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In writing about the pivotal Jewish role in Australia’s demographic revolution (triggered by the liberalization of immigration laws and institutionalization of multiculturalism), I have had regular occasion to mention the name “Leibler.” Among Jewish leaders in Australia in recent decades, none have enjoyed greater prominence than brothers Isi and Mark Leibler. I had long intended to devote an entire essay to the Leiblers and their impact on Australian politics and society, and was recently prompted to do so by the publication of the book The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life by the Jewish journalist Michael Gawenda. After sampling some excerpts, I ordered the book and powered through it in a couple of days. While already familiar with the most of its contents, the biography contains some fascinating (and surprisingly revealing) material.

Gawenda’s stated reason for writing The Powerbroker is strangely paradoxical. He claims to have been impelled to write about Australia’s most powerful and politically well-connected Jewish leader by the rise of anti-Semitism in Australia and elsewhere. “The time was right,” he claims. “Anti-Semitism of the right and the left was on the rise. … For the first time, I had a growing sense of foreboding about the future of the Jews. I wondered whether that time after the Holocaust – the time in which Leibler and I grew up and lived most our lives, when anti-Semitism was totally unacceptable and anti-Semites were given no oxygen, no legitimacy – was over.”[1]Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 6. Gawenda’s bizarre response to this alleged phenomenon was to pen a work confirming the veracity of various anti-Semitic “tropes” and “canards.” The Powerbroker unashamedly affirms the extraordinary power, wealth and political influence of organized Jewry in Australia – and its most prominent leader. For Gawenda:

Leibler’s life is a story about Jews and power. Making that connection is fraught with risks, for it is one that has been made throughout history by anti-Semites and by those who think Jews somehow have an almost magical ability to influence and change – always for self-interest and for the worst – the course of history. Questions about Jewish power have consumed Jew-haters, and their answers have led to discrimination and hatred and, sometimes, to unspeakable, historically unprecedented violence. But just because anti-Semites believe the Jews have power does not mean it is untrue. Leibler’s story cannot be told without an examination of the way he has developed and used power and influence.[2]Ibid., 11-12.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 6.)

Gawenda’s willingness to openly discuss the extraordinary power and influence of Jews in Australia, despite this endeavor being “fraught with risks,” troubled one reviewer of The Powerbroker, the Jewish academic Phillip Mendes, who warned that “This narrative may excite some conspiracy theorists on the far left and right who believe that Jews per se control finance.”[3]Philip Mendes, “The many sides of Mark Leibler,” The Sydney Morning Herald, September 11. https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/the-many-sides-...a.html Mendes falsely claimed in his review that 30 percent of Australian Jews live in poverty.

Gawenda’s first interactions with his biographical subject were when, as editor of The Age newspaper in Melbourne in the 1990s, the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), the lobby group then (and still) chaired by Leibler, contacted him “regularly to complain rather robustly about the newspaper’s coverage of the Middle East.”[4]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 9. Gawenda did not always need AIJAC’s “robust” advice to sway the newspaper’s coverage of the Middle East in his own ethnic interests. As editor he censored political cartoons critical of Israel, a practice that prompted one observer to demand he openly declare his Jewish ethnicity. Gawenda found this deeply offensive, with its suggestion that “a Jew writing about another Jew was somehow problematic. And it could only be considered problematic if you thought that Jews stuck together, that their first loyalty was always to each other, that Jews, in other words, had dual and even conflicting loyalties. For Jews, this is an association with a long and bloody history, and it has, no doubt, been leveled at Mark Leibler.”[5]Ibid., 10.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 9.)

Michael Gawenda

Gawenda identifies as a child of “Holocaust survivors” despite the fact his parents sat out World War Two in the far-east of Russia. They were, he claims, part of “the influx of more than 20,000 Holocaust survivors [to Australia] after the war, more of whom settled in Australia proportionately than in any other country other than Israel.”[6]Ibid., 7.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 9.)
The father of his biographical subject arrived in Australia just prior to World War Two. An Orthodox religious Zionist and diamond dealer from Antwerp who arrived in 1938 on a business trip, Abraham Leibler was prompted to stay by the situation in Europe, and was joined by his wife Rachel and firstborn son Isi in Melbourne later that year. At that time, there were then no obstacles for Jews leaving Belgium to sell their property and take their wealth with them. Isi Leibler’s younger brother, Mark, was later born in Melbourne in 1943.

Abraham set up his diamond business in Melbourne at the time when, under the influence of the White Australia policy, Australia was one of the Whitest countries in the world with the non-European population, other than Aborigines, being measured at around 0.25 per cent of the total. The population was predominantly of Anglo-Celtic origin and Australians of the other European ethnicities were thoroughly assimilated into the Anglo-Australian mainstream. Apart from the Protestant-Catholic sectarian divide, Australia was a culturally-cohesive nation devoid of significant social tensions. Reflecting on this, Gawenda sourly observes that “In those days the word ‘diversity’ pertained only to plant and animal species, not to human beings, and the word ‘multicultural’ was still many decades away from being a description of Australian society.”[7]Ibid., 16.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 9.)
Gawenda’s own ethnic group would play a pivotal role in that social transformation.

Abraham Leibler arrived in an Australia that was “was monocultural and before the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants from Europe in the 1950s, ethnically homogeneous.”[8]Ibid., 20.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 9.)
Even this post-War influx of some 200,000 European migrants to Australia did not, however, greatly change things. Northern European migrants were prioritized and expected to assimilate into the general Australia community as quickly as possible (which they did). Moreover, throughout the 1950s more migrants continued to arrive in Australia from Britain than from any other place.

At the time of Abraham Leibler’s arrival in 1938, the Australian Jewish population were predominantly “Anglo Jews” – the descendants of German Jews who arrived in Australia during the gold rushes of the mid to late-nineteenth century. These Jews were well integrated into the political and administrative structure of the colonies and gained social acceptance through adoption of British customs and displays of loyalty to the British Empire. Sir John Monash (1865–1931), for example, became a general in the Australian army and was, according to Goldberg, “the only Jew in the modern era outside Israel (with the exception of Trotsky) to lead an army.”[9]Dan Goldberg “After 9/11: The Psyche of Australian Jews,” In: New Under the Sun – Jewish Australians on Religion, Politics & Culture, Ed. Michael Fagenblat, Melanie Landau & Nathan Wolski (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2006) 140-152, 151. Sir Isaac Isaacs (1855–1948) became Australia’s first native-born Governor-General. In Australia under the Immigration Restriction Act of 1901, these highly-assimilated Anglo-Jews were regarded as “White,” while Jews of Middle-Eastern origin were regarded as Asian and therefore barred from entry.

Alongside these culturally-assimilated Anglo Jews was a smaller group of Eastern European Jews noted for their ferocious ethnocentrism and political radicalism. These Jews arrived as refugees from Tsarist Russia from 1880 to 1914, and from Poland after 1918. The numbers arriving with each of these waves were, however, comparatively small and Australian Jewry remained a tiny isolated outpost of world Jewry until the 1930s.[10]Suzanne Rutland, The Jews in Australia (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 22. In this decade, Australia accepted an influx of 7,000 Jews as refugees under the Australian government’s quota for Jews fleeing National Socialist Germany. Gawenda notes how these new Jews, and the post-war Jewish influx of “Holocaust survivors” from Eastern Europe, “were radically different to the Anglo Jews. They spoke mainly Yiddish and were steeped in Yiddish culture and traditions. Critically, they did not define their Jewishness narrowly, as a matter of religious adherence. Many were Zionists who believed in Jewish nationhood.”[11]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 18.

Many were also avowed communists who created and supported a communist front group called the Jewish Council to Combat Fascism and Anti-Semitism. Formed during the war, this organization became a major force in Australian Jewish community politics, with its leaders and members being overwhelmingly “either communists or fellow travelers.”[12]Ibid., 24.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 18.)
From these politically radical Eastern European Jewish migrants emerged one of the Soviet Union’s most successful spy rings. In his book Traitors and Spies: Espionage and Corruption in Hugh Places in Australia, 1901–-50, former intelligence officer John Fahey describes how “respected Jewish businessmen” Jack Skolnik, Hirsch Munz and Solomon Kosky “established themselves as what I believe is probably the most successful spy ring that’s ever operated in Australia. I have no doubt they stole vast amounts of information.”[13]Jen Kelly, “How three Melbourne businessmen became one of the Soviets’ most successful spy rings, Herald-Sun, October 9. This trio passed on valuable military and political secrets to Moscow, undetected, from government offices in Melbourne from the late 1920s right through to the 1950s.

The Anglo Jews feared the intense ethnocentrism and political radicalism of these new Jewish arrivals would provoke an increase in anti-Semitism — and their fears were not without foundation. The new migrants had the effect of making the Anglo-Jews more visible as a group through their association with the new European Jews. They also provoked hostility from significant sections of the Australian community, who (correctly) sensed that these psychologically-intense and politically-radical newcomers posed an existential threat. The Anglo-Jewish leadership feared these new Jews, who were “Zionists of the most visceral kind,” would provoke the charge of dual loyalty recurrently made regularly against Jews in Europe: that Jews were only loyal to each other and not to the countries in which they lived. Gawenda observes that:

Sometimes the dual loyalties charge was expressed as an accusation that Jews were a fifth column of traitors hidden in the population. Hitler famously ranted about the Jewish stab-in-the-back of the German people during World War I. It was, however, a relatively new concept in Australia, where, until the arrival of the refugee Jews in the 1930s, Australia’s Anglo Jews had, in the main, done everything they could to avoid being accused of such a terrible thing. After the establishment of Israel, the dual loyalties’ charge morphed into a charge that Jews were more loyal to Israel than to countries where they lived and often had lived for generations.[14]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 21.

The battle between the established Anglo-Jewish community and the newcomers from Central and Eastern Europe was essentially a battle between proponents of cultural assimilation and proponents of Jewish separatism. The new Jewish migrants were “not about to ‘complete Hitler’s work,’ as many of them put it, by assimilating.”[15]Ibid., 36.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 21.)
Even when in Europe they had considered themselves Jews first and foremost. “They were well-versed in Jewish scholarship, often deeply religious and in many cases, passionately Zionist,” notes the Australian-Jewish historian Suzanne Rutland.[16]Rutland, The Jews in Australia, 77 The new Jews, through the activism of community leaders like Walter Lippmann (who arrived in Australia in 1938), were to be pivotal to entrenching cultural pluralism and “multiculturalism” as official Australian government policy from the 1970s.

Lippmann resented the expectation to assimilate into the Anglo-Australian mainstream. In his advocacy of the multiculturalism in Australia, he tore a page out of the writings of the pioneering Jewish-American multiculturalist Horace Kallen. Lippmann believed Jewish immigrants had left one type of oppression behind only to be subjected to another – the Australian expectation to assimilate. Kallen described the corresponding expectation in the early twentieth-century United States as “the Americanization hysteria” or the “Americanization psychosis.”[17]Horace Kallen, Culture and Democracy in the United States (New York: Arno Press, 1924; reprint 1970), 165; 167. The multiculturalism espoused by Lippmann, which ultimately became the basis for social policy in Australia, implied “a rejection not only of the attempts to promote an amalgam of cultures but also of any assumptions of Anglo-Saxon superiority and the necessary conformity to English-oriented cultural patterns.”[18]http://www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/multicult...9a.htm

The Leiblers, as Orthodox Jews and Zionists, openly flouted the expectation to assimilate and lived in a completely Jewish milieu sealed off from the surrounding Australian society. This stance was intensified by their involvement with Mizrachi, a religious Zionist organization that functioned like a self-contained community, with its own synagogues, day schools and youth movement, Bnei Akiva – named after Rabbi Akiva, a rabbinical authority on Judaism’s major texts, who was executed by the Romans after the failed Jewish revolt against Roman rule in AD 66.

The Leiblers were far from alone in their determination to resist assimilation and promote Jewish genetic and cultural separation from the general Australian community. A group of businessmen and activists raised money to establish a Jewish day school in 1949, Mount Scopus College, in Melbourne – which eventually grew into the largest Jewish day school in Australia and one of the biggest in the world. Mark Leibler attended the college, which catered to “a wide range of parents, from the Orthodox to those who wanted their children to go to a Jewish school in order to minimize the chances of their ‘marrying out.’” These parents were most concerned about “maximizing the chances of their children getting good Year 12 exam scores and marrying other Jews.”[19]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 81. Such was the insularity of the Mark Leibler’s upbringing and early life in Melbourne that he observed: “I don’t think I had any non-Jewish friends. I was basically mixing with Jews all the time.”[20]Ibid., 33.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 81.)

Despite this, reflecting back on his time as a student at Mount Scopus, Leibler thought the school had not done enough to foster a “deep sense of their Jewish identity, a knowledge of and love for Judaism as bulwarks against assimilation and intermarriage.” He believed Australian Jewish children needed “schools with clear ideologies that fostered their particular kind of Jewish identity.” He later supported and sent all of his children to Yavneh College – a Zionist and Modern Orthodox school absolutely committed to producing “Jews secure in their Jewishness, knowledgeable about and able to practice Judaism with an unshakable commitment to Israel.”[21]Ibid., 81.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 81.)

Mount Scopus College: not doing enough to foster a “deep sense of their Jewish identity, a knowledge of and love for Judaism as bulwarks against assimilation and intermarriage
Mount Scopus College: not doing enough to foster a “deep sense of their Jewish identity, a knowledge of and love for Judaism as bulwarks against assimilation and intermarriage

Mark Leibler first interacted with non-Jews when he studied law at the University of Melbourne. Even there, he was, however, taught and mentored by several Jewish academics including Zelman Cowen, the Dean of Law who helped get him into the Masters program at Yale. Jewish ethnic networking also played an inevitable role in determining where Leibler launched his legal career: he did his articles at the law firm of Arnold Bloch in 1966, whose eponymous owner was “a family friend and Jewish community leader who had known Mark since he was a boy.”[22]Ibid., 48.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 81.)
Leibler subsequently joined the firm and was quickly made an associate. Within a decade and a half, many of the firm’s mostly Jewish clients were among Australia’s richest people. One of Bloch’s first clients in the 1950s was John Gandel, the now billionaire property developer and leading funder of Jewish causes.

In the decade to 1957, the Australian Jewish community had almost doubled in size, from about 32,000 to more than 55,000 with the vast majority living in Sydney and Melbourne. By 1957, the new Jewish migrants from Central and Eastern Europe outnumbered the Anglo Jews and had taken over the leadership of all Jewish organizations. It was out of this group that Isi and Mark Leibler emerged as leaders in the 1960s and 1970s. Mark focused his leadership ambitions on the Australian Zionist organizations – the State Zionist Council of Victoria and the national Zionist Federation of Australia, which was affiliated to the World Zionist Organization. His brother Isi had already risen to become president of Victorian Jewish Board of Deputies and an internationally recognized leader of the campaign to allow Soviet Jews to migrate to Israel. His activism is said to have been strongly shaped by “the Holocaust” which was always “uppermost in Isi Leibler’s mind.”[23]Ibid., 23.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 81.)

Since the late 1990s, when Isi settled in Israel, Mark Leibler has been recognized as “Australia’s most influential and powerful Jewish leader, and has become increasingly influential in international Jewry.”[24]Ibid., 4.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 81.)
The Jerusalem Post accorded him the status of one of the world’s 50 most influential Jews – a leader of Jews both in Australia and around the world. Gawenda notes that while Leibler “is not well known to most Australians,” his influence “far exceeds his public profile” and he is “regularly sought out by powerful people in all walks of life.”[25]Ibid., 2.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 81.)
Ultimately, this power and influence is “built on the strength of the 120,000 in Australia’s Jewish community.”[26]Ibid., 4.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 81.)
In the subsequent parts of this essay, I explore Mark Leibler’s impact on Australian politics and society.

Mark Leibler with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Mark Leibler with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Lawyer to Australia’s Ethno-Plutocratic Elite

Leibler has been a partner at the law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler (ABL) for almost fifty years. Of the 200 richest people and families in Australia, around one-in-five are clients of ABL. In 2018, thirty-five of Australia’s wealthiest individuals and families were clients of ABL and 19 of these were Jewish. The man topping the rich list, Anthony Pratt, with an estimated fortune of $12.9 billion, is one of them. These clients help make the firm one of Australia’s most profitable. ABL has close connections with several major New York firms — especially those established and run by Jews like Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Skaddan Arps. The lawyers of these New York law firms, which refer many cases to ABL, are said to “feel comfortable dealing with ABL, a firm with origins in the Jewish community that still retains a significant Jewish client base.”[27]Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 291.

Most of ABL’s wealthy Jewish clientele reside in the wealthy inner suburbs of Melbourne. Sydney has fewer Jewish billionaires than Melbourne, although businessman Sir Frank Lowy and apartment mogul Harry Triguboff ranked in the top 10 of the of the 2018 rich list, and Jewish wealth in Sydney is growing rapidly due to “the business success of South African Jewish migrants, most of whom settled in Sydney and Perth from the 1970s to the 1990s.”[28]Ibid., 296.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 291.)
A long-time pillar of Melbourne’s Jewish establishment and client of Leibler is Jewish shopping center magnate John Gandel who is Australia’s seventh richest person with a fortune estimated at $6.45 billion in 2018. Gandel has made large donations to Jewish organizations closely linked to Leibler, such as Australia Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) and the United Israel Appeal. Gandel also finances the Anti-Defamation Commission’s propaganda program for schools “Click Against Hate” — an “early intervention” program for schoolchildren from Years 5 to 10. The program is offered free of charge to schools due to this funding.

John Gandel (center right) and ADC chairman Dvir Abramovich (far right)
John Gandel (center right) and ADC chairman Dvir Abramovich (far right)

Gandel also funds Taglit-Birthright Israel, a program that provides free ten-day tours of Israel for young Jews who are “currently unaffiliated with the Jewish community and have never visited Israel.” Announcing his financial support, Gandel declared that “My family strongly believes in supporting a range of programs that can foster and enhance Jewish continuity and identity, and help develop the future leaders in our community.” The Zionist Federation of Australia (led by Leibler’s son Jeremy) thanked Gandel and extoled Birthright Israel as “a critically important Israel program” that serves to “engage many young Jewish adults with the powerful connection to Israel, Judaism and other young Jews they meet during and after the program.”[29]Unsigned, “Zionist Federation of Australia Welcomes Gandel Philanthropy’s ongoing commitment to Jewish continuity,” Zionist Federation of Australia Official Statement, September 30, 2014. http://www.zfa.com.au/zionist-federation-of-austral...nuity/ Thus, while seeking to increase Jewish ethnocentrism and ethno-nationalism through his funding of Birthright Israel, Gandel simultaneously funds “Click Against Hate,” a program specifically designed to reduce White ethnocentrism and promote the virtues of “diversity” and “multiculturalism” among Australian schoolchildren.

Leibler, Australia’s most prominent tax lawyer, fiercely defends their interests of his Jewish clients like Gandel, and has had the ear of every Australian Treasurer since John Howard had the job in the 1970s. Former Australian Tax Office (ATO) officials who have dealt with Leibler attest to his “reputation as a bully who intimidates junior staffers conducting audits of his clients.” He has a reputation for being “arrogant and a formidable and difficult opponent.”[30]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 4. The ATO’s Chief Tax Council, Kevin Fitzpatrick, confirmed Leibler’s reputation as “a person who had influence and as someone who used this perception to bully more junior auditors by threatening to go over their heads to the Commissioner or some other senior official in order to get his way.”[31]Ibid., 239.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 4.)

Leibler certainly exemplifies the qualities Kevin MacDonald identified as typical background traits for Jewish activism: hyper-ethnocentrism, intelligence, wealth and psychological aggression.[32]Kevin MacDonald, “Background traits for Jewish Activism,” The Occidental Quarterly, Vol. 3 No. 2, 2003, 5-37. https://www.toqonline.com/archives/v3n2/TOQv3n2MacDo...ld.pdf Those who have dealt with Leibler attest that he was “often arrogant, often angry, and that he would regularly swear during arguments with opponents.” Interviewing Leibler for his book, Gawenda could readily see “why some of the politicians he had dealt with, and some in the Jewish community who had opposed him politically, might have felt that Leibler was brash, arrogant, a bully.”[33]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 168.

In 1984, when he became president of the Zionist Federation of Australia, the Australian Jewish News described Leibler as “an angry young man.”[34]Ibid., 345.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 168.)
One anonymous Jewish source noted “a massive vicious streak running through the genes of both [Leibler] brothers.”[35]Ibid., 169.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 168.)
Isi Leibler’s attacks on opponents, or people he considered opponents, “were legendary for their bluntness and vitriol.”[36]Ibid., 170.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 168.)
Gawenda notes that while Isi would sometimes be open to reconciliation after he attacked someone (if it was politically expedient), Mark “is a much more uncompromising and dangerous foe.”[37]Ibid., 169.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 168.)
The Leiblers invariably referred to those Jews who questioned their right to speak for all Australian Jews as “enemies of the Jewish people, or even self-hating Jews.”[38]Ibid., 173.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 168.)

In the 1980s, ABL became a locus for Jewish ethnic networking when young Jewish lawyers of the firm were targeted by wealthy Jewish businessmen for lucrative jobs. One was Joe Gersh who was offered a highly-paid job at packaging company run by the late Jewish billionaire Richard Pratt. Pratt had ‘’heard that Gersh was a bright Jewish boy and, according to Gersh, Pratt was then trying to hire every bright young Jewish boy in Australia.” In the end, Gersh opted to stay at the law firm after Leibler told him “things were happening at ABL.”[39]Ibid., 88.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 168.)
Gersh was quickly made a senior associate, and, at the end of that year, aged 26, a partner. These days Gersh is executive chairman of his investment banking firm Gersh Investment Partners. He is also a director of the Liberal Party think-tank The Sydney Institute, and a long-time friend of former Australian Treasurer Peter Costello. In 2018, Gersh was appointed to the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The Powerbroker recounts how Arnold Bloch, the founder of ABL, left the firm in 1981 to go into business with his wealthy Jewish clients Marc Besen and Abe Goldberg. The latter, at one time Australia’s fourth richest man, was a notorious fraudster whose business continued to operate for three years while insolvent. Gawenda recounts how:

In early 1990, Goldberg’s bankers appointed KPMG to look over Goldberg’s books. The auditor discovered that Goldberg’s companies had liabilities of $1.7 billion with assets of $425 million. In other words, Goldberg had been technically bankrupt since the [2013] stock market crash. But before he could be held accountable for the hundreds of millions of dollars he owed the banks and other creditors, he fled to Poland where he renewed his Polish citizenship. At the time Australia did not have an extradition treaty with Poland. Goldberg went back into business in Poland, amassing a significant fortune as a property tycoon before he died there in July 2016, having not paid back a cent of what he owed his creditors in Australia.[40]Ibid., 70.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 168.)

