What did that cup of hot chocolate do to you?
It’s even less useful than #protestbyhashtag. Last night the Max Brenner outlet in Parramatta, Sydney, was again the target of a small but loud anti-Israeli protest.
As Tel Aviv went into emergency mode due to missile attack from Gaza, people holding Boycott Israel signs marched on the spot people generally go to for hot chocolate 14,000 kilometres away.
They managed to pull off the double whammy - by being both pointless and offensive. There’s an interesting piece on The Conversation about the anti-Semitism of these ongoing Max Brenner protests.
According to the piece by Jonathan J. Ariel:
Both the Melbourne and Sydney protests were and continue to be supported by the global campaign of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. A movement whose purpose is to delegitimize and demonise Jews everywhere by first delegitimizing and demonising the Jewish state.
BDS’ message is clear: all the problems of the Middle East would be solved if the Jewish state were no longer supported in any way. Not by diplomatic means, not by commercial means and not through cultural and sporting exchanges.
Whomever is responsible for tactics for BDS hasn’t come up with a very good strategy.
In just the same way a ratbag filmmaker in the United States is not going to be rehabilitated after seeing Muslims in Sydney holding signs that say: “Behead those who insult the Prophet”, ruining the Thursday night chocolate fix of some Sydney-siders who happen to like Max Brenner is nothing other than counter-productive.
We’re not big on the importation of cultural and ethnic calamities from the other side of the world.
The upside is the idiocy of last night’s action demonstrates we’re a long way from any serious attempts to transport the current crisis in the Middle East here.
It’s bad enough where it’s actually happening. Those trying to inflame the streets of Sydney won’t get much sympathy.
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