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Israeli terrorists: we are all Palestinians now

The terrorist state of Israel has killed 19 unarmed activists on a Turkish ship in the Freedom Flotilla bringing aid to the people of Gaza. 60 or more are wounded.

The Israeli butchers blockade Gaza to prevent supplies of basic necessities reaching the strip. This is collective punishment for Palestinians democratically electing Hamas as their Government. Hamas is the main group resisting the ongoing Israeli genocide of the Palestinian people.

The blockade is part of that 60 year campaign of genocide Israel has conducted against the Palestinians.

Of the 1.5 million people in Gaza, over 90 percent survive only through external assistance. The blockade means that supplies of food, water, materials for housing and education cannot get through other than “illegally”. Palestinians are dying from preventable diseases because they cannot get access to medicines you and I would regard as routine or cannot get to hospitals in Israel. 

The murder of the Freedom Flotilla activists is a symbol of what the Palestinians endure every day.

The United States, Israel’s paymaster, has so far said nothing about this latest terrorism.  Even if it condemns Israel it will be the condemnation of a doting and besotted parent.

Israel is the armed wing of US imperialism in the Middle East, the most important strategic region for America in the world. It controls and by its existence and actions destabilises the region. This allows US control of oil supplies, especially the power of supply to potential rivals of the US such as China.

The assassinations show Israel will disregard world opinion because it knows it has the backing of the United States. It did this over the invasion of Gaza last year when it killed 1400 Palestinians. It did this yesterday with its refusal to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, ensuring its stockpile of 200 nuclear weapons remains to threaten the rest of the peoples of the region.

Indeed, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post, US President Obama gave Prime Minister Netanyahu “concrete guarantees that the US will strengthen Israel’s strategic capabilities.”

Israel is the North Korea of the Middle East, with the US its China.

Israel could not survive without US aid, currently running in the tens of billions each year.

Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd cheered on Israel when it slaughtered the women and children of Gaza last year. They will no doubt issue expressions of ‘regret’ about this ‘heavy handed’ action and then go back to supporting Israeli terrorism.

The hypocrisy of the West is boundless. If Hamas had done this US drones or their Israeli counterparts would be destroying women and children right now in Gaza and there would be condemnations of their actions as  terrorism.

Yet when a state which has conducted terrorism and genocide against the Palestinians for the last 60 years kills peace activists bringing aid to starving people, the Western powers do nothing of substance.

Israel is the lynch-pin of US repression in the region and so the functions the zionist state performs for American imperialism are more important to it and its allies like Australia than a few dead activists and hundreds of thousands of dispossessed, dead and dying Palestinians.

Boycott the butchers. Lift the blockade. End the occupation. Victory to the Palestinians in their struggle against the terrorist state of Israel.

The Sydney protest is on Tuesday June 1, 5.30pm at the Town Hall, organised by Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine.

In Melbourne, the protest will be on Tuesday June 1, 4.30pm at the State Library.

In Perth there will be a snap protest on Tuesday June 1, 5pm, Wesley Church, cnr William & Hay Sts, Perth. Organised by Friends of Palestine.

In Brisbane the demonstration is on  Tuesday, June 1 at 5:00pm, Brisbane Square (end of  Queen St Mall).

In Canberra there is candlelight vigil and Gaza protest on Tuesday 1 June at 5 pm at the Israeli Embassy, 6 Turrana St Yarralumla. 

Then at 4 pm on Thursday 3 June in Garema Pl in Civic in Canberra there will be a demonstration againt Israel’s butchery.



Comment from Kieran Bennett
Time May 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm

There is of course no doubt that Israel is at war with the people trapped in Gaza.

Blockade, Britannica 1911:

an act of war by which a belligerent prevents access to or departure from a defined part of the enemy’s coasts.

Emphasis added.

And the blockade, as an act of war targeting a civilian population, is a war crime.

The Hague convention, 1907:

The right of belligerents to adopt means of injuring the enemy is not unlimited.

Geneva Conventions, Additional Protocol 1, Article 52, 2:

Attacks shall be limited strictly to military objectives. In so far as objects are concerned, military objectives are limited to those objects which by their nature, location, purpose or use make an effective contribution to military action and whose total or partial destruction, capture or neutralization, in the circumstances ruling at the time, offers a definite military advantage.

Article 35 of the same:

2. It is prohibited to employ weapons, projectiles and material and methods of warfare of a nature to cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering.

Of course, as the conduct of Israel in Gaza demonstrates, laws of war are exercises in hypocrisy.

Comment from Arjay
Time May 31, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Isarel is currently the most dangerous country on the planet.People are becoming aware of even greater sins they have perpetrated in the past and they are feeling cornered and very dangerous.

Israel has over 200 nukes and in my view are holding the USA to ransom.Israel wants the USA to invade Iran under the false pretense of Iran being a nuke threat to it.There is no proof that Iran is building one nuke.They the neo-cons want the oil in Iran just like they took Iraq.

Israel has created this rod for their own back.They are shameless and deserve world condemnation.

Comment from Arjay
Time May 31, 2010 at 7:45 pm

The Turkish ship was attacked in international waters.16 dead and 60 injured.The excuse was that those on board the Turkish ship pulled knives on them.

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Time May 31, 2010 at 11:15 pm

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Comment from John
Time June 1, 2010 at 7:35 am

The head of the UN is ‘shocked’. The US ‘deeply regrets’ the loss of life and was ‘working to understand the circumstances’. The Rudd Government has expressed its sorrow. Well knock me down with a feather.

Comment from John
Time June 1, 2010 at 10:14 am

An Australian is wounded; two others are illegally arrested. No condemnation from this Labor Government. A plea for calm from our foreign minister. Calm! Expel the Israeli criminals and terrorists from Australia Stephen Smith. Recognise Palestine and its legitimate and democratic Government.

Comment from Chav
Time June 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

“The Rudd Government has expressed its sorrow. Well knock me down with a feather.”

Yes, the Rudd government has expressed its sorrow…at having to come up with justifications for its support of Israeli violence in the future.

Comment from marianK
Time June 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I’m looking forward to the news tonight to see all the expressions of deep sorrow and regret from politicians, wearing their deep-sorrow-and-regret faces. Plus, we’ll get a good dose of Israeli-approved videos showing the Israeli soldiers as victims. Can’t wait.

Comment from Marco
Time June 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm

How ironic and sad that the children of the victims of the Holocaust turned themselves into inhumane monsters.

The State of Israel must be stopped. State-sanctioned murder, is simply that: murder.

Comment from John
Time June 1, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Edward Said described the Palestinians as the victims of victims. Marek Edelman said that to be a jew is to on the side of the oppressed, never the oppressor.

Comment from Arjay
Time June 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Marco ,I’ve had similar thoughts.The Nazis were good teachers.Facism exists in all cultures.There would be many holocaust survivors who would totally horrified by this behaviour.

We have to win this ,otherwise the world led by the USA and Israel,will initiate a facism that will make the Nazis look like choir boys.

In my view we presently have psychopaths running both the USA and Israel.Failure is not an option and they like Hitler,will take us beyond the brink,with nukes as their gonads.

Comment from dl
Time June 2, 2010 at 12:33 am

Disgusting. I must admit I will give a grim laugh when I will undoubtedly see the shining city on the hill use its clout to again cover for Israel in the UN.

Comment from Kieran
Time June 2, 2010 at 1:13 am

Re Richard Allesio:

Once again the Jews have shown themselves for what they are. Drastic action is needed by the world, before its too late.

All racist scum can bugger off, there is nothing “Jewish” about what Israel is doing or has done.