The Year that Delusions Were Broken, and Everything Became Clear

3 January 2024


Goodbye to 2023 — the year that delusions were broken and everything became clear.

2023 was the year we learned that when Islamic terrorists take babies hostage, far more people around the world will march in support of the terrorists than in support of the babies.

It was the year we learned that people in this country can call for the extermination of those they don’t like, and our elites will shrug their shoulders.

Sure, a mob yelled “Gas the Jews” on the steps of the Opera House.

But did they really yell gas the Jews? Maybe you just thought you heard that. We’ll investigate and get back to you.

Blind Eye

And, yes, an Islamic sheikh in Western Sydney called the rape, slaughter and kidnapping of Jewish women and children a cause for celebration.

But that’s not hate speech.

It’s just part of the rich tapestry of multiculturalism. Some Australians get excited by their football team; other Australians get excited by a terror attack on Jews. What’s the difference?

And besides, diversity is our strength!

And sure, an imam in Western Sydney did tell his congregation that a day will come when Jews will be hunted down and killed.

But that’s not incitement. It doesn’t meet the, um, you know, the ‘threshold’.

What’s the threshold for hate speech against Australian Jews?

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you.

All I know is that we do have hate speech laws, and if anyone ever says anything worse than Gas the Jews like, um, well anyway, there will be consequences. Maybe. Maybe not. Hate speech is very hard to define.

Our security agencies have warned that there is the potential for a terrorist attack on Australian soil, and we should speak up if we see anything unusual. By unusual, we don’t mean a man walking into a women’s bathroom. Report that as unusual, and you will definitely be prosecuted for hate speech. That’s an easy one.

2023 was the year we learned that, in this country, police will arrest law-abiding citizens to prevent a breach of the peace rather than protect them because it’s just easier than dealing with those who actually threaten violence.

Sydney police famously removed a man waving an Israeli flag from city streets, for his own safety, of course.

Pro-Palestinian activists are even more safety conscious. They want all Israelis removed from Israel, for their own safety.

What’s the difference? Only one of scale. Anti-Israel activists just have more imagination than New South Wales police, who clearly need to think bigger.


2023 was the year delusions were shattered, and things became crystal clear.

While Australian Jews wondered if they were safe in this country, Australian Senator Marheen Faruqi proudly posed for a photograph next to a schoolgirl holding a sign saying that Jews were trash needing to be taken out.


Senator Faruqi is the Deputy Leader of Australia’s third most popular political party.

No-one cared. Well, I mean, the Australian Jewish community cared. But no one who mattered cared.

Faruqi is still in the Senate. She’s still the Deputy Leader. And her social media bio still boasts that she is an “anti-racist”.

She did eventually delete the photograph from her social media, but she never apologised for it.


Outright anti-Semitism among Australian politicians isn’t wrong. Senator Faruqi was just a little early.

But give it time, because our public schools will ensure there’s an appetite for it in the very near future.

Less than eight weeks after Hamas terrorists and Gaza civilians wearing keffiyehs slaughtered Jews, the New South Wales Teachers Federation and the Australian Education Union encouraged teachers to wear keffiyehs in the classroom, you know, to help the kids better understand Hamas, er, the conflict.

Speaking of school students, we learned in 2023 that our kids are more likely to participate in an anti-Israel protest than they are to graduate with an A in physics.

We also learned that, far from being a problem, this is perfect preparation for higher education.

Ivy League University presidents told a Congressional Hearing that students calling for the genocide of the Jews might be okay, depending on the “context”.

Perhaps 2024 will be the first year Western universities hand out keffiyehs to graduating students rather than diplomas.

“Oh, your son finished uni!”

“He did. He graduated with a bachelor in Jew-hatred, of course, majoring in economics. We’re very proud.”

I’m joking, of course. But after 2023… nobody’s laughing.


Originally published at The James Macpherson Report.

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  1. Ian Moncrieff 3 January 2024 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have mercy on our unjust educators and biased against justice media. Only prayer can save this nation of Australia.

  2. Janice McCulloch 3 January 2024 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    I do seriously believe that this pro-Palestinianism is driven by fear of possible terrorism. However, there is no excuse for anti-semitism.

  3. Trina Watson 4 January 2024 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Amen to that Ian! We, the Church, need to wake up to the hour we’re in and know the importance of Israel and the Jewish people. That we, the Church, came into being through Jesus a Jewish rabbi, who is the Messiah, and who will one day, return and stand on the Mount of Olives, and that we the Church, the wild Olive Branch, have been “grafted” into Israel, the spiritual Olive tree! We, the Church are Spiritually connected to Israel, and so, we are called in Psalm 122:6-9, to “Pray for peace in Jerusalem,. May all who love this city prosper. O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. For the sake of my family and friends , I will say, “May you have peace.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek what is best for you O Jerusalem.” Ps122:6-9

  4. Mac Finlayson 4 January 2024 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    The church organisations in Australia have been virtually silent on the matter of Israel and her current situation, and there seems a void of any significant teaching or preaching from Scripture regarding Israel. Unfortunately, this leave those who attend the Sunday services uninformed about who Israel is as His chosen nation through whom He revealed and fulfilled His plan of salvation to the world. Where is the prayer for Israel? Where is the preaching about what God says regarding Israel? Why are those who claim to be believers and God’s people so silent on this matter? Does the church (purposely lower case) not care what is happening to Israel? It is time for believers, the Ekklesia to stand, raise the banner high and speak out for righteousness, justice, truth, and boldly pray for the salvation of Israel and the shalom of Jerusalem.

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