Coinciding with the formerly pagan celebration of New Life, at Easter time the Christian world pauses to consider the Passion of Christ and the story of His crucifixion and resurrection. Mainstream media will cover this major annual religious event but will largely ignore a crucial message of the Passion story – our critical obligation to bear witness and speak out against evil.
I endlessly repeat a key message for the people of the endlessly war-making but internally peaceful and democratic nations of US Alliance: “Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity”. 12 million people have died from violence or war-imposed deprivation since 1990 in the Zionist-backed US War on Muslims but the Western mainstream media and most of the citizenry of the West look the other way from the suffering of Palestinians, of Muslims and indeed of all Third Worlders under US hegemony.
For the humanity-ignoring citizens of the US Alliance countries, the most personally poignant part of the Passion should be how Peter denied Christ thrice at the time of his arrest by the soldiers of the chief priests. The key passages from Chapter 26 of the Gospel according to St Matthew (King James Version) are as follows:
“30. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
31. Then saith Jesus unto them, All thee shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
32. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
33. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, I will never be offended.
34. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
35. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise said all the disciples.
36. Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
47, And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the temple.
48. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsovever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him, fast.
49. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail master; and kissed him.
50. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
69. Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
70. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
71. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
72. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
73. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrayeth thee.
74. The began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man . And immediately the cock crew.
75. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, before the cock crew, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out and wept bitterly.”
The betrayal of that wonderful Palestinian humanitarian Jesus by fellow Palestinian Peter and his subsequent Crucifixion by Jewish fanatics is mirrored today in the betrayal of humanity by the overwhelming majority of Western citizens, and is well illustrated by overwhelming denial by Australian public figures of the ongoing Palestinian Genocide by Apartheid Israel.
The Crucifixion of Jesus by the Romans at the behest of Jewish fanatics is today mirrored by the Palestinian Genocide (2 million Palestinian killed by violence or violently-imposed deprivation since 1936), the wider, Zionist-backed US War on Muslims (12 million Muslims killed by violence or violently-imposed deprivation since 1990), the global avoidable mortality holocaust (1,300 million people dying from deprivation since 1950 under Zionist-beholden US hegemony), and the worsening Climate Genocide that is set to kill 10,000 million people this century due to unaddressed, man-made climate change (with the climate criminal US Alliance, including Apartheid Israel and Australia, being a major contributor) (see “Muslim Holocaust Muslim Genocide”; “Climate Genocide”; and see “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”, now available for free perusal on the web).
In 1880 there were about 500,000 Indigenous Palestinians in Palestine and about 25,000 Jews of whom about half were immigrants. The British seized Palestine in WW1 and after betraying Arab people via the perfidious 1916 Anglo-French Sykes –Picot Agreement (to divide up the Arab world between France and Britain), betrayed the Palestinian People by offering Palestine to the Zionists as a Homeland for Jews (via the 1917 Balfour Declaration, this actually being part of a scheme to get traitorous Russian Zionists to keep Russia in the war). Australian soldiers of the Anzac Mounted Division, commanded by Jewish Zionist General John Monash in WW1, commenced the Palestinian Genocide in 1918 with the Surafend Massacre in which they massacred the inhabitants of the Arab village of Surafend in southern Palestine. The British betrayed the terms of the Balfour Declaration (that had demanded no detriment to Indigenous Palestinians or to Jews) by supporting mass immigration of Jewish Zionists into Palestine, this leading to the Arab uprising in 1936 that was suppressed by British and Zionist forces.
The British further betrayed Palestinians by agreeing in 1944 to partition Palestine between the Jews (now 1/3 of the population) and the Indigenous Palestinians. The British Government betrayed both the British and Palestinians by supporting the Zionists, despite the racist Zionist terrorists collaborating with the Nazis and killing British soldiers before, during and after WW2.
The UN betrayed humanity by agreeing to this Partition and the race-based colonizer State of Israel which then proceeded to expel 0.8 million Palestinian and seize 78% of Palestine. In 1967 a now nuclear-armed Apartheid Israel attacked all its neighbours, seizing the Sinai Peninsular, all of Palestine, and a slab of Syria. In 1974 the Israelis withdrew from the Sinai but in 1982 occupied much of Lebanon, permitting the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Palestinian refugees in Beirut. In 2000 Apartheid Israel withdrew from nearly all of Lebanon but in 2006 reinvaded and destroyed most of the infrastructure of Lebanon. Apartheid Israel has now ethically cleansed 90% of Palestine and the Golan Heights, still violently rules the Palestinian Occupied Territories and continues to bomb and terrorize other countries of the region.
