A singularly rare voice in Australian parliament that defends Palestine

Federal Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon speaks truthfully about what’s been happening in Gaza and the Middle East, unlike the sheep in the two major parties who simply mouth platitudes about Israel and receive their talking points from the Zionist lobby or political leadership.

The following speech was given by Rhiannon on 20 November:

The other spectrum is the blind Zionist politician Michael Danby whose great contribution was the following:

Foreign Minister Bob Carr has distanced himself from the comments of a Labor backbencher who accused the Greens of backing “women-hating, gay-hanging” Islamic fundamentalists.

Michael Danby, who chairs a parliamentary foreign affairs committee, lashed out at the Greens after they put a motion to the Senate on Wednesday blaming Israel for the latest conflict in the Middle East.

“The Greens’ failure to even mention the millions of Israelis living under constant rocket fire, forced into air raid shelters, exposes them as an extreme left political party,” the outspoken supporter of Israel told The Australian newspaper.

“It is ugly that these Australian far left extremists are effectively in bed with the women-hating, gay-hanging Palestinian Islamic fundamentalists of Hamas.”

Senator Carr said he didn’t endorse Mr Danby’s language, especially as Israel and Palestine had just agreed to a ceasefire.

“Michael is a very colourful character,” he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

“I think it would be unbecoming for me as foreign minister, at a moment when Hamas and Israel have reached out to accentuate areas of agreement, to start picking up terms of abuse.”

Danby clearly doesn’t need a press release from the Israeli Foreign Ministry to instruct him what to say. He knows full well.

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