In her 1987 book, The New Boy Network, Jewish journalist Ruth Ostrow chronicled the rise to wealth of the post-war Jewish migrants to Australia. Less than thirty years after arriving in the country, some were among the nation’s wealthiest people. Included in her book were Marc Besen, John Gandel, Eddie Kornhauser, Maurice Alter, George Herscu, Abe Goldberg, and the Smorgon, Liberman, Rockman and Werdiger families.[41]Ruth Ostrow, The New Boy Network: Taking Over Corporate Australia (Sydney: William Heinemann, 1987). All were clients of Arnold Bloch Leibler. Herscu and Goldberg were later exposed as criminals and Herscu ended up in jail. The majority, however, survived the 1987 stock market crash and “went on to accumulate wealth beyond their own imaginings.”[42]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.

Bottom-of-the-Harbor Tax Avoidance Schemes

These clients expected ABL to provide not just legal services, but to advise them on how to maximize their chances of building successful businesses. A key priority was to structure their business to avoid paying tax. A 1980 Royal Commission uncovered a vast tax avoidance industry among these businessmen. These so-called “bottom-of-the-harbor” schemes “were blatant in their intent — to avoid paying what should have been a legitimate tax bill on company profits.” At its simplest, it involved a series of paper transactions in which a company was stripped of its assets and accumulated profits, leaving no tax payable. These assets were then transferred to a new company that carried on business as before. The original company was then metaphorically dispatched to the bottom of the harbor through a transfer to someone with no assets and no idea of what was actually happening. Often the old company’s records were simply “lost.”[43]Ibid., 94-5.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)

Leibler’s clients used a variety of schemes designed to avoid tax, and an Australian Taxation Office official attested to Leibler’s reputation as a lawyer “deeply involved in the blatant, artificial and contrived schemes.”[44]Ibid., 235.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)
As mentioned, Leibler also had a reputation for going over the heads of ATO auditors to more senior officials (or threatening to do so) if the result of a tax audit looked unfavorable for one of his clients. Leibler refused to tell Gawenda how many of his clients had been involved in bottom-of-the-harbor schemes, “but there can be little doubt that the number was significant.” These clients needed Leibler’s help, especially when, in the wake of the Royal Commission, the federal government signaled a willingness to pass retrospective legislation to recoup tax that had been avoided by his clients. New laws made it a criminal offence to create a company or trust unable to pay taxes or to assist a company or person to do so. The new law meant those who took up the tax avoidance schemes or promoted them would be criminally liable.

As Treasurer in the Hawke government (1983–91), Paul Keating (Hawke’s successor as Prime Minister in 1991) initially supported a further crackdown on such tax avoidance. In early 1983, the government introduced legislation that gave the Commissioner of Taxation the power to treat a company’s income and capital reserves (i.e., retained undistributed profits) as dividends and, therefore, to tax those reserves. This was an attempt to recoup tax revenue that had been lost through bottom-of-the-harbor schemes. Mark Leibler was incensed by the legislation. He knew that if the legislation passed, some of his wealthiest clients would be liable for many millions of dollars in tax. This would, in turn, seriously reduce a major source of funding for Jewish and Zionist causes.

Leibler initially tried to set up meetings with the then Finance Minister John Dawkins who was spearheading the legislation, but to “Leibler’s frustration and anger” Dawkins refused to see him. The bill passed the House of Representatives in June 1983. As the Opposition opposed the legislation, only one vote — that of the independent Senator Brian Harradine — would determine whether the legislation would pass or fail. While the legislation was being debated in the House of Representatives, Leibler launched an aggressive lobbying campaign to convince Harradine to vote against the legislation when it came to the Senate. Gawenda notes how:

He flew to Canberra to see him. He sent Harradine notes that explained why the legislation was very bad, and might lead to an economic downturn and a significant increase in unemployment. Leibler knew that Harradine was inclined to support the legislation. He was in many ways an old-style Labor man who was not naturally inclined to support wealthy businessmen. … Politically, there was nothing in it for Harradine to vote against the legislation; in fact he was likely to be accused of being on the side of business and the wealthy. He wavered, torn between following his political interest and his understanding, shaped by Leibler’s lobbying, that it was bad legislation.[45]Ibid., 136.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)

In the end, Harradine caved in to Leibler’s demands and blocked the legislation. While this was “a major victory for Leibler,” a few years later the High Court of Australia ruled that this legislation was actually unnecessary and that the Commissioner of Taxation already had the power to tax the capital reserves of companies involved in the bottom-of-the-harbor schemes and other forms of tax avoidance. After the ruling, Leibler called the then Commissioner of Taxation, insisting that “urgent remedial action was required” and that it was open to the Commissioner to make a ruling that would, in essence, ignore the High Court decision. The Commissioner of Taxation indicated to Leibler that he wouldn’t act without the support of Treasurer Paul Keating.[46]Ibid., 138.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)

Leibler immediately started lobbying Keating. Gawenda notes that it “was relatively easy for a tax lawyer of Leibler’s reputation, who represented so many wealthy clients, to organize meetings with senior politicians on both sides of politics.” The political risks for Keating were substantial if it became known he had met with Leibler to discuss the particular tax assessments of Leibler’s wealthy clients because most Labor MPs supported the High Court ruling. Despite this, as Leibler recorded in his notes from the time, “Keating did respond and very positively. He said quite specifically that he was in agreement with the line I was putting and that he would take the matter up with [tax commissioner] Boucher.”[47]Ibid., 139.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)
In the end, the Commissioner of Taxation agreed to issue an administrative order whereby “the financial threat” to Leibler’s clients “was significantly diminished.”[48]Ibid., 140.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)
Leibler was triumphant. To this day, he “nourishes his contacts at the ATO’s senior levels, including with the Commissioner, and his contacts with senior politicians on both sides of politics. The networking and schmoozing never stops; it’s part of his DNA and he has helped to instill it in many lawyers at ABL.”[49]Ibid., 307.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)

Cultivating Australia’s Senior Politicians

Mark Leibler has cultivated and sustained close relationships with senior Australian politicians over several decades: from Bill Hayden, when he was foreign minister in the Hawke government in the 1980s, to Prime Ministers John Howard, Paul Keating and Julia Gillard. The walls of his office and study are adorned with “photographs of Leibler with Australian and Israeli prime ministers and foreign ministers and senior cabinet ministers: John Howard, Paul Keating and Malcolm Turnbull, and Israeli Prime Ministers Itzak Shamir, Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu.”[50]Ibid., 6-7.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)

The perceived imperative of cultivating close relationships with Australia’s senior politicians can be traced back to events that occurred when Mark Leibler first took on leadership roles in Zionist organizations. From the time of Israel’s founding in 1948 through to the election of the Whitlam Labor government in 1972, both major Australian political parties proclaimed bipartisan support for Israel. In 1973, Whitlam declared his government would be more even-handed, which, for Australian Jewry, “meant that Australian government support for Israel could no longer be taken for granted.”[51]Ibid., 103.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)
Leibler and other Jewish activists were incensed at Whitlam’s stance.

In the lead up to the 1974 election, the Australian Labor Party was concerned wealthy Jewish donors would abandon the party because of Whitlam’s Middle East policies. A meeting was organized between Whitlam and prominent Jewish leaders, including Mark Leibler. Whitlam angered them by refusing to apologize for his public stance. After the event, Whitlam told ALP supporters he felt “ambushed” and accused the Jewish leadership of “trying to blackmail him into supporting Israel.” For Leibler, Whitlam’s intransigence signaled the necessity of establishing “better, more professional connections with leaders of both parties.” Gawenda notes that:

It is now a commonplace accusation that the so-called Jewish Lobby — or Israel Lobby as it is sometimes described — has undue influence on Australian government policies toward the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It has also become common practice to accuse it of being powerful and bullying. Bob Carr, former Labor premier of New South Wales and Foreign Minister in Julia Gillard’s last years as prime minister, is perhaps the most prominent politician to engage in such accusations. Their genesis inside the ALP goes back to that breakfast in Melbourne in 1974.[52]Ibid., 104.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)

Leibler led by example and assiduously cultivated relationships with senior Labor Party figures — in particular with Bill Hayden when he was federal leader of the opposition in the early 1980s. Leibler was at the time president of the Victorian State Zionist Council. It was a difficult time to be a Zionist leader. The Israeli invasion of Lebanon had provoked protests around the world. An incursion into southern Lebanon to push the PLO out of the region had turned, under the direction of Ariel Sharon, into a full-scale invasion of the entire country. Hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children had been massacred in the Sabra neighborhood of Beirut and in the nearby Shatila Palestinian refugee camp by the Phalangist militia allied with Israel. A United Nations commission concluded that Israel bore ultimate responsibility for the massacre.

Despite such events, Leibler was (and remains) adamant that no Australian Jewish leader should ever “indulge in any public criticism of Israeli Government policy.” Gawenda notes that “In those days Mark and Isi Leibler saw themselves as policemen of the extent to which members of the Jewish community could be critical of Israel. If anyone crossed the Leibler line, the brothers reacted with the sort of trenchant, even personal, criticism that made enemies of the Jews and non-Jews who found themselves on the receiving end of their often vitriolic attacks.”[27]Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 291. Leibler has continued to aggressively police “the boundaries of what his fellow Jews could legitimately say about Israel.”[54]Ibid., 11.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)

Mark Leibler cultivated Hayden at a time when his brother Isi had already forged close ties with Bob Hawke, then stalking Hayden for the Labor leadership. Given Isi’s close personal relationship with Bob Hawke, his younger brother thought it most expedient to focus his attention on Hayden and, subsequently, Hawke’s logical successor as Prime Minister, Paul Keating. Hayden personally disliked Isi, thinking him “difficult to deal with, prone to angry outbursts, and quick to make threats” and was initially reluctant to speak to his younger brother who had trenchantly criticized him after he had gone to Israel in 1980 and, “despite intense lobbying by Jewish community leaders,” had gone to Ramallah in the West Bank to visit Yasser Arafat.

Mark Leibler schmoozing with Bob Hawke in the 1980s
Mark Leibler schmoozing with Bob Hawke in the 1980s

Leibler thought Hayden’s attitude to Israel and Australian Jewry was amenable to change and was, to some degree, a product of his rivalry with Bob Hawke, who, according to former Jewish leaders and Labor politicians, told “whoever would listen that he was a hero to the Jewish community, that the Jews were on his side and wanted him [as opposed to Hayden] to lead the ALP in parliament.”[55]Ibid., 108.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)
According to Leibler, “Hayden’s difficulties with the Jewish community were due in part to Hayden’s ‘paranoia’ over the relationship between Hawke and the Jews.”

After his initial meeting with Hayden, Leibler assessed that Hayden was “amenable to building a closer relationship between himself and the Jewish community.” In his notes, Leibler stressed the importance of “frequent informal contacts between the Jewish community and Zionist leaders and the top leadership of the ALP.” Leibler’s overtures to Hayden were “the beginning of his successful cultivation of senior government figures of both political persuasions.” His efforts bore tangible fruit when the Hayden was appointed Foreign Minister by Hawke in 1983. Leibler now “had access to the cabinet minister who was in a position to determine Australia’s stance on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.”[56]Ibid., 113.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)

Overturning the UN Resolution Equating Zionism with Racism

This access became an important strategic asset in Leibler’s campaign to promote the rescinding of the United Nations resolution, passed by the General Assembly in 1975, stating that Zionism was a form of racism. Leibler as ZFA president fervently backed Israeli President Chaim Herzog’s international campaign to annul the UN resolution. The campaign would be led the World Zionist Organization and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and Leibler would run the Australian campaign through the ZFA. He wrote to politicians, public figures and leading journalists insisting that “the Zionism-equals-racism resolution had contributed to both anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism worldwide,” and asked them to support the resolution’s annulment. Bill Hayden, formerly a critic of the Israeli government, now backed Leibler’s campaign.

In August 1985, the U.S. Congress passed a motion denouncing the UN Resolution stating Zionism was racism. Leibler noted: “It immediately occurred to me that perhaps the principle objective of the Australian campaign should be to bring about a similar result, a resolution of both houses of parliament denouncing resolution 3379 but more than that, calling for its rescission.”[57]Ibid., 118.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)

Key Leibler lobbying targets Paul Keating and Bill Hayden
Key Leibler lobbying targets Paul Keating and Bill Hayden

He went to Hayden, not Hawke, with the proposal. Such resolutions were rare in the Australian parliament, and a resolution on a foreign affairs issue had never been passed. Leibler invited Hayden to be keynote speaker at the ZFA’s Biennial Conference in April 1986. Hayden accepted, and told Leibler that he would announce his support for a joint parliamentary resolution in his speech. Having lobbied aggressively to secure cross-party support for the resolution, Leibler then wrote to Hayden “enclosing a draft resolution for him to consider and asked whether he could meet relevant members of Hayden’s staff to discuss the final form of the resolution.”

The resolution (which was basically Leibler’s) that was put to parliament — which went further than the motion passed by the U.S. Congress and called for the UN resolution to be rescinded — was, according to Leibler, “more than satisfactory.”[58]Ibid., 119.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)
Leibler was present in the House of Representatives when the resolution, carried unanimously in the House and the Senate at the same time, was passed. The Australian resolution was used by the Israel’s president, Chaim Herzog, and Jewish leaders and activists around the world as a model for other jurisdictions. The U.S. Congress subsequently passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Patrick Moynihan identical to the Australian one. The French and European Parliaments later did the same. For Leibler, this showed Australian Jewry “could have influence in international Jewish affairs way beyond its small size.”[59]Ibid., 122.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.)
In December 1991 the United Nations General Assembly revoked the 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism.

Mark Leibler in the early 1990s
Mark Leibler in the early 1990s

Having Their Cake and Eating It Too – The Dual Citizenship Campaign

By the mid-1980s Mark Leibler had established the Zionist Federation of Australia as “a political lobbying powerhouse.” The organization was centrally involving in ensuring 7,000 Australian Jews who had made Aliyah to Israel retained their Australian citizenship. Under the Citizenship Act, Australians could not become citizens of another country without giving up their Australian citizenship, as Rupert Murdoch had done to become an American citizen. Under Israel’s Law of Return, Jews who settled in Israel automatically became Israeli citizens – meaning they had implicitly renounced their Australian citizenship. This was not enforced by Australian authorities prior to 1986. That year, however, the Labor government introduced legislation to amend the Citizenship Act to clarify the prohibition on dual citizenship. The bill prompted Immigration Department officials to rule that those who had settled In Israel before 1981 and become Israeli citizens would have their Australian citizenship revoked and passports cancelled. So too would Australian Jews who had arrived after 1981 and been granted permanent residency by Israel.

Among Australian Jews there was outrage and panic, and the “ZFA was inundated with demands for help. Contrary to what Australian immigration officials had always told them, not only would adult Australians in Israel lose their citizenship, but so too would their children who had been born in Israel.”[60]Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 127-28. These Jews, noted Gawenda, who Leibler and the ZFA regarded as a Zionist success story, wanted to have their cake and eat it too. This situation might have “raised the old charge of dual loyalties, a long-standing anti-Semitic trope in which Jews are a sort of fifth column, with greater loyalty to their fellow Jews than to the country in which they live and are citizens. Here were Jews committed to Israel, living and raising children there, even serving in the Israeli army, and yet determined to hang on to their Australian citizenship.”[61]Ibid., 128.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 127-28.)

Leibler coordinated an intensive lobbying campaign to have Jews granted a special exemption to the dual citizenship laws. A “sense of urgency” gripped Leibler during this campaign; he “was a man possessed, furiously working on this issue, and sometimes furious when he didn’t get his way, as, for instance, when an Immigration Department official refused to see the logic and force of the case Leibler was putting to him.”[62]Ibid., 129
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 127-28.)
In his notes, Leibler recalled that “The conversation was very heated and I was quite abusive.” Leibler was adamant “this problem would have to be resolved even if it meant I had to go and see the Prime Minister for the second time that day.” Leibler had met with Bob Hawke earlier that day as part of a delegation organized by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.

Leibler insisted on seeing [then immigration minister] Chris Hurford who “interrupted a lengthy meeting with a rather important lobby to see me.”[63]Ibid., 130
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 127-28.)
Hurford caved in to Leibler’s demands/threats and, in April 1986, with Opposition support, announced amendments to the government’s proposed citizenship legislation that restored the citizenship of all the Australian Jews living in Israel. Leibler’s victory was complete.[64]Ibid., 131
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 127-28.)
In 2002, the Howard government made dual citizenship legal, “in recognition of Australia’s diversity and multiculturalism.”[65]Ibid., 128
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 127-28.)

Courting Paul Keating and John Howard

When Paul Keating successfully challenged Prime Minister Hawke for the leadership of the Labor Party in 1991, there was consternation among the ranks of Jewish activist organizations. At the time “there was a wave of grief through some sections of the Jewish community at Hawke’s departure,” and Jewish leaders “effusively praised the former prime minister.” Bob Hawke was “particularly close to the Jewish community” and, in particular, to influential Jews like Isi Leibler, multicultural activist Walter Lippmann, and wealthy businessmen like Eddie Kornhauser and Peter Abeles. All “had direct access to the prime minister.”[66]James Jupp, From White Australia to Woomera – The Story of Australian Immigration (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2002), 46-47. Bronwyn Hinz noted the far-reaching social policy implications of Walter Lippmann’s close association with Hawke:

In the 1980s, the ECCV [Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria] worked closely with Prime Minister Bob Hawke, a personal friend of ECCV founding Chairperson Walter Lippmann. As the representative of Melbourne’s most ethnically diverse electorate, Hawke was especially cognizant of the value of close connections with the peak council, its activists and member groups, accepting most invitations to their functions, and providing Lippmann and other ECCV activists with direct access to his office. In the first year of the Hawke government, the ECCV’s lobbying culminated in the reduction of citizenship waiting period to two years, the replacement of the term alien with “non‐citizen” in the 1983 Migration Act, and an increase of the refugee intake.[67]Bronwyn Hinz, “Ethnic associations, networks and the construction of Australian multiculturalism,” Paper presented at the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, Corcordia University, Montreal, 1‐3 June, 2010, 9-10. http://www.bronwynhinz.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/...v4.pdf

Leslie Caplan, president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, lamented Hawke’s political demise, describing him as a man of “extraordinary ability, intellect, compassion and charm who had a special relationship with the Jewish community.” Mark Leibler, then president of the ZFA, likewise extolled Hawke as “a giant among men, a great prime minister, a close friend of the Jewish people and a constant supporter of the security and integrity of Israel.”[68]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149. While making this public statement, he had been busy behind the scenes courting Hawke’s successor. After Paul Keating’s first unsuccessful challenge to Hawke, Leibler had sent him the following handwritten letter:

Dear Paul,

Strange isn’t it that the loser on the votes emerges looking very much the winner in all other respects, But then perhaps not surprising at all!

Congratulations on the performance. I look forward in anticipation to the Second Act – its final and successful completion.

Wish you much luck

With best wishes

One of your many admirers

Mark

Keating wrote back, thanking Leibler for his note, and for his “words of encouragement and support.”[69]Ibid., 147.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)
Sniffing the changing political winds, Leibler carefully positioned himself as Keating’s Court Jew. Keating’s defeat of Hawke left the field open for Mark Leibler to assume a position hitherto occupied by other Jewish leaders like his brother Isi, “Almost all of whom had developed a relationship with Hawke, whom they considered the community’s and Israel’s greatest friend in the Labor government.” Given Isi’s particularly close relationship to Hawke, and the latter’s defeat “was particularly hard for Isi to handle” and “with Hawke gone his contacts in and access to the government were severely diminished. He had no real relationship with Keating, and developing one would be difficult, given his well-known closeness to Hawke. His brother Mark was really the only Jewish leader with a significant relationship with the new prime minister.”[70]Ibid., 150.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating in the United States in 1993
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating in the United States in 1993

In an article in the Australian Jewish News from the time of Keating’s successful challenge to Hawke, Leibler declared that he was confident that “In light of my contacts with Paul Keating over many years … there is no reason to believe that there will be any shifts in government policy which would be adverse to the interests and concerns of the Australian Jewish community.”[71]Ibid.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)
This signaled to other Jewish leaders, including his brother, that he was uniquely placed “to make the case to Keating on any issue that concerned the Jewish community.”[72]Ibid.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)

One such issue emerged early in Keating’s tenure as Prime Minister. There was widespread concern, even alarm, among organized Jewry regarding Keating’s foreign minister Gareth Evans’ stance towards the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Gawenda notes that “Many Jews had been alarmed by the Scud missiles that Saddam Hussein had rained down on Israel during the Gulf War [in 1991] and by the sight of Israelis wearing gas masks out of fear that the missiles would be armed with poison gas.” The PLO had organized demonstrations in support of Saddam Hussein, and many Western nations had, as a result, cut contact with the PLO.

A year after the end of war, Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans decided the Australian government should restore contact with the PLO. Keating, who had little personal interest in the conflict between the Israel and the Palestinians, publicly supported this decision. A month after the announcement, Evans visited a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank and criticized the expansion of illegal settlements by the Israelis. Evans even expressed support for United Nations Resolution 194, passed at the end of the 1948 war, which called for the right of return of Palestinians who had fled or been forced out of their homes (i.e., ethnically cleansed) by the war. Mark Leibler was “enraged” at Evans’ stance, which, interpreted one way, could result in the return of all Palestinians and their descendants which “would have meant the end of Israel as a Jewish state.”[73]Ibid., 152.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)
Hitherto, both major political parties in Australia had followed the United States position on the resolution: that it only allowed for a token number of Palestinians to return in the event of a peace settlements, thus preserving the Jewish demographic supermajority in Israel.

