The Adelaide Advertiser reports today that â€œon various websitesâ€ (thatâ€™d be VEXNEWS) Abiad was being held to account for his extremist views on foreign policy.
VEXNEWS has learned that Abiad spoke with Greg Kelton off-the-record in violation of Liberal party preselection rules which prohibit campaigning.
In his defence, Abiad offered that he was endorsed by Christopher Pyne (as weâ€™d reported), Alexander Downer (of the Right faction) and even a Jewish community leader clearly unfamiliar with Google.
After the week Israel has had, it might well be a positive for Abiad among some Liberal Left preselectors that he is on the record as recently as 2008 describing Israelâ€™s foundation as â€œAl Nakbaâ€ or a â€œcatastrophe.â€
An advertisement dated 12 March 2008 that Houssam Abiad signed and endorsed â€“ which has been obtained by VEXNEWS and was originally published in The Australian â€“ refers to Israel as a â€œtriumph of racismâ€ and claims that Israel engaged in â€œethnic cleansingâ€ (a term used to describe Nazi Germany) against the Palestinians.
IF YOU LIE DOWN WITH DOGS
To give you an idea of the political assocates of Mr Abiad, the advertisement was signed by the boss of CFMEU in NSW Andrew Ferguson, wacky SA former Democrats SA state MP Sandra Kanck, Socialist Left ex federal MP Margaret Reynolds, Socialist Left ex Victorian MP Joan Coxsedge and Israel hater Antony Lowenstein.
Also standing alongside Abiad in his denunciation of Israel were a whoâ€™s who of left-wing political extremism in this country including:
Socialist Alliance, Green Left Weekly, Communist Party of Australia, Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, Socialist Alternative (Newcastle), NSW Refugee Action Coalition, Maritime Union of Australia (Sydney) and a host of Palestinian solidarity groups.
It should be noted Abiad is not Palestinian, but is of Lebanese Muslim descent. His foreign policy misadventures cannot be attributed to a misplaced loyalty to his people. He hates Israel and all who stand alongside the Middle Eastâ€™s only genuine democracy.
WHAT DOES HOUSSAM ABIAD REALLY THINK?
Heâ€™s entitled to his views but it also appropriate he be judged by them.
He has claimed that Israel â€œharvests innocent livesâ€.
He has made it clear he is not just anti-Israel but anti-US too:
The United States blind support of Israel, arm length policy and double standards is the very root of this present conflictâ€¦.While the world is crying out for global intervention to stop the bloodshed, I was not surprised one bit by the response from the American government. Instead of using its influence on Israel to stop the devastating attacks on the Lebanese population, it has supported once again such attacks. And instead of rallying the international community to call for an immediate cease-fire to stop further bloodshed, it blocked all UN efforts to call for an immediate cease-fire.
He insists that Israel is Americaâ€™s â€œproxyâ€ in the Middle East. (Someone should tell Barack Obama)
And he identifies with every country that makes itself the adversary of the United States it seems. He said:
Today I stand in the face of all injustice and atrocities committed in the world, today I condemn all forms of terror, today, I am truly a proud Australian, a Palestinian, Afghani, Iraqi and Lebanese, the war has to stop, this is not a war against terror, this is a war of terror.
Thatâ€™s right. He reckons the Israelis are terrorists. And he declares that Americaâ€™s liberation of the oppressed peoples of Afghanistan and Iraq was â€œinjustice,â€ â€œatrocity,â€ and â€œa war of terror.â€
On what planet is this person a candidate for public office from any major party in Australia?
He makes former National Party leader Tim Fischer – whose hatred of Israel seemed to know no decent bounds – look quite the moderate. Fischer used to make up bizarre tales about Mossad and Israel deliberately attacking US Navy ships and seemed generally to conduct himself like his hat was on too tight when it came to the Middle East.
Houssam Abiad looks like continuing that lunatic tradition in conservative politics.
He makes up things too. Try this on:
The Israeli certainly are achieving what they have preached in the beginning of the current bombing, when they stated their wish is to put Lebanon back twenty years.
Simply not true. â€œThe Israeliâ€ â€“ as he so charmingly puts it in the style of Sheik Hilaly â€“ said no such thing.
He also repeats the standard left-wing mantra about Israel acting â€œillegallyâ€ which is part of a half-century plus campaign of delegitimising Israel in any way they can:
Israel is in violation of over 65 UN Security Council Resolutions, some of them go back to as far as 1948.
Leaving aside criticism of the United Nations, dominated as it is by dictatorships, Israel withdrew from Sinai and struck a peace deal with Egypt which has basically stuck much to both countriesâ€™ credit.
It withdrew from Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank too, and those Israelis unfortunate enough to live near Gaza get terrorist rockets landing in their schools, shopping centres and apartment buildings. Thatâ€™s why Israel has had to do everything it could to stop the flow of weapons into the Hamas controlled territory. No other democratically elected government could do anything other than do whatever it needed to do to defend the lives and property of its own people. We doubt thereâ€™s a UN resolution that decrees that but it doesnâ€™t make it any less true.
A HOWARD HATER TOO, ALSO A DOWNER ON ALEX
Houssam Abiad wasnâ€™t just ripping into foreign democracies either. He didnâ€™t think much of the Howard government or of then Foreign Minister Alex Downer either, even conjuring up some bizarre and unlikely conspiracy theory about their conduct in 2006:
The Australian government has failed its nationals in Lebanon, they were left stranded. The Australian embassy was closed; many had no place to go and had no idea what to do. I want to send a clear message to our government that itâ€™s not good enough to put Israel’s military objectives ahead of the safety of our Australian citizens.
THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND
Houssam Abiad clearly talks a good game. The extremist has duped many good people whose support for Israel and freedom is not questioned. But if he is indeed preselected on Sunday as our sources fear he might be, this will be just the beginning of our campaign of truth and accountability.
This week, when Israel has been under attack, the Liberal party needs to make it clear where it stands. It will regret choosing a man who publicly sympathises with terrorists and refers to the creation of Israel as a â€œcatastrophe.â€
His preselection â€“ if it occurs â€“ will be just the beginning of a long nightmare for the party that associates themselves with such an inappropriate candidate. And they canâ€™t say they werenâ€™t warned.
Believe it or not, we have even more material on this fellow, on his business dealings and other previously expressed views but weâ€™ll save all that for when heâ€™s a marginal seat candidate, if he is foolishly chosen, so that he can become a highly visible cautionary tale for all budding Israel haters aspiring to public office who think they can slink into power without scrutiny or accountability.
A chubby guy who dropped some twenty kilograms apparently in preparation for his candidacy, Houssam Abiad remains very much unfit for office.