Tim Fischer blames the Jews – Again!

Barney Zwartz writes in The Age that Tim Fischer, the former Australian Deputy PM, claimed the New York Jewish lobby had unfairly blackened the name of WWII Pope Pius XII “in the interests of a modern political agenda”.

“Pius has been criticised for not doing enough to protect Jews during the Holocaust, but Mr Fischer argues…that he did save Jews “and gets zero credit”.

In fact, according to Mr Fischer, Pius instructed Catholics to help Jews, hiding hundreds in convents, monasteries and the Vatican. The Nazis rounded up 1002 of Rome’s 8000 Jews in 1943 and sent them to Auschwitz, but the other 7000 were saved.

…the moment any suggestion is made to consider Pius XII for beatification and sainthood, they hit out at close to full power and use all media avenues to stamp it out.




“The American Jewish lobby is run by hardliners who get their daily feed from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and will cut no slack in terms of Israel’s policies in the West Bank.”

Former Pope unfairly criticised

We’re familiar with the canard that Jews control the media, but it’s interesting to speculate where Tim’s animosity towards the Jews came from. As a Catholic and one-time Ambassador to the Holy See, it’s not surprising he rushes to support the Papacy, but is his animus against Jews more deep-rooted?

Let’s look at some background:

In 1994, Tim was offered a position on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies at the Australian National University, where he helped the Centre obtain generous funds from the United Arab Emirates, Iran and Turkey. Presumably there were strings attached – there usually are – such as downplaying our friendship towards Israel.


In 1997, as Deputy Prime Minister, Tim scandalously invited Yasser Arafat, then leader of the Palestinian Authority, on a state visit. Luckily, John Howard stepped in, declaring a visit to Australia “inappropriate” and withdrew the invitation.

On July 14th, 1998, Tim, then acting PM, addressed the National Trade Forum:

The Middle East is a major destination for our exports of wheat, coal, live sheep, sugar, alumina and wool. It is a market that is growing at a very healthy rate for Australia, with total exports valued at $4.7 billion in 1998 – an increase of around 13 per cent over the previous year. The growth trend is very positive, with the five year growth rate of Australian exports being well over 11 per cent annually.

So did Tim see the economic benefits of getting closer to Arab countries?

There was certainly a change in his attitude. After retiring from politics in 1999, he started openly attacking Israel, bewailing the sufferings of the Palestinians, and becoming increasingly critical of American policy in the Middle East. Referring to the war in Lebanon, he said:

Israel has brutally denied Palestinian rights to statehood in a policy of escalating repression that leaves it increasing bereft of friends. Online Opinion

Tim had became involved in some business dealings with rich Middle East oil states and built up good relations with Arab military backed dictatorships, funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to governments such as Iraq through government agencies like the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation. One deal saw hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money go to the Iraqi Baathist regime via Australian wheat exports.

In 1999, The Parliamentary Friends of Palestine was established, with Tim as Chairman.
He apparently found nothing incongruous about a representative of a Parliamentary democracy supporting a violent anti-democratic regime.

In 2004 Tim was appointed chairman of Tourism Australia, where he showed tremendous interest in Middle Eastern countries, especially the UAE. It was during this time that the Federal Government gave Emirates and Etihad Airlines the go ahead to vastly boost its services between Dubai and Australia, whilst Qatar Airways also entered the Australian market.

In 2009, it was reported that Tim Fischer was accused by Canberra insiders of meeting the infamous Lockerbie bomber during a trip to Libya to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of a bloody military coup that brought Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to power.

Fischer has previously been implicated in peddling unsubstantiated allegations against Israel, including claims that Israel launched a “premeditated and deliberate”
attack on a US Navy ship, when it was clear – except to fringe conspiracy theorists – that it was a tragic “friendly fire” error. Decades after the incident, declassified documents from the US and Israel confirmed that. Read here

He was busted by Ted Lapkin for this blatant misrepresentation of history. Lapkin wrote:

“two years ago, the US National Security Agency released transcripts of Israeli Air Force radio communications intercepts that conclusively proved the incident to be a tragic case of mis-identification”

During the course of the attack, two Israeli helicopters were vectored to the scene with orders to pick up survivors. But unbeknown to the Israelis, an American spy plane was monitoring the frequency being used for communication between the choppers and air traffic control.

Transcripts of the Israeli radio traffic clearly demonstrate that the Israelis were convinced that the Liberty was an Egyptian navy supply vessel.

But upon approaching the Liberty, one of the helicopter pilots identified an American flag flying over the stricken ship. The transcripts indicate that this news caused consternation at Israeli Air Force headquarters.