Leibler met Evans on his return to Australia and “according to people with knowledge of the meeting, Leibler and Evans exchanged views in a very robust fashion. Insults were exchanged.”[74]Ibid., 153.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)
Jewish Labor MPs joined Leibler in attacking Evans, with former Whitlam and Hawke government minister Barry Cohen telling The Australian the foreign minister’s stance risked the loss of political donations from wealthy Jews, and that Australian Jewry had always been a source of ideological and financial support for the ALP, noting, “That [support] will be weakened whenever a government appears to be antagonistic towards the state of Israel.”[75]Ibid.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)
The bad optics of Cohen’s open threats troubled some Jews at the time, including Leibler. While fiercely critical of Evans, Leibler was adamant “Jewish leaders should not make any [public] threats about donations to political parties or threaten to urge the Jewish community to vote against the government because of its policies in the Middle East.”[76]Ibid., 154.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)

Leibler’s next gambit was to invite Keating to speak at the ZFA’s biennial conference in 1992. In his speech, while not repudiating Evans’ views, Keating focused on “the ALP’s historic commitment to Israel and emphasized his government’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security.”[77]Ibid., 155.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)
Shortly after Keating’s speech, Evans’ stance on Israel and the Palestinians suddenly became irrelevant. Yitzhak Rabin led the Israeli Labor Party to victory in the 1992 general election. Many senior Keating government figures had ties to the Israel’s Labor Party and personally knew Rabin and members of his government like Shimon Peres. The result was that “criticism of Israel’s settlement policies was significantly toned down.” This was particularly so after the Oslo Accords between Rabin and Yasser Arafat were signed on the White House lawn on September 13, 1993.

Rabin was assassinated in November 1995 by Yigal Amir, a radical Zionist opposed to the Oslo process. Keating attended Rabin’s funeral and, three months later, was defeated in a landslide by John Howard at the 1996 election. Despite Keating’s defeat, Leibler continued to cultivate a close relationship with Keating. Meanwhile, Zionist activists in the United States and Australia were secretly happy to see Rabin disappear from the scene. As Gawenda notes:

Shortly after he was elected, Rabin told American Jewish leaders, including AIPAC officials, that they needed to modify their lobbying for Israel. That was code for his view that their lobbying was counter-productive and that Israel was perfectly capable of developing its own relations with Congress and the President without their interventions. Rabin’s message was a stunning repudiation of the work of AIPAC. An Israeli prime minister was telling the most influential Jewish lobby group – perhaps the most influential lobby group in Washington – to back off, that he did not need their help.[78]Ibid., 174.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)

Following a meeting with Rabin in Israel, Isi Leibler had reported back to the Australian Jewish media that Rabin had asked him to inform Jewish organizations in Australia (including the ZFA) that they should “drop the quasi-diplomatic role they have adopted in Australian-Jewish affairs of state.”[79]Ibid.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)
Instead, government-to-government relations should be left to the Israeli embassy in Canberra, and Jewish organizations should focus on trade with Israel and fighting anti-Semitism. For Mark Leibler, Rabin’s remarks (as reported by his brother) “were a repudiation of his life’s work, of the years he had spent building up his political contacts in Canberra so that he could put the best case for Israel to whatever government was in power.”[80]Ibid., 175.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)

Paul Keating was ideologically predisposed to embrace the agendas of organized Jewry in Australia. A Cultural Marxist and economic neoliberal, Keating harbored with a deep-seated animus toward the traditional Australian nation, and was a strong proponent of Australia’s economic and demographic integration into Asia. In an interview for The Powerbroker, Keating explained that he “believed in a cosmopolitan Australia” and was bemused why some “Jewish people ever vote for someone like [former Prime Minister John] Howard.” This was especially so given Howard’s putative support for some of the positions of Pauline Hanson in the mid-1990s – part of his successful attempt to steal votes from her then politically-ascendant party.[81]Ibid., 143.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.)

Howard’s faux White Nationalism was utterly cynical and strategic, and he later oversaw the biggest expansion in non-White immigration in Australian history. His government created the Section 457 Visa for temporary workers – a visa program designed to be uncapped and totally driven by the putative needs of the Australian labor market. The 457 Visa led to a massive increase in cheap non-White labor brought into the country. It was also the Howard government that, from the early 2000s, encouraged overseas students to apply for permanent residence after completing their courses in Australia. The inevitable result was an explosion in overseas student enrolments, and by 2017–18 overseas students had become the largest contributor to Australia’s very high level of Net Overseas Migration (NOM) which numbered 271,700 people in 2019.

Howard also presided over Australia’s shameful involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and probably even exceeded Bob Hawke in his fawning philo-Semitism and subservience to Israel. Dan Goldberg, the editor of the National Jewish News, observed in 2006 that:

From his first encounter with Jews, as a nineteen-year-old at the Sydney law firm of Myer Rosenblum, Howard has, especially over the last decade, cemented his alliance with the Jews, and has arguably eclipsed even the great Bob Hawke as the most pro-Israel prime minister in Australian history. Most of his empathy is a function of his foreign policy, pivoted on the US alliance, which translates in the Middle East arena to unequivocal support for Israel, regardless of which prime minister is in power in Jerusalem. Of course, Australia’s role in the war in Iraq was no doubt seen by most Australian Jews as yet another significant milestone in the long history of relations between Canberra and Jerusalem.

It is no coincidence therefore that Howard has received major awards from three Jewish community organisations in the last couple of years. It is also no coincidence that he speaks regularly to Jewish audiences, and that he is closely allied with a clutch of Jewish powerbrokers. … Understandably, most Jews were in favour of eliminating Saddam Hussein and his regime if only because he bankrolled families of Palestinian suicide bombers to the tune of US$25,000 each, not to mention the fact that it would neutralise the threat to Israel’s eastern flank. The fact that Australian SAS forces took out Saddam’s stockpile of Scuds aimed at Tel Aviv in the early hours of the war only augmented the bond between Canberra and Jerusalem.[82]Dan Goldberg “After 9/11: The Psyche of Australian Jews,” In: New Under the Sun – Jewish Australians on Religion, Politics & Culture, Ed. Michael Fagenblat, Melanie Landau & Nathan Wolski (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2006) 146-47 & 149.

Despite Howard’s cynical willingness to appeal (like Donald Trump) to implicit White interests to win elections, Leibler retains “a huge amount of respect and affection for Howard, who was unshakeable in his support for the Jewish community and Israel.”[86]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 146. For Gawenda, Howard’s government was “probably the most pro-Israel government in a long time.”[87]Ibid., 199.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 146.)
Howard himself spoke of his “long association with the Jewish community of Australia of which I am unapologetically proud.”[88]Ibid., 200.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 146.)

In 2000, Prime Minister John Howard asked Mark Leibler to become a director of the newly established body called Reconciliation Australia to promote the welfare of Australia’s Aborigines. Leibler accepted, and speaking on behalf of Australian Jews, claimed: “We’ve suffered 2,000 years of persecution and we understand what it is to be the underdog and to suffer from disadvantage.”

Former Prime Minister John Howard (second from right): leader of “probably the most pro-Israel government in a long time.”
Former Prime Minister John Howard (second from right): leader of “probably the most pro-Israel government in a long time.”

Seemingly oblivious of all this, Keating claims to be bewildered why “the Jewish community here could ever vote for the Coalition whilst Howard-type views abounded. … So I got a bit short with [the Jewish community], still am I suppose. I tell them that ‘the one party that would actually stick with you through thick and thin on the question of identity, your identity, is the Labor Party.” Moreover, it was Labor governments, he insisted, “who helped you make all the money.”[89]Ibid., 144.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 146.)

It has been a longstanding strategy of wealthy Jewish businessmen and activists to cultivate relationships with prime ministers on both sides of politics: in the words of Mark Leibler: “John Howard certainly, and Bob Hawke of course, and yes, Paul Keating, and so too Malcolm Turnbull.”[90]Ibid., 145.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 146.)
Wealthy Jewish businessmen and Jewish activists often coordinate their lobbying efforts. Leibler notes how he could reliably “call one of these business people who I knew had a close relationship with politicians on both sides of politics. I would ring up and explain that there was a problem and that they needed to sit down with the PM and explain the problem. They would always be very helpful doing that.” While these Jewish tycoons often weren’t comfortable issuing public statements, they “had the sort of relationships with prime ministers and foreign ministers too, that allowed them to intervene.”[91]Ibid.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 146.)
When asked whether this level of access was a unique situation for a Jewish community of such a small size (Australia’s 120,000 Jews make up less than half of one percent of the Australian population), Leibler’s response was unambiguous: “The answer is, yes.”[92]Ibid., 146.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 146.)

Leibler’s Campaign against Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party and the Extension of the Racial Vilification Act

Mark Leibler played a key role in the Jewish attack on Pauline Hanson and her “exclusionary form of nationalism” in the 1990s. Andrew Markus notes how Hanson’s “campaign evoked widespread condemnation within the Jewish community and calls for mobilisation to challenge the growing influence of her movement. Concern was at its peak following the success of One Nation in the 1998 Queensland election, which opened the prospect of a One Nation dominated Senate.”[93]Andrew Markus, “Multiculturalism and the Jews,” In: New Under the Sun – Jewish Australians on Religion, Politics & Culture, Ed. Michael Fagenblat, Melanie Landau & Nathan Wolski (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2006), 99. In response to Hanson, more than thirty Jewish organizations signed a statement denouncing “racism,” and supporting the formation of a new Jewish activist front group called “People for Racial Equality.” Jewish organizations that vehemently opposed Hanson included the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council led by its chairman Mark Leibler. The “People for Racial Equality” campaign aggressively targeted political parties and politicians, demanding they put One Nation last on their “how to vote cards,” as well as individual voters, urging them all to put One Nation last under Australia’s system of preferential voting.

In an effort to shame and intimidate Hanson’s supporters, the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission doxed 2000 people associated with the One Nation Party. The list was published with Mark Leibler’s consent in AIJAC’s Australia/Israel Review under the headline “Gotcha! One Nation’s Secret Membership List.”[94]Kevin MacDonald, The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth‑Century Intellectual and Political Movements (Westport, CT: Praeger, Revised Paperback edition, 2001), 303. In keeping with the tactics of organized Jewry throughout the Western world, the attempt by Hanson and her supporters to ensure that White Australians retained demographic, political and cultural control of Australia was represented as racist, immoral, and indicative of psychiatric disorder. Central to the Jewish response to One Nation, notes Markus, “was repugnance at public expressions of bigotry and a sense that while the focus of the Hanson movement was not on Australian Jews, it would not be long before they were targeted.”[95]Markus, “Multiculturalism and the Jews,” 99-100.

The rivalry between the Leibler brothers over who had the right to speak on behalf of Australian Jewry was often fierce. One catalyst for a rift between the two brothers was when Mark Leibler and a delegation of ZFA officials met with the Keating government’s immigration minister Nick Bolkus when the government was considering the introduction of “racial vilification legislation” into the federal parliament. Mark Leibler’s Zionist Federation of Australia made a virtually identical submission to the government as Isi Leibler’s Executive Council of Australian Jewry. Gawenda notes that “Both organizations had long advocated for such legislation; both urged the government to include criminal sanctions for extreme forms of racial vilification.”[96]Ibid., 178.
(Markus, “Multiculturalism and the Jews,” 99-100.)

The Racial Hatred Act was passed in 1995, adding to the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975 (itself a direct result of Jewish activism) the totalitarian Section 18C, which made it unlawful to offend, insult and humiliate or intimidate a person or group on the basis of color, race or ethnic origin. The 1995 legislation was a victory for Leibler and his communications director Helene Teichmann who had organized the meetings of leaders of ethnic communities that had “led to a unified position on the need for racial vilification legislation.”[97]Ibid., 179.
(Markus, “Multiculturalism and the Jews,” 99-100.)
It was clear to immigration minister Bolkus that “Leibler had been more active than any other Jewish leader in the campaign for the proposed extension of the Racial Discrimination Act.”[98]Ibid., 180.
(Markus, “Multiculturalism and the Jews,” 99-100.)

Conservative commentator Andrew Bolt later fell afoul of Section 18C for some columns he had written questioning the ethnicity of light-skinned “Aboriginal” activists. Bolt, hitherto a Zionist shill and sycophant of organized Jewry, was stunned when his appeal to Mark Leibler to support the elimination of Section 18C was flatly declined. Gawenda observes that “Bolt seemed unaware that Leibler had played an important role in getting the 1995 legislation passed and would never support the repeal of Section 18C, not even to support Bolt, who had always seen himself as a strong supporter of Israel, unlike the left-wingers who opposed any change to 18C.”

Journalist Andrew Bolt: jilted paramour of organized Jewry
Journalist Andrew Bolt: jilted paramour of organized Jewry

A frustrated Andrew Bolt predicted that Jewish leaders would ultimately regret opposing changes to the Act, noting that: “The Jewish leaders now should look very, very deeply into their souls at what they have helped wrought and ask themselves, are you seriously safer now as a result?” Bolt’s reasoning is that under Section 18C Australian Jews will in future be precluded from criticizing the beliefs and actions of a growing and increasingly militant Australian Islamic community which will be increasingly hostile to Israel and the interests of Australian Jews.

Bolt fails to mention the only reason there are any Muslims in Australia at all (with all their myriad problems and social dysfunctions) is because Jewish activism succeeded in ending the White Australia policy and establishing multiculturalism as the basis for social policy. As the Jewish academic Dan Goldberg proudly acknowledges: “In addition to their activism on Aboriginal issues, Jews were instrumental in leading the crusade against the White Australia policy, a series of laws from 1901 to 1973 that restricted non-White immigration to Australia.”[99]Dan Goldberg, “Jews key to Aboriginal reconciliation,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 2, 2008. As throughout the West, it is clear that the Jewish fear and loathing of White Australia trumps any concern about the anti-Semitic tendencies of the non-White immigrants that are being imported into the nation.

In 2014, the then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott abandoned an election pledge to repeal Section 18C after coming under sustained attack from Jewish activist organizations. Gawenda observed at the time how “the repeal of section 18C was vigorously opposed by the leadership of virtually every ethnic community in the country. But it would be fair to say – without wishing to give succor to those who reckon the Jews are too powerful – that Jewish community leaders have played a crucial role in organizing the opposition to any potential change to the RDA. It is the opposition of the Jewish communal leaders that had been of major concern to [then Attorney General] Brandis and, to a significant extent, Tony Abbott.”[100]Michael Gawenda, “The real reason Abbott broke his promise on Section 18C,” The Australian, August 6, 2014. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/business-s...5707ed

Thanks to Australia’s Jewish-led demographic revolution and legislation like Section 18C, the Jewish lawyer and activist Ruth Barson is now confident that “the chances of the Holocaust occurring in Australia today are remote,” but cautions that history shows Jews are never truly safe, and consequently, “we should have no tolerance for even the shadows of racism and xenophobia. These are dangerous in any guise.”[101]Ruth Barson, “Holocaust remembrance teaches lessons for humanity,” The Sydney Morning Herald, January 26, 2016. https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/holocaust-remembrance...1.html Dvir Abramovich, chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission (Australia’s version of the ADL), contends that “The horrors of the Holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers – but with hateful words of incitement and contempt, and with the demonizing of anyone who was deemed unworthy by the Nazis.” Accordingly, in addition to supporting the prosecution of “hate speech” through Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, he insists “it’s time that compulsory teaching about the Holocaust is introduced in all Australian schools, to not only develop an understanding of the dangerous ramifications of racism and prejudice, but to heighten awareness of the value of diversity, religious freedom, acceptance and pluralism.”

In early 2020, the Victorian government acceded to Abramovich’s demands and study of the Holocaust became mandatory in Victorian schools. Leibler’s friend and ABL client John Gandel will fund the development of new teaching resources which will be based on existing resources from Israel’s Yad Vashem memorial and lesson plans produced by the World Holocaust Memorial Centre in Jerusalem. Holocaust “education” has been compulsory in New South Wales schools since 2012.

In the 1990s, Mark Leibler successfully lobbied the Keating government immigration minister Nick Bolkus to have British historian David Irving banned from entering Australia. He reiterated the views of his brother Isi, then Executive Council of Australian Jewry President, who had described Irving as “a beer hall rabble-rouser and hero to the German neo-Nazis.” Both urged the government to follow the example of Canada and deny Irving entry into Australia. These overtures were successful and Irving was banned for being “likely to become involved in activities disruptive to the Australian community or a group within the Australian community” and for not being “of good character.” The entry ban was imposed despite Irving’s daughter residing in Australia.

 

Mark Leibler with former Prime Minister Julia Gillard: “A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Israel Lobby”
Mark Leibler with former Prime Minister Julia Gillard: “A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Israel Lobby”

Australian Foreign Policy: Hijacked by AIJAC

The Australia Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), chaired by Leibler, is undoubtedly the most aggressive Jewish lobbying organization in Australia. Gawenda describes it as “the most formidable lobbying outfit for Israel and for what AIJAC perceives to be Jewish community interests in Australia.”[102]Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249. AIJAC emerged out of Australia/Israel Publications (AIP) which published Zionist literature and organized venues for Israeli politicians and commentators to speak in Australia. By the early 1990s, the Jewish academic and activist Colin Rubinstein (later Prime Minister John Howard’s Court Jew), who had been involved with AIP since 1977, was “telling people, Leibler included, that AIP was not viable and needed to be professionalized along the lines of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the most powerful lobbying bodies in Washington.”

An indefatigable networker, Rubinstein went to see a number of wealthy Jews in Melbourne and Sydney who “quickly agreed to support his vision of a professionally run and well-resourced replacement for the AIP.”[103]Ibid., 253.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249.)
Among the wealthy Jews who responded enthusiastically to Rubinstein’s appeal was the retail mogul Solomon Lew, who had once been Rubinstein’s schoolmate. Lew contributed significant funding and persuaded some of his fellow Jewish billionaires to help bankroll AIJAC. Mark Leibler joined the organization as chairman at the urging of Solomon Lew — who was a client of ABL. Asked who AIJAC is supposed to represent, Lew replied “It represents Australian Jewry and it represents Israel. We are recognized by more politicians in Australia from all sides. They never make a speech without checking with us.”[104]Ibid., 254.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249.)

Mark Leibler, Colin Rubinstein and Solomon Lew with Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Mark Leibler, Colin Rubinstein and Solomon Lew with Prime Minister Scott Morrison

With an impressive suite of offices in Melbourne, and with a staff of 17, eight of them full-time policy analysts and journalists, Gawenda notes that “No Jewish representative body in Australia has such resources, contacts and clout.” AIJAC’s Sydney office is run by Jewish activist Jeremy Jones whose current focus is on “developing relationships with Australia’s Muslim community, a process still very much in its infancy.”[105]Ibid., 251.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249.)
Leibler and Colin Rubinstein, a Monash University lecturer in Middle East Studies (and rabid Zionist) built the body into “one of Australia’s most formidable lobbying outfits.” When there’s lobbying to do in Canberra, Leibler is invariably part of the AIJAC delegation.

Leibler has visited Israel continuously for 25 years, and has close relationships with Israeli politicians, including prime ministers, and senior Israeli public servants, among them Yuval Rotem, head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and close advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu. While AIJAC officially claims to support a two-state solution to the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, it “has consistently argued that the peace process is stalled indefinitely” for which it blames the Palestinian leadership.[106]Ibid., 254.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249.)
In reality, AIJAC has “publicly disowned any prospect of a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.”[107]Ibid., 254-55.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249.)
While vehemently rejecting the feasibility of Israel as an ethnically-diverse, multicultural state, AIJAC is, however, deeply committed to multiculturalism in Australia, and relentlessly “lobbies on issues that affect Australian Jews, such as anti-Semitism and the health of multiculturalism.” Rubinstein insists that “multiculturalism has served the Jewish community well” and responds vociferously to any critiques of a policy that is deliberately designed to harm the group genetic interests of the White Australian majority.[108]Ibid., 255.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249.)

AIJAC is also committed to silencing those who don’t share its views, including fellow Jews, and “their criticism of people who held views they didn’t like was almost always extreme and sometimes personal.”[109]Ibid., 256.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249.)
Gawenda personally attests to the accuracy of such claims, and notes that during his tenure as editor of The Age in the 1990s:

I would receive, at times almost daily, AIJACs criticism of the work of its Middle East correspondent, either by email, phone or in meetings at newspaper offices. The AIJAC spokespeople were smart, relentless, knew their stuff, and were blunt, sometimes to the point of rudeness, in their criticism of the paper and some of its journalists and commentators. I also received emails and phone calls, some of them abusive and hostile, from people whose views on Israel were to the far right of AIJAC, about some aspect of our coverage of the Middle East. Invariably, I was accused of being an anti-Semite or a self-hating Jew.[110]Ibid., 258.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249.)

The effectiveness of Leibler and Rubinstein’s activism can be gauged by the fact that “over 70 per cent of Australian Jews in all age groups, no matter their religious affiliations — even secular Jews — describe themselves as Zionists.”[111]Ibid., 312.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249.)
More than 90 per cent of Australian Jews over the age of 18 have visited Israel (often through programs like Birthright), many more than once. Two in three have close family living there. These figures are higher than in any other diaspora Jewish community. Around 10,000 Australian Jews have made Aliyah (while retaining their Australian citizenship), proportionately more than any other Western country.[112]Ibid., 323.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249.)
Australia’s Zionist youth movements “are thriving and membership is growing,” an achievement that is “unparalleled anywhere in the world.”

