This question was submitted and I know there are people out there who can probably answer it…
So go for it please.!
Hi…I am from Australia, a 7th Generation Irish-Catholic Australian, with both a full Irish maternal and paternal lineage, on both the sides of my mother and father, and (extremely) pro Israeli.
Over time, I have noticed commentary that Ireland, is anti-semitic and anti-Israel. I know nothing of the reason why, totally in the dark.
Could I ask if someone would explain to me how, or why this happened/occurred. I Thank you.
Graham has sent more, some of which I am posting for interest.
“Thank you for the reply….it is appreciated. By way of your site, I was actually reading a Posting on another site…whose name now escapes me, about a a group in Ireland who are trying to address the imbalance of why Ireland, and some Irish have a jaundiced view…dislike for Israel. I have noticed this form of commentary for some time now…and it has both bothered and mystified me a little…..as to why my heritage country would have it in for Israel…given the oppression they themselves experienced under British rule for many hundreds of years. If anything, I used to believe that both Nations have lived and known the hold of oppression….and would share an understanding of the yolk of oppression and suppression ….if not for their respective differing reasons.
I would be most grateful for any assistance you may be able to offer….if only for a historical understanding of what went in the relationship…if one such existed. It is one area I am totally unknowing of. As stated, I am very much a now dyed in the wool supporter of the Israeli State, and it’s people…having been this way since 1962…. when first reading the then recently released horrific, and revealing expose through the non-fictional novel titled the “The Five Chimneys”.
To some extent, the respect and regard of my now passed parents….who were Irish to the boot straps, towards the then relatively new Nation of Israel also influenced my regard and outlook towards Israel….which knowing of their still then close connection with relatives then alive in Ireland, doubly confounds the matter for me. My then Irish relatives were in no way anti-Semitic……more supportive, if not mildly neutral. This indifference must have only taken place in the past 30/40 years. My father’s interest in Israel stemmed from the time he spent there during WW2, as a member of the Australian Army’s 9th Division… who used the area he knew as Palestine, in readiness for their then ongoing conflict with Rommel’s North Africa Campaign.”