Joseph Wakim is outraged:
Baird is not responsible for appointments made by his predecessor. Asking Alhadeff politely to resign for his comments, made at such a tense time, would be the moral thing to do. It would be pro-harmony.
And what did he do?
Well, so far as I can see, he refused to play the ‘Yeah, but…’ game…
Wearing his CEO hat, Alhadeff issued a community update on 9 July, titled “Israel under Fire: Important points about Operation Protective Edge”. His statement reached the Arab Australian community and went viral.
In the post he condemned the “Hamas terror organisation” for its “attacks on Israeli civilians”, for “violating international law and engaging in war crimes as its militants launch rockets indiscriminately at civilians from civilian areas”.
Why the scare quotes? There’s no dispute about these things, is there? Not amongst sensible rational adults, anyway.
His statement failed to condemn the collective punishment and indiscriminate attacks against Gaza. As chairman, his role is to prevent this kind of stone throwing, not engage in it.
I really don’t think a statement of ‘You’re both as bad as each other!’ is really appropriate here.
Neither did it mention the countless Palestinian children who are snatched from their beds, never to be seen again, and never to attract global condemnation.
Well, this is a new one on me. Is someone draining them of blood to make Ramadan biscuits, or something?