Capturing Elite Opinion through Rambam Fellowships

AIJAC funds and coordinates trips to Israel for journalists, editors, academics, public servants and politicians. These trips are part of the organization’s Rambam Israel Fellowship program which is named after the twelfth-century Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides — Rambam being an acronym of his full name and title. Participants travel to Israel to be propagandized by senior Israeli politicians, journalists, commentators and military and security officials. Gawenda notes how:

AIJAC has funded Rambam fellowships for scores of Australian politicians, including [current Prime Minister] Scott Morrison and [former Opposition Leader] Bill Shorten when they were backbenchers, and [former Prime Minister] Julia Gillard when she was Shadow Minister for Health. About 500 journalists, commentators, senior public servants and academics have also participated in the program, which is funded by donations, mostly from some of Australia’s wealthiest Jewish families.[113]Ibid., 250.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249.)

The journalists involved in this “cultural exchange” program (including prominent News Limited journalists Greg Sheridan, Andrew Bolt, Rita Panahi, and Janet Albrechtsen) are lavished with hospitality in Israel and intensively propagandized by the Zionist establishment there. The goal is to foster a sense of obligation and loyalty to Israel which is, in turn, reflected in these journalists’ strict adherence to a pro-Jewish and pro-Zionist line. The only real “exchange” involved with this program is journalists trading their intellectual and journalistic integrity for the strategically-bestowed hospitality of organized Jewry. Lawyer and journalist Greg Barns noted the obvious parallels between the old Soviet Union and the Israel Lobby in their courting of Western journalists:

Back in the days when the hammer and sickle flew proudly, the Soviet Union would spend big dollars on paying for journalists, academics and diplomats to see for themselves the “workers’ paradise.” It was part of a long term and relentless strategy by the Communists to win the propaganda war against the West. Today the heirs and successors of those Soviet-sympathising journalists head to Israel. … The Israelis have clearly learnt a thing or two from the Soviets. They understand how important it is to roll out the red carpet for the media, by offering them carefully choreographed trips to Israel and in return ensure that their spin on events is planted in the minds of the Western media.

The Israelis also know that they have the upper hand in this game, because the impoverished Palestinians will not be able to outdo them when it comes to lavishing hospitality on a willing media. That the Israeli propaganda strategy of handpicking journalists and others to come to Israel works was made abundantly clear when The Australian’s Janet Albrechtsen visited Israel last November as a guest of the Israeli government and the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies. …

Albrechtsen is not alone in being feted by the Israeli propaganda machine. The Sydney MorningHerald’s Paul Sheehan is another. Just as the Soviets carefully selected the journalists they wanted to show around the country, so is the case with the Israelis. The Soviets would go for leftist sympathizers in papers such as TheNew York Times, The Guardian and other influential mastheads. The Israelis also favour sympathetic writers. Greg Sheridan as recently as May 6 was comforting poor Israel because “second to the US, Israel is the most acute object of the hostility to the West that flourishes in Western intellectual life.” One is tempted to evoke the immortal phrase “useful idiots,” attributed to Lenin, and used against Western journalists who fell for Soviet propaganda in the 1930s, to describe Western journalists who accept paid trips from the Israeli authorities.[114]Greg Barns, “Israel’s ‘useful idiots’ in the Australian media,” Crikey, May 27, 2009. https://www.crikey.com.au/2009/05/27/israels-useful-...media/

It’s not only journalists who are targeted with these elaborate bribery schemes. During the 2013–2016 Australian Parliamentary term, Leibler’s organization sponsored more foreign trips for members of the House of Representatives than any other country. AIJAC also brings high profile guest speakers to Australia, mainly from Israel but also from the United States. For example, Alan Dershowitz (of Jeffrey Epstein fame) spoke at an AIJAC function held at the offices of Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2018. Australia’s premier Zionist lobby group also brings politicians and officials from India, China and Southeast Asia to Australia (as a proxy for Israel) because some are unable to take up Rambam Fellowships because their Muslim-majority countries forbid travel to Israel. AIJAC also funds and organizes propaganda programs for these people in their home countries.[115]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 251.

Clashing With and Then Removing Prime Minister Rudd

Those in public life who have had disagreements with AIJAC report that the “experience can be bracing to say the least.”[116]Ibid., 248.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 251.)
Among those who have felt the wrath of AIJAC is former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. The strong relationship Leibler forged with Prime Minister’s Paul Keating and John Howard did not extend to the latter’s successor Kevin Rudd. The catalyst for the breakout of actual hostility between Leibler and Rudd was their respective attitudes to a major crisis between Israel and Australia. In May of 2010, Rudd ordered the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat, who was also a senior Mossad agent, after the Israeli spy agency used fake Australian passports to enter Dubai and assassinate Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, an arms dealer with a close relationship with Hamas.

Rudd declared Israel’s use of fake Australian passports to be “outrageous” and particularly egregious given that Mossad had used Australian passports for another operation in 2003 — the details of which neither Israeli nor Australian security officials have ever disclosed. After the 2003 incident, the Israelis gave the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) an undertaking never to use Australian passports for any Israeli security operation again.

One of the faked Australian passports Israel used to assassinate Mahmoud Al Mabhouh in 2010
One of the faked Australian passports Israel used to assassinate Mahmoud Al Mabhouh in 2010

The passports affair came just before an operation from the Israeli military where they boarded one of the six ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, launched by a coalition of pro-Palestinian human rights groups to break the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip. Nine people were killed when Israeli soldiers landed on the ship from helicopters. All six ships were escorted to an Israeli port and everyone on board was detained for several days before being expelled from Israel. The incident sparked international outrage, and then Prime Minister Rudd condemned “any use of violence under the circumstances that we have seen.” He called for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted, and for the setting up of an independent inquiry into the incident.

Leibler was apoplectic over Rudd’s comments and his expulsion of the Israeli diplomat. Nevertheless, Gawenda notes how the passports incident was “especially difficult, time-consuming and troubling for him, because it was specifically about the relationship between Australia and Israel, and because it was hard to defend what the Israelis had done.”[117]Ibid., 262.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 251.)
He wanted to settle the passports issue and for things to “move on.” In this endeavor, Leibler worked closely with the Israeli Ambassador in Canberra, Yuval Rotem, to repair the diplomatic relationship. He reached out to cabinet ministers and senior public servants, including the head of ASIO, “who invariably took his calls or agreed to see him,” while Rotem “lobbied members of the Rudd and Gillard governments.”[118]Ibid., 262; 263.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 251.)

Reflecting back on the passports incident in the second volume of his memoirs, The PM Years, published in 2018, Rudd observes that the Israel Lobby tried to “menace him” for his strong response to the passports affair. Rudd describes a meeting of the National Security Committee of Cabinet after the second passports incident. Dennis Richardson, head of ASIO at the time of the first incident and now head of the Department of Foreign Affairs, had urged them to “act firmly and decisively.” All agreed with this recommendation, except for Julia Gillard regarding whom Rudd “knew for a fact that Julia had been cultivating the Israeli Lobby in Australia.”[119]Kevin Rudd, The PM Years (Sydney: MacMillian Australia, 2018), 400. Leibler had first met Gillard after she visited Israel on a Rambam Fellowship in 2001, and had cultivated a close relationship with her.

In June of 2010, Jewish Labor MP Mark Dreyfus (later Gillard’s Attorney-General) called Leibler, whom he had known for many years, to organize, at Rudd’s request, a dinner with Leibler and other Jewish community leaders to discuss the passports issues and the Gaza flotilla. Rudd was keen to repair his strained relationship with organized Jewry. Rudd writes in his memoir that he agreed to put on the dinner out of respect for Labor’s Jewish MP’s Michael Danby and Mark Dreyfus, who had lobbied him to put on the dinner for the Jewish leaders. According to Rudd, he sat politely at the table while Leibler berated him for committing the “hostile act” of expelling the Israeli diplomat. When Rudd offered Leibler a briefing with Richardson, Leibler turned angry and made a “menacing threat.” Rudd records Leibler as saying, “Julia is looking very good in the public eye these days, Prime Minister. She’s performing very strongly. She’s a great friend of Israel. But you shouldn’t be anxious about her, should you, Prime Minister.”[120]Ibid., 266.
(Kevin Rudd, The PM Years (Sydney: MacMillian Australia, 2018), 400.)

Kevin Rudd with Mark Leibler
Kevin Rudd with Mark Leibler

In his contemporaneous notes of the meeting, Leibler acknowledges he was blunt with Rudd, telling him the Jewish community was “pissed off” by the expulsion of the Israeli diplomat, which he characterized as an “overreaction.” In his notes, Leibler only mentions Gillard once, praising her for comments she made saying Israel was justified in responding militarily to missile attacks by Hamas in 2009. According to Leibler’s notes: “Rudd responded by saying that he discussed and approved the statement by Julia Gillard. I said, ‘Don’t be so sensitive — this is something we assumed.’ For about 30 seconds there was dead silence and I thought Rudd’s eyes were going to pop out of his head, and then we reverted back to normal conversation.”[121]Ibid., 267.
(Kevin Rudd, The PM Years (Sydney: MacMillian Australia, 2018), 400.)

Three weeks after Leibler’s threat to Rudd, Julia Gillard defeated Rudd in a leadership ballot and became Australia’s first female prime minister. Leibler and the Israel Lobby supported Gillard’s challenge to him, and were, to a significant extent, responsible for his defeat—reportedly plotting Rudd’s removal for at least a year prior to Gillard’s successful challenge. In his book, Rudd notes that “the meticulous work of moving Gillard from left to right on [Middle Eastern] foreign policy had already begun in earnest a year before the coup.”[122]Rudd , The PM Years, 430. Gawenda claims to be bemused at Rudd’s belief that “Jews were so powerful they could play a role in deciding the fate of an Australian prime minister.” For Gawenda, “the idea that a Jewish leader, even a tough one like Leibler, could intimidate or seriously threaten politicians like Rudd or Carr seems far-fetched.”

Julia Gillard — A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of the Israel Lobby

The validity of Rudd’s view was confirmed by the close relationship Leibler forged with Gillard during her tenure as Prime Minister. In The PM Years, Rudd describes how Gillard became a “wholly-owned subsidiary of the far-right Australian Israel Lobby.”[123]Ibid., 431.
(Rudd , The PM Years, 430.)
Gawenda is troubled by Rudd’s language regarding the actions of Australia’s Israel Lobby, seeing it as “verging on a conspiratorial darkness.” Echoing this view, Leibler responded with fury to Rudd’s version of events, labelling his accusations as “far-fetched conspiracy theories.”[124]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 271. Other Jewish leaders (inevitably) came to Leibler’s aid and disputed Rudd’s version of events at the Canberra dinner. In 2018, Michael Danby and Australian Jewish businessman Albert Dadon said the incidents Rudd described “had not happened, at least not in our presence.”[125]Ibid., 270.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 271.)

Dadon’s comments are significant for Gawenda because of Dadon’s former role as Rudd’s Court Jew, and as someone Rudd found “far more congenial than some other Jewish community leaders, especially those at AIJAC, including Leibler.”[126]Ibid., 270.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 271.)
Journalist Jason Koutsoukis observed in 2009, regarding Dadon, that: “In the small but competitive world of Australian Jewish politics, the ultimate test of esteem is whether or not you have the ear of the Prime Minister of the day.” Dadon took on the role of that AIJAC bigwig Colin Rubinstein had assumed during John Howard’s tenure as Prime Minister. He spotted Rudd’s potential soon after he entered parliament in 1998 and “courted the future Prime Minister assiduously.”[127]Jason Koutsoukis, “New figure steals into the limelight of Jewish affairs,” The Sydney Morning Herald, June 25, 2009. https://www.smh.com.au/national/new-figure-steals-in...p.html It was under Dadon’s direction that Rudd inaugurated the annual Australia-Israel Leadership Forum in Jerusalem — a two-day talkfest for Australian and Israeli politicians, academics and businesspeople designed to further consolidate the Australia-Israel alliance.

Gillard claimed her close relationship “to some people in the Jewish community, including Dadon and Leibler, was never an issue between her and Rudd before the leadership challenge.”[128]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 271. Those who, like Rudd, believed Gillard had been captured by Jewish interests noted, in support of this contention, that her partner, Tim Mathieson, had been employed since 2009 as a property sales consultant by Ubertas Group, a fund management and property development company owned by Albert Dadon. Mathieson was given the position after he and Gillard attended the first Australia-Israel Leadership Forum in Jerusalem — an initiative of Albert Dadon.

Gillard with her partner Tim Mathieson and Albert Dadon
Gillard with her partner Tim Mathieson and Albert Dadon

It was in this context that Gillard flatly refused to criticize Israel for its Operation Cast Lead in 2009. Gillard’s Jewish alliances even extended beyond Australian Jewish leaders and businessmen. In The PM Years, Rudd points out that Gillard’s “ever-loyal American factotum, Bruce Wolpe, her lifeline to the Australian and American Jewish communities,” exercised a Svengali-like influence on her, even before she had taken over from Rudd as Prime Minister.[129]Rudd, The PM Years, 442. Wolpe, a Jewish-American political operative married to an Australian, had settled in Australia and played an important role in moving Gillard to a position of uncritical support for the Israel Lobby’s views.

Gillard’s Court Jew Bruce Wolpe
Gillard’s Court Jew Bruce Wolpe

Wolpe had been senior advisor to Democratic congressman Henry Waxman, with “seriously impressive contacts in the United States Congress and in the Democratic Party.” He was appointed as Gillard’s senior advisor (i.e., Court Jew) in 2010, soon after she became Prime Minister. His role was twofold: “to develop contacts and interaction with the Australian business community, and to be the contact person between the Prime Minister and the Jewish community.”[130]Ibid., 273.
(Rudd, The PM Years, 442.)
Gillard justified giving Wolpe the liaison role with the Jewish community on the basis that “there was increasing dissatisfaction with that community about the way Rudd was behaving.”[131]Ibid., 274.
(Rudd, The PM Years, 442.)

Three months after she became Prime Minister, Gillard reluctantly appointed the defeated Rudd as her Foreign Minister due to his previous experience in the role. Several times, she vetoed press releases from Rudd on Israel and Palestine that she claimed did not reflect her government’s position. By this time, Leibler “had come to seriously distrust Rudd,” finding him “frustrating to deal with.” In his contemporaneous notes, Leibler claims Rudd was “courting the Arab bloc” at the UN by signaling that Australia might vote for a resolution in the General Assembly declaring Palestine a state, though with non-voting status. Gillard had privately rebuffed Rudd and instructed Australia’s Ambassador to the United Nations to vote against any resolution on statehood for Palestine.

In February 2012, Kevin Rudd resigned as Foreign Minister to challenge Gillard for the Labor leadership, and therefore for prime minister. His first challenge failed, and with Rudd now out of the Gillard Cabinet, former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr was enlisted by Gillard to fill the vacant position of Foreign Minister. In making this appointment, Gillard was unaware that Carr’s position on Israel and the Palestinians had changed over the years. Leibler, on the other hand, was aware of Carr’s shift in perspective, and was apprehensive about the appointment. Despite this, he was reassured by the fact “his relationship with Gillard was strong” and that “she would have the final say on her government’s policy on Israel and the Palestinians.”[132]Ibid., 276.
(Rudd, The PM Years, 442.)

Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr
Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr

Bob Carr — Friend then Exasperated Foe of the Israel Lobby

In his memoir, Run for Your Life, published in 2018, former foreign minister Bob Carr outlined his journey of disillusionment with Israel and with its supporters in Australia. Carr’s first clash with Rubinstein and Leibler’s AIJAC was in 2003 when Sydney University’s Peace Foundation awarded its annual Sydney Peace Prize to veteran Palestinian activist and politician Hanan Ashwari, citing her commitment to human rights and the peace process in the Middle East. Rubinstein, outraged at the decision, claimed Ashwari was “an apologist for violence and terrorism,” and called on Carr (then Premier of New South Wales) to refuse to present the prize to Ashwari. Carr refused.

The City of Sydney, one of the sponsors of the prize, which came under fire from AIJAC, suddenly announced it would boycott the ceremony. Professor Stuart Rees, head of the Sydney Peace Foundation, was subjected to “severe pressure” including abusive phone calls over the Ashwari decision. Rees noted that threats were made to “our supporters to the effect that their interests might be affected if they pursue their association with the peace prize.”[133]Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 259. Based on his experience as editor of The Age, Gawenda has “no doubt Rees and Carr were subjected to abusive phone calls from individuals who see anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel everywhere.”

Looking back on the Ashwari episode, Leibler regards the AIJAC’s militant approach that resulted in alienating the likes of Carr (hitherto a strong supporter of Jews and Israel) as a strategic mistake. He claims that, if AIJAC had its time again, it would not have been so concerned about Ashwari’s Peace Prize. “It was not that important. Sometimes, we have to know when silence is best. I think I have certainly learnt not to react to everything. And I think I have learnt to say things in a more measured way.”[134]Ibid., 260.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 259.)
When asked whether AIJAC’s actions turned friends (like Carr) into enemies, Leibler claimed “Making us responsible for our enemies is to blame Jews for anti-Semitism. I utterly reject that.”[135]Ibid., 260.
(Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 259.)

Recalling the hysterical reaction of organized Jewry to his presenting the Sydney Peace Prize to Ashwari in 2003, Carr writes:

The storm of criticism that then occurred was a shock … and an insight. Soon after my participation was announced, Jewish leaders launched an international campaign to force me to withdraw from the award. There were threats of funding being withdrawn from the University. … Letters of protest were dispatched about the awards going to a Palestinian, switchboards were set aflame with indignation.[136]Bob Carr, Run For Your Life (Melbourne: MUP, 2018), 177.

This incident underscored for Carr the power of the Israel Lobby in Australia to distort and control Australian foreign policy. Particularly egregious, in Carr’s view, was the influence exerted by the people who ran AIJAC — Leibler and Rubinstein in particular. Of the Lobby, Carr wrote:

The hold of the Israel Lobby over Australian politicians is based on two facts. First, the donations to political parties from the Jewish community leadership; second, paid trips to Israel extended to every Member of Parliament and journalists [i.e, Rambam Fellowships]. From the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) over 700 trips alone. … No other community, treats politicians as their poodles.[137]Ibid., 178.
(Bob Carr, Run For Your Life (Melbourne: MUP, 2018), 177.)

One of those treated as a poodle, Carr implies, was Prime Minister Gillard, in whose Cabinet he served as Foreign Minister. Eight months after his appointment to this position, in November 2012, his relationship with Gillard became strained over a looming United Nations vote on a resolution to grant non-member status to Palestine. Carr supported voting in favor of the resolution, while Gillard was “adamant that Australia should vote against it.”[138]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 279. Carr lobbied colleagues in favor of the resolution and in the end, with a significant bloc of Labor MPs sympathetic to Carr’s stance, Gillard decided Australia would abstain from voting on the resolution.

Carr was convinced that Bruce Wolpe, Gillard’s Court Jew and “liaison with the Jewish community,” was Leibler’s spy in the Prime Minister’s Office. Carr shared this view with Leibler at a meeting at the ABL offices in Melbourne. According Leibler, Carr spent an hour “ranting and raving and yelling to the point that it could be heard all over the office.” Wolpe’s name got several mentions. Afterwards, “the two men hardly spoke to each other again and avoided each other as much as possible, such was the level of distrust between them.”[139]Ibid., 280.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 279.)

Julia Gillard with Bruce Wolpe, “Leibler’s spy in the Prime Minister’s office”
Julia Gillard with Bruce Wolpe, “Leibler’s spy in the Prime Minister’s office”

In Diary of a Foreign Minister, published in 2014, Carr describes how the Israel Lobby made his life hell whenever he wanted to issue a statement on any issue involving Israel. He found it exasperating that he couldn’t even issue a “routine expression of concern about the spread of settlements” without aggressive push back from the Lobby. As she had done to Rudd when he was Foreign Minister, Gillard vetted — and sometimes vetoed — his statements on Israel and the Palestinians. Carr notes that some of his proposed statements “merely repeated government policy, for instance that the settlements were obstacles to peace.”[140]Bob Carr, Diary of a Foreign Minister (Sydney: NewSouth, 2014), 388. Gillard expressed surprise at Carr’s exasperation on these issues when surely Carr “must have known of the issues she had with Rudd about Middle East policy and that she was on good terms with Leibler.”[141]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.

Indeed, Carr knew at the time of his appointment that Gillard had been captured by organized Jewry. Critical to this capture was when, in 2001, while Shadow Health Minister, Gillard “first went to Israel in a group of Labor and Liberal politicians chosen for AIJAC’s Rambam Israel Fellowship.” The effect of this trip on Gillard was far from unique, with Carr noting how “the program has produced scores of politicians and journalists who are poodles of AIJAC.”[142]Ibid., 285.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)
Due to such influence, both Rudd and Carr came to believe that the Israel Lobby was a malign force that “distorted Australia’s policies on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, and turned many politicians and journalists into the Lobby’s puppets, or, to use Carr’s word, ‘poodles.’”[143]Ibid., 3.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)

To gauge the propagandistic effectiveness of Rambam Fellowships, “participants are asked to provide feedback of their experience. Some are invited to a function to talk about what they saw, whom they spoke to, and the impact the visit had on them.”[144]Ibid., 285.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)
Gillard first met Leibler at one of these debriefing sessions. Over subsequent years, “Leibler’s relationship with Gillard continued to grow. After Australia’s abstention in the vote in the United Nations, the two met. Gillard had come to appreciate Leibler’s keen sense of what was happening in politics and she appreciated his encouragement and concern for her.”[145]Ibid., 286.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)
When asked whether she thought AIJAC, and Leibler in particular, were powerful, Gillard was unequivocal:

Look, yes in the sense that the Jewish community in Australia — the Melbourne community in particular, because I know it best — is well connected. Put it another way, the community has done a good job over many years of developing deep connections across both side of Australian politics. They therefore have the networks and the access to put a particular point of view.[146]Ibid., 286.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)

In 2010, Gillard appointed Leibler to co-chair her Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians. In 2017 a proposal from the Expert Panel recommended that an Aboriginal advisory body be included in the Australian Constitution. Aboriginal activist Marcia Langton claimed that Leibler told her “that his own history, being Jewish, gave him a great understanding of the genocide of the indigenous people and you know, there’s no question that it did.”[147]Ibid., 208.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)

Leibler and the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison Governments

The power of AIJAC has not waned since Gillard’s tenure as Prime Minister. This reality is clear to Gawenda who notes the fact that “a meeting between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and AIJAC’s three most senior leaders could be arranged not long after Morrison replaced Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Australian government [in 2018] is evidence of an organization at the height of its influence.”[148]Ibid., 335.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)
These leaders were Leibler, Rubinstein and Solomon Lew, the billionaire retailer and long-time funder of AIJAC. Rubinstein had proposed the meeting and was surprised how quickly Morrison responded. For Gawenda, Morrison’s swift response was “not really surprising.”

