Israel will cost ratepayers almost $4 million.

A council business paper to be tabled next week shows a hit list of a dozen international companies has been drawn up to either be banned from doing business with council or have their existing contracts cancelled.

They include Hewlett Packard, Chevrolet (Holden), Volvo, Unilever, Motorola ReadyMix and Fulton Hogan concrete companies, which the council claims either “support Israel’s military occupation of Palestine or profit from it”. A further 1800 companies would be banned from future dealings with the council, a list the council admits was downloaded from a pro-Palestinian website.

The council will vote next Monday on whether the boycott, passed in December last year, will include ripping up all current contracts and services and disposing of equipment or be confined to future dealings.

A financial impact statement attached to the council business papers reveals it will have to spend $3 million alone to replace the council’s Hewlett Packard computer hardware and software systems.

It would also need to replace its record management system (operated by Trim) at a cost of $200,000.

The cost of replacing its Motorola hardware equipment has been estimated at $150,000 and a further $250,000 in penalties would apply for cancelling concrete and road paving contracts.

The council is even considering banning the dumping of waste in the local tip because the waste services of the Southern Regional Organisation of Councils is run by Veolia and SITA, which the council presumably also believes profits from what it describes as Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

Ms Byrne’s council voted on a Greens sponsored resolution in December 2010 to join the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign, which was started by 171 Palestinian non-government organisations and unions in 2005. It then asked for a council report on how to implement it.

The four Labor councillors on Marrickville will seek to get the support of three independents to beat the five Greens and kill the policy.

“The council should keep to what it was elected to do, take care of the interests of its ratepayers and not take sides in a foreign conflict,” NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president Yair Miller said.

Ms Byrne did not return The Daily Telegraph’s calls yesterday.

This morning she said in a statement she will not support all the recommendations.

“The purpose of a report is to give council options. As mayor I will not be lending my support to this full suite of options proposed by staff,” her statement said.

“Marrickville Council’s longstanding boycott of Burma contains provisions ensuring that ratepayers are not financially disadvantaged.

“That is the form of Israel boycott I will be supporting.”
 
Marrickville councillor Marika Kontellis added: “There was never an intention that the council’s boycott for Palestine motion (would) financially disadvantage the people of Marrickville, and no councillor I have spoken to has that intent.

“Marrickville Council can continue to promote the human rights of Palestinians without being a
cost burden on local communities.”

The BDS movement was started in 2005 in protest over alleged oppression of Palestinians.

The BDS website claims that Hewlett Packard technology is used at Israeli milita.

Needless to say, Marrickville residents are fuming.

Meanwhile, this is an opportunity to bring back an old friend:

20 thoughts on “Byrned!”

  1. Thanks to the useful idiots on the left the BDS campaign will gain strength in the coming months.Needless to say, a few months down the line Israeli businesses will start feeling the pinch when those businesses which perceives a threat to their existing client base will insist on some form of "Judenrein" to please an overtly active customer base.
    The question is, what is the Israeli government doing to stop the tide other than token actions?For once, the Israeli government should be working overtime to knock the legitimacy from the BDS war-machine-options including refusing to collect taxes on behalf of the PA should be explored, other punitive sanctions which would ensure that the BDSers harm the Palestinians more than they harm the Israeli businesses should be put in place; and finally the Israeli Foreign Ministry should grow some balls and stop issuing visas to Journalist/Activist-Nazis.

  2. The nation of Israel has made a greater contibution to humanity than both the Palestinians and the Greens put together. If this lunatic Mayor wants to truly boycott Israel, here is (partial) list of Jewish contributions that she will have to forfeit:

    Prozac, Valium, The Polio Vaccine, Radiation,Chemotherapy, the Artificial Kidney Dialysis machine, the Defibrillator, the Cardiac Pacemaker, Vaccination against the deadly “Hepatitis B” virus, the Vaccinating Needle, Laser Technology.

    Discount Stores, Pawn Shops, the Shopping Cart and the Ready-to-Wear Clothing Industry. Levi Jeans, Lipstick, the Ballpoint Pen, Contraceptives, Instant Coffee, Television Remote Control, Traffic Lights, Scotchguard, the Flexistraw.

    Google, the Wire Transmission Facsimilie (FAX) , the Microphone, the Gramophone, the Microprocessing Chip, Optical Fiber Cable, Laser, Cellular Technology, the Videotape Recorder.

    Monotheism, Psychoanalysis, the Theory of Relativity, the Weekend (the Sabbath). The Atomic Bomb, the Thermonuclear Bomb, Genetic Engineering, the Nuclear Chain Reactor, Virtual Reality.

    Hollywood, the Sit-Com, the Long Playing Record, Woodstock, Sound Movies, Videotape, Color Television, Instant Photography, Holography.

    Drip Irrigation, Scale Model Electric Trains, the Pager, the Walkie-talkie, Refrigerated Railroad Car, High-vacuum Electron Tubes, the Incandescent Lamp, Kodachrome Film, the Blimp, the Adding Machine, Stainless Steel, Tapered Roller Bearings.

    At least 178 Jews have been awarded the Nobel Prize, accounting for 23% of all individual recipients worldwide between 1901 and 2008. Yet, they only make up 0.25% of the world’s population.

    The Jews have done a lot to improve our quality of life. How does it benefit us to turn them into enemies?

    1. You left out the Popeil Pocket Fisherman and all the other wonderful products brought to you by Ronco.

  3. Maybe the green faced mayor, after she trashes the town's Hewlett Packard computers, can purchase Palestinian models. You know, the ones with the abacus as the CPU.

  4. Australia is such an adorable little country, filled with cute, furry creatures and the people are so warm and welcoming. I can't imagine anything bad ever happening in such a place.

  5. Good. Let people know that boycotting Israel carries a price. A real price. A steep price.

    I only wish Israel’s diplomacy worked that way. For some reason it’s possible for a low-key diplomat visiting Israel to tell her leaders to stop building on her own soil, and get out without even so much as a reprimand! Doormat is as doormat does. No way out of our predicament but to punish our enemies.

  6. What could explain such low life expectany? Possibly the combination of the consumption of haggis washed down with ample quanties of scotch whiskey and treating golf as way to get in the cardio.

    1. Glasgow is 69 and Scotland is 79, living in a city kills you quicker, I think that's unique in the developed world.

      If you watch any British comedy panel shows they make endless jokes about Scottish people not eating any fruit etc. But apparently most of Wales and Scotland are welfare dependant. There is nothing else to do but get drunk, take drugs and eat chips. I think Shameless and Little Briton are actually documentaries.

  7. Your characterization of Greens as "Watermelons," is directly on target; they are Green on the outside, but extremely Red (Marxist) on the inside. Hatred of Jews and Israel has been an essential element of Marxist thought since Lenin wrote "The Jewish Question," arguing that Jews should never have a homeland of their own. However history and western culture have proven Israel successful in its "Wars of Necessity," from 1948 to the present against the barbarians in the "Armed Struggle!" As long as that conflict is defined by Palestinians as a "one to the exclusion of the other proposition," Israel is properly justified in crushing both Palestinian terrorism and statehood. If at some future time, Palestinians display a sincere interest in a peaceably obtained "two-state" solution, in which they would co-exist in peace alongside Israel, then Israel should reconsider, but not until that time, if ever!

    1. Mike 71,

      I like best Lord Monckton’s characterization of environmentalism as a “traffic-light mentality”: “People who call themselves green because they are too yellow to admit being Red.”

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