Saturday, January 29, 2011

Good lawyer needed

In 2009 activist Brendon O'Connell encountered and hassled two young Jews observing a pro-Palestinian rally, O'Connell unwisely videoing the incident and posting it online. O'Connell was subsequently charged , tried and Friday found guilty of six racial hatred offences.

O'Connell, representing himself, made a number of tactical errors during the trial:
In a highly unusual move, on the first day of the trial instead of using his opening address to outline his defence O’Connell made a speech declaring the court unlawful, backing his argument by citing the constitution of Australia, the Westminster division of powers, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Judiciary act of 1903 among others.

He then said he wished to “indict the jury so they become a grand jury,” and put Judge John Wisbey on trial for treason.

Judge Wisbey ordered the trial continue.

O’Connell’s defence centred on his argument Judaism was not a race but a religion.

He made several wild assertions in court, including that "Jews rule the world," and at one point suggested Israel is planning to invade Australia.
At the conclusion of his video O'Connell tell one his victims to "get a good Jewish lawyer”. O'Connell would have done well to take the advice himself.


Anonymous Adrian of Adelaide said...

Initially, reading this post I was torn between a belief in free speech and the need to confront anti-Semitism. From your summary of O’Connell’s court appearance he could have been just another left-wing nutter. Given his comical performance in court I thought his video might also offer a laugh, so I thought I’d have a look for myself.

I usually try to inject a little humour in my comments but what I saw was far too disturbing – to describe O’Connell as hateful hardly does him justice. I found the video so malevolent it had a physical effect on me.

We enjoy a little poke at Loewenstein very now and then, and I’m not trying to excuse him, but Antony’s bleating pales into insignificance compared to some of the real haters out there.

Even more sobering than O’Connell’s video is the website I found it on - the first one that came up with when I Googled: ‘activist Brendan O’Connell’

I gave a lot of thought before posting a link to it (below); eventually concluding it is easily enough found anyway and unlikely to influence anyone not already of that bent.

I hope by doing so I do not offend anyone, but the site shocked me greatly and really brought home that anti-Semitism is not simply a trendy affectation of our café latte Left. It is a very real and frankly terrifying phenomenon.

The WW2 footage of Nazi atrocities at Auschwitz always makes me shudder – I find it hard to even watch – but like most I actually believed it could never happen again.

Seeing a site such as this and the incredible things it contains was an eye-opener – O’Connell’s amateur video was one of the milder offerings. My intent in providing a link is for those, like myself, who have never seen such a thing and to remind us all just how serious the threat is. I am now reconsidering my position on total freedom of speech.

PS: The site is from Blogger. Do they have any policy on this type of offensive material?

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a weirdo. He may well be mentally ill. Does does one hate Jews so much?

6:25 AM  
Anonymous spot said...

I still don't agree with even the basic concept of citizens being charged with "racial hatred offences". Too much of a thought-crime, too much of a slippery slope, for me.

Was there no other law on the books - a traditional, common-law crime - he could have been charged with?

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably could have been charged with harassment or creating a public nuisance or something like that.

Legislating against people like this will not stop them from existing.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

Adrian, the difference between outspoken anti-Semites, such as O'Connell, or Hamas, and the trendy inner-city "anti-Israel" crowd, is that the former group have the intellectual honesty to openly state their views.

Whilst the so-called Anti-Zionists will constantly insist they aren't anti-Semitic, the fact that few of them say anything about any other country on Earth besides the world's only Jewish state, casts serious doubts over their claims.

If you want to say you hate Jews, go for it, and at least you won't be surprised when Jews fight back this time. Something the Arabs have been learning the hard way for a number of years.

Jews. Not so easy to fuck with any more.

It creeps me out however the dishonesty of those who simply haven't got the stomach to admit what they really think. Or are simply in denial about it.

Leading Moonbat, Marilyn Shepherd has openly expressed Holocaust denial.

Yet she has also complained about Jews calling people anti-Semites. Chutzpah indeed.

Loewenstein is too desperate for attention and/or too stupid to realise he's become an ally of these people. Frederik Toben's Adelaide Institute adored his book.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

Spot, I can't find the video, but recall he took a swing (or actually hit) the young kid as well. It was more than just words. He was extremely threatening and picked an easy target.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Adrian of Adelaide said...

I agree with what you say on this Dan and wish I was sufficiently HTML savvy to embed links as you have done. However here is the address again for the video – I just double-checked it and it’s still there. Just cut and paste into your browser’s address field and it should take you there.

Take the time also for a close look at what else is on offer at the host website – I may be naïve, but I have to say I found it pretty shocking.

And I have encountered Marilyn Shepherd many times over the years – she has become such a cartoon I hardly bother to read her sloganeering any more. At least Loewenstein still has the capacity to amuse – albeit unwittingly.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Is Brendon Lee O'Connell an Anti-Zionist or a Far Right bigot?"

"He certainly gets a lot of support from the Far Right..."


3:56 PM  
Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

I love his reference to "KNOWN Israeli Intelligence fronts in shopping Malls"

That's right folks. The Mossad is sending their top assassins to sell Dead Sea handcreams in Westfield shopping towns all around Australia (no doubt implicating Frank Lowy).

I always suspected the Israeli guy selling felafels was also Mossad. Naturally you'll never read about it in the media, because as everyone knows, the Jeeeeews control that as well.

I'd always hoped that kind of insanity was confined to the Arab world.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous tasercat said...

“Those crafty Zionists! Will they stop at nothing? First came the Zionist squirrels, then Zionist pigeons, and Zionist rats, and Zionist sharks. And now: sexually predatory Zionist cats!”

We'll have to add the suburban shopping mall threat to that list.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous tasercat said...

Also, of course, the pants. The Jewish pants.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

Tasercat, it was Jewish pants which were responsible for the "Memphis Trouser Incident" when Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser ended up 'somehow' in the lobby of a hotel minus his pants.

He later suggested it was a Mossad plot.

You can't make this shit up.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth is always antisemitic to the Jew

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Chistery said...

Interesting stuff on Marilyn Shepherd. I've noted on the PP site that she usually loads up her extremist opinions with invectives and that she cannot string a sentence together without swearing like a wharfie, but I hadn't quite appreciated the full extent of her venomous moonbattery. She must running out of sites to be banned from and has toned it down somewhat for her new family.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous TBS said...

Well, Dan, you know that soft skin and non-chapped hands have been the basis for a Jewish takeover for centuries!! Hence the deep plotting of Ahava and seacret!

Why do you reckon Yiddishe mammas waved their hands so much?
They were signalling to the Mossad!

7:53 PM  

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