Although Leibler did not know Morrison well, he had met him several times when Morrison was Treasurer, and Leibler was close to Josh Frydenberg, the Liberal Party’s Deputy Leader and newly elected federal Treasurer, whom he had known for 20 years or more, since Frydenberg had worked as an advisor to John Howard. By the time Leibler and the delegation met with Morrison, Frydenberg had become the most senior Jewish politician in Australian history. There is little doubt that Frydenberg had briefed Morrison about a possible meeting with the AIJAC people. What’s more, Morrison would have been aware of Leibler’s connections in Canberra, probably remembering that his predecessor as Prime Minister [Malcolm Turnbull] had chosen Leibler to MC at the official lunch for Benjamin Natanyahu in Sydney in February 2017.[149]Ibid., 336-37.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)

The AIJAC leaders took a list of demands to the meeting with Morrison. Their top priority was for Australia to officially abandon its previous support for the Iran nuclear deal (a purely symbolic gesture given Australia was not a party to that agreement). The second priority was for Australia to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Three days after the meeting, Morrison announced that the government was examining the possibility of moving the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. At the media conference Morrison refused to say whether he had been briefed by Foreign Affairs or by his own department on the consequences of the embassy move. Clearly, the Morrison acted purely at the urging of the AIJAC triumvirate and his deputy leader Frydenberg “who made it clear that he favored its move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” Frydenberg said he “would not comment on any meeting he might have had with the Prime Minister” in relation to this issue.[150]Ibid., 338.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)
Before the 2019 federal election, Morrison announced his government was committed to moving the Australian embassy to West Jerusalem when the time was right.

Australia’s current Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (front left)
Australia’s current Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (front left)

Gawenda observes there “is little doubt that Leibler and AIJAC push on open doors when it comes to having access to the Prime Minister and senior ministers in his government.” This has been the case for many years now: at an AIJAC function held at the offices of ABL in 2013, then Prime Minister Tony Abbott was asked what his position was on some aspect of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. “Oh, my position is whatever Mark and Colin’s position is,” he answered.[151]Ibid., 341.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)

Chair of the United Jewish Appeal

By the early 1990s, Isi and Mark Leibler had become senior leaders not only of Australian Jewry, but also in the organizations of world Jewry. Isi had served numerous terms as President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and was co-chairman of the World Jewish Congress. Mark had been president of Zionist Federation of Australia for a decade, and was a Jewish leader with “unmatched political contacts in Canberra and a record of getting things done.” By the late 1990s, in addition to his chairmanship of AIJAC, he was president of the United Jewish Appeal.

The United Jewish Appeal determines how money raised in diaspora communities will be spent on projects in Israel and, increasingly, in diaspora Jewish communities, especially the six-million-strong community in the United States. For more than 25 years, Leibler has flown to Israel for meetings of Keren Hayesod, the Israel-based institution that governs United Israel Appeal (UIA) organizations that operate worldwide except in the United States, and of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The Jewish Agency, with an annual budget of around $US400 million (mainly raised by American Jewish organizations) is the most financially powerful Jewish organization in the world.

Increasingly, it funds “projects in the diaspora that are designed to bolster Jewish identity and connection to Israel in communities where assimilation looms large and where there is evidence of weakening ties to Israel. It funds the Birthright programs that send young Jews on organized tours to Israel and around 1,800 shlichim, the young Israeli emissaries sent to diaspora communities to work in schools, universities and Zionist youth groups in order to promote the migration of young Jews to Israel. The Jewish Agency also funds diaspora Zionist organizations such as ZFA.[152]Ibid., 310-11.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)

In Leibler’s six years as President of the United Jewish Appeal from 1995 to 2001, its Australian affiliates raised around $200 million. In some years they sent more money to Karen Hayesod than equivalents in Canada (which has a Jewish population three times larger than Australia) and more than any Jewish community in Europe (including France). These fundraising results gave Leibler significant influence and power in international Zionist organizations.

Under Australian law, donations to charities that run programs in developing nations were tax-deductible. Despite the fact Israel is a wealthy country, Leibler “with his expertise in tax law, managed to win an exemption for the UIA.” UIA’s tax-deductible status was threaten in 1998 when Israel was officially classified as a First World country. In response:

Leibler went to see [then] Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and told him that despite Israel’s First-World status, the funds raised by the UIA were going to refugee resettlement in Israel and to Jews living in difficult circumstances in Eastern Europe, Ethiopia and the Balkans. Downer was convinced and shepherded through amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act that allowed UIA to retain its tax deductibility and, therefore, its position as the world’s biggest fundraiser for Israel outside the United States. This achievement helped ensure Leibler’s standing as one of the world’s outstanding Zionist leaders.[153]Ibid., 313.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)

Leibler’s networking and connections with senior Australian and Israeli politicians, together with the very large donations of wealthy Australian Jews to the UIA, gave him great clout in world Jewry. It has long been clear to Leibler that “there would never be a mass Aliyah from the prosperous and increasingly assimilated Jewish communities of the West,” and that “donating to Israel was a way to express support and even love for the country.”[154]Ibid., 316; 315.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)

Leibler’s successor as chairman of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharanksy, who held the position from 2009 to 2018, changed Leibler’s strategic focus, shifting away from projects in Israel to “projects that strengthened Jewish identity, particularly in the United States,” which become a “first-order priority” for the Agency.[155]Ibid., 317.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)
Sharansky’s successor, former Israeli politician, Isaac Herzog, reaffirmed this focus on the “American Jewish community, so large and powerful, but so vulnerable, at least in terms of Jewish continuity.”[156]Ibid., 320.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)
Regarding Australian Jewry, by contrast, Herzog noted there was “no other community like it in the world. So united, so strongly Zionist.”[157]Ibid., 319.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)

Contemporary Demographics of Australian Jewry

Australian Jews are overwhelming middle to upper class, with surveys finding 78 per cent of Australian Jews were “comfortable or better.” Around one-in-five Australian Jews had an annual personal income of $104,000 or more, compared to 7 per cent of the general population. Australian Jews mostly live in the middle-class or upper-middle-class suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney. The socioeconomic profile of Australian Jews is reflected in voting patterns. Around half vote for the Liberal Party, as opposed to the Labor and other minor parties. The Liberal Party gives them the neo-liberal economic policies (including tax cuts) that benefit them financially, while also being more enthusiastically pro-Zionist than the Labor Party. The Liberal Party is also fully on board with the mass immigration and multiculturalism that comprise the central pillars of the Jewish ethno-political strategy for the West. Disputes within Australian Jewry over the last several decades (many involving Isi Leibler) have not been about this agenda, according to Gawenda, “but about tactics and personal status, about who speaks for the community and, above all, about who has access to prime ministers and senior government ministers.”[158]Ibid., 75-76.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.)

While equally wealthy, American Jewry, a community three or four generations older than Australian Jewry, is more assimilated with higher rates of intermarriage — a trend which, according to Gawenda, threatens the world’s largest Jewish community. The intermarriage rate in Australia is less than half that of the United States, with rates among Orthodox Jews close to zero.

This trend has been bolstered over the last few decades by the arrival, since the end of apartheid, of over 15,000 South African Jews in Australia. These Jews “are the world’s most educated émigrés, 70.8 per cent at tertiary level, the most well-heeled, the most cosmopolitan in the way they travel, the only migrant group capable of spending time and money coming on visits before selecting their relocation spots.”[159]Colin Tatz, Human Rights and Human Wrongs: A Life Confronting Racism (Clayton, Victoria; Monash University Publishing, 2015), 350. They are also among the most ethnocentric Jews in the world, with Tatz noting how their mentality is encapsulated in “daily pontification about the Jewish-goyishe divide” and in his grandfather’s refrain that “The worst of ours are better than the best of theirs.”[160]Ibid., 16.
(Colin Tatz, Human Rights and Human Wrongs: A Life Confronting Racism (Clayton, Victoria; Monash University Publishing, 2015), 350.)
Even other Australian Jews have been taken aback by the insularity of these newcomers, how “socially, spatially, culturally, religiously, they huddle in enclaves of their own creation.” “Marrying out” for these intensely parochial Jews means marrying a non-South African Jewish spouse.

Tatz ascribes this hyper-ethnocentric mentality to the fact “the shtetl remains engraved in their immigrant souls.” From the time of the mass Jewish exodus from Lithuania to South Africa in the early twentieth century, these Jews were, he notes, “saturated” with the notion of separateness. He also attributes their extreme ingroup preference to “the specter of anti-Semitism, the dark shadow of rejection by an anti-Semitic and intolerant world.” It is only among themselves, he maintains, that they can “relax at least for a while — laugh, cry, be brash, busy, creative, funny and not worry about what the goyim think.”[161]Ibid.
(Colin Tatz, Human Rights and Human Wrongs: A Life Confronting Racism (Clayton, Victoria; Monash University Publishing, 2015), 350.)
The reputation of South African Jews in Australia took a significant hit in 2009 when the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Barry Tannenbaum, a South African Jewish immigrant, had scammed investors out of $1.5 billion in a Ponzi scheme that was likened to Bernie Madoff’s crime in the United States.[162]Nick O’Malley & Thomas Graham, “Exposed: the Sydney man accused of $1.5 billion scam, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 13, 2009. https://www.smh.com.au/national/exposed-the-sydney-m...0.html

Given this infusion of South African Jews, and the high fertility rates of existing groups of Orthodox Jews, Markus predicts the proportion of Australian Jews “who are ultra-Orthodox or Modern Orthodox will increase, and the community might become even more conservative.”[163]Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 329. Unlike in America, Reform Jews, even today, represent only a small minority of Australia’s Jewish population.

Preventing his own children and grandchildren from marrying non-Jews was a first order priority for Mark Leibler, and Gawenda notes “how important it was for him that his children, and now his grandchildren, married Jews. He can be pretty sure that his family, his children and grandchildren will be committed Jews, committed to their Judaism and to the sort of religious Zionism in which three generations of the Leibler family have played such as prominent role.”[164]Ibid., 334.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 329.)
Each of his children “have followed in their parents’ footsteps: each married a Jew; none has weakened his commitment to Zionism and to the continuity of the Jewish people; none has ever doubted that they would.”[165]Ibid., 360.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 329.)
Leibler’s son Yehuda has Australian, American and Israeli citizenship — but sees himself unequivocally as an Israeli. “When he thought about Australia,” notes Gawenda, “he thought about his family and the Jewish community. The fact that he was a citizen of Australia, or of America, did not mean much to him.”[166]Ibid., 352.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 329.)

The Leibler Dynasty Continues

In 2018, Mark Leibler’s son Jeremy, a partner at ABL, was elected president of the Zionist Federation of Australia. Meanwhile Colin Rubinstein’s son, Paul, ABL’s managing partner in Sydney, is the New South Wales chairman of AIJAC and is touted as a likely successor to Mark Leibler as AIJAC’s national chairman. Gawenda claims the next generation of Jewish leaders will face daunting challenges which include “the rise of anti-Semitism around the world, including in Australia.”[167]Ibid., 335.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 329.)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison being presented with the Jerusalem Prize by Jeremy Leibler (current president of the Zionist Federation of Australia)
Prime Minister Scott Morrison being presented with the Jerusalem Prize by Jeremy Leibler (current president of the Zionist Federation of Australia)

Mark Leibler is more sanguine than his brother Isi about the future of Jews in the diaspora. Nevertheless, he thinks Jews are far less safe in some diaspora communities, including the United States, than he thought possible a decade or two ago:

Anti-Semitism has been on the increase for three decades and has accelerated in the past few years. Who could imagine even a few years ago that a major party in Britain would be led by an anti-Semite or, at least, by someone who has made numerous anti-Semitic remarks and has tolerated the growing number of anti-Semites in his party? I still can’t believe it, that Jeremy Corbyn was the leader of the British Labor Party and could well have been Prime Minister. … But as far as grassroots anti-Semitism is concerned, it’s probably worse in France than in England. In America, there has undoubtedly been an alarming increase in violent extreme anti-Semitism from the left and right. What is happening there was unimaginable a few years ago.[168]Ibid., 356-57.
(Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 329.)

As a rabid Zionist, Leibler is particularly concerned about growing anti-Zionism on university campuses in the United States. He insists this “so-called anti-Zionism invariably traffics in anti-Semitic canards about the money power of Jews for instance.” The irony of his making these remarks as the leader of Australia’s wealthiest, most politically well-connected and powerful ethnic group seems to have escaped Leibler. Leibler believes Islamist anti-Semitism, encouraged and supported by the far left, poses a bigger threat to Australian Jews than right-wing anti-Semites.

Mark Leibler’s brother Isi had also expressed concern at the growing threat of Islamist anti-Semitism. In an article for the Jerusalem Post entitled “European Meltdown Threatens Jews,” he lamented the negative impact of large-scale Muslim immigration to Europe on Jewish communities there. He notes that: “With the indigenous population shrinking and the Muslim birthrate alarmingly high, unless the flow of migrants is stemmed, there is every possibility that by the end of the century the foundations of European civilization will be destroyed.” Through “dramatically destabilizing the social cohesion and security of countries harboring them,” Muslim migrants have led to Diaspora Jewish communities “suffering severe trauma as they experience the erosion of the acceptance and security they have enjoyed over the past half-century.” What makes this all the more concerning for the elder Leibler is the fact this influx of Muslims is, to a great extent, the direct result of Jewish ethnic activism.

Yet ironically, many liberal Jews are at the forefront of campaigns to open the door to widespread immigration of Muslim “refugees” and even make ridiculous bleeding-heart analogies to the plight of Jews during the Holocaust. In so doing, they are facilitating the entry of hordes of embittered anti-Semites who have been brought up to consider Jews as the “offspring of apes and pigs.”

For Leibler, flooding Europe with these “hordes” is regrettable, not primarily because, if the trend continues, “by the end of the century the foundations of European civilization will be destroyed,” but because the end result will be that Jews in Europe are increasingly forced to “live in societies where horrific terrorist attacks against their schools, synagogues, museums and supermarkets have necessitated military or armed guards to provide security.”

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Isi Leibler
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Isi Leibler

The mass importation of Muslims into Europe also presents a danger to Jews, according to Isi Leibler, in fueling the rise of the far-right. He notes that activist Jews, in advocating and facilitating the influx of Muslims into Europe, inevitably “enrage many of their neighbors who loathe these ‘refugees’ and fear that this flood of immigration will destroy their way of life.” The result has been “the meteoric rise of radical right-wing movements in all European countries — Jobbik in Hungary and the Golden Dawn in Greece [which] are outright anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi movements.” Despite nationalist leaders like Marine Le Pen having “vigorously condemned and disassociated her party from its former anti-Semitism,” Leibler insists the rank and file members of parties like the National Front that notionally “support Israel” remain “unreconstructed traditional anti-Semites.”

Leibler is part of the distinct (though growing) minority of activist Jews who regard the Jewish strategy of transforming Europe through mass Muslim immigration as “bad for the Jews.” In 2010 he voiced his strong support for non-White immigration and multiculturalism for Australia while rejecting these policies for Israel. He thus accepts it to be in the interests of Jews to dilute and weaken the identity of the majority European-derived nations in which many live. For Leibler, however, this non-White diversification strategy for is only good for Jews providing “hordes of embittered anti-Semites” from Muslim nations aren’t the primary means of achieving it.

A silver lining of the rapidly-accelerating destruction of Europe for Isi Leibler is that, unlike vulnerable Europeans, Jews can always flee to an ethnically-homogeneous “Jewish state” that provides “a haven for all Jews.” As an ultra-Zionist he naturally hopes that, as European societies become increasingly violence-plagued, dysfunctional and inhospitable to Jews, “many will leave and join us in Israel and participate in the historic renaissance of our people.”[169]Isi Leibler, “European meltdown threatens Jews,” The Jerusalem Post, December 20, 2026. https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/European-meltdown-thre...476004 As a result of Jewish activism, millions of White people are also increasingly fearful of their or their children’s future. Unlike Jews, however, they don’t have the option of fleeing to the relative safety of an ethnostate.

Brenton Sanderson is the author of Battle Lines: Essays on Western Culture, Jewish Influence and Anti-Semitism, available here and here.

Notes

[1] Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 6.

[2] Ibid., 11-12.

[3] Philip Mendes, “The many sides of Mark Leibler,” The Sydney Morning Herald, September 11. https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/the-many-sides-of-mark-leibler-20200903-p55s5a.html

[4] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 9.

[5] Ibid., 10.

[6] Ibid., 7.

[7] Ibid., 16.

[8] Ibid., 20.

[9] Dan Goldberg “After 9/11: The Psyche of Australian Jews,” In: New Under the Sun – Jewish Australians on Religion, Politics & Culture, Ed. Michael Fagenblat, Melanie Landau & Nathan Wolski (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2006) 140-152, 151.

[10] Suzanne Rutland, The Jews in Australia (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 22.

[11] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 18.

[12] Ibid., 24.

[13] Jen Kelly, “How three Melbourne businessmen became one of the Soviets’ most successful spy rings, Herald-Sun, October 9.

[14] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 21.

[15] Ibid., 36.

[16] Rutland, The Jews in Australia, 77

[17] Horace Kallen, Culture and Democracy in the United States (New York: Arno Press, 1924; reprint 1970), 165; 167.

[18] http://www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/multicultural/confer/06/speech29a.htm

[19] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 81.

[20] Ibid., 33.

[21] Ibid., 81.

[22] Ibid., 48.

[23] Ibid., 23.

[24] Ibid., 4.

[25] Ibid., 2.

[26] Ibid., 4.

[27] Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 291.

[28] Ibid., 296.

[29] Unsigned, “Zionist Federation of Australia Welcomes Gandel Philanthropy’s ongoing commitment to Jewish continuity,” Zionist Federation of Australia Official Statement, September 30, 2014. http://www.zfa.com.au/zionist-federation-of-australia-welcomes-gandel-philanthropys-ongoing-commitment-to-jewish-continuity/

[30] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 4.

[31] Ibid., 239.

[32] Kevin MacDonald, “Background traits for Jewish Activism,” The Occidental Quarterly, Vol. 3 No. 2, 2003, 5-37. https://www.toqonline.com/archives/v3n2/TOQv3n2MacDonald.pdf

[33] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 168.

[34] Ibid., 345.

[35] Ibid., 169.

[36] Ibid., 170.

[37] Ibid., 169.

[38] Ibid., 173.

[39] Ibid., 88.

[40] Ibid., 70.

[41] Ruth Ostrow, The New Boy Network: Taking Over Corporate Australia (Sydney: William Heinemann, 1987).

[42] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 93.

[43] Ibid., 94-5.

[44] Ibid., 235.

[45] Ibid., 136.

[46] Ibid., 138.

[47] Ibid., 139.

[48] Ibid., 140.

[49] Ibid., 307.

[50] Ibid., 6-7.

[51] Ibid., 103.

[52] Ibid., 104.

[27] Ibid., 107.

[54] Ibid., 11.

[55] Ibid., 108.

[56] Ibid., 113.

[57] Ibid., 118.

[58] Ibid., 119.

[59] Ibid., 122.

[60] Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 127-28.

[61] Ibid., 128.

[62] Ibid., 129

[63] Ibid., 130

[64] Ibid., 131

[65] Ibid., 128

[66] James Jupp, From White Australia to Woomera – The Story of Australian Immigration (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2002), 46-47.

[67] Bronwyn Hinz, “Ethnic associations, networks and the construction of Australian multiculturalism,” Paper presented at the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, Corcordia University, Montreal, 1‐3 June, 2010, 9-10. http://www.bronwynhinz.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/Hinz-2010-Australian-multiculturalism-paper-for-CPSA-v4.pdf

[68] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 149.

[69] Ibid., 147.

[70] Ibid., 150.

[71] Ibid.

[72] Ibid.

[73] Ibid., 152.

[74] Ibid., 153.

[75] Ibid.

[76] Ibid., 154.

[77] Ibid., 155.

[78] Ibid., 174.

[79] Ibid.

[80] Ibid., 175.

[81] Ibid., 143.

[82] Dan Goldberg “After 9/11: The Psyche of Australian Jews,” In: New Under the Sun – Jewish Australians on Religion, Politics & Culture, Ed. Michael Fagenblat, Melanie Landau & Nathan Wolski (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2006) 146-47 & 149.

[86] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 146.

[87] Ibid., 199.

[88] Ibid., 200.

[89] Ibid., 144.

[90] Ibid., 145.

[91] Ibid.

[92] Ibid., 146.

[93] Andrew Markus, “Multiculturalism and the Jews,” In: New Under the Sun – Jewish Australians on Religion, Politics & Culture, Ed. Michael Fagenblat, Melanie Landau & Nathan Wolski (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2006), 99.

[94] Kevin MacDonald, The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth‑Century Intellectual and Political Movements (Westport, CT: Praeger, Revised Paperback edition, 2001), 303.

[95] Markus, “Multiculturalism and the Jews,” 99-100.

[96] Ibid., 178.

[97] Ibid., 179.

[98] Ibid., 180.

[99] Dan Goldberg, “Jews key to Aboriginal reconciliation,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 2, 2008.

[100] Michael Gawenda, “The real reason Abbott broke his promise on Section 18C,” The Australian, August 6, 2014. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/business-spectator/the-real-reason-abbott-broke-his-promise-on-section-18c/news-story/bc977f7be04dc1dab8eb1db52a5707ed

[101] Ruth Barson, “Holocaust remembrance teaches lessons for humanity,” The Sydney Morning Herald, January 26, 2016. https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/holocaust-remembrance-teaches-lessons-on-human-rights-20160126-gmdy21.html

[102] Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 249.

