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Boycotting Jews yet again

By Jonathan J. Ariel - posted Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The caravan will roll back into Sydney later this week.

The caravan of hate that is.

This Thursday at 6:00pm at Parramatta Town Hall in western Sydney, a crowd of protestors will assemble before marching towards a suburban shopping mall in order to taunt the management, staff and patrons of a Jewish owned franchised café called Max Brenner.


This protest comes just seven weeks after a similar one at the very same café, and four months after the protest organisers won a legal victory (on 23 July) when charges were dismissed against a violent protest against Max Brenner that was held in mid 2011in downtown Melbourne. Commenting on those protesters, Australian Workers Union boss Paul Howes said he found their behaviour "mimicked those of Nazi thugs".

This Thursday the activists will be reminding us – in case we ever needed reminding - of just whose side they are on in the war between liberal democracies and the tyrannical, misogynist and Jihadist forces which rail against us.

And just as they did in September, these protesters will repackage their anti-Semitism as the allegedly less pungent fume of "anti-Zionism". But just who are they kidding?

The earlier protests both in Sydney and Melbourne included Marxists, Greens, anti-capitalists, anti-Western, Muslims and Muslim sympathisers. These are people that hold a range of divergent views across many topics from one another, but are unified by one pernicious common denominator: their animus toward Jews and their attempts to revise history.

In Sydney's September protest, about 50 protestors nested outside the Parramatta outlet of Max Brenner and held banners accusing the Middle East's sole democracy of being a terror state engaged in genocide and representing all is that is wicked in the Middle East. Between shouting that Max Brenner's beverages are laced with Arab blood, there were shrills that the Jewish state was responsible for the killings of Muslims by Christians in Lebanese "refugee camps" some 30 years ago.

These are classic, tried and tested, Jew baiting activities.


One reminiscent of the reprehensible and oft repeated 'blood libel' accusation, while the other incites bigotry by claiming that Jews goad others to do their bidding. And that the bidding involves blood-curdling activities.

Both the Melbourne and Sydney protests were and continue to be supported by the global campaign of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. A movement whose purpose is to delegitimize and demonise Jews everywhere by first delegitimizing and demonising the Jewish state.

BDS' message is clear: all the problems of the Middle East would be solved if the Jewish state were no longer supported in any way. Not by diplomatic means, not by commercial means and not through cultural and sporting exchanges.

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Jonathan J. Ariel is an economist and financial analyst. He holds a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He can be contacted at

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