Numerous anti-racist Jewish and non-Jewish writers and scholars refer to the ongoing Palestinian Genocide (see “Palestinian Genocide”, “Boycott Apartheid Israel”, and “The Plight of the Palestinians”, noting that Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention states: that “In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”.
The Palestinian Genocide has involved the following horrendous abuses: 2 million Palestinians violently killed (0.1 million) or killed by violently-imposed deprivation (1.9 million) since 1936; 7 million refugees; of 12 million Palestinians, 6 million are forbidden to even step foot in their own country, over 4 million are held hostage with zero human rights under Israeli guns in the Gaza Concentration Camp (1.6 million) or in ever-dwindling West Bank Bantustans, (2.5 million), and 1.6 million live as Third Class citizens as Israeli Palestinians under Nazi-style Apartheid Israeli race laws; and 90% of Palestine has now been ethnically cleansed of Indigenous inhabitants.
The extraordinary genocide ignoring, holocaust ignoring , genocide denial and holocaust denial by Westerners, including Australians, in relation to democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel is even more extraordinary because the Western countries are ostensible democracies with one-man-one-vote. Whatever the economic and social policies of Western people and politicians, their fundamental core value should be acceptance of democracy. However this fundamental proposition is rejected in practice by Mainstream Westerners through their slavish support for democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel. Thus of 12 million Palestinians, 6 million are forbidden to even step foot in Palestine and only about 13% can vote (when adults) for the government ruling all of Palestine, albeit as Third Class citizens under race-based, Nazi-style, Apartheid Israeli race-laws.
In June 2010 Australia’s most popular PM, Labor PM Kevin Rudd, was deposed in a US-approved, foreign mining company-backed and pro-Zionist-led Coup that installed the now current PM, the staunchly pro-war, pro-Zionist, pro-US and pro-mining Labor figure Julia Gillard (see Gideon Polya, “Pro-Zionist-led Coup ousts Australian PM Rudd”, MWC News, 29 June 2010, and “US- , Zionist- And Corporate-Perverted Australian Labor Vilifies And Rejects Australia-First Ex-PM Kevin Rudd “, Countercurrents, 28 February 2012; Antony Loewenstein, “Does the Zionist Lobby have blood on its hands in Australia?”, 2 July 2010, and “Departing ALP member tells of deep Zionist influence in party”, 10 August 2010).
In February 2012 Gillard called for a vote on her leadership, defeated Rudd 71 votes to 31, and culled some pro-Rudd people, including Rudd himself, from her Ministry. In March 2013 Gillard called for a ballot on the leadership, but this time she was the only candidate. Gillard took the opportunity to cleanse her Ministry of nearly all pro-Rudd people, including some of the most senior Labor politicians. Her new 42-member Ministry (including people from Ministers to Parliamentary Secretaries) has had to scrape the barrel for talent and has been referred to as “the L-plate Ministry” (learner drivers in Australia have L plates) and as “pygmies replacing giants”. A subsequent poll showed Labor’s primary electoral support had slumped to about 30% as compared to nearly 50% for the Liberal Party-National Party Coalition led by Opposition leader Tony Abbott. The Australian Labor Party has gutted itself, and is finished electorally, with the conservative Coalition facing the prospect of a landslide victory in September 2013.
However missing from public analysis of the Labor debacle is the horrible reality that the militant pro-Zionist faction has now taken over Federal Labor. Of the 42 Labor Ministers, 42 have all been endorsed by leading pro-Zionists; 41 have through public statements and voting record, actively or passively exhibited support for Apartheid Israel e.g. through failure to insist on Palestinian rights, and opposition to the UN Palestinian statehood proposal or to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against grossly human rights-abusing Apartheid Israel; 20 have been on Zionist-sponsored or other visit to nuclear terrorist, genocidally racist, racist Zionist-run, democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel; 14 have made speeches at Zionist functions; and 6 have intimate links to Zionists or leading pro-Zionists or corporate links with Apartheid Israel.
