Extraordinary footage has resurfaced of Anthony Albanese addressing supporters at a free Palestine rally early in his political career.
The decades-old, grainy footage shows the future prime minister condemning the Israeli military’s actions at a protest rally at Martin Place in Sydney’s central business district.
The clip, obtained by Sky News, shows Mr Albanese among a crowd of protesters standing next to a banner that reads: “Stop Israeli carnage, free Palestine now.”
He was seen using a megaphone to condemn Israel’s actions.
The old footage shows the future prime minister addressing the crowd via megaphone at a pro-Palestine rally in Sydney
“Israel’s response was to meet children throwing stones with helicopters, tanks and rockets,” the future prime minister said.
In the footage, Mr Albanese is referred to as a “federal Labor MP”. He has been a member of Grayndler since 1996.
The clip was broadcast by Sky News presenter Sharri Markson on her show on Wednesday night as she criticized the prime minister’s “astonishing” comments this week on the Hamas-Israel conflict.
“Mr Albanese has spoken out against Israel and in support of the Palestinians throughout his career,” she said.
“We’re now seeing Albanese show his true colors.” “He could only stay in the loop for so long.”
Mr Albanese criticized the pro-Palestine rally held outside the Sydney Opera House on October 9, saying it was “terrible” and admitting it should not have taken place.
Rally participants chanted “Gas the Jews,” others threw flares at police and some attempted to set the Israeli flag on fire before stomping on it.
The prime minister is currently in the US, where he met US President Joe Biden at the White House on Wednesday and attended a state dinner.
He recently announced that, unlike President Biden, he would not visit Israel, raising questions among Australian Jewish leaders.
Since Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7, the prime minister has also yet to speak to his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.
A younger Anthony Albanese (circled) was seen early in his political career at a protest rally in Sydney condemning the actions of the Israeli military
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (second from left) and his partner Jodie Haydon (left) are currently in the USA. They are pictured in the White House with the US President and his wife Jill (right).
This came as Mr Albanese refused to respond to French President Emmanuel Macron’s calls for world leaders to join forces in the fight against Hamas.
“Our priority has been to get people out in Israel, but also in Gaza, who want to leave and are Australian citizens,” Albanese told reporters in the US this week.
“We continued to emphasize the importance of humanitarian support to the people of Gaza.”
“I continue to emphasize that Australia’s position is to protect innocent lives. We mourn as a nation for every innocent life lost in the conflict, be it Israeli or Palestinian.”
David Adler, president of the Australian Jewish Association, criticized Mr Albanese for not making a trip to Israel.
“He is on a trip (to the US) at the moment, we would have liked to see him fly over Israel to show solidarity at this time,” Mr Adler said.
“There is no senior Australian official making this gesture yet.” It should be the prime minister as the country’s leader.
“The trip should have been arranged, he is in the northern hemisphere anyway and his solidarity would have been well received.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese watches as President Biden addresses the media at a joint press conference at the White House on Wednesday