“Hasbara” runs amok with Australian-Israeli stamp issue

“In May, Australia Post and Israel Post collaboratively issued two stamps commemorating the Australian Light Horse and the WWI Battle of Beersheba in Palestine…  ANZAC heroic courage and endurance warrants commemoration but the issue of the stamps entailed a cynical rewriting of Australian war history that deflects ANZAC honour to deodorise Israel’s stinking reputation around the world…”

In her article “Stamping impunity on Israel’s war crimes” posted by “countercurrents.org” on June 25th, 2013, Vacy Vlazna quotes the “Australia Post” shop site as saying that “The capture of Beersheba allowed British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza and then advance into Palestine, a chain of events which eventually culminated in the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.”

Australian Communications minister Steven Conroy is quoted as saying that “I don’t have any role in choosing what’s on stamps, but I do support this – it’s a wonderful tribute to the 4th Light Horse Brigade and recognises a chain of events that eventually culminated in the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.”

The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce adoringly asserts that “During WWI, Australian troops fought alongside the British army to conquer Israel from under Ottoman rule…. The friendly Australian soldiers were remembered fondly by residents of the Jewish colonies of Israel. Warm ties were also formed with the Australian soldiers who were stationed in Israel during WWII”.  (Emphasis added -JG).

In fact, the above are all Israeli “hasbara” (propaganda) constructs; as Vlazna tells us, “In 1917 (and during WWII) Israel did not exist. World War I and II were fought on Palestinian soil.”

Astonishingly, Australia Post’s managing director Ahmed Fahour (?!) is quoted as saying that “The Battle of Beersheba is something close to the hearts of both Israelis and Australians”.

Be still, my pounding heart!

To get back to reality, as I see it, the Israel Lobby seems to have no shame whatsoever in distorting history in order to score “warm fuzzies” for the “Jewish state of Israel“ and its brutal occupation and suppression of the Palestinians.  And it seems to enjoy extravagant success in co-opting others into supporting its propaganda, in this case by way of a seemingly innocent joint issue of postage stamps.

Vacy Vlazna’s article shreds the Israeli and Australian Post Office mutual “love-in” with a wealth of relevant detail.

As we are told at the foot of her article, she was the Coordinator of Justice for Palestine Matters, and Human Rights Advisor to the GAM team in the second round of the Acheh peace talks which took place in  Helsinki during February of 2005, before she withdrew as a matter of principle.

I strongly recommend you read the entire article, link below.

Jeff Goodall.

Read the full article here.