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Calling on all signatories

June 18, 2009 – 10:16 pm45 Comments

By Anthony Frosh and Rachel Sacks-Davis

To the 170 signatories to the petition calling on Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard to cancel her planned visit to Israel, we understand that you believe that Israel is not “a truly democratic society”. That’s ok. We attribute this to the poor standard of education that you have received. It might serve you well to read a book that has not received recommendations from the Green Left Weekly.

Be that as it may, we are still curious because when Kevin 747 visited China, we do not remember seeing any petitions. In Kevin’s words, “Fair shake of the sauce bottle.” Even if we accept your views that Australian MPs should not visit Israel, we assume that there would be some other destinations that would have to be added to the strike list.

So here’s your chance to explain yourselves. We’re talking to you Miriam Margolyes, and the rest of you self-described “eminent Australians”. (We know some of you read this blog.) We welcome any explanations that you might have, but we want to point out that we are not interested in arguing with you about Israel. What we are looking for is your defence of China, and specifically, what is it about China that makes it an acceptable political destination? After all, we can see that you have high standards.

Sincerely,

Frochel

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