Israel-Hater Who Filed Racial Discrimination Complaint Against Australia Livid Over Hamas Terror Designation

Great news from Australia, with the announcement that the government will list the entirety of Hamas as a terrorist organization, including its political wing, the culmination of a process that has gone on for a while.

“The views of Hamas and the violent extremist groups listed today are deeply disturbing, and there is no place in Australia for their hateful ideologies,” said Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews.

“It is vital that our laws target not only terrorist acts and terrorists, but also the organizations that plan, finance and carry out these acts,” Andrews said.

One organization who is really unhappy about this designation is The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, who have come out with this press release lambasting it:

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network strongly disagrees with the government’s listing of the Hamas political wing as a terrorist organisation.

As the elected governing body of Gaza, designating Hamas a terrorist organisation does nothing to advance the cause of peace, and will only cause more suffering for the 2 million people currently surviving under a 15-year Israeli blockade.

“The government has failed in its duty of searching for a peaceful solution and has shown it applies one set of rules to Palestine, and another to Israel,” APAN President, Bishop George Browning said.

“The entire process leading up to this designation has been led by those who have a political barrow to push, with only pro-Israeli groups being sought out for evidence.

“Once again this government has shown it has no interest in human rights, or the application of international law.”

APAN Vice-President, Nasser Mashni, also said the terrorist designation shows the government’s biased approach to Palestinians.

“Israel has continually been found to be an apartheid state by human rights organisations, a crime against humanity, yet it is Palestinians who once again have to suffer from this targeted bigotry,” Mr Mashni said.

“It’s no wonder Palestinian-Australians suffer racial discrimination if the government itself is happy to paint a target on our backs.”

APAN has been one of many advocacy groups, human rights groups, and conflict and peace experts, that have continually urged the Australian Government not to designate the Hamas political wing as a terrorist organisation.

Much of the information the Australian Government has based its decision on is questionable, and there is no evidence that any money raised for governance is diverted to the military.

Designating all of Hamas to hurt its military wing is an incredibly blunt instrument. In 2017 Hamas updated its overall charter which now accepts Israel and a two-state solution and took out the antisemitic aspects of the charter.

This designation will not act as a deterrence against terrorism but would damage Australia’s capacity to play a constructive role towards a Middle East Peace.

APAN Vice-President Nasser Mashni is the same guy filing a Racial Discrimination complaint against the Australian government, for siding with Israel. When I posted about him yesterday, I pointed out his media savviness, with him being careful to condemn Hamas for war crimes. Even the complaint’s press release contained as one of the desired outcomes of the complaint the Australian government indicating “that it supports the ICC investigation of allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity by all parties, including Israeli authorities and Hamas.”

If he truly believed Hamas was committing war crimes, he would not be opposing this decision. He would be supporting it.

Note how he tries to connect this decision to his racial discrimination complaint:

“Israel has continually been found to be an apartheid state by human rights organisations, a crime against humanity, yet it is Palestinians who once again have to suffer from this targeted bigotry,” Mr Mashni said.

“It’s no wonder Palestinian-Australians suffer racial discrimination if the government itself is happy to paint a target on our backs.”

It is bigoted to suggest all Palestinian-Australians either support Hamas or somehow do not acknowledge its complicity in terror.

He also suggests that the designation “does nothing to advance the cause of peace, and will only cause more suffering for the 2 million people currently surviving under a 15-year Israeli blockade.” As if Gazans are not suffering terribly under Hamas.

To quote Cyndi Lauper, I see your true colors shining through.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media