Australian comedian Nazeem Hussain has attacked Anthony Albanese for siding with Israel during a fiery speech at a protest rally, and pointed out that the prime minister had supported Palestine at the start of his parliamentary campaign.
Hussain, 38, spoke at the Melbourne State Library on Sunday afternoon during the third straight week of nationwide Free Palestine protests.
“I never imagined that Albo would defend war crimes under the pretext of defending Israel’s right to self-defense,” Hussain told the crowd of thousands.
He then compared Mr. Albanese’s advocacy for an indigenous voice in parliament to what he described as the “brutal murder of indigenous Palestinians.”
Mr Albanese co-founded the Parliamentary Friends of Palestine Committee when he was deputy prime minister in 2013 and also took part in a Free Palestine demonstration in Sydney decades ago.
Nazeem Husain, 38, gave a speech at Melbourne’s third consecutive Free Palestine protest on Sunday in which he criticized Anthony Albanese for rejecting his support for Palestine
The prime minister has passionately supported Israel since the war against the Jewish state and Hamas broke out on October 7
But after the Hamas-led terrorist attack on Israel that killed 1,400 people and took more than 200 Israeli hostages, Mr. Albanese pledged his support for Israel and recognized the country’s right to defend itself.
“People who try to draw a parallel or argue an equivalence between Israeli retaliation for the attacks and the barbaric attacks we have seen from Hamas – there is no comparison,” he told Sky News.
However, Mr Hussain claimed the prime minister supported Israel, which he said was killing helpless Palestinians who were being “murdered in the dark”.
“When Anthony Albanese became Prime Minister I was admittedly a little excited; “I’ll tell you why,” Hussain said as the crowd booed the mention of Mr. Albanese’s election victory.
“Number one: Well, he’s not Peter Dutton, so I was glad a potato didn’t become prime minister.”
“Number two: He promised justice for the indigenous people.”
“And thirdly, more importantly, he was a co-founder of the Parliamentary Friends of Palestine Committee.
“I never imagined that the same man who championed the voice for the upliftment of Aboriginal and Indigenous Australians would, a week later, be advocating and justifying the brutal murder of Indigenous Palestinians.”
“I really believed that Anthony Albanese was someone who would stand up to the bully and not stand by his side. ‘Has he forgotten who he is?’
In the nine-minute speech, Hussain attacked other politicians, including Peter Dutton and other world leaders, who have supported Israel.
Since the war broke out on October 7, after Hamas terrorists invaded Israel, slaughtered music festival attendees and then took hundreds hostage, many world leaders have strongly supported Israel’s right to defend itself.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately declared war on Hamas, and in the three weeks since, hundreds have died every day in the ensuing conflict.
Hussain criticized Israel’s war tactics, which included airstrikes and cutting off food, water and electricity supplies to the people of Gaza – calling them war crimes.
He also criticized opposition leader Peter Dutton for suggesting that anyone attending Free Palestine rallies and living in Australia on a visa should be deported.
Hussain offered an alternative idea.
“Peter Dutton tells us to go back to where we came from. Why don’t you go back to where you came from?” “Go back to your father’s balls, you idiot,” he said.
Mr Albanese had previously supported the Free Palestine movement, launching the Parliamentary Committee of Friends of Palestine as deputy prime minister in 2013 and taking part in a protest rally in Sydney decades ago (pictured).
However, since the war broke out, Mr Albanese has quickly withdrawn that support and has remained on the side of Israel, which he says has the right to defend itself
Hussain also appealed to world leaders including Joe Biden, Rishi Sunak and Emmanuel Macron, all of whom passionately stood by Israel.
“They know which side they are on, but we also know which side we are on.”
He drew parallels between the current war and the Iraq War that began after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks more than 20 years ago.
Hussain claimed that governments around the world had lied about the stockpiling of weapons of mass destruction in the country, and that governments had lied again about the situation in Palestine.
Hussain thanked the Jewish people who turned out for Sunday’s rally, saying they had “paid a very, very high personal price for their solidarity with the Palestinians.”
The comedian, who has made several appearances on television, including on the 2017 season of “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” and as a guest on “The Project,” said he expected to be canceled because of his appearances .
“We are all being demonized because we do not recognize Israel’s right to self-defense,” he said.
“But here too: lies. We know who we are, no matter how hard they try to misrepresent us, we know who we are.
“We all know that Gaza will rise again, we all know that Palestine will rise again and that Palestinians will continue their fight for justice.”
Hussain, who has previously appeared on popular TV shows such as The Project and I’m a Celebrity, said his speech was likely to be cancelled
Since the war began, thousands of Palestinian sympathizers have turned up in cities across Australia every Sunday