Notable exceptions to this catalogue of pro-Zionist infamy in the March 2013 Gillard Labor Ministry are Kelvin Thomson (representing Wills, Victoria , the only member of the House of Representatives to have asked in Parliament about how many people we had killed in Iraq.) and Melissa Parke (representing Fremantle, Western Australia) who was a signatory to a petition by eminent Australians demanding Palestinian human rights (Petition for Palestinian statehood) that stated in part: “130 member states of the United Nations have so far committed to recognise a Palestinian state. If Australia’s long-standing commitment to a two-state solution is genuine and meaningful we should join them.” The list of signatories includes 2 Federal Greens MPs, and 5 Federal Labor MPs but zero people from the staunchly pro-Zionist Federal Coalition:
Reverend James Barr, President Australia Palestine Advocacy Network Inc
Senator Bob Brown, Leader of the Australian Greens
Ross Burns, Australian Ambassador to Israel (2001-2003)
Senator Doug Cameron, Labor senator for New South Wales
Archbishop Francis Carroll, Emeritus Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn
Ken Chan, Former Australian diplomat and Administrator of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
The Hon John Dowd AO QC, Former Attorney-General of New South Wales
Elizabeth Evatt AO
Laurie Ferguson MP, Labor Federal Member for Werriwa
Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH, Former Prime Minister
Bruce Haigh, Political commentator and retired diplomat
Jill Hall, MP, Labor Federal Member for Shortland
Rev Gregor Henderson, Immediate Past President, Uniting Church in Australia, Member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches
Janet Holmes à Court AC, prominent business woman
Hon Dr Barry Jones AO, leading Labor intellectual
Professor John Langmore, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
Scott Ludlam, Greens Senator for Western Australia
Robert Newton, Vice President Australia Palestine Advocacy Network Inc, Australian Ambassador to Egypt (2002-2005)
Melissa Parke, MP, Labpor Federal Member for Fremantle
Peter Rodgers, Australian Ambassador to Israel (1994-97) and author
Professor Amin Saikal
Associate Professor Peter Slezak, University of NSW and Independent Australian Jewish Voices
Maria Vamvakinou, MP, Labor Federal Member for Calwell.
These Australians must be praised for standing up publicly for decency and not betraying the human rights of the Palestinians. Other eminent anti-racist Australians and indeed numerous other anti-racists around the world have stood up and opposed the horrendous human rights abuses of Apartheid Israel (see “Jews Against Racist Zionism”, and “Non-Jews Against Racist Zionism”), in stark contrast to the Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist-dominated conservative Liberal-National Party Coalition (the Libs) and Labor (the Labs, and hence the term Lib-Labs or Liberal-Laborals for the Coalition and Labor) – as British 18th century Parliamentarian Edmund Burke stated “Evil happens when good men do nothing”.
What can decent people do? Decent people must not betray goodness or support evils such as racism, genocide and war. Zionism is genocidal racism in theory and in horrible practice . Racist Zionists and their supporters (whether from conviction, cowardice or ignorance) should be sidelined from public life as were those supporting Apartheid Israel-backed Apartheid South Africa. Indeed Jewish hero in the fight against Nazi-style Apartheid in South Africa, MP and Government Minister Ronnie Kasrils, has declared that Israeli Apartheid is worse than South African Apartheid (Ronnie Kasrils, “Israel 2007: worse than Apartheid”, Mail & Guardian On-line, 21 May 2007).
Genocidal Israeli Apartheid is intolerable to decent people. Throughout the world, racist Zionists and their supporters must be sidelined from public life as have been like racists such as Nazis, neo-Nazis, Apartheiders and KKK. In Australia the Australian Labor Party (ALP) has shifted to the Right under PM Julia Gillard and has become an Alternative Liberal Government., Another Liberal Party, the Apartheid Labor Party, the Apartheid Israel-supporting Labor Party, the American Lackey Party and an Anti-democracy Labor Party. In this shift it is similar to formerly Centre-Left parties around the world that, subjected to Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist perversion and subversion, have now lurched to the Right (e.g. the war criminal British Labour Party). Decent, anti-racist, pro-democracy Australians who totally reject Apartheid will vote 1 Green and put Labor last until it has reverted to decent values, has begged for forgiveness and, like Peter, “wept bitterly”.
Dr Gideon Polya was born in Melbourne, but moved to Tasmania as a young boy. His primary education was at Friends School and Lenah Valley state school in Hobart. At University, Gideon obtained a BSc (Hon) from the University of Tasmania, majoring in Zoology and Chemistry, with first class honors in Chemistry. Gideon’s PhD is in Biochemistry from Flinders University in Adelaide.
Since finishing his PhD, Gideon has worked in the following places: – Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA – Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra – School of Biochemistry, La Trobe University where he is Reader in Biochemistry.
He has published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007); see also his contributions “Australian complicity in Iraq mass mortality” in “Lies, Deep Fries & Statistics” (edited by Robyn Williams, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007) and “Ongoing Palestinian Genocide” in “The Plight of the Palestinians. A Long History of Destruction“ (edited by William Cook, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2010).