Announcer: In 1948, Israel declared independence. The following day, IDF forces
entered the Palestinian villages.
Palestinian: Wa, salaam aleikum, my friend, good morning, mazal tov on the state,
have a great time.
Jew: Thank you, wise Palestinian. But we still don’t know where we’ll live.
Palestinian: Walla, take our village. Here are the keys. We were thinking of leaving
anyway; after all, we’ve got 22 more countries.
Tall soldier: Nice Palestinian, are you sure you don’t want to remain in your home?
We can live together; there’s enough room for everyone.
Palestinian: You know what we Palestinians are like. We’ve got an urge to wander.
What’s that we say? Hoo-wha, hoo-wha, a voice calls, to roam, to
Jew: Ok, if that’s the way things are we’ll honor your request and take over your
homes. Goodbye, wise Palestinian. (Read more, it doesn't stop there.)
Fraser, one of Australia's ex-prime ministers, has been urging a balanced role in dealing with Gaza and Israel and has urged Australians to support Obama on this issue, as Obama has come across as the strongest President, since Eisenhower on the issue of trying to stem somewhat human rights abuses in the area. Not trying to stem aid, though, of course.
He also questions Australia's blind support for Israel. Rightly so, to my mind.
The typical responses have been found in the letters pages, but positive ones also. If you visit either Australians for Palestine, or Antony Loewenstein's blog you will find the original article and the letters. The original article is also at Malcolm Fraser's website, Australians All.