Saturday, November 08, 2003

More shameful Ashrawi shenanigans: "Yesterday Ashrawi addressed the National Press Club, eight days after the ABC advised the club it would not televise the function."

"Interviewed by ABC radio's Linda Mottram on the AM program two days ago, [Mark Leibler, national chairman of the Australia/Israel Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC)] said of Ashrawi's peace prize lecture in Sydney the previous night: "I looked everywhere for a clear condemnation of suicide bombers. I couldn't see it anywhere. You know, the people who go into malls and cafes and blow up women and children. No reference to it. There was also no call to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure ..."

"Mottram: "Hanan Ashrawi said, and I quote, 'Acts of violence against civilians, regardless of motivation or reason, must stop immediately, must not be encouraged, must not be condoned, whether suicide bombers or Apache helicopters.' Isn't that the kind of language you're calling for?" Liebler: "Of course not. What you're doing is equating those who blow up innocent civilians, women and children, with actions by a country to deal with terrorists. That's not good enough, because the Israeli violence is only, is not violence. The Israeli action is there simply to protect the civilian population ...""

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