Bob Carr’s Pales­tine party crashed by pro-Ha­mas poet who calls for ji­had against Is­rael

The for­mer for­eign min­is­ter wasn’t pleased at all when he heard about his warm-up act

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

Bob Carr’s lat­est speak­ing gig has raised quite a few eye­brows. J-Wire web­site, Mon­day: For­mer NSW premier and fed­eral Aus­tralian for­eign min­is­ter Bob Carr has been billed as a dig­ni­tary on an ad­ver­tise­ment pro­mot­ing an event in Syd­ney com­mem­o­rat­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of Al-Nak­bah (Oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tine) and the “Pales­tini­ans’ Right of Re­turn to their Land”.

Carr was set to head­line the Pales­tinian event with poet Ah­mad AlKan­dari. The poet at a stu­dent rally in Kuwait, March 29, 2010: We are the sol­diers of Ha­mas, and ji­had is our path … we will never recog­nise Is­rael.

Uh oh. The for­mer for­eign min­is­ter on Twit­ter, Mon­day: Proud to be com­mem­o­rat­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of the dis­place­ment of more than 700,000 Pales­tini­ans when I speak in West­ern Syd­ney on May 12.

It ap­pears some of the Kuwaiti poet’s verses even­tu­ally got back to Carr. Al-Kan­dari speak­ing at the Kuwaiti Stu­dent Union rally, con­tin­ued: This is a mes­sage to the Zion­ists … Say to Zion: We have brought slaugh­ter upon you, and we shall watch you dy­ing. You will en­counter our army of Al-Qas­sam, for whom death serves as a cloak.

He was one un­happy pro-Pales­tinian pol­lie. Carr on Twit­ter, hours later: I have told the or­gan­is­ers of this event that I will not share the plat­form with any speaker who does not en­dorse a peace­ful ne­go­ti­ated path to the set­tle­ment of the Is­rael-Pales­tine dis­pute.

Don’t worry, folks. Carr is still go­ing to wax lyri­cal about wicked Is­rael. They just dumped Al-Kan­dari … Carr’s later tweet on Mon­day night: I have proudly ac­cepted an in­vi­ta­tion to ad­dress an al­ter­na­tive func­tion mark­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of Pales­tinian dis­pos­ses­sion and the case for a Pales­tinian state as en­vis­aged in Oslo Ac­cords that were en­dorsed by the world com­mu­nity.

Ei­ther way, why is a for­mer for­eign min­is­ter ap­pear­ing at this event? Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil of Aus­tralian Jewry chief Peter Wertheim’s state­ment, Mon­day night: What he con­tin­ues to miss is that his ref­er­ence to the “70th an­niver­sary of Pales­tinian dis­pos­ses­sion” im­plies that Is­rael’s es­tab­lish­ment in 1948 it­self cre­ated the Pales­tinian refugees, and that Is­rael is there­fore an il­le­git­i­mate state. This is not con­sis­tent with the Oslo Ac­cords …

From Is­rael wars to cli­mate wars, here’s ABC Late News on bush­fires in Syd­ney’s south, Mon­day: Fire­fight­ers spent the day wa­ter­bomb­ing and back­burn­ing to try to con­tain the fire … Now, with cli­mate change ex­tend­ing the fire sea­son, there are calls for a re­think.

How many times did fire­fight­ers men­tion cli­mate change at Mal­colm Turn­bull’s press con­fer­ence at the Heath­cote fire re­sponse cen­tre, Mon­day: Zero.

Aunty clearly wasn’t lis­ten­ing to the Prime Min­is­ter ei­ther. Turn­bull speak­ing at Heath­cote, Mon­day: … our cli­mate has al­ways de­liv­ered ex­tremes, whether it is floods or fires or droughts, we are, as the poet wrote, the land of droughts and flood­ing rains, and fires as well.

Fi­nally, The Moscow Times asks the big ques­tions about Rus­sia’s new­est wel­fare pro­gram, yes­ter­day: Can Rus­sia Af­ford Its Save-a-Bil­lion­aire Re­lief Pro­gram?

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