Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray View Post
Much earlier than that. His 1987 trip to the Middle East reshaped his views.

When Israel turned Right, Hawke made a U-turn
But was only after much the damage was done by him in reversing Whitlam's policy of even-handedness.

On the Soviet Jews case it could be argued that they should have the freedom of movement/emigration but the Soviets wanted compensation for what the system had spent on those wishing to emigrant. I am guessing they may have considered it like treasonous to wish to leave the USSR. Hawke would have known that more Jewish migration of non-ethnic Jews to Palestine would create more tensions and land grabbing from the Palestinians in an already explosive situation. What happened to all the cunning, wisdom and judgement he displayed in the trade union movement for 20 years prior to being a politician? I think he could be considered a racist in ignoring the legitimate asperations and rights of the Palestinians. Whitlam, twenty years earlier, only needed a brief glance at the situation to properly evaluate it - Hawke took twenty years of errors and serious damage. Yes, Hawke was anti-racist in probably all other theatres.