By Daphne Anson
Antony Loewenstein is a freelance Australian journalist who has made a name for himself, and a living, spewing propaganda against Israel.
Astonishingly, his book My Israel Question was published by no less a publishing house than the prestigious Melbourne University Press (MUP), headed by Louise Adler (who I believe is or has been a member of his Independent Australian Jewish Voices and is a frequent panellist on the leftwing ABC’s answer to the leftwing BBC’s Question Time, Q&A.)
“Astonishingly”, because the book is a piece of political polemic, a diatribe, not a serious academic work, and in the world of academic publishing Down Under MUP is a leader indeed.
Even hard leftist anti-Zionist Jews condemned Mr Loewenstein’s use of this image (featuring then prime minister Julia Gillard, a friend of Israel) on his website a few years ago.
Yesterday, Mr Loewenstein was a panellist on the ABC’s The Drum, anchored by Ellen Fanning, which had a segment on “how Israel is reported on”.
There was no attempt to balance the panel, and, worse, there was no attempt to explain to viewers that Loewenstein (a longtime favourite of the ABC) has form as a polemicist against Israel.
John Lyons of The Australian told viewers that “Foreign correspondents in Israel censor themselves,” and Loewenstein got stuck in to the “Israel lobby” which “perniciously and dishonestly” carries on its task. “Israel lobby bullying” soon became the theme of the segment, with Fanning making a half-hearted attempt to enquire about the “Palestinian lobby” before settling back and allowing the anti-Israel bias to continue.
How pernicious and dishonest of the ABC to include Mr Loewenstein on the panel with no counterbalance and no mention of his background as an anti-Israel polemicist.
The program can be viewed here, the segment in question staring around 18:55
It should be protested.