Last month in Melbourne, a protest rally outside of a local Max Brenner outlet resulted in 19 arrests (further arrests took place weeks later). The protest was preceded in June by another in Sydney at which two protesters were arrested. In Brisbane on the weekend, another rally outside a Max Brenner outlet was organised. On this occasion, the rally was confronted with a counter-rally, composed of a number of Zionists (among them Logan City councillor Hajnal Black, who responds to critics here), Tory students and, notably, members of a local radical right-wing group known as the ‘Australian Patriots Defence Movement’ (see : Chocolate war gets messy, Ellen Lutton, Brisbane Times, August 28, 2011). The APDM had previously organised a rally on August 6 calling on Australian governments to ‘ban the burqa’.
Further rallies against Max Brenner in Melbourne and Sydney are being planned for Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10 (respectively). A counter-protest is being organised in Sydney by the Australian Protectionist Party and the Australian Defence League. The APP hope to scare away the “sandal wearing, mobile compost heap, muesli chewing, no dedorant [sic] mob of leftards” who will be outside the chocolate shop, while the ADL will be defending Brenner from Muslim occupation… or something.
The NSW leader of the APP, Darrin Hodges, is an ex-Stormfront forum member who once opined that “[Hitler] laid a foundation that we should build on” but who now identifies The Muslim rather than The Jew as being Public Enemy #1. Martin Brennan, the former leader of the ADL, was last month deported back to England as an illegal immigrant but looks forward to joining the EDL as they attempt to march through Tower Hamlets on September 3 (slight problem being police have banned the march). One of Brennan’s closest supporters was another foreigner named Roberta Moore, former leader of the EDL’s ‘Jewish Division': on the one hand, Moore was unhappy with the number of ‘Nazis’ belonging to the group; on the other hand, the EDL was unhappy with Moore’s cultivating links with the ‘Jewish Task Force’.
Otherwise, the coming together of Zionists and the far right — whether in defence of Israeli businesses or as part of a broader political campaign — appears to be evolving here in a similar manner to that in which it’s unfolded on other islands. An account of this re-alignment on the part of the European far right is examined in ‘From Meta-Politics To Mass Murder – A New Right-Wing Extremism’ (anarkisterna.com, August 25, 2011) while in Australia an ‘Open Letter to Friends and Comrades on the Struggle against Racism amongst the Class’ addresses similar issues in a local context.
See also : Anti-Israel bullies’ hard-centre bites in chocolate shop campaign, Cameron Stewart, The Australian, August 20, 2011.