[103] Ibid., 253.

[104] Ibid., 254.

[105] Ibid., 251.

[106] Ibid., 254.

[107] Ibid., 254-55.

[108] Ibid., 255.

[109] Ibid., 256.

[110] Ibid., 258.

[111] Ibid., 312.

[112] Ibid., 323.

[113] Ibid., 250.

[114] Greg Barns, “Israel’s ‘useful idiots’ in the Australian media,” Crikey, May 27, 2009. https://www.crikey.com.au/2009/05/27/israels-useful-idiots-in-the-australian-media/

[115] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 251.

[116] Ibid., 248.

[117] Ibid., 262.

[118] Ibid., 262; 263.

[119] Kevin Rudd, The PM Years (Sydney: MacMillian Australia, 2018), 400.

[120] Ibid., 266.

[121] Ibid., 267.

[122] Rudd , The PM Years, 430.

[123] Ibid., 431.

[124] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 271.

[125] Ibid., 270.

[126] Ibid., 270.

[127] Jason Koutsoukis, “New figure steals into the limelight of Jewish affairs,” The Sydney Morning Herald, June 25, 2009. https://www.smh.com.au/national/new-figure-steals-into-the-limelight-of-jewish-affairs-20090624-cwyp.html

[128] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 271.

[129] Rudd, The PM Years, 442.

[130] Ibid., 273.

[131] Ibid., 274.

[132] Ibid., 276.

[133] Michael Gawenda, The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, An Australian Jewish Life (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2020), 259.

[134] Ibid., 260.

[135] Ibid., 260.

[136] Bob Carr, Run For Your Life (Melbourne: MUP, 2018), 177.

[137] Ibid., 178.

[138] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 279.

[139] Ibid., 280.

[140] Bob Carr, Diary of a Foreign Minister (Sydney: NewSouth, 2014), 388.

[141] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 283-84.

[142] Ibid., 285.

[143] Ibid., 3.

[144] Ibid., 285.

[145] Ibid., 286.

[146] Ibid., 286.

[147] Ibid., 208.

[148] Ibid., 335.

[149] Ibid., 336-37.

[150] Ibid., 338.

[151] Ibid., 341.

[152] Ibid., 310-11.

[153] Ibid., 313.

[154] Ibid., 316; 315.

[155] Ibid., 317.

[156] Ibid., 320.

[157] Ibid., 319.

[158] Ibid., 75-76.

[159] Colin Tatz, Human Rights and Human Wrongs: A Life Confronting Racism (Clayton, Victoria; Monash University Publishing, 2015), 350.

[160] Ibid., 16.

[161] Ibid.

[162] Nick O’Malley & Thomas Graham, “Exposed: the Sydney man accused of $1.5 billion scam, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 13, 2009. https://www.smh.com.au/national/exposed-the-sydney-man-accused-of-15-billion-scam-20090612-c640.html

[163] Gawenda, The Powerbroker, 329.

[164] Ibid., 334.

[165] Ibid., 360.

[166] Ibid., 352.

[167] Ibid., 335.

[168] Ibid., 356-57.

[169] Isi Leibler, “European meltdown threatens Jews,” The Jerusalem Post, December 20, 2026. https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/European-meltdown-threatens-Jews-476004

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  1. Stunning. Great piece. The story is universal. It could be told of any country in the West.

    • Replies: @Jake
  2. Adrian says:

    An extraordinarily informative article. What is clear is that the Jewish lobby does not get results by diplomatic finesse. Rather it gets its way by harassment, bullying and threats. Occasionally this backfires. Notably so in the case of the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize for the Palestinian leader Hannah Ashrawi.

    Mark Leibler is now saying that they made more of it than it deserved because it was actually an affair of no great importance but at the time they acted like a swarm of angry hornets. They objected to the fact that an Australian politician, Bob Carr, then Premier of New South Wales. was going to bestow the Prize on her. In fact they didn’t want a Palestinian being honored in any way at all.

    Bob Carr commented later:

    The storm of criticism that then occurred was a shock, and—I will develop this point—an insight.

    Soon after my participation was announced, Jewish leaders launched an ‘international petition’ to force me to withdraw from the award. Sam Lipski, a prominent member of the Jewish community in Melbourne, denounced Hanan Ashrawi as a Holocaust denier. There was not a shred of evidence, and he was forced to withdraw and apologise. There were threats of funding being withdrawn from Sydney University. Its chancellor, Justice Kim Santow, barred Ashrawi from even appearing in the Great Hall. Letters of protest were dispatched about the awards going to a Palestinian, switchboards set aflame with indignation.

    This campaign had two objectives: to see that no Australian politician attended the presentation of the peace prize and that the peace prize be withdrawn.

    An article in The Australian suggested that by accepting this invitation I had damaged the federal Labor leadership of Simon Crean and quoted an anonymous member of his staff to that effect.

    Just as federal Labor is lifting its game, the NSW premier does this unconscionable thing that sets us back—this was the tone of the story planted by a member of Crean’s staff but not, I am convinced, by Crean himself. The day it appeared I received a call from a former colleague, Laurie Brereton, now serving in the federal parliament, who told me in strong language that I should not back down. He said, ‘This group [he meant the Israel lobby, especially in Melbourne] is used to bullying to get its way…You get nothing by backing off.’

    I had already reached the same view as Brereton. If I had backed down it would have sent a melancholic message to all Australians of Arabic or Palestinian background: namely that, through its political clout, the other side—‘the lobby’, ‘the community’—will always crush you. I had given my word I would present this prize (ironically, because in one tiny way it would make a contribution to Israel being more secure). I would not back down.

    I have never received more support on any single issue in my time in public life. I was stopped in the street by strangers who said, ‘Congratulations on not backing down’. It was the only controversy I can recall where this continued a month after publicity ceased.

    The award dinner was a sell-out full of people from boardroom Sydney, who, I realised, had an instinctive understanding of what had gone on here: a plain bullying attempt to silence a side in the debate as legitimate as its opposite.

    • Agree: Peripatetic Itch
  3. Australia and Canada are much alike as branch offices of the global Zionist empire.

    “Gandel also funds Taglit-Birthright Israel, a program that provides free ten-day tours of Israel for young Jews”

    Birthright Israel is transnational. The Bronfmans may be Canada’s most well-known Jewish clan. Charles Bronfman is one of Canada’s main benefactors of Taglit-Birthright Israel, which “sends Jewish youth from North America on free educational tours of Israel.”

    Bronfman in Russian Yiddish means ‘liquor man’, which was one of their best known criminal enterprises. Basically they were immigrant gangsters who assumed a veneer of legitimacy in their adopted home.

    Canada has its designated Jewish power-brokers and Israeli front men, who use the same playbook as their Australia-based counterparts – multiculturalism, anti-hate laws, vetting of politicians, and tax avoidance. Once you compare all the branches and see how they interconnect and share common goals and strategies, the Zionist web for world domination is impossible to deny.

    Putin said it best: “There is a group trying for world domination, but their headquarters is not in Moscow”.

  4. KenR says:

    WOW. It’s blood-boiling stuff. Blood boiling.

  5. Rahan says:

    Well-written and interesting article.
    Made me think of several memes:
    https://ibb.co/w4xCxby
    https://ibb.co/1zpN332
    https://ibb.co/pPm7VWm

    And last but not least:
    https://ibb.co/HFWFg9d

  6. the ultimate source of the Jew-power in Australia is the same as everywhere else:

    control of the debt-bombing, money-manufacturing Central Banking system:

    from which they endlessly enrich themselves and their shabbatz goy political class,

    and buy up everything else that matters from mass media to the land itself.

    The title of Sanderson’s book is Battle Lines: Essays on Western Culture,

    Jewish Influence, and Anti-Semitism. But he’s got it wrong:

    Jews don’t “influence”.

    They rule.

    • Agree: Moi
  7. @Beavertales

    Your last sentence attributed to Putin: have you a source or citation for that? Just wondering since doing an internet query doesn’t seem to list a direct Putin quote, presumably for the usual reasons. Thanks in advance.

    • Replies: @Vojkan
  8. A number of countries offer birthright programs like Hungary, Armenia, Ireland, Cuba, Skopje and Greece. Nothing wrong with that.

    • LOL: 3g4me
    • Replies: @Beavertales
    , @Razor
  9. For the first time, I had a growing sense of foreboding about the future of the Jews.

    If it’s the same one I have… he’d better start running now.

  10. Druid says:
    @Beavertales

    Same I USA. Their mega-money is either from alcohol, casinos, pornography, hedge funds and Wall Street skulduggery, financial shenanigans- not paying taxes, stealing from pensions, etc. mostly all dirty money supporting a supposed religion and Zionism! Hateful people!

    • Replies: @anon
  11. Ghali says:

    It is an excellent and well researched article. But, I think it is a waste of time spent on mostly plagiarised, full of rubbish and full of lies book that deserves to be in the rubbish bin not in the recycle bin.
    There is NO “Anti-Semitism”, not in Australia or anywhere else. Dr Tim Anderson was expelled from the University of Sydney for his legitimate and well-founded critiques of Israel’s terror and war crimes in Palestine and in Syria. Even the racist Supreme Court of Australia sided of the University against the Australian Constitution. The Higher Education Union was bullied and intimidated by Jews and forced to abandon Dr Anderson in his defence against fabricated accusations.
    In reality, “Anti-Semitism” is deeply-entrenched and encouraged in the population of the Fascist entity of Israel and its Zionist supporters and financiers.

  12. Vojkan says:
    @Louis Hissink

    The quote is accurate but imho Putin was referring to Washington.

    To find the actual quote, try this search:

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=putin+annual+press+conference+2018

  13. IronForge says:

    The West are Run by an Anglo-Murican Zio-Masonic Plutocracy that Operate the PetroUSD, MIC, Rentier-Banker, and Drug-Running Ventures.

    The VAT are in it for the Ride – They Used to have much more in Influence until the Rise of England then America.

    Though the GBR+Commonwealth and USA have the British Israelism / Christian/Masonic Zionism driving them, the Tribals’ Influence Peddling Games are diminishing around the Fringes as the Years go by.

    Why?
    A) Statehood – there is now a “Homeland Re-Established”. Self-Respecting and Mostly Ethnically Homogeneous Nation-States will drive out Tribals and the like because there is no Moral Obligation to Host Foreigner Factions that Live Off the Land. The Tribals are doing so in ISR.
    B) Holocaust Accts being Verified/Challenged – with Complete Ethnocidal Extermination Orders, 6Mil Headcounts, etc. being debunked.
    C) Immigration/Refugees from Islamic Nations in Europe.
    D) Ending Phase of Christianity and Christian Zionism. Jesus never existed. As this becomes Common Knowledge, Peoples will be Free from the Zionism Implied from the Christian Hijacking of the Jewish Bible/Tanakh. End of Implied Moral Obligation to Commit to Tribals’ and Zion’s Safety as an Existential Task.
    E) Most Importantly, Rise of Non-Western, Non-PetroUSD based Economies/Banking/TradePacts/EnergyExchg Schemes by CHN and RUS, which host Public-Private Entities.

  14. neutral says:

    Not a big secret that Australia is a loyal ZOG state, what is remarkable is how the Australians take pride in being such good pets. Every Australian I have come across brags how they join every war the US starts, why this is something to proud of is beyond me.

  15. Anon[283] • Disclaimer says:

    “ The Anglo-Jewish leadership feared these new Jews, who were “Zionists of the most visceral kind,” would provoke the charge of dual loyalty recurrently made regularly against Jews in Europe: that Jews were only loyal to each other and not to the countries in which they lived. Gawenda observes that:”

    This was a very frightening and a valid concern among the well placed , learned and well off Jewish citizen in USA , and UK until establishment of Israel and continued to be seen as a valid concern until 911 .
    Jewish overarching preoccupation then became how to get rid of this normal concern.

    Jews went into offensive by manipulating and distorting the human nature ,history , philosophy, social social sciences and natural ethnic affiliations of the non Jews and glorifying Jewish nature ,history , philosophy, social social sciences and natural ethnic affiliations of the Jews .

    By positioning themselves as victim of terrorism which the Jews created both in Arab world and the western, they gained on the zero -sum game of emotional factual analytical historical criminal equation based on pure fear mongering propaganda , suppression of truth and insertion of falsehood made possible by the sheer paralysis of the western mind following 911.

    They didn’t change their behaviors . They changed the world but for worse . They as usual when necessary again deformed their own position on it acquired after the concern had gained currency .

    They brought same ‘ dual loyalty ‘ charges to Muslim moving to USA and Europe . The dual loyalty was expressed by Israeli Hasabara ,peace envoy of Bush , Jew run CNN and Fox by PNAC figures but engaging into more grotesque irrelevant areas —accusation of looking eating dressing and worshipping differently .

  16. Mefobills says:

    Leibler’s life is a story about Jews and power. Making that connection is fraught with risks, for it is one that has been made throughout history by anti-Semites and by those who think Jews somehow have an almost magical ability to influence and change – always for self-interest and for the worst – the course of history. Questions about Jewish power have consumed Jew-haters, and their answers have led to discrimination and hatred and, sometimes, to unspeakable, historically unprecedented violence.

    Getting kicked out of 108 countries does not happen in a vacuum. Being kicked out is a kindness to the host, and not unprecedented violence.

    This “magical” ability to influence change is the Jewish tendency to insert themselves as a third party.

    Humans have both two way relations and three way relations. Two way is between you and another party, but if something goes wrong, then you appeal to a higher authority. This third party higher authority is the law, or some sort of “counsel.”

    Jews insert themselves at all third party nodes. Money transfers between person to person, so Jews historically have attached themselves to money creation power. If they don’t have money creation power, they use usury, take rents and work out schemes to shift the existing money supply into their hands.

    Jews become super creditors and want to put their host populations into debt to them.

    A class of Jews even did it to their own people: Jesus started his mission on the Jubilee year, when Hillel and the Pharisees were enforcing the Prozbul clause, which forced debtors into perpetual debts. Pharisee’s were god (little g) creditors, lording it over their subjects, who were in perpetual debts – subjects who were even born into debts.

    This notion of insertion of themselves as a third party roles extends to the law, where the law is re-written. You then get rule by “judges,” or a Kritarchy. Jewish judges then sit in judgement of their host population. Jewish doctrine is a kritarchy of law, binding up populations in inanity, not the logos.

    But, for sure, the biggest Jewish sin is owning the money power, and doing so through with usurious means.

    Before Christianity lost its testicles, usury was considered a murderous sin. Unspeakable violence? If the shoe fits. Host populations are long suffering, and only explode into violence after unspeakable harm has been mounting and building, until it reaches the boiling point.

    http://read-right.com/shop/usury-in-christendom/

    In order to rebalance civilization, then Jews must be put into control, or expelled. That is the only two options.

    Justinian limited Jews to preserve their civilization. Today, the Iranians limit their Jews – and hence predatory Jews are unable to take-over.

    Limits? No third party insertion of Jews into these nodes is allowed: Civil authority (no Jews in government), Money power, Judges, The Press, Teachers.

    Jews have to become second class citizens with less rights than other groups, or be expelled. The historical record is very clear.

    Here is a civilization that is onto the modern Jewish game, and is blocking all avenues of external attack, thus protecting themselves from harm.

    https://national-justice.com/chinese-official-we-subvert-america-through-wall-street-jews

    Bringing the ascendant Chinese to heel is beginning to look like an impossible task. China is not America. World Jewry may have just met its match.

    If your country is ruled by a Jewish Kritarchy and Jewish monied interests, you are doomed. “Democracy” in the U.S. has failed as it cannot protect its vulnerable population from Jewish predatory methods.

    • Agree: dogbumbreath, Ugetit, Lurker
    • Replies: @Mefobills
  17. Jake says:
    @Jim Christian

    It is amazing that Jews are, and have been for a very long, per capita the leading plutocrats in every English-speaking country. It is almost as if Jews have been indispensable bankers for WASP empire all the way back to archetypal WASP Oliver Cromwell. It’s almost as if Anglo-Saxon Puritanism were a Judaizing heresy and that WASP culture naturally, inevitably, facilitates Jews rising in wealth and power.

    And then it’s almost as if the British Empire became the largest and wealthiest in world history (while the majority of natives of the British Empire lived below or barely above the poverty line) and spread its natural pro-Jewishness around the globe. And it’s almost as if the Yank WASP Empire were Anglo-Zionist Empire Part 2.

    Is sure is great that we have WASP culture and the Elites of the Brit WASP and Yank WASP Empires to protect us from the depredations of Jews.

  18. Mefobills says:
    @Mefobills

    addendum

    Limits? No third party insertion of Jews into these nodes is allowed: Civil authority (no Jews in government), Money power, Judges, The Press, Teachers.

    And the media.

    Their religion must be made second class as well, or perhaps made illegal.

    (Expulsion is the best solution.)

    During Jewish Oligarchy take-over attempt of Russia in the 90’s, the first line of attack was take-over of Russian press and T.V.

    You see these Jewish third party mechanisms is every country where Jews reside (except Iran).

  19. mcohen says:

    The narrative is no more set by the ruling classes but by market forces.Politicians and their ilk are only good for there entertainment value.
    The rise of digital currency will be the straw that broke the bankers back and only then can real change come about.

  20. Anonymous[329] • Disclaimer says:

    Through control of the media, more than graft, some might say of the Jews that they parasitize Europe, Australia, America, and Canada in a way grotesquely mimicking the insect parasite Ampulex compressa, which, by injecting the brain (ganglia) of its host with a drug (Hollywood) that dissolves the prey’s desire to defend itself, then takes control of the prey’s antennae–it’s contact with the world around it–and, by controlling the “thinking” of the prey in the way Jews through their control of the MSM and social media intercept and control the prey’s interactions with the external world, consume the prey at leisure, as the Jews in this article do to their prey in Australia. The insect horrors of the tropical rainforest, however, are nothing compared to the horrors of a prey so zombified that its representatives in America’s Congress make Ampulex compressa’s prey seem independent by comparison, for as David Hume put it, they “open the gates to the enemies, and willingly receive them with reverence and submission as their legal sovereigns.”

    • Thanks: Thomasina
  21. The power of jewish supremacism ends where men and women of character, moral strength and integrity begin.

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  22. “Indeed, Carr knew at the time of his appointment that Gillard had been captured by organized Jewry. Critical to this capture was when, in 2001, while Shadow Health Minister, Gillard “first went to Israel in a group of Labor and Liberal politicians chosen for AIJAC’s Rambam Israel Fellowship.” The effect of this trip on Gillard was far from unique, with Carr noting how “the program has produced scores of politicians and journalists who are poodles of AIJAC.”

    Rambam, thank you, ma’am………

    (This truly is nauseating)

  23. Ahh …don’ know. Given that any claim having less than 170 footnotes acts to withhold difference between mere annoyance and full blown goblin …

    Seems author here is coming in hard when these folks may only be looking for a home.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  24. @Agathoklis

    “A number of countries offer birthright programs like Hungary, Armenia, Ireland, Cuba, Skopje and Greece. Nothing wrong with that.”

    That’s not the same thing. These countries offer citizenship to individuals living abroad who pursue a passport from the country of their parents birth. The individual must do it on their own dime, with only a minimal expectation that it will benefit the mother country.

    The Taglit Israel project is part of an internationally coordinated effort which has several goals: to cultivate ethnic loyalty and collective purpose across national boundaries, to build direct personal connections for future exploitation, to assist foreign espionage by Israel, to encourage Jewish youth to intermarry, and to encourage the diaspora to funnel money and business to Israel.

    If a European identitarian group did this for white youth, you can imagine what would be the official Jewish reaction. B’nai B’rith and the ADL are specifically tasked with breaking up white solidarity, so that the Mark Leiblers of the world have an easier time dividing and conquering.

  25. Pindos says:

    “An anti-Semite used to mean a man who hated Jews. Now it means a man who is hated by Jews.”
    ― Joseph Sobran

    • Agree: antitermite
  26. HT says:

    The Tribe destroying another country. It is almost like a crusade to see how fast they can eliminate white civilization.

  27. Anonymous[401] • Disclaimer says:

    19,400 words?

    117 Ibids?

    Executive summary, por favor?

  28. Anonymous[401] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Soft Parade

    > “these folks may only be looking for a home”

    Like bubonic-plague-carrying fleas?

    • LOL: Rufus Clyde
  29. Z-man says:

    Jewish academic Phillip Mendes

    Sam Mendes’ movie 1917 was very good but it soured on me when he had the ‘predictable’ scene of the ungrateful/evil German pilot stabbing the good English soldier trying to help him.
    Jews are the root of all things Satanic.
    Gawenda What kind of a Jew name is that??? In a perfect world all Jews would have markers to identify them as the Christ Killers they are.
    Italy was the last of the ‘big four’ in Europe to be infested with third world scum. But in the last five years, thanks to International Jewry, the Globo-homo elite and a completely owned government in Rome the invasion has accelerated. Italian troops are in far away places defending against terrorism and the Russian threat to Lithuania but they cant stop small boats in Sicily from landing on their shores with those infestations. It’s a madhouse I tell you, A MAD HOUSE!

  30. Excellent piece.

    It’s this kind of empirically based analysis that is critical to understanding international Jew networks and how they operate.

    I will have to get a copy of Powerbroker.

    Thanks for a great article!

  31. @Jake

    This is the same argument you make almost every time you post, right?

    I don’t understand your point. It’s true that Protestantism in general, with the value it has placed on the Old Testament and its relatively decentralized religious structures, has allowed Jews to insinuate themselves into the culture. The Jews infiltrated the Netherlands and Hamburg after they were tossed out of Spain and before Cromwell let them back into England. And Prussia became a magnet for them, along with England, as they snuck out of Eastern Europe in the 19th century.

    But of course, Jews were also allowed to suck the blood from the peasantry in Catholic Poland and its empire in Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania more cruelly than anywhere else. In fact the pact between the Polish Szlachta and the Jews “of the four lands” ultimately brought down the Polish state and left it prey to Russia, Prussia and Austria.

