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October 1, 2017 7:33 pm

Australian Columnist: We Should Apologize to the Jews

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Rowan Dean, a columnist at Australia’s Courier-Mail newspaper, on Sunday called on his fellow Australians and non-Jews everywhere to apologize to Jews for lacking in compassion and understanding.

Upon meeting a Jewish person, says Dean, you should “reach out, shake their hand and say, ‘I’m sorry.’”

That “I’m sorry,” Dean writes, should be for a long list of shortcomings: Failing to mourn the Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympic Games, dismissing Palestinian terrorist attacks, blaming the lack of Middle East peace solely on Israel, ignoring the BDS movement, and refusing to see the connection between radical Islamic terrorism against Israel and its attacks on the rest of the world.

Today, however, things are beginning to change, says Dean:

The other day, Norway’s Minister for Migration and Integration, Sylvi Listhaug – one of that country’s most popular politicians – linked terror in Europe to what Israel endures.

Speaking to an Israeli media outlet, she said: “We are experiencing now the fear that you have experienced for decades. Many people now understand the situation you live in. We see what is happening in Sweden, in Britain and in France.”

Ms Listhaug added that Europeans “need to understand the situation in Israel better.” This may sound like common sense, but it is completely at odds with the one-sided approach most European politicians and other nations instinctively take against Israel.

One sign of this change, asserts Dean, was the recent speech to the UN Human Rights Council by Mosab Hassan Yousef, a former Hamas member.

“I address my words to the Palestinian Authority,” Yousef said. “I ask: where does your legitimacy come from? The Palestinian people did not elect you, and they did not appoint you to represent them. …The suffering of the Palestinian people is the outcome of your selfish political interests. You are the greatest enemy of the Palestinian people.”

Dean notes that “the Palestinian delegation sat in stunned, furious silence. Around the massive auditorium, you could’ve heard a pin drop. The truth can have that impact.”

If the West wants to treat the Jews fairly, he concludes, it “needs to stop pretending there is moral equivalency in the Israel-Palestine conflict. We must demand that the Palestinian Authority cease all terror, hold elections, and negotiate peace.”

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  • johntyd

    What are you talking about? Do you even know? Judea is, was and always will be a Jewish possession. Arab imperialism has failed to divest the rightful heirs of Judea. But Europeans that have no moral, historical or legal connection to the continents and lands they have conquered and stolen take the side of other imperialist and service arab fictions about their rectitude. When men live by plunder and murder they create a religion to glorify it and a legal system to justify it. The Jews have more right to be where they are than you do to live where you are.

  • Bill Veris

    I think it’s weird that Jews always go on about anti Semitism all the time even though other races have suffered more than the Jews!
    Anti Gentile!

  • Bill Veris

    Bernie Madoff — what nationality was he?
    Greg Morelli wanting White country music fans to die in Las Vegas — nationality?
    Vladmir Putin said 85% of Communist Russia was Jewish.
    Emily Goldstein wrote this article: ““Yes, Diversity Is About Getting Rid Of White People (And That’s A Good Thing)”
    Harvey Weinstein — A major movie producer in Hollywood preying on women. Again guess the nationality?
    Joel Stein admits Jews control Hollywood and brags about it in the LA times? What nationality is he?
    It’s always the same outrageous thing time and time again. Your denial makes me sick.

  • Dvirah Talbi

    An apology is a good start, but only the start. A change in attitude and a devotion to accuracy and fairness are also required.

  • Bill Veris

    I won’t hold my breath for Jews “to do the right thing.”

    • Dvirah Talbi

      You don’t have to, Jews generally do the right thing all the time.

      • Bill Veris

        What happened after Las Vegas? Many Jewish supremacist groups call for gun control! No questions about mental health or stopping Muslims being radicalized or the fact that Mandalay was a gun free zone!

        What about firing back at criminals? Nope! Take their stocks to their semis is better!

        (I can provide links if you want or you can just type in the Browser to see for your self.)

  • Bill Veris

    Left or right leaning Jews, it’s the same thing. 2 sides of the same coin, because Jews think racially, “what best for the Jews?”

  • Bill Veris

    If Jews demand apologies 1000 times, we’ll remind them of apologies we demand or remind them of things they’ve done in the past or now 1000 times. It won’t change because it’s like a “fiat currency.” It’s void of meaning.

  • Bill Veris

    Why is it that Jews demand Christians to wear skull caps at the Wailing Wall?
    Jews don’t wear crosses when they visit Christian churches!

  • Bill Veris

    Jews have to stop thinking their the only people in the world or the only people who have suffered in the world. Demanding apologies will only upset people!

  • Bill Veris

    I’ve never seen any Jewish lobby group seriously ask why Jews are hated so much.

  • Sheikh Anvakh

    Australia should also acknowledge its role in WW2 in refusing entry to any Jews, citing “we don’t want to import a racial problem”, slamming the door shut as did the US, UK and so many others

  • Michael Young


    of new jersey
    in the house of representatives
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    Mr. SMITH of New Jersey. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to announce that I
    have introduced the bipartisan Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat
    Anti-Semitism Act of 2017 (H.R. 1911), along with my colleagues and

    original cosponsors, Brad Schneider, Peter Roskam, Eliot Engel, Randy
    Weber, Nita Lowey, Ted Deutch, Gus Bilirakis, and Marc Veasey are also
    original cosponsors.
    I wrote the provisions of the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004
    to create in the State Department the Office to Monitor and Combat
    Anti-Semitism and the Special Envoy to lead it. President Bush signed
    the bill into law and since then the Special Envoy and Office have been
    crucial tools in our global fight against Anti-Semitism.
    However, as witnesses testified at a recent hearing I chaired on
    “Anti-Semitism across Borders,” the ninth hearing I have chaired on
    Anti-Semitism, Anti-Semitic hatred has metastasized across the
    ideological spectrum. Secularists, Islamists, extremists on the right,
    and extremists on the left, propagate Anti-Semitism. Violent Anti-
    Semitic attacks have become more frequent and perpetrators are learning
    from and sometimes even cooperating with each other across national
    It’s urgent that we enhance the position of Special Envoy to match
    the threats to Jewish communities and make sure our response is strong
    and focused. This legislation:
    Elevates the position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-
    Semitism to the rank of Ambassador;

    what a load of crap

  • Shoshanna Silcove

    When the non-Jews start saying they are sorry for how they treated us you know Moshiach is imminent.

  • Marianne McCormack

    Well said. As a Jewish woman I am sick of having to endure accusations against Israel as “The Big baddy” in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. This illogical stance is nothing more than modern day good old fashioned anti-Semitism.

  • Eva Stein

    Great, thank you!

  • Mark Beutler

    Do I have to apologize to them too,even though I never did any of the things listed in the third paragrpah?

    • Osi

      It seems that, either you don’t understand the language, or you are IGNORANT!


    Has the worm turned?

    It thrills my old heart to read these truths and see the real truth exposed.

    May G-d’s blessing continue on Israel and those who bless her.

    • Michael Young

      israel has the highest poverty rate among OECD countries, according to a report released by the 33-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Wednesday.
      The data revealed that Israel’s poverty rate stood at close to 21% percent of the population in 2016, compared to the 11.1% average among the rest of the members.

  • Ofer Desade

    oh. i thought he was going to appologize for the st. louise or the years of rampant pre(and post)-vatican-2 antisemitism.