|All Aussie administrations save Whitlam's have been pro-Israel|
His extreme hostility towards Israel, exhibited in his polemic My Israel Question – which to the disgust and consternation of many observers was published by a prestigious academic publisher, Melbourne University Press – is reprised on his blog (see, for instance, this early post of mine) and in articles such as this recent one.
With Ahmed Moor, Mr Loewenstein has co-edited After Zionism: One State For Israel and Palestine, which is being enthusiastically plugged by Stephen Sizer and the usual suspects.
Last week it was launched at a bookshop on Saladin Street in Jerusalem, at which, I'm told, Canadian lawyer and former PLO spokesperson Diana Buttu criticised Abbas for allegedly preventing Palestinians from engaging in (armed) "resistance".
And last night Loewenstein and Moor discussed their book in the Khalili Lecture Theatre at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies. Those doughty defenders of Israel Jonathan Hoffman and Richard Millett went along.
Wrote Jonathan Hoffman, convinced that a one state solution would be achieved only in a bloodbath, after the meeting:
'"How many have to die to achieve "One State"?
That's the question I always ask advocates of 'One State' - meaning the antisemitic act of eliminating Israel as a Jewish State, the one Jewish State alongside 57 Muslim States.
I ask it because the vast majority of Israelis – Jews and Arabs – do not want 'One State' under any circumstances, so it could only be achieved by force.
I asked it of Antony Loewenstein tonight at SOAS. Loewenstein ("As an atheist non-practising Jew") has co-edited a book advocating "One State".
Of course the 'One State' antisemites can never answer my question. Loewenstein at first tried to turn the tables on me by asking me a question. But I pressed him. Was it one million? Two million?
"Six million" came back the answer with a smirk. How utterly despicable – and from a man who then said – without a hint of irony - "I have spent my life fighting antisemitism"! (He also said that Iran is no threat to Israel!).
Thank heaven that Israel haters like Loewenstein have made no headway whatsoever in Australia - where there is strong bipartisan support for Israel.'That's cross-posted from the Jewish Chronicle blogs, and another person present has commented there:
"Jonathan was focussing on the appalling comment made by Loewenstein when asked how many dead Jews it would take to satisfy the blood lust of those demanding a one state solution . Without the smirk it could have been regarded as an unfortunate random plucking of a number and given the dubious benefit of the doubt .
With the smirk it was quite apparent that Loewenstein knew what he was saying .
Following the debate, a Pakistani gentleman introduced himself to us. He mentioned that he was a journalist and that he was very disappointed by the comment as it was overtly antisemitic...."Richard Millett has much more here
See also my next post, a sequel of sorts.