Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wild claims of "wildly inaccurate claims"

After voting in December to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign the Greens-dominated Marrickville Council initiated a study examining the costs involved, the study revealing a cost of some $3 million for future implementation of BDS and $3.7 million for immediate implementation.

Whereas these figures are modest in the cosmic scheme of things, $3 million or more for a local council is a lot of money. Also, bear in mind that the estimates were produced at the behest of the Marrickville Council and are published by the Sydney Morning Herald.

It is therefore somewhat odd that anti-Israel activist Antony Loewenstein tweets:
Wildly inaccurate claims about #BDS in Sydney because #Israel must be defended, no matter what
It would be helpful if Loewenstein pointed out the "wildly inaccurate claims" in the SMH article he links to. Given his track record, it is almost certain that it is Loewenstein's claim, rather than the SMH's, that is wildly inaccurate – Israel must be faulted, no matter what.

Update Loewenstein, whose "Middle East expert" commentary is dispensed from the comfort of his Australian parents' spare bedroom, faults New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman for staying in nice hotels when reporting from the Middle East.


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