Even before the recent victory of rightwing Catholic Tony Abbott's Liberal-National coalition in Australia, the previous Labor government was instituting measures to stem the flow of mass immigration. Outgoing leftist PM Kevin Rudd said of the new measures:
"Asylum seekers who come here by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia."
This uncharacteristically tough stance on illegal immigration, adopted in response to his party's sinking in the polls, was too much for the leftist leaders of Australia's Jewish establishment, a major source of power behind Rudd's Labor party.
"I cannot stomach voting for a government that treats other human beings in this way. A line has been crossed. Rudd’s policy, like that of [Tony] Abbott’s, is brutal. It relies on abusing the human rights of one group of refugees to deter another group." wailed Josh Bornstein, a prominent Jewish attorney and major Labor supporter.
"I am deeply distressed and disturbed by the current hard-line policies of both major parties. The true measure of the moral level of society is how it treats its most vulnerable people." screeched leftwing author Arnold Zable.
"Down this path lie vulnerable refugees fleeing persecution and, while deserving of our empathy, they are instead left degraded and dehumanized. As a person of Jewish faith, I have long understood what racism does to people." sobbed Mark Leibler, the chairman of Australia's pro-Israel lobbying group "Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council".
But what about Israel's hardline policies on illegal immigrants, most of them from sub-Saharan Africa? The Netanyahu government, on whose behalf Leibler's outfit so vociferously lobbies, banned remittances, sealed Israel's border with Egypt, and started deporting the troublesome migrants.
Why aren't the same Jewish leftists who wring their hands and go into hysterics about the policies of gentile leaders are either silent about or openly sympathetic to Bibi's policies? Why can Israel adopt admirably strict measures against mass immigration, but predominantly gentile western societies have to swing open their doors and allow their nations to be flooded by Third World invaders?
All of these shabby liberals also made a point of bringing up ancestors who were either victims of the Nazis or fled war-torn Europe during the Holocaust, to justify their destructive call for open borders. They refuse to realize that the destruction of western societies for which they clamor will result in a bloody destruction of Jewish life in the West.
The Australian Jewish establishment was the one that crossed a line and did so a long time ago. Bornstein, Zable, Leibler, and their leftist ilk should be treated for what they are: a bunch of contemptible traitors who seek the destruction of the very same country that gave their ancestors safe haven.
Eugene Girin is a New York-based attorney and commentator.