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    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.
    Zionism is racism as defined by the UN, Israel by every dirty means available steals land and water, kill Palestinian freedom fighters and civilians, and operates an apartheid system to drive more Palestinians off their land

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    Sad but indicative to what extent can polies compromise for achieving their parties leadership …
    Never expected that from Bob Hawke!
    That's if his daughter's claims are true though - ex junkie suing for a bigger chunk of the estate of Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister, following his death in May aged 89.
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    I know political families where the young children almost don't know their father, they call other uncles "father" in confusion. Hawke, from the sixties was so active in education, union activities, Labor activities and social activities related to unionism and employers he was probably never home. Often the children of successful men don't themselves succeed to any extent I think due to lack of parental hands on by the father as well.

    How Hawke sold out Labor and human rights principles it does not surprise me at all that he sold out he daughter maybe.
    Zionism is racism as defined by the UN, Israel by every dirty means available steals land and water, kill Palestinian freedom fighters and civilians, and operates an apartheid system to drive more Palestinians off their land

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