Israel bashing is a sport played by left-wing journalists and many foreign affairs departments of governments throughout the world.
At the United Nations General Assembly, it reaches its odious nadir with regular votes denouncing Israel for anything and everything. Simultaneously, with remarkable moral flexibility, while Israel is scrutinised to the point of absurdity, shocking human rights abuses and genocide can go unexamined if the perps are part of the anti-democratic majority.
Disturbingly, as part of its shabby campaign to gain elevation to the UN Security Council, the Rudd government has recently reversed a vote of the previous government on the issue of forced relocation of Israelis on ethnic grounds from certain areas.
The previous government did very little to support Israel at the United Nations. They did not exactly set a Gold medal standard of support for the Middle East’s only liberal democracy.
Look at the list of those who interrupted their hard work on the diplomatic cocktail circuit to join in on denouncing Israel:
In favour:Â Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Peopleâ€™s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao Peopleâ€™s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.
Naturally, the Fairfax press is excited:
The resolutions on the Middle East peace process are held annually and the Howard government had backed both from 1996 to 2002 but in 2003 began to vote against or abstain. It was a move that aligned Australia with only the US, Israel, the US Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau and Micronesia and put the country at odds with Britain, Canada, New Zealand and France.
At odds with France! Quelle horreur!
UPDATE: Not so easily fooled is Labor MP Michael Danby who has said today that the Australian Government’s disgraceful decision was a “mistake”. He noted that generally the Rudd Labor government remains a supporter of Israel. Some might think that with friends like that, Israel scarcely needs the vicious enemies that surround it, with incompetence being the only obstacle to the them sending rampaging armies or weapons of mass destruction into Tel Aviv, not a lack of desire to kill.