“In principle” – My email to Marrickville Councillors

Marrickville Council, which is headed by the Australian Greens, had recently impressed me by announcing it would join the growing global campaign to boycott Israel in protest to its horrific oppression of the Palestinians. Now it seems they are caving to pressure from the Zionist lobby, and have announced that it will be an “in principle” suport for BDS that they will endorse. Having, until recently, and now once more, been deeply disappointed by the weakness off the supposedly progressive Greens on this issue, I decided to send them the email included below. I suggest you send something similar:
to polive@marrickville.nsw.gov.au,
date 18 April 2011 14:32
subject “In Principle”
Dear Councilors

I have heard that the Greens of Marrickville have, in the face of threats and criticism, downgraded their support of palestine from a practical level, to one of “principle”. I would like to inform you that if this occurs, I who have voted green in every election I have participated in, will in future, support voting green in “principle”, but not in deed.


Austin G. Mackell
Freelance Journalist

About Austin G. Mackell

I am a freelance journalist who has worked for a variety of corporate and community outlets from my hometown of Sydney and from the Middle East, including from Lebanon during Israels 2006 invasion and from Iran during the tumultuous presidential elections there in 2009. I have recently moved to Cairo to watch the revolutions in Arab world unfold.
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One Response to “In principle” – My email to Marrickville Councillors

  1. Monique Buckner says:

    Fickle politicians remind me of Christians who ‘pray for peace’ but do nothing on a practical level to assist the Palestinian liberation movement.

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