The tapes of Israeli radio traffic, as well as English translated transcripts, are available on the NSA’s website.
They are confirmed by Marvin Nowicki, a US Navy Arabic/Hebrew linguist who was on the American spy plane that day, reaffirming the original conclusion of the 1967 US Navy court of inquiry that the attack on the USS Liberty was an unfortunate case of wartime friendly fire.

This material is both conclusive and easily accessed…By resurrecting this long discredited calumny, the only thing Fischer proves is own deep-seated bias against Israel. LINK

Finally, I simply can’t resist mentioning the infamous incident when Malcolm Fraser was found with his pants down outside a seedy Memphis bar. People assumed he was drunk or visiting prostitutes, but could there be another, more sinister explanation? Tim obviously thought so.  Michael Danby, in an interview on ABC’s 7.30 report in 2004, said:

Interestingly enough, Tim Fischer was the person who said that the Mossad stole Malcolm Fraser’s pants”. LINK

It seems that, to Jew-haters, there are no depths to which Jews will not stoop – from stealing pants to blackening a Pope’s name!

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  1. Please stop being so interesting, I have to get off this computer!

    Until as recently as last week, when Tim Fisher was interviewed on Sydney radio, where he was praised as a wonderful, old-time passionate politician, ethical, honest, straight forward etc. etc. etc. Plus he was afforded this molly-cuddling we seem to reserve for people with a disability. And I saw nothing wrong with all those compliments, actually – believing them to be merited.

    After reading your above account, I think that he does not yet deserve this quasi canonisation, and that he might be autistic in more ways than one.

  2. That a biped such as this one could have attained the position of Deputy Foreign Minister of what is by and large an enlightened, tolerant, modern state, should once again, remind us that the kinds of events that occurred in Europe not long ago could happen here too.

  3. Hi Rita,

    I’m glad you enjoyed reading the article and finding out a little bit more about our Tim. A lot of people who are praised in the media actually have quite a different background when you do some research. Names that come to mind are Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia, and of course Macolm Fraser.

  4. Come to think of it , it was only after Fraser lost his pants in Memphis that he lost his mind and went feral becoming an Arabist maybe Mossad did take his pants?

    • Lost his mind. Lost his pants. Lost his wallet. And lost the girl. All in one night.

      Mossad need not trouble itself too much with this guy. The man is the very definition of a loser.

  5. Tim Fischer’s proudest achievement, one his own electoral base would claim and acclaim him for, is that he never wanted to be seen as an intellectual force. He made all necessary efforts not to disappoint in that respect. Therefore, his musings on history are of such offensive irrelevance that whoever in the media pays any attention to the long redundant politician, ought to apologise for wasting time and decency.

    The history of the Vatican under Mussolini, particularly during the last years of pope Pius XI, his dubious end and the controversial associations Pius XII had with the Italian fascists and, after the war with pro-Nazi Vatican prelates, the protection of high ranking Nazis by the Vatican etc. are matters of intense historical interest.

    How would a simple peasant elevated to the dizzy heights of Federal Politics have the slightest inkling about such complex matters?
    What are his academic credentials?
    Tim Fischer has attained irrelevance long time ago and someone should convey this message to him. I, for one, could not be bothered……………

  6. Relegated to political obscurity quite immediately after his public demise, Malcolm Fraser, who could be remembered also for his bona fide Jewish roots, has been waging revenge on his own sad status of a sidelined dry, monotonous mannerism by claiming all sorts of haphazard moralistic positions.

    Never mind turning his ideological coat against what used to be his own political Party. Never mind his boring pantomimes as protector of questionable campaigns for causes as foreign to relevant concerns as possible, for his manic depressive presence on the “human” rights barricades of farcical causes, such as the Palestinian “struggle”, can only help the sensible punter switch the TV News channels at once. And this instant effect is all one can still remember, just before the same one punter forgets all about him.

  7. Susan Parsons

    Good to see Tim Fischer so beautifully exposed. Creep!

    I must say I am sick to death of ‘..We’re familiar with the canard that Jews control the media..’.

    If this really was the case I am sure Israel would not be in such a precarious position.

    Having said that the left-wing rag – The New York Times – owned by Jews – has always been anti-Semitic. No surprise that Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch calls it “The New Duranty Times”!!

    If you can get to their archives as a friend of mine has their anti-Semitsm is as plain as day.

    Many Jews of the right were not mourning the recent death of one of its owners.

    It’s bad enough having this man who thankfully doesn’t wield a lot of power, but now we have a president in the USA who is quite determined to destroy Israel.

