A Tale of Two Rallies & The Use of Children.

This last weekend, on crisp but sunny winter’s days in Sydney, I took myself into the City for two very different rallies. Two rallies which could not have contrasted more if they tried..

The second, on Sunday, the pro-Gaza rally, I had no desire to re-visit thanks to my previous experience but I needed to go in order to feel the hate, so I could contrast it with the one I was attending on Saturday.

Sydney Town Hall

But first to Saturday’s rally with an estimated crowd of 8,000, which was part of Worldwide Protest for Assyrian Christians in Iraq,and what a contrast to the pro Palestinian ones I have been to. . Whilst this was filled with love and warmth, held in a picturesque park, the other filled with unbridled hate was held in the sunless square between the Sydney Town Hall and St. Andrew’s Cathedral .

The rally was in support the Syrian, Assyrian, Chaldean Christian people who are being systematically killed, expelled or forcibly converted by barbaric Moslem fanatical extremists in a land they have occupied for over 6,000 years.

ISIS “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS), a militant terrorist organisation, has recently attacked the city of Mosul in Iraq and marked all Christian homes with the Arabic letter ‘N’, which represent Nazarene (a term meaning Christian in Arabic). “The sign of NUN”

Nazerene Nun (ن), the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet (the equivalent of letter N in our Roman alphabet), is the first letter of the word Nasara (نصارى : Nazarenes), the way Muslims have called Christians since the beginning of their invasion of the Christian world in the 7th century — Christians under Muslim rule never called themselves thus, since the intent of Muslims was to portray Christians as a contemptible and disobedient sect.

 It is the same name of the equivalent letter ( נ) in the Hebrew alphabet (also a Semitic language), and it reminds us of the words of Jeremiah, also crying for an exile of his people sent to Mesopotamia:

 Nun. The yoke of my iniquities hath watched: they are folded together in his hand, and put upon my neck: my strength is weakened: the Lord hath delivered me into a hand out of which I am not able to rise. (Lamentations, 1)

 In their genocidal physical elimination of Christians from the Mesopotamian city of Mosul, Muslim terrorists marked each Christian-owned institution and building with this letter, for the extermination of holdouts and expropriation of their belongings. Read more HERE:

ISIS has issued them the following ultimatum;

  1. Convert to Islam
  2. Pay a Religious Tax
  3. Leave or be executed

Thousands have fled their homes and many have been brutally murdered, raped, kidnapped and robbed. Since the take-over in Mosul, it is reported that ISIS has destroyed and occupied 45 Christian institutions, many of which predate Islam and any Muslim occupation of the region.

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The Assyrian/Syriac/Chaldean nation can trace their ethnic and cultural origins to the indigenous population of ancient Mesopotamia, since before the time of the Akkadian Empire. They were one of the first nations to entirely embrace Christianity and their Church originally developed in the first century CE. They have suffered greatly over the centuries due to their faith in Christ.

In WWI the Assyrian Levies defended the British Allies from Ottoman and Kurdish troops and were promised their own independent State, however this promise was not kept. In 1932 the Arab Kingdom of Iraq was established by the British, subsequently leaving the Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs disinherited of their ancient homelands and subject to ongoing persecution. As a result of this cleansing, the vast majority of Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs live in diaspora all over the Middle East, Europe, America, and Australia. There was a very large exodus of people from their homeland to Australia in 2004, due to the Iran/Iraq war

Over the ages the Assyrian Christians have been victims of much persecution, largely because of their Christian faith and their historical right in their ancient homeland. It has been said that in the last 1,400 years, there have been 33 genocides against the Assyrians, which averages to 1 every 45 years. There has been an ongoing genocide against the Assyrian Christians of Iraq, countless events of which cannot all be mentioned, however the most significant and recent attacks have been against children, women and the elderly, being put to the sword indiscriminately.

