Rudd, Koutsoukis, Fred Nile

Hartcher on Rudd’s relationship to the media and the Australian. Koutsoukis writes about the settlements.

After the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, until June 1967, Israel ruled over only the western half of Jerusalem.

But following the Six Day War Israel captured the eastern half of the city from Jordan, giving Jews access to the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, the site of the first and second Jewish temples and regarded as the holiest site in Judaism.

Israel declared its annexation of East Jerusalem in 1980, building a ring of Jewish neighbourhoods from north to south around the Old City aimed at making the return of the city to its 1967 boundaries almost impossible.

Today East Jerusalem is home to about 200,000 Jews and 250,000 Palestinians; most of the latter hold Jerusalem residency permits but not Israeli citizenship.

Anti Muslim bigotry from the Christian Democrat Party. Who’s surprised? I wonder what we’d find out if emails from Fred Nile leaked.

In one email Douglas Darby attacks a Muslim activist, Mal Mac Rae, as a ”stupid moslem c—” and says ”muslim scum are too busy stacking ALP branches and raping Aussie chicks”.

In another, Douglas Darby suggests Muslims ”who habitually engage in child molestation, incest, pack rape … obey the laws of this country or f— off to Afghanistan where Australians are allowed to shoot you people”.

Yet another urges Mr Mac Rae to become a suicide bomber. ”Please do it inside either a Sunni or Shiite mosque.”

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