    “Go back to the 1967 borders”.

    This is evidenced by the fact that he has gone out of his way to aid and abet the “Arab Spring” and put the Muslim Brotherhood into power wherever possible.

    One can only hope that Egypt gets rid of them! I would love to see this slap in the face to BHO!

    To be totally fair he is a deadly menace to Jews and Christians!

  8. Thank you Susan and welcome Down Under. Please visit again. Two of our Contributors are from the USA

  9. Susan Parsons

    @The Editor

    I am from Down Under:)

    I just have a lot of friends in the USA, and try to stay up-to-date with US news.

    I highly recommend to anyone to search out news from Glenn Beck. He seems to be one of the few people on this planet who actually knows what is going on.

    • Whoops !! You said “now we have a president in the USA” so it sounded as if you were an American. Sorry

      • I meant it in the sense that since he is supposed to be “the leader of the free world”.

        Of course we all know he is the worst president since Jimmy Carter.

        • Replying as myself this time Susan.

          I have a great many friends in the US and I was following him before too many people outside of the US had heard of him. He has such a questionable past it’s not funny and yet so many people think the sun shines out of his tuchas.!! Excuse the language 🙂

  10. He is a creep and it is worth remembering that there is a powerful residual antisemitism that always manifests as hostility to Israel in some elements of Australian conservatism especially outside the big cities. There is a history of National Party (and its predecessor) leadership ambivalence and scepticism about Jews, Israel and Zionism that go back to the Evian conference and beyond. Doug Anthony was no friend of Israel and Fischer is in this tradition.

    Part of this is the perceived economic interest in ME markets but there is is also something more sinister with conservative parties in the regions historically competing with organisations such as the League of Rights which at one time nearly took over the National Party in Queensland at grass roots. The League mightn’t be what it was but the influence is still there. One Nation at its peak in Queensland at least very quickly developed an antisemitic fringe in classic form.


    There are many fine exceptions of course among NP politicians. Senator Ron Boswell springs to mind..

  11. @ Shirlee Finn

    I know exactly what you mean. The day he was elected I received two emails from US friends apologising for what US citizens had inflicted upon the world, let alone themselves.

    One was a staunch conservative. A clever guy who should have been a political commentator. He’s the one who told me about the New York Times.

    The other – surprise, surprise – was a very nice Muslim guy who I had ‘met’ in my old blogging days on various sites. He used to vote for the Democrats but changed sides after Gore ran for VP, and 9/11 disgusted him.

    He actually loved Bush! He told me back then BHO was an empty suit and was offended that people associated BHO with Muslims. Of course now we know how true that is.

    Too bad the wonderful Clint Eastwood didn’t have an empty suit on that empty chair during his speech at the GOP Convention.

    That would have been the icing on the cake!

    • Shows what he is about by the fact he won’t release his birth certificate

      • Or anything else for that matter, Shirley!

        The birth certificate is the least of his worries. With or without it he doesn’t qualify as a ‘natural born’ US citizen by their definition of a presidential candidate because his father wasn’t a US citizen.
        (This excludes Marco Rubio from ever being president in the future.Possibly just as well as he is now not very popular with true conservatives.)

        McCain stupidly said nothing as he was born in the Panama Zone at a US base if I recall.
        He thought they would use it against him.

        McCain is generally loathed by true conservatives and I can’t help but wonder if he was chosen simply because he had no chance of winning.

        BHO is simply a puppet of George Soros and Valerie Jarratt who is of Iranian descent. That’s why he can play golf whenever he likes with his little friend Reggie Love.

        Too many conspiracy theories, too little time!

        Trouble is so many that I have read are coming true!

        Slightly OT but can you guys see this? Soros has his fingers in the Aussie pie also.


  12. Susan, this is a great poster which clearly shows the connections and gives the lie to GetUp’s claim to be a group for the people. They are clearly a union front group which will only back their own causes. To me, the tragic thing is that unions were started to protect workers from being exploited, but they’ve now morphed into organisations run by thugs for their own benefit. We saw how the Health Services Union’s leaders spent union money on prostitutes and other high living, while their membership are some of the lowest paid workers. Time for a real shake up of the unions, so they revert to their original purpose.

    • Susan Parsons

      Thanks Pam.
      Lucky I have a friend on Twitter I guess:)

      I have always viewed Soros as a real-life James Bond villain. He and Maurice Strong who is behind the Rio conferences, IPCC and the global warming scam. Actually Soros is in that mix somewhere too.

