Green co-leadership contender Chlöe Swarbrick continued to use a pro-Palestinian chant, despite being told by a Jewish school in her electorate that it was considered by many to be hateful and offensive.
In an interview with Q+A, the Auckland Central MP defended leading a chant of “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free” at a rally in November 2023.
“I continue to hold true to the kaupapa that Palestinian freedom is necessary if we are to have longstanding freedom and justice in the region,” Swarbrick said.
“There’s a deeply problematic and intentional misunderstanding that is being painted across the Palestinian people here, whereby there is some presupposition that freedom for Palestinian people – who have been living under occupation for decades now – and are presently being subjected to a genocide … and we are talking about advocating for their freedom, and that freedom is being painted somehow as violence.”
She continued: “Perhaps that discomfort is something we should lean into because I think nowhere near enough focus has been paid to the genocide, which is literally playing out right now and is decimating the Palestinian people.”
Now I love Jack Tame.
I think he’s one of our best Political TV interviewers, he is always fair and he is one of the best public broadcasters we have (after Barbara Dreaver, Moana Maniapoto and John Campbell of course), but his interview few with Chloe today was such petty bullshit that it surprised me.
Jack is excellent, today’s interview with Chloe however was bullshit.
Framing her as an anti-semite for using a phrase which Zionists find offensive in the shadow of 28 064 dead Palestinians, 67611 wounded Palestinians, almost 2 million displaced and and an entire people traumatised seems petty in the extreme.
I’m talking David-Farrier-using-public-money-to-make-his-Mister-Organ-revenge- -documentary-against-someone-he-felt-he-was-better-than level petty.
The semantics of a phrase zionists fund offensive while a real time ethnic cleansing war crime is being committed is so breathtaking in its triviality it is actually depressing!
You can certainly tell there’s been a change of Government on Q+A can’t you?
These are political tactics we have seen in the UK.
Al Jazeera’s damning documentary into how Corbyn was undermined and framed as an antisemite by the Zionist Apartheid Israeli supporters who falsified and lied about the level of antisemitism inside Labour to destroy Corbyn.
Chloe is being framed here using the same semantics to paint out anyone critical of Israel’s brutality as an anti-Semite.
This was not Q+As best show. By any means.
Focusing on a phrase to insinuate someone is an anti semite while people are dying is extraordinary.
So what if she had been told be a Jewish School the phrase was offensive to them?
She heard them, she disagreed, she used the phrase.
Taking that stance and framing her as an anti-semite is disgraceful.
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