Is BDSM In Australia Finished?

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We posted recently about Shurat HaDin’s big frontal assault on the entire concept of the Boycott Disinvestment and Sanctions Movement (BDSM) in Australia.

They’re suing one academic (Jack Lynch) specifically on the grounds that targeting Israeli academics and Israeli owned businesses purely because they are Israeli and not for any association with specific policies of the Israeli government, is racist discrimination in Australia and illegal.

Today the largest newspaper in Australia, “The Australian”, has come out with a news report and an opinion piece on this. BDSM in Australia looks to have about as much future as a broken down pommie with no sunscreen in the outback.

Peace body promotes conflict

We await the academics’ justification for the BDS movement’s absurd picketing of Max Brenner chocolate shops owned by a Jewish businessman and the boycott last year of Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Dan Avnon, who created a civics curriculum for Jewish and Arab students. He had wanted to study how a diverse community such as Australia’s taught civics. As he said at the time of the boycott: “This is how conflicts start. This is groupthink at its worst.”

The fact the BDS movement falsely equates Israel with apartheid-era South Africa shows it does not understand Israel. Professor Rees and Associate Professor Lynch have promoted the sort of prejudice and conflict the foundation should be fighting.

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They also point out that there is a Green Party MP planning on attending a BDSM supporting rally. This is against the stated policy of the Green Party. The current opposition (the Liberals) are much more Israel friendly and have already stated they will take a very harsh line on BDSM. It looks eminently likely they will be successful in the upcoming elections.

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