In this recent speech to the British House of Lords, Baroness Tonge discusses the unmentionable: the Zionist Lobby’s brutally-exercised and politically-stultifying power in western countries.
From an Australian perspective, it would be progress if ONE member of the Australian Parliament spoke in plain English about The Lobby’s power downunder.
A handful of Australian politicians, such as the gutsy Julia Irwin MP, have voiced public support for a better deal for Palestinians – but none has ever publicly criticized the Zionist movement’s intimidatory behaviour (as far as I’m aware)
The last Australian politician who came close was the former National Party leader Tim Fisher, who even showed enough spirit (after leaving Parliament) to write an article about the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty – probably one of the few occasions in four decades that astonishing incident has ever been mentioned by Australia’s mass media.
The Israel/Zionist Lobby in Australia itself is the principal Elephant in the Living Room for Australia’s political elite or mass media. If The Lobby is discussed, it’s only with admiration.
Consequently, the unwavering, grovelling support for Israel, shown by all leading politicians, is simply inexplicable to most Australians. They lack the information necessary to understand it.
The pro-Israel bias is reported without critical comment by the media – and dimly perceived as one of life’s mysteries by the masses. Those who do believe the bias has a rational basis have an irrational basis for that belief; they’re the folk sucked in by the drip-drip-drip of Islamophobic and anti-Arab propaganda that is de rigeur in the sleazier parts of the mass media.
Fortunately, the Internet is opening up public discourse in Australia on the crucial topic of Zionist power. Slowly but surely discussion of The Lobby is making its way into the mass media too, mostly via submitted comments.
As usual, people lead. Sooner or later, politicians will follow. Later, in the case of Australia…
The above article can be found at : No Tonge in Australian Parliament