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Since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs have once again become the innocent and defenceless targets of Islamic fundamentalists, who have seized control of all of the previously (predominantly) Christian areas. They have been caught defenceless in the crossfire between Sunni and Shia fighters whom the government has failed to control, for the countless murders, kidnappings and ransoms, church attacks, car bombings and rape. The situation has forced some 1,200,000 -1,500,000 Assyrians to flee Iraq since 2003.

For the Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs to preserve their ancient churches, language, ethnicity, history and culture, they need to exist on the land of their own historical inheritance, whereby they can govern and protect themselves, from other outside imposing forces.

Despite this persecution and being robbed of everything they are, they are a warm friendly and loving people and I made a few new friends.

Everyone was very pleased to see my Israeli flag and commented on it, even a couple of Lebanese Christians. I thought I was the only person proudly waving my Israeli flag, but I have since found out that there was at least one other.

There was not one mention of hate or of violence, which was very marked knowing what I was going to face the next day at the pro Gaza rally. What a difference there is between two sets of Middle Eastern peoples.

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There were a number of speeches, some in their mother tongue of Aramaic. Every speech was warm and welcoming to every one of every faith.

Everyone was very upset at the start of the rally since they had been denied the right to march through the City streets, yet the Palestinian supporters already had four with more to come.

It seems those likely to cause an upset and riots can have their marches with the Riot Squad, Mounted Police, regular Police and other special services including the Dog Squad. Also I might add costing the tax payer a great deal of money. Yet those who are peaceful and only needed a few police on the ground can’t.

Andy Rohan, the Member for Smithfield said:

“We have come here today as Australians to demand our Federal Government takes immediate action to demand the end to the persecution we are witnessing of our Syrian, Assyrian, Chaldean Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq.”

The President of the Assyrian Sports and Culture Club gave an absolutely inspiring speech. Oh that we had someone of that calibre in the Jewish Community. What fire, what passion.

She opened with

“On behalf of the Assyrian Sports and Culture Club I would like to welcome you all in solidarity, in mourning, in prayer and in unity.  I welcome you here as human beings with the right to exist on this grand earth,  free from fear,  free from persecution,  free from intolerance and suppression.

I thank you all Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs,  people of all different faiths, people of different Christian faiths,  Muslims,  Jews, f rom all different races and from all different backgrounds,  I thank you all for the courage to stand with us because you are all here with us in the name of humanity”

She speaks here at 17.58 minutes

She asked where is the United Nations who are charged to keep people safe and asked why the media chooses to ignore them. She said it’s more newsworthy to show the faces of savages than those they kill. She went on to say the media isn’t interested in this except from the angle that Australians have gone to Iraq to fight alongside these “savages”

She added

“There is a genocide happening as we speak, but people don’t want to hear about it. The ethnic cleansing of an entire race is happening in Iraq and it is being ignored, just like Europe ignored the culling and systematic murder of the Jews in WW2.

Six million Jews. Six million.”

At short notice the Police closed streets and decided to let the people march. No doubt because they could see they were peaceful happy people. All in all it was a very happy and warm environment I found myself in.

The message was “Save Our Christians, We Want Peace and We Want Justice.”

What a difference on Sunday at the pro-Gaza rally where there was once again plenty of antisemitism on show, but I want to highlight how they are  using their children for propaganda.

The pro-Palestinians had yet another hate filled very anti-Israel rally, with plenty of antisemitic posters, bringing the entire City once again to a halt, ruining people’s trade and causing traffic chaos, with no regard of the huge expense to the tax payer.

Apart from the usual antisemitism, which I highlighted in my previous article “Antisemitism at rally for Gaza” I was especially distressed by the increase use of children in their hate filled agenda.


                  “1 2 3 4

    We don’t want your bloody war.

                   5 6 7 8

   Israel is a terrorist State.

   From the River to the sea,

   Palestine will be free.

   Free, free Palestine.

   Free, free  Gaza.

Thus began this week’s performance of the pro-Gaza rally, with the opening act from a child of 8 or 9 years old, whilst her mother, microphone in hand looked on and smiled in admiration, all the while exchanging smiles with Damien Ridgewell and the crowd oo-ing and ah-ing how cute as she was.