    It’s true that the ex-possessions of the British Empire have been especially comfortable nests for Jewish parasitism given the relative shallowness of their cultures, their unfortunately unqualified pursuit of cheap labor from Europe and their liberal, individual-oriented political systems which have no effective cultural defense against Jewish tribal networks.

    But what you getting at by repeating the same narrow point again and again?

    • Thanks: Mefobills
  32. anon[531] • Disclaimer says:
    @Druid

    Their mega-money is either from alcohol, casinos, pornography……

    according to the book “Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” by former NYT editor (((Daniel Okrent))) jews were 60% of bootleggers during Prohibition. Many got rich, like the (((Bronfmans))), as their Seagrams became for a time the largest liquor company in the world.

    • Replies: @Rufus Clyde
  33. Miro23 says:
    @neutral

    Not a big secret that Australia is a loyal ZOG state, what is remarkable is how the Australians take pride in being such good pets. Every Australian I have come across brags how they join every war the US starts, why this is something to proud of is beyond me.

    Since the US is angling for a war with China, it’ll be interesting to see how Australia likes being in the front line. China has already warned them to keep out of it – but Australia isn’t listening at all.

    And that’s not taking into account that China is their principal trade partner.

  34. An astonishing article. It makes Australian politics completely naked. It’s incredible how fragile it is and how an organized group with a lot of means was able to subjugate the most important politicians of the country and make them do what any sane person knows it is wrong.

    We have lots of laws to prevent corruption, to garantee that we live in a democracy, to protect people from abuses of many kinds. We have institutions to garantee the functioning of the state, we have border police, we fight criminal gangs. But we are not able to prevent the interference of a powerful organized group that uses the country for their own purposes and exclusively for their profit.

    M. L. doesn’t seem interested in promoting values that serve the country, he doesn’t want any discussion, he doesn’t act publicly, he presents no idea, or ideal. The only thing that counts for him is naked power. I wonder what would be the effect of such an article on Australians who read it.

    • Replies: @but really
  35. @Miro23

    Since the US is angling for a war with China, it’ll be interesting to see how Australia likes being in the front line. China has already warned them to keep out of it – but Australia isn’t listening at all.

    And that’s not taking into account that China is their principal trade partner.

    BRI will make Australian exports (Iron Ore, Natural Gas, Coal, Wood, Beef etc..) redundant. Time is NOT on the Imperialists side.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  36. @Jake

    Yes, totally agree. Read “Barren Metal” by E. Michael Jones, this is exactly what happened.

  37. nsa says:

    This vicious article is total bullshit. Afghanistan without cause attacked Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, so of course these valiant threatened independent nations were forced to defend themselves and enter the fight for freedom high in the hindu kush. A lot of Unz morons claim that Afghanistan is landlocked and has no navy….this is just more smelly left wing bullshit. Afghanistan has a very advanced submarine strike force which has been seen many times off Bondi Beach threatening Australia and it is well known that the vile Afghan terrorists are trying to obtain nuclear weapons…..those are just plain obvious undisputed facts. Unz morons have a right to their own opinions….but not their own facts.

  38. @neutral

    Every Australian I have come across brags how they join every war the US starts

    They’re manipulated too, of course. The role of the Bali Bombing in 2002 comes to mind. Australians were the principal victims. The outrage it generated propelled Australia into the Iraq War, if I remember correctly. Given that Leibler had his fingers into just about every aspect of Australian foreign policy, I would assume there was a connection here as well. Perhaps Sanderson could elaborate on that affair to supplement this very informative history.

    Another question occurred to me: What brought Julia Gillard down?

  39. mcohen says:

    almost well written article full of the usual anti jew propaganda.

    1.Australians have been well enriched by Chinese money.House prices have soared.Luckily Chinese are not like those pesky middle Eastern refugee types flooding Europe.lol

    2.South african Jews are a great asset to every country they immigrate to.Well educated and hard working.That is a fact.

    3.As to racism.Lets be clear.White south africans greatly benefited from the racist policies implemented by the British empire.In australia those same racist policies led to destruction of aboriginal societies and way of life.
    Imagine my surprise when as an ex south african who was subject to boycotts due to apartheid by the Australian government only to learn upon arriving in Australia that that that by golly gosh Australia was a little white by night itself.just a smidge.and then ruddy himself I dare say did apologise
    ……..for the “stolen generation”……

    T and R does not stand for Tits and Rump after all but that pleasant little bullshit platter called Truth and Reconciliation only Empire can think up.

    Trumpy gone bah,he took early retirement.and some well earned T and R……..Trump and Russian.Another great bullshit platter brought to you by empire.

    Kevin the ruddy and Alex the downer.2 peas in a pod.wikileaks for freaks….of nature

    https://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2010/s3087957.htm

    • Replies: @Franklin Ryckaert
    , @anon
  40. “When Rudd offered Leibler a briefing with Richardson, Leibler turned angry and made a “menacing threat.” Rudd records Leibler as saying, “Julia is looking very good in the public eye these days, Prime Minister. She’s performing very strongly. She’s a great friend of Israel. But you shouldn’t be anxious about her, should you, Prime Minister?”

    If Kevin Rudd had any pride in his manhood, i.e. bigger balls, he would have thrashed Leibler right there and then… damn the politics!

  41. @nsa

    And you have the right to your own satire…

  42. @Beavertales

    The objectives of the various Greeks programs includes cultivating ethnic loyalty, collective purpose, building direct personal connections for future exploitation, and encourage Greek youth to intermarry, and to encourage the diaspora to funnel money and business to Greece. Greece also has other organisations which link Greek parliamentarians from around the world to help lobby their host governments. There was also an overseas parliament for a while but it was disbanded and never really worked anyway. Regardless, the Greek constitution effectively states that Greece must help ethnic Greeks cultivate their identity wherever they are. We should also not forget the role played by the Orthodox church in cultivating a Greek identity although the Americanisation of the church in America is a step in the wrong direction.

    “If a European identitarian group did this for white youth, you can imagine what would be the official Jewish reaction.”

    Greeks are white Europeans and I have never heard Jews having any problem with this. In fact, in the last few years there has been a lot of engagement between the two diasporas on various issues but wariness remains because Israel’s recent position against Turkey might be tactical.

    • Replies: @Beavertales
  43. @mcohen

    “…South African Jews are a great asset to every country they immigrate to.Well educated and hard working.That is a fact…”

    If you are an ex-South African, you should know about the destructive role Jews have played in South Africa. It was communist Lithuanian Jews who were behind Nelson Mandela’s anti-Apartheid movement, which brought about the destruction of your country. Ever heard about the name Joe Slovo? See picture. Notice the hammer and sickle:

    • Agree: true.enough
    • Replies: @FoSquare
  44. anon[411] • Disclaimer says:
    @mcohen

    2.South african Jews are a great asset to every country they immigrate to.Well educated and hard working.That is a fact.

    actually its an assertion

    3.As to racism.Lets be clear.White south africans greatly benefited from the racist policies implemented by the British empire.In australia those same racist policies led to destruction of aboriginal societies and way of life.

    lets be clear – Whites built South Africa and Australia, aborigines and negroes built? nothing

    this article seems to have gotten under your skin, cohen

    • Agree: true.enough
    • Replies: @anon
  45. Razor says:
    @Agathoklis

    As an Irish citizen, living all of my life in Ireland, I have never heard of a birthright program. I am 99% certain there is no such thing. How about you cite your authority for such a claim. I am confident you cannot. Given this, I highly doubt the other countries you claim offer such programs. Sounds hasbara to me.

    • Replies: @JM
    , @Rufus Clyde
  46. TTIT says:

    An excellent article. Thank you.

  47. An analysis without precedent.
    Sanderson’s essay is a compelling read and an insight into the bipartisan relationship of Australian politics and Jewish power. The coincidence of the lust for power between these prominent Australian politicians and these wealthy, Jewish, philanthropist brokers is mutually beneficial, but only in the most repugnant and selfish way. To each his own.
    There is no advantage for the citizens of Australia in this exercise of Jewish power, and it is no wonder that the techniques of the consolidation and extension of Jewish power within the Australian polity remain unspeakable. Most Australians would rightly concur that it just isn’t fair.
    What I’m curious about is the status of these elite dual citizenship Zionists in Israel? Do they cultivate the indispensable bipartisanship in the country to which they dedicate this power quest?

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  48. How does a country recover from this infiltration?

    The only thing I can think of is that some future Prime Minister smiles and nods his way to his premiership (because he can’t get there without support from the lobby), before changing his stance after he is elected, at the height of his popularity. Cutting them off completely, and reversing all previous capitulations.

    • Replies: @Annony Mouse
  49. LarryFitz says:

    I can’t decide whether reading this article makes me anti-Semitic. Many of the comments on this website are definitely anti-Semitic. The author’s analysis and history appears credible.
    QAnon, Chinese infiltration/control of the US, Trump, deep state, Soros, the decline of Western culture/education, media corruption, high tech censorship, etc. The article on Aussie & Jewish influence is just another piece of the puzzle to be reconciled. The future sure looks bleak.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  50. anon[115] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    true.enough.

    Could say the same about you “actually ass ertion”

  51. @LarryFitz

    Many of the comments on this website are definitely anti-Semitic.

    Yes, you’re right–if by “anti-semitism” you mean anti-Jewish sentiment–but what’s your point? What is it you find inappropriate about anti-semitism?

    • Replies: @Badger Down
  52. Anonymous[300] • Disclaimer says:

    Growing up in my home country I always wonder how a poor Polish jewish immigrant had become a MEDIA mogul owning the three main channels and a main newsoutlet. I beleive the official narrative. He was a poor jewish immigrant with NO money, a holocaust survivor that had worked hard, and through his intelect and business acumen he had become a media millonaire. By accident I went to the Public Library in San Diego Califonia and went to the section of Business and Economics, there I typed the moguls name and his companies in my country. I could not believe it I found the original abstract of his Corporate licenses and I found it intriguing that this jewish immigrant wasn’t really a holocaust survivor nor a poor immigrant. He had in fact grown up in a upper wealthy middle class family back in Poland and that his father had sent him to my country as he had sent his brothers to other countries to open new branches of thier TV/Media busniesses. In fact I read that other prominent gentiles local large land owners aristocrat had been refused the licenses to operate TV/radio frequencies..not only by the local doemstic govt. but by the USA Sat/eletromagnetic operators that provided the international feed, and most of the Audio.visual programming. In fact most media tv, movies, radio, news moguls in the world were jews and only welcomed jews into the regional and international Network. I often wonder why jews nwver built a empire like Greece, Persia, China, Rome…NOW I realize that that was a dumb question..JEWS HAD BEEN RUNNING AN EMPIRE OF GLOBAL MONEY BUSINESS FINANCE dating back over 6K yrs..known/unknown dynasties that put emphasis on being JEWISH and their anestral genealogy…its not that they are chosen, gifted, super IQ smart…THEY TAKE CARE OF THER OWN since the beginning of times..UNLIKE GENTILES and their escrupulous anglo eaglitarian open meritocracy , deep ethical chracter and relentless hard work ethics..

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  53. FoSquare says:
    @Franklin Ryckaert

    Remember Helen Suzman, the radical anti-Apartheid Jewess? Her parents were Lithuanian immigrants. Her great nephew is currently CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he’s pushing vaccines and some other radical ideas.

    There is a nice piece at TOO on this and the Jewish involvement in the Virus and the Global Reset.

    https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2020/12/10/some-jews-involved-in-the-great-covid-reset/

  54. Anonymous[300] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Ad they use their inmense$$$ power to dominate politics, govt, academia, civil, religious, professional trades, social,cultural public and private life/institutions…jewish privelege

  55. @dogbumbreath

    What effect will BRI have on iron ore exports to China which is, despite its beating up Australia to warn others and as a surrogate for attacks on the US, paying such high prices for iron ore this year that Australia’s budget problems are as small as they could be in pandemic times. Even when China gets West African iron ore it will, like ore from Brazil costmore to transport than Australian ore.

    • Replies: @dogbumbreath
  56. @Miro23

    “Australia isn’t listening all”. It is irritating enough to know how much careless BS is tossed around in UR comments on most subjects without having to put up with the ignorance of one’s own country – and treatment of it as if it doesn’t matter to people in much larger countries – that can produce statements like that. But perhaps it is a consequence of your thinking that “the US is angling for a war with China” (and that Australia knows it). Why would you think that? Do you really think that the US wants its carriers in the West Pacific sunk or or incapacitated and Taiwan taken over by the CCP?

    Pay attention to Australian sources if you want to opine on its attitudes and policies.

  57. @Peripatetic Itch

    I doubt that Mark Leibler had much to do with the Iraq war decision, though he would no doubt have approved if it as helpful to Israel. Howard was very keen on being and staying close to George W. Bush. That may have had an emotional component because Howard was in DC when the Pentagon was attacked on 9/11.
    One shouldn’t however deny Howard credit for keeping in with the US at pretty low cost Australia lost just one serviceman killed in Iraq, accidentally shot by himself in his bunkroom.

    • Replies: @but really
  58. This is the most thorough examination of the Israel lobby in Australia that I have read.

    I do take issue, though, with the assertion that without the lobby, Australia would have no Muslims. Afghan camel drivers have been in Australia since 1860, and they built the first mosque here in 1861.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  59. angmoh says:

    Ah, paranoia about (((THE JOOS!?!11))) remains evergreen on Unz.

    Nonetheless a fairly interesting article which is far less damning in content than the author seems to think it is. This kind of interest group political intrigue is ubiquitous – an enterprising reporter could write a similarly damning article on AFL alumnus!

    I get the sense this kind of activism is on the decline anyway. Mark and Isi Leibler’s generation can feel WW2 in their bones – the new generation of latte-sipping hipsters of whom plenty end up marrying out anyway? Not so much.

    • Replies: @Rufus Clyde
  60. @Oscar Peterson

    It is to some people’s advantage if discussion swiftly becomes complicated. I say let them steal the “antisemitic” slogan, not forgetting that Palestinians are realer Semites than Mileikowsky, or whatever he calls himself now.

    So let’s keep it simple. If LarryFitz is against semitism: the behaviour of Jews in the US, UK, Australia, and other countries, then he may declare himself to be antisemitic.

    I have seen semitism in Occupied Palestine. No, I didn’t go there; I saw it through news media such as Unz. The “is” routinely display appalling behaviour. It is easy to declare oneself against the murders, bombings, missile attacks, assassinations, ethnic removals, home bulldozing, scams, and theft.

    Yes, if that’s “semitism”, then I’m anti the whole thing.

  61. JM says:
    @Razor

    It’s bullshit. Greek diaspora solidarity has no need of it anyway and works informally.

  62. @UncommonGround

    This is a significant article, not for its originality but for its clarity.

    As an Australian I am certainly disgusted, but this article is not the reason. Douglas Reed opened my eyes and once you have seen past the curtain the whole world looks very different.

    What gives me hope is the fundamental stupidty that comes with the lust for power and the utterly ignorant belief that “god” has chosen them to be boss cocky. 108 times they have over-reached. They will again. What is different this time round is that the world has become a hell of a lot smaller and neither the Chinese or the Russians will tolerate their shit.

    If you really want to understand (((them))) learn about narcissim. The talmudist cult is pure narcissim and its biggest victims are the rank and file that the likes of Leibler wheel out as the victims they are protecting, all the time bullying those same victims into complying with their endless rules and rituals.

  63. @Wizard of Oz

    Seen the flood of negative press around the actions of our SAS thugs in Afgahnistan? Same shit different country.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  64. @neutral

    If you are right you should extend the range of Australians you meet. But I suspect that you don’t understand Australian speech styles and, far from bragging, what is really expressed is that it is wryly acknowledged that Australia is unique in being an ally in all wars in which the US has taken  taken part   since  1914. (We didn’t help against Grenada or Panama but do they count?).

  65. Adrian says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Miro 23 wrote:

    Since the US is angling for a war with China, it’ll be interesting to see how Australia likes being in the front line. China has already warned them to keep out of it – but Australia isn’t listening at all.

    And the Wizard of Oz sternly berated him for that:

    But perhaps it is a consequence of your thinking that “the US is angling for a war with China” (and that Australia knows it). Why would you think that? Do you really think that the US wants its carriers in the West Pacific sunk or or incapacitated and Taiwan taken over by the CCP?
    Pay attention to Australian sources if you want to opine on its attitudes and policies.

    Well Miro23 is presumably an American and he is at least partly talking about American affairs here about which the Wizard seems to be better informed.

    Is the US “ dangling for a war with China”? Hugh White, emeritus-Professor of Strategic studies at the Australian National University thinks it is not.:

    The prospect of a war between the US and China had a high likelihood of crossing a nuclear threshold and “the worst war in history … [and] make World War I look like a picnic.” Yet the good news was this won’t happen, because the US will back from Asia. “In the end, this is not America’s backyard, it’s China’s backyard.

    But ex-Prime Minister Malcolm Frase was not so sure. In the book entitled “Dangerous Allies” he wrote not long before his death he warned against the alliance with America which could drag Australia into a war with China:

    Dangerous Allies
    by Malcolm Fraser and Cain Roberts | 1 May 2014
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    2
    Hardcover

    But Hugh White thinks that an armed conflict is not very likely. Fraser’s warning that Australia should be on its own is superfluous for him. Australia will be on its own anyway.:

    Australians should start thinking hard about how we prepare ourselves to survive and hopefully flourish when we can no longer rely on America for our security.
    … We must work out how to manage our relations with a powerful and assertive China on our own. That would be hard even if China was not our primary sourc
    e of economic opportunities in the decades ahead. The fact that it is makes this the toughest diplomatic and strategic test we have ever faced as a nation.

    Well there might not be a hot war but will there be a cold one? Ex-Ambassador Tony Kevin seems to think that Australia is already involved in it:

    The destruction over the past five years of Australia’s mutually beneficial diplomatic and trade relationship with China was probably a successful “Five Eyes” information warfare operation, …

    Australia Sabotaged Its Own Interests in China Relations (Consortium News)

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
    • Thanks: Wizard of Oz
  66. @but really

    Im not quite sure what you are saying. In retrospect it was probably not necessary to invade Afghanistan as a response to 9/1l being an Al Qaeda venture initiated there (which I assume) but at least Australia’s participation could be firmly based on its being an ANZUS Treaty ally that would want the US to reciprocate. To join the Coalition of the Willing in Iraq was a different matter and at least Howard limited the losses while building at least some credit with the US.

    • Replies: @but really
  67. @Wizard of Oz

    The US isn’t even angling for war with Iran. If it were, the drone attack on Saudi oil installations ( September 2019 ) would have been the obvious casus belli. The assassinations of Soleimani and Fakhrizadeh have been sops permitted by Trump to appease the Saudis, Israelis and Deep State for not going to war.

    As regards China, Trumps motives are primarily economic. As an economic nationalist, he wants to see jobs, which have been offshored to China, returned to the US. Obviously, his efforts have been stymied by the oligarchs, Deep State, Democrats and his own party for obvious reasons.
    If Sleepy Joe becomes President, the chances of war become even more remote – why would he want to wreck the lucrative relationship that he and Hunter have with the CCP?

    Anyway, judging from the comments section, it appears an interesting article. When an article is this long, I usually have a look at some of the comments first to see if it might be worth reading. Now I’ll have to book an afternoon off and actually read it……

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  68. @Spogus Bogus

    My impression is that the most troublesome Muslim immigrants stem from the Fraser Liberal government opening the doors to Lebanese about 1967 partly as a way of fending off criticism of its initial unwillingness to be generous in taking Vietnamese boat people. The Labor Party then saw Lebanese as good Labor party voters and presided over more immigrants from Lebanon some as refugees but a lot by family reunion. Of course many Lebanese were not Muslim, including the worst crook whose hand I shook in I think 2000.

    Indeed I remember being told of our immigrants, including refugees, that most Arabs were not Muslims and most Muslims were not Arabs. It is unfortunate though what trouble and expense a few deranged young men from Afghanistan or other troubled Muslim country can cause. I remember a Jewish academic fingering the Turks as early misfits amongst amongst post WW2 immigrants but I really it as more a matter of class than race or religion. They came as the latest batch of cheap labour for our old fashioned protected manufacturing industry before we globalised to our great profit.

    • Replies: @JM
    , @anon
  69. @neutral

    Sorry mate, but I live in Australia and I’ve never ran into any Aussie that bangs on about our involvement in US-started wars and how we should be involved in them. Not one. It’s rather the opposite; every single fellow Australian that I have spoken to in the last several years wonders why the bloody hell we’re even there at all!

    • Agree: Wizard of Oz
  70. @Agathoklis

    “I have never heard of Jews having any problem with (white nationalism in Greece).”

    Sorry, but Golden Dawn’s platform was roughly equal to Israeli mainstream centrist politics, and Zionism Inc. threw a shit-fit because the Greek nationalists were acting too much like Jews.

    Golden Dawn should have been a perfect fit with Israeli politics, but that is not what Tel Aviv wants. They prefer white countries to be led by cucks like Julia Gillard, not Pauline Hanson.

    They don’t want whites as equals, they want supremacy through coercion, extortion, and bribery.

  71. @Verymuchalive

    Yes it reads like a pretty honest piece based on a good book by an honest and professional Jewish journalist. Not that the author’s reservations about Jews don’t show!

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  72. @nsa

    Indeed. I have Nazi Afghan contacts in Tasmania ready to roll out from the secret Nazi bases in Antarctica. The Fuhrer’s not in that great shape these days, but I’m assured he can still command ‘Hizballava’, ‘The Talli-ban’ and all the other organisations that didn’t stop gay matrimony.
    Hail Victory….yeah…mmm.

  73. Goyboy says:

    Half way through this epic work of investigative journalism.
    If only the Jews had a modicum of common moral decency this world would be beautiful and at peace.

  74. What a read!!!
    The cancer spreads unabated.

    The thing is: Jewry is not a race, ethnicity or colour. It is an ideology. Jews exists in small numbers in almost every country on the planet, no matter the colour, race or ethnicity. They are equivalent to a parasite, not big in size but huge in influence.

