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Passports? Genocide is the real crime

Australia is to expel a Mossad agent because Israel used fake Australian passports in the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai. WTF?

Here is a nation which since its foundation has conducted a slow chess game of genocide against the Palestinian people.

In 1948 the Israeli terrorists forced up to 750,000 Palestinians to flee their homes. Israel’s history since then has been the expansion of its borders and the slow strangulation of the Palestinians in its grip.

Today it occupies the West Bank and blockades Gaza. Both are acts of genocide. Its blockade for example condemns thousands of children to unnecessary death.

Last year it invaded Gaza and killed 1400 Palestinians, many of them women and children. Respected international judge Richard Goldstone investigated the invasion. His report was unequivocal:

The Goldstone Report is unequivocal. It concluded:

[T]here is evidence indicating serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict, and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity.

The report goes on to detail the evidence that leads to that conclusion.  The blockade of Gaza is itself a possible war crime. The invasion is too.  As the UN Press Release on the report says:

[T]he Israeli military operation was directed at the people of Gaza as a whole, in furtherance of an overall and continuing policy aimed at punishing the Gaza population, and in a deliberate policy of disproportionate force aimed at the civilian population. The destruction of food supply installations, water sanitation systems, concrete factories and residential houses was the result of a deliberate and systematic policy which has made the daily process of living, and dignified living, more difficult for the civilian population.

These are, in the measured tones of the report, possible war crimes or even crimes against humanity. And what was the Australian Government’s response to the invasion? It cheered Israel and its slaughter on. 

There is nothing surprising about the Australian ruling class’s support for Israel.  That country is the linchpin for US imperialism in the Middle East, the most strategically important region in the world to the Americans. Israel is the armed wing of the United States.

American imperialism protects and develops our ruling class’s interests.

Like Israel and apartheid South Africa, Australia is a colonial settler state. Like Israel our country is founded on the genocide of the original inhabitants. It is this intertwining of genocide and imperialism that explains the close relationship between the two countries.

It also explains why Israel wanted to sell nuclear weapons technology to South Africa in the 1970s. The racist bonds and their oppression of the original inhabitants and the fact that both only survived as agents of imperialism united them.

The expulsion of the Mossad agent is a sideshow. After all Australia like Israel fabricates the passports of citizens of other countries for our own purposes. We, like Israel, assassinate our perceived enemies.

Our soldiers in Afghanistan is not there to build creches or hospitals or schools.  Some troops are conducting a new Operation Phoenix, executing ‘enemy’  tribal leaders in areas sympathetic to the Afghan resistance.

Australia’s genocide against the aboriginal people continues to this day.Its latest installment is the Northern Territory invasion where we regulate the lives of black people and steal their land under the guise of protecting the children. It was ever thus.

We, like Israel, have the blood of a people on our hands.  Our leaders, like Israel’s, should be on trial for genocide.

Of course in a system of justice of the powerful, the powerful will not be prosecuted. That can only occur if the oppressed overthrow their oppressors.

That means a democratic and secular Palestine – a rainbow nation – can only be won by, in the first instance, the Arab masses overthrowing their dictatorships (most of them US puppets) and ushering in real democracy in the region.

It is this which would make zionist and racist Israel untenable and opens the possibility of the real liberation of all the peoples in the Middle East.

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Comment from marianK
Time May 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm

What can anyone say? The double standard is so glaring that the entire Australian media has been blinded. A full scale invasion of a defenceless people, leaving 1400 dead and thousands injured, but Israel’s still our friend. The forging of a few Australian passports and Israel is not our friend at the moment – at least, not until we’ve gone through the motions of expelling a diplomat or two to save face.

I give up.