Her mother, Ophelia Haragli, who has controlled the rallies for the past weeks, then started on her regular demonisation of Israel.

We heard about the siege on Gaza being likened to an open air concentration camp in one of the most densely populated places on earth.

How the Zionist Israel ethnic cleansing regime is mass murdering Palestinians.

The lies of how white phosphorous is “raining down like rasping tendrils on to the Palestinians in Gaza” along with the use of depleted uranium.

To add insult to injury she then compared the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto resisting the Nazis at Treblinka to the plight of the Palestinians.

But hang on the Jews only suffered for 7 years!!.

The Palestinians have been suffering for 66.

She needs a history lesson.!!

Once again big cheers for Ophelia Haragli’s comments

“Across the world we are seeing our Israeli brothers and sisters burning their Israeli passports in support of Palestine. Thousands of Jews, Orthodox and non-Orthodox have spilled out time and time again to show the solidarity with the people of Palestine holding placards and screaming “not in my name” and “never again”

Our struggle is not against Jews or Judaism, this is the struggle against the colonisation of land, the establishment of an illegal Jewish State and it’s siege on the Palestinian people and their territories.”

She then introduced Peter Slesak, from the University of NSW and the co-founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices. A far left group.

Watch the video from 22.30. and feel sick to the pit of your stomach.

The police were also keeping a very close watch on a group of Jihadist types (pictured below) with their black flags of Jihad. Which I must be honest with you, were rather confronting.

Just one antisemitic one for you. This wouldn’t be complete without at least one poster.

credit: Jews Down Under.





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  1. Leon Poddebsky

    Wasn’t Australia’s high priest of disingenuous moralising there, urging on his battalions or was he still on the front steps of the Lakemba mosque?

    • Who do you mean Leon?

      • Just dawned on me who you are speaking of Leon.
        He is due to give a session at something or other in Melbourne, at a Palestinian event this week.

        • Leon Poddebsky

          Another photo opportunity?
          You know, his spectacles remind me of Heinrich Himmler’s.

  2. Shirlee, another brilliant article, clearly showcasing who are the real victims in the Middle East.
    How can Australians – who are mostly Christians, at least nominally – ignore the plight of Christians who are being ethnically cleansed and driven from their homeland by jihadis. Curiously many prominent Australians who claim to be Chrisitians are supporting these same jihadis. It doesn’t make sense.

    • Your concluding comment Pam…..’it doesn’t make sense’. Personally, I find a good deal of truth in Freud’s observation, ‘Humanity, for the larger part, is made up of either mindless or self serving trash’

      Though a lofty comment for him to make…it does have a ring of truth to it…..

      • I’d never heard that comment of Freud’s, but I endorse it 100%. It’s the truth, goddammit! Humans are a scourge upon the earth and the sooner they (we) self-destruct (which they’re hell bent on doing) the better.

  3. Leon Poddebsky

    Shirlee, your efforts and courage are admirable.

    Contemplating what is happening in the world, including right here in Australia, is a reminder that over history many civilisations have risen and fallen. Western civilisation has not been given a guarantee of perpetuity by The Master of the Universe.
    One of the causes of the fall of civilisations is the failure of the will to survive in the face of aggression.
    The West is faced globally with an assertive, aggressive, revolutionary movement that openly reveals its global ambitions to replace Western-values-based society with an entirely different one. The West is faltering or even beginning to succumb.

    One symptom of the West’s decline is its hostility to Israel.

    What hope for this generation’s children and grandchildren?

    • Thanks Leon.

      Going into the heart of the crowd of Israel haters is not funny!! The second time I had to make a rapid escape. I couldn’t keep my big mouth shout about one of the clearly doctored posters on display!!

      To tell you the honest truth, I am very fearful for the future of the world with the rate radical Islam is growing.

  4. “What a difference there is between two sets of Middle Eastern peoples.” Yes, well the difference is obvious: one is Christian, the other Muslim”