Australia’s former Prime Minister, now Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd today made a stand against anti-Israeli demonstrators who targeted a Melbourne chocolate store earlier this month.
The demonstration in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD on July 1 resulted in 19 protesters being arrested and three police being injured, the Herald Sun reported.
Militant protesters targeted the Max Brenner store in QV on Lonsdale St and claimed the franchise had aided the Israeli Army.
But today Mr Rudd took time to meet with Jewish MP for Melbourne Ports, Michael Danby, at the same Max Brenner store for a hot chocolate and a slice of cake.
He said the decision was a personal one not intended to reflect the government’s views, but slammed the protesters for the archaic stunt.
”I went there deliberately to make a point and that is I don’t think in 21st century Australia there is a place for the attempted boycott of a Jewish business,” he said.
”I thought we had learned that from history.”
Mr Rudd also gave the store his personal tick of approval crediting the franchise as one of the best hot chocolate providers in Australia – and recommending the hot chocolate with mint.
Though he admitted the calorie laden chocolate slice would come back to haunt him as his wife, Therese Rein, plans a winter routine to keep him in shape.
Mr Danby described those responsible for the protests as militants as he discussed the incident with Mr Rudd.
He said the presence of Mr Rudd was a message to those responsible that their views were not accepted by the wider community.
”What it says is that mainstream Australia refutes both their attacks and what they stand for and their strategies,” Mr Danby said
I am glad Kevin likes the hot chocolate with mint, but I can also recommend for him the hot chocolate with ear wax.
Sorry, couldn’t help myself. But I really do like Kevin.
Meanwhile, this is the photo and caption accompanying the article:
Is that BDS-hole Medea Benjamin on the right?