    I learnt a hell of a lot in a short time here today, not about jews but about my home country and frankly, very happy to be in SE Ukraine, ironically, home of the jews.

  75. @neutral

    Every Australian you come across brags……..
    You sure you are not talking about yanks? You know, the exceptional country? One thing I can tell you is that most Australians have no desire to side with yanks, “its just the fuckin guvment”

  76. @anon

    “It is through the bootlegging trade of the 1920s and the early 1930s that this story begins, as it brought together key figures whose successors and affiliates would eventually create a series of blackmail and sex trafficking rings that would give rise to the likes of Jeffrey Epstein, the “Lolita Express” and “Orgy Island.””
    https://www.mintpressnews.com/shocking-origins-jeffrey-epstein-blackmail-roy-cohn/260621/

  77. Kapyong says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Australia is unique in being an ally in all wars in which the US has taken taken part since 1914

    Australia sent forces for the empire before we even were Australia –

    The Eight Nation Alliance of 1900 against the Boxers in China included Aussie state forces, including the entire S. Australian navy !

    Leaving this amazing (now colourised) photo of troops, left to right: Britain, United States, Australia, India, Germany, France, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Japan :

    • Replies: @Rufus Clyde
  78. @angmoh

    Would you please cite some specific examples taken from the article that support your opinion that the it is less damning than the author seems to think it is?

    Will you show some examples of AFL alumni engaging in political intrigue of an equivalent scale of influence?

    Could you provide any evidence that stimulates your sense about the decline of this kind of activism?

    It’s clear that you’re just bursting with sentiments related to the article, so I’m keen to see some of the factual evidence that prompt your feelings.

    • Replies: @angmoh
  79. @Kapyong

    Three cheers for imperialist exploitation!

  80. Robjil says:

    Justiceforhumanity#

    Humans and all life advanced by looking at things from all angles.

    This Jewish power game of silence being golden has been destroying our planet at record speed since 12 23 1913.

    Jewish power’s silence game to gain control of all things is a disgrace to all life on this planet.

    This article like many others on this website bringing light to this game of silence used by Jewish control freaks to control many nations.

    This game of silence by Jewish power has to end for the sake of humanity and all life on earth.

    The game of silence is that Jewish power can’t be examined, talked about or noted at all in our Zion (((free))) press.

  81. Thomasina says:
    @Mustapha Mond

    Yes, absolutely, this is what has been eroded and what we’re desperately in need of. Thanks.

  82. JM says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    So all is well then, the earmark of all your smug posts.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  83. Ed Case says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Why would you think that? Do you really think that the US wants its carriers in the West Pacific sunk or or incapacitated and Taiwan taken over by the CCP?

    Utter destruction of the Non Communist Chinese is the last U.S. Objective of World War 2 still not completely achieved.
    So, yeah, you’re right, Carriers sunk, Taiwan overrun, and very dark times for unhyphenated Australians are on the cards, pretty soon, I’d say.

    • Replies: @mcohen
  84. Ed Case says:

    My impression is that the most troublesome Muslim immigrants stem from the Fraser Liberal government opening the doors to Lebanese about 1967 partly as a way of fending off criticism of its initial unwillingness to be generous in taking Vietnamese boat people.

    Perhaps, though the date was 1976, not 1967.
    Former P.M. Whitlam was then Opposition Leader, he had previously described Vietnamese Refugees as Fucking Vietnamese Balts, a reference to the Baltic immigrants to Australia in the late 40s who were fiercely anti Labor.
    The Catholic Church in Australia was probably involved somewhere there, the context was the Civil War in Lebanon, Christians in Lebanon didn’t want to go to Australia as refugees anyway, and what ended up happening was that the Government of Lebanon used the opportunity to get rid of the criminal underclass in Sidon and Tyre onto Australia’s back.
    Fraser shut the program down on the urgent advice of his bureaucrats, after a few months, but the damage was done, and Family Reunion possibly continues to this day.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  85. mcohen says:
    @Ed Case

    patience is a virgin and that is her virtue.

    the great thing about 5th columnists is they make great hostages in times of siege.Especially wealthy ones.

  86. Goyboy says:

    I do find it odd when I read Israel is a harmonious country.
    There are a lot of mixed races who claim to be Jewish living in Israel.
    You telling me there is not a pecking order?
    Zionist Jews are dangerous, they are ultimately a danger unto themselves.
    Are the going to drag America and her allies into WWIII, or is America and her allies about to be dissolved?

  87. @JM

    I can see why you feel your sour words justified. You could read quite a large sample of my comments and find that I am provoked by carelessness and expansive ignorance, especially when it comes to things I really know about and don’t see why others shouldn’t get right. And my contrarian streak works strongly against UR catastrophists – even our host when he can’t imagine sensible everyday explanations for what le labels unbelievable councidences.

    But no… as to Australia I think we have merely got away, so far, with being very lucky . Our immigrants from our original countries of origin were, post WW2, though still the most numerous , not thee best human quality – compared with, say, Greeks who had had no advantages but whose children were smart and went on to become professional people, or Italians who were already skilled trades people in a growing country. Our prosperity built increasingly on mining and trade with Japan, then -much later – China, had already prepared our democracy to be relaxed and even generous in welcoming diverse others – who often started anyway with fluency in English, unlike post WW2 European migrants . It may almost be a probability that the medical specialist you see in public or private sector is foreign, probably Asian born. Also , though we agonise over the social problems and incarceration rate of our tiny indigenous population and pour money into bumbling efforts to help we simply don’t have 13.5 per cent of highly visible descendants of slaves who can own guns, or cheap Latino labour in the millions to depress wages.

  88. @Ed Case

    Thanks for fixing my typo, and for being so well informed.

  89. @The Spirit of Enoch Powell

    Thanks for that pointed cartoon. Where/who does it come from? Can you give me a reliable URL please. (A naughty thought occurs to me. Just for fun it might be worth seeing if it could be used to stir up what Ron has called the “swarm” of junior Zionists to try and punish it under our ridiculous sec. 18C )

  90. @Peripatetic Itch

    Re: Bali bombing, 90% scrubbed, but you get the picture:

    https://revealedtruthnz.wordpress.com/2009/06/16/the-truth-about-bali-bombings-2/

    p.s. WHO can carry on about Jewish power with more theatric flair than ozzie Brendan O’Connell?


    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  91. @TelfoedJohn

    I foolishly thought that Donald Trump was going to do the very same thing.

    Wouldn’t it be a miracle if all the gentile politicians did this en-masse. What could they do to them?

  92. @Wizard of Oz

    I am saying that Howards witless involvement of Oz in the rape of Iraq was not without its costs.Just because you are ignorant of them does not mean they do not exist.

    I worked with an ex serviceman whose mind was one such casualty. I was pointing out the cost by refering to a more recent example.

    I suspect the cognitive dissonance is actually more harmful than the actual combat. The constant message you are one of the good guys when you know you were doing the wrong thing plays havoc with mental health.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  93. @but really

    I agree that the PTSD suffered by veterans of wars well before it was given that name doesn’t seem to depend on suffering the most obvious forms of trauma and that there have indeed been substantial costs to Australians from our joining the invasion of Iraq.

    Unfortunately armies need to have experience of fighting, risking death and killing to be as effective as one would want for our protection. Compare the performance of experienced Japanese troops against the Brits in Singapore and, by contrast, the failures of the Dutch at Srebrenicza and Canadians in Rwanda.

    • Replies: @Rufus Clyde
  94. @thotmonger

    Do you really believe that load of BS that you linked? The theory seems to be that some conspirators got up the Bali bombings so that Australia would join in a war against Iraq that was still 6 months away which Australians were nonetheless protesting against in large numbers. Barry!

    • Agree: thotmonger
    • Replies: @thotmonger
  95. @Australian lady

    The coincidence of the lust for power between these prominent Australian politicians and these wealthy, Jewish, philanthropist brokers

    You misuse the term “philanthropist”. A Philanthropist is someone who loves their fellow man or woman. These people may love Israel or their fellow Jew – at least in the abstract – but not the rest of humanity.

  96. @Wizard of Oz

    So the idea is that comprador states should send their troops on imperialist overseas missions so that they can gain experiencing fighting in counter-insurgency wars of occupation in order to be effective at protecting these states? Wacky!

    What reasoned, informed person would compare the battle of Singapore, with tens of thousands of regular troops on each side with peace-keeping fiascos in either the destruction of Yugoslavia or the Rwandan disaster?

    What specifically were the failures of the Canadians in Rwanda? Aside from Dallaire and staff, the peacekeepers at the time of the massacres were not Canadian. The peacekeepers came principally from Belgium, Bangladesh, Ghana and Tunisia. The 600-man Canadian force arrived after the massacres, when the US puppet Kagame had matters firmly in hand.

    Never let facts get in the way of your derping!

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  97. @Wizard of Oz

    Nice synopsis. You get a blue star.

    p.s. It does not matter what you or I believe. The shoe fits an ogre. And very few devour victims and guard their bridge quite this way. King David Hotel, Lavon Affair, USS Liberty, 911/Urban Moving Systems, Mossad caught with explosives at the Mexican Congress… Then add the ZOG media manipulations and now mass censorship. So don’t cry Barny. Let’s be frank. It is reasonable to entertain.

  98. @Wizard of Oz

    Part of Mr Sanderson’s article was based on the Gawenda book, but he used a lot of other sources as well. So credit must be given.
    Few Jewish journalists and authors are honest about Israel or Jewish political and media influence. Many are completely dishonest. From quotes from Gawenda’s book, he is unintentionally revealing. He seeks to defend his subject, but in fact produces evidence for his critics. The term “condemning yourself out of your own mouth ” springs to mind. In that way, he is “honest”.

    Not that the author’s reservations about Jews don’t show!

    I take it you’re referring to Mr Sanderson. However, the odd columnist and commenter excepted, It’s why, at least in part, we’re all here, you and me included. We have reservations about the Jews. It’s why Mr Unz, himself Jewish, set up the Unz Reviews. He has views – including reservations about his fellow Jews – he couldn’t express elsewhere. He was ,after all, defenestrated from TAC along with Steve Sailer, Phil Giraldi, Uncle Tom Cobbly and All.

  99. @Rufus Clyde

    I wasn’t sure about Rwanda. You may be right. But tare you really willing to deny the reality that battle hardened armies are likely to be much more effective than sloppy weekend amateurs and decades/centuries long peaceniks?

    How about nearly all German forces against almost all Allied forces, especially veterans of the Russian front moved to the West.? Yes, Singapore: battle hardened Japan against near amateurs and garrison troops with a dud general. In general my general reading tells me that getting European origin soldiers to kill people requires the surmounting of a hump of inhibition. So…

    No general recommendations flow except to try and get the skills of those psychologists who have got on to military PTSD to help design better training.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  100. @Verymuchalive

    Without replying to specifically support Australian Lady I note that “wealthy Jewish philanthropists” would well enough identify most, or much, of the political donor class. That is of course to identify them by what they do rather than by what motivates them or their feelings towards any particular people.

    Why rich Jews are so prominent as such philanthropists can be speculated about. It may be as simple as considering the general truth of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and noting also that there are today proportionately more rich Jews than Rockefellers, Carnegies, Vanderbilts etc.

    That there might also be or have been an element of conscious advertising of Jewish virtue in an alien environment goes without saying.

    Collectors may form a special sub-class…..and not necessarily with specific Jewish characteristics.

    Another question might be asked about anonymous donors. Not so obvious. I recall very rich man, not Jewish, who had made a large fortune by the force of his intellect (and of course some luck in getting to the “large”) who started by giving anxiously but then was persuaded that he should be named because it encouraged others.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  101. “I wasn’t sure about Rwanda”. So you used a subject about which you don’t know anything as the basis for an argument. Good job.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  102. @Wizard of Oz

    Yes, Singapore: battle hardened Japan against near amateurs and garrison troops with a dud general.

    Gross distortion, Wiz, old man. Singapore was very well defended against Naval attack. In April 1940, the Japs were in Southern China. The only way Singapore could be attacked was from a Japanese fleet coming from there. By September 1940, Japan had seized Indo-China. Invasion by land, naval convoy and air became possible.

    However, there was no change to British policy. The British Empire Force in Malaya was underfunded and under-equipped and lacking in proper military intelligence ( alright, oxymoron ). Unsurprisingly, they were surprised by the Japanese invasion – when they shouldn’t have been. The Japs use hundreds of tanks in the invasion, Empire forces had none ! Also, they had massive air superiority. Analysts had asked for 350 modern aircraft to defend Malaya. Instead they had 150, many of them biplanes ! Also, the Japs had far more land-based artillery pieces.

    The priority was Western Europe and the Middle East. The Far East was not a priority and this was the result. Churchill compounded the problems by sending out Force Z without an aircraft carrier. As a result, Prince of Wales and Repulse were sunk by 86 Bombers sent from Saigon. I accept that British Empire Forces were variable in quality – that includes your Australians. Percival certainly made errors, but he was not the cause of the defeat, and was used as a scapegoat after the war.

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  103. @Wizard of Oz

    I don’t think that political donations are any form of philanthropy. However, Jewish “philanthropists” are usually more showy than the Goyim. It’s showbiz after all – and we know how they love showbiz.
    The difference between Muslims, Christians and Jews is, I think, as follows.

    Muslims create charities which only benefit other Muslims. They’re perfectly straightforward about this. It’s in accordance with their traditions.
    Christianity generally promotes universalist principles, so charity is generally applied to all.
    Jews usually live surrounded by Goyim. They often create charities which appear universalist in principle, but in fact nearly all funds are spent on fellow Jews or Jewish projects. This allows them to do so, whilst getting kudos from the Goyim.

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  104. @Verymuchalive

    Thanks for being and writing as one well informed. But I don’t think you can justly accuse me of *gross distortion* when the point I sought to make was about the relative quality of the opposed forces and the need for appropriate preparation or experience to be adequately effective. After all the Allied military forces vastly outnumbered the Japanese to whom they surrendered. Despite the problems with which Percival started /had inflicted on him it would be an interesting Gedankenexperiment – German to give it weight – to consider what Rommel might have achieved if substituted for Percival in mid 1941…..

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  105. @Rufus Clyde

    Poor chap. You have to try scoring a trivial point by actually exposing your carelessness or worse.

    It wasn’t *the*base. Remember Srebreicza?

    And I do not concede that I knew nothing about the subject of Canadians in Rwanda. I certainly didn’t say so as you imply

    What do you actually know about the Canadian forces in Rwanda?

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  106. @Verymuchalive

    I was about to express agreement that of course political donations are not philanthropic when a possible exception occurred to me. How about donations to all or several competing parties in a fledgling democracy? Especially if tied to some truth in advertising requirement.

    I have little doubt that you would be technically correct about the majority of tax deductions for gifts by Jews and Jewish businesses in America being for purposes not properly regarded as charitable – like AIPAC – but I’m not so sure about Australia where, for example, the Smorgon Plaza at our performing arts centre and Smorgon Wing at a major hospital are of benefit to all in America I could cite for example my seeing great collections of Picassos in public galleries in New York and LA both given by the same Jewish family.

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  107. angmoh says:
    @Rufus Clyde

    Read any political memoir and you find similar attempts to influence govt in an organised way – it’s ubiquitous and unremarkable.

    https://grattan.edu.au/report/whos-in-the-room/

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  108. @Wizard of Oz

    I see little evidence of Jewish charitable giving to non-Jews in the UK. However, I am sure this whole area would be worthy of a proper quantitative study. In a proper academic system, academics would be writing about this and discussing the implications.
    In a proper academic system, maybe one of those academics would be Mr Sanderson himself.

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  109. @Wizard of Oz

    The gross distortion bit seems, on reflection,harsh.
    I did admit that British Empire Forces were variable in quality. Whereas the Japanese were attack troops obviously chosen for their elite characteristics. Also, the Japanese were under a single, direct chain of command. Empire Forces had British, Australian, Indian and Malay troops. Percival may have been in overall charge, but the chain of command was far from direct. Then you had the added complication of the Royal Navy.

    I certainly think that a more experienced and capable commander could have delayed things longer, and further up the Malay Peninsula. It is possible that more troops would have been able to evacuate from Singapore. This may have permitted resupply of Singapore from Australia or India, as well. But that’s all hypothetical.

    The Rommel suggestion seems misplaced. Rommel and Guderian were exponents of mobile warfare, particularly tanks. Except the Empire Forces had no tanks had had only about half the number of trucks of the Japanese. It must be admitted that Rommel was a capable defensive commander as well. He was in charge of German defences during the D-Day landings. But even here, there was little he could do as the Allies had total naval and air superiority. This was the case at the Fall of Singapore – the Japanese had complete naval and air superiority.

  110. @Verymuchalive

    There is little excuse for a user of the Unz Review phone App not to use a very few finger taps to start checking on questionable factual statements and suppositions. For Jewish charitable giving in the UK one could start with

    https://www.thejc.com/news/uk/jewish-philanthropists-lead-sunday-times-rich-list-1.54949

    You’ll want a bit more to find how much benefits non-Jews.

    Mind you if you want to look like a a great figure in British philanthropy it’s a bit hard to make up for the headstart of those who founded the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum etc. Interesting though that few Oxbridge colleges have benefactors’ names. The only one that comes immediately to mind is Wolfson.

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  111. Dumbo says:

    Jews here, Jews there, Jews everywhere.

    But remember the 6 billion.

  112. @Wizard of Oz

    You’ll want a bit more to find how much benefits non-Jews.

    In the current climate, perhaps only an independent, and independently wealthy, researcher, residing in South America would be able to do a thorough job.

    Interesting though that few Oxbridge colleges have benefactors’ names. The only one that comes immediately to mind is Wolfson.

    Usually, the donors had the decorum to use the name of some historical or religious figure. But You and I are so last century, we haven’t noticed how things have changed. Nowadays, you pay the University enough money and you get your name on it, The largest college at Oxford is Kellogg College. You couldn’t make it up.
    https://www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/

    2020 STOP PRESS. The Reuben Foundation has paid Oxford to change Parks College’s name to Reuben College. These people are shameless. If Amazon offered enough money, they would change Jesus College to Bezos College.

    At least the students at Kellogg College get free breakfast cereals, I presume. But they’ll need to be careful. After McDonald College opens, the Daily Mail headlines will scream:
    Outbreak of Mass Obesity at Oxford College

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  113. Hibernian says:
    @Beavertales

    Putin said it best: “There is a group trying for world domination, but their headquarters is not in Moscow”.

    It’s in NYC, and has been since WW1.

  114. Hibernian says:
    @neutral

    They needed us to protect them from first the Japanese, then the Chinese. The British weren’t much help.

  115. anon[211] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    They came as the latest batch of cheap labour for our old fashioned protected manufacturing industry before we globalised to our great profit.

    (((we))) sure did

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  116. @angmoh

    You haven’t addressed any of the questions I put to you. High five!

  117. @anon

    Jews had very little to do with it. If you think you know better please explain why.

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  118. @Verymuchalive

    Well, I thought about using inverted commas, but, oh well “philanthropist”.
    There is a kind of equivalence now with the words “wealthy Jewish” and “philanthropist”, all subliminal propaganda of course, but also rendering the latter word as a meaningless signifier.
    I’ll leave it at that.

    • Thanks: Verymuchalive
  119. anon[211] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    jews like Rothschild and his minions had very little to do with it, eh?

    maybe you’re the one who needs to explain himself

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  120. “Jews like Rothschild [sic) and his [sic] minions”

    I shouldn’t be wasting time on such a pathetic little ignoramus who hides behind double anonymity. (I imagine you as a “little man” though I suppose you could be disabled by obesity and stuck in your wheelchair – all the more time to take the trouble to make sense).

    I would ask who this Rothschild fantasm is, presumably amongst the hundreds of descendants of Mayer Amschel Rothschild. But you obviously don’t even begin to know what you are talking about.

    So let me just point out that Australia has done very well out of the economic rationalism (now apparently “neo-liberalism”) which turned Australia into a competitive economy importing most manufactured goods cheaply, phasing out its car manufacturing, and selling vast quantities of minerals, foodstuffs, educational services and tourist experiences to (mostly) China (though also still to Japan). Before a 1980s Labor government made most of the key changes in the wake of Thatcher and New Zealand Labour the push started with think tanks like the the IPA and and a group of activists mostly in the Liberal Party called The Society of Modest Members in honour of Bert Kelly who had written a column under the moniker Modest Member attacking protectionism. I don’t remember even one Jew being involved in either organisation.

  121. @anon

    See reply immediately after your Comment.

  122. @Verymuchalive

    If Bezos was cheapskate he could probably have a Bejesus College in Dublin for €1 million.

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  123. @Wizard of Oz

    Good one. But 1 million would only give Bezos the naming rights for a very short period. This seems to be the way things are going. It’s now quite common in sport. For Example, Emirates Airlines have paid for the naming rights for Arsenal FC’s stadium until 2028. It’s now known as the Emirates Stadium.

    So if Barclays Bank put up the money, we might see Balliol College, Oxford become Barclay College for 10 years. As part of the deal, students might see a minor reduction in their fees if they switch their banking to Barclays.

    • LOL: Hibernian
  124. @Wizard of Oz

    What effect will BRI have on iron ore exports to China which is, despite its beating up Australia to warn others and as a surrogate for attacks on the US, paying such high prices for iron ore this year that Australia’s budget problems are as small as they could be in pandemic times. Even when China gets West African iron ore it will, like ore from Brazil costmore to transport than Australian ore.

    I’m not privy to the financial numbers but I would agree with your comment. The fact that BRI opens up new and more efficient trade routes for “made in China” products and services, the added revenue should easily offset the increased transportation and mining costs of procuring iron ore from Africa and Brazil. It’s the Chinese “win-win” or “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” mentality.

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  125. @dogbumbreath

    It’s not “win-win” if China has to use its savings from the BRI to compensate for higher iron ore prices that would result from excluding Australian iron ore.

    Just yesterday I read that China has begun to suffer power outages and shortages as a result of banning the import of high quality Australian thermal coal. Not good politics for Xi heading into winter.

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