      My only regret is that we don’t have a real life James Bond! Not yet anyway.

      It is an incredible shame that unions have devolved to such a low level. As far as I am concerned they are past their use-by date which is probably why they can now afford to exploit their members as they have done.

      They never helped me much when I was forced to join a couple many years ago, but they sure enjoyed their fees!

  13. At least one exception (and I hope there are more) is Paul Howes and his AWU. Their stand on the Arab-Israeli conflict is decent as far as I am aware.

    • Susan Parsons

      Some of them may be decent Okey but the fact that Howes swore he wouldn’t back the carbon tax if one job was lost and has now reneged is concerning.

      He even spoke out for free speech after Andrew Bolt had his court case and look at Howes now?

      Backing Rudd to the hilt.

      Maybe his stand on the Arab-Israeli conflict is decent but I am a little suspicious of this because I think they are trying to have it both ways – please the Muslim community and please the Jewish community.

      That’s just my opinion of course.

    • Paul is terrific. I met him with Jana Wendt and Michael Danby last year

  14. Susan, a very good Blog in the US belongs to a good friend of mine in the US, he is a Contributor here too. All really nice people there.


    He was ‘liberal’. He saw the ‘light’ and he has swung to the right, though he can’t make himself vote Democrat yet !!

    He has a few current Obama posts too.

    • Looks like a great blog!! Thanks for sharing it Shirley.

      As for the picture I posted:

      I got the link from my friend who is on Twitter which has a feature called ‘TwitPic’ – yes,,really!

      I simply posted the link. I didn’t expect the picture to show up but I think this is a feature of WordPress blogs, like this one.

      If it were a Google blog I am pretty sure all you would have seen is the URL. I may be wrong. Maybe someone else knows better.

      I am more familiar with the workings of Google blogs as I have a couple of what I call ‘hobby blogs’ and no, I am not going to post the URLs because they are totally irrelevant to this site, but they help keep me sane, or as sane as I will ever be.

      I will freely admit, however, that I am completely addicted to my computer!

      I used to do a lot of political blogging which, as you know, is rather depressing. I cannot do it 24/7 like I used to.

      So nowadays I like to play around with audio-visual stuff as I am a bit of a music freak:)

      • Thanks Susan

        Israel Thrives is a great Blog, so is Mike and as are the others who post on it, two of whom are Contributors here too. One’s an aussie.

        JDU has a Twitter account, I have no idea how to use the thing. I suppose I’d better learn

    • Shirley I think Danby gets elected because that area has a large Jewish population.

      That to me is not a good enough reason.

      In fact it reminds me of the USA in that 90% of the black community voted for Obama.

      I consider this racism.

      • Yes, but then Jews voting for Danby it too !!

        I certainly wouldn’t. Coming up for the second time in my Federal Electorate a party is deliberately running a Jewish candidate. They haven’t a hope though. It clearly doesn’t work in this area. Wentworth – Malcolm Turnbull !!

    • Thanks for that, Shirley.

      Wouldn’t it be remarkable if Rudd loses his seat?

      I am not holding my breath!

      Stealing an election is possible here, just like in the USA. It’s just a bit harder.

      You don’t need ID, and the voting slip is ticked with lead pencil.

      You may find this old article interesting:


      The Anti-Semitic Labor Party by Barry Cohen.

      • I wouldn’t vote for Danby if I lived there which I don’t.

        Pretty certain Turnbull will get in. Actually I am not a big fan of his either,lol!

  15. Turnbull already fails the intelligence test by buying into global warming scam,,naturally being the member for Goldman- Sachs!

    • Any one that believes that man made global warming Mishigas , I ‘ve a got a feeling Turnbull is in the wrong party , he may end up being another Fraser?

      • Hi Michael.
        I think he is in the wrong party too! Let’s see what happens with the election. If Abbott wins, Turncoat as he is known on the blogs,will have to keep quiet a little while longer.

        BTW I do recall reading your letters to the Age many, many years ago. Good stuff!

        I unsubbed a l-o-n-g time ago!

  16. Dear Malcolm is already a turncoat. He was a member of the ALP.
    He saw a nice safe secure seat in Wentworth. He did a huge amount of branch stacking and was elected.

    I know the whole sordid story. I was a member of that branch of the Liberal party. I’ve had some huge arguments with the man. He is an arrogant SOB

    He is also a Republican

    • Republicanism sounds sooooo coooool until you realise that it would take a new Constitution to implement it.

      With Labor in power – heaven help us!

      I didn’t know he was a member of the Labor Party, but then again so was Brendan Nelson!