ALAN JONES RALLIES THE TROOPS
After a series of baiting statements in which he labelled Lebanese Muslims “vermin” who “rape and pillage a nation who’s taken them in”, the influential broadcaster called for “a rally, a street march, call it what you will. A community show of force.” Those most susceptible to this tune danced like the master manipulator knew they would. Not on their watch. Not beneath their Southern Cross. The focal point was to be Cronulla Beach in Sydney where bloody battles between locals and anyone perceived as otherwise made global news in December 2005. The former frequently draped in Australian flags and daubed with slogans such as “save Nulla, fuck Allah”. Jones was later found guilty of “inciting hatred, serious contempt and severe ridicule of Lebanese Muslims” by the New South Wales Administrative Decisions Tribunal.