16 May 2018


Palestine is being destroyed and the world sits around and does nothing,

How much longer is this genocide going to continue? Until every Palestinian has been destroyed and Israel takes over the whole of Palestine? They already control it and starve the Palestinians not so slowly any more.

Whether the Israelis like the comparison or not, what they are doing is what the Nazis did to Jews and other minority groups in the years between 1933 and 1945.

The breakup of Yugoslavia and the wars in the 1990s resulted in more genocides of the Nazi type and the Myanmar murder of the Rohingyas is carrying on the tradition of genocide around the world.

The genocides on the African continent have gone on for a long time and we cannot assume that they will stop any time soon.

The United States of America is helping to do the same in the middle east - in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other countries around the area and the question needs to be asked and asked and asked - why is the rest of the world sitting and watching and doing nothing.

Is it white people against the rest of the world? or is it some other strange anomaly in the human species?

What hope is there when there have been ongoing wars since the end of what was termed the second world war?

The Palestinian people have suffered intolerably and no country has lifted a finger to give them any assistance whatever. They have all just helped to make the matter worse and starve them out of existence altogether.

If people who have so many resources to help other people refuse to do so, we will all sink into the mire and maybe the human species will destroy itself altogether.

If that happened, at least there would be no people left to suffer anywhere any more.

This cartoon of Michael Leunig's appeared in The Age of 17 MAY 2018

                                              ISRAEL - GAZA 2018


The top paragraph of Leunig's cartoon read:

And Cain said to Abel his brother, "Let us go out to the field," and when they were in the field Cain rose against Abel and killed him. 

The bottom paragraph of the cartoon reads:

And the Lord said to Cain, "Where is Abel, your brother?" And he said "I do not know: am I my brother's keeper?" And the Lord said "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the soil..."


Letters from The Age 17 MAY 2018:

Gaza: Israel's security relies on fair deal for Palestinians

Instead of blaming the Palestinian leadership, Malcolm Turnbull should show some moral spine and reprimand Israel for killing unarmed protesters. The Palestinians have lost nearly everything since the acquisition of their lands by Israel in 1948 and 1967. They still have no country and are under occupation and/or siege.

In the absence of any useful diplomatic contribution from the US, it's time for other countries like Australia to step up, to pressure Israel to negotiate in good faith for a just solution to the conflict. Israel will have no security until the Palestinians get a fair deal.
Bill O'Connor, Beechworth

The 'two-state solution' must go ahead

Your editorial (16/5) makes useful points. The US and its allies, who have been staunch supporters of Israel's continued military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in the name of "Israel's right to exit", are equally guilty of shedding Palestinians' blood. Malcolm Turnbull's comment condemning Palestinians for violence should be shameful to all Australians. New Zealand's PM, Jacinda Ardern, deserves high commendation for her condemnation of Israel for the bloodshed. It is time the Western nations who are unconditional supporters of Israel put a stop to Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and implement the "two-state solution" based on the 1967 borders. A peaceful means to achieve this is to declare an economic embargo against Israel until it ends its illegal occupation of the Palestinian lands.
Bill Mathew, Parkville

A piece of provocative timing

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attended the inauguration of the new US embassy (moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem) as if it was some kind of celebrity event. Further, it was carried out on the day of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba – the date that Palestinians consider themselves to have been expelled from their homes. Is the global community really expected to think that this is not a provocation, and simply the making right of an inviolable fact that Jerusalem is exclusively the capital of Israel?
And when Palestinians are gunned down in Gaza, are we supposed to think that this is OK because those Palestinians were deluded anyway in thinking that the above was not an inviolable fact?
Stephane Levinson, Carlton

US has shameful hand in region

Donald Trump's only consistent actions since becoming President have been the ongoing provocations to destabilise the world's troubled regions. The latest massacres in Gaza are shameful evidence of how far Israel's expansionist policy can go, thanks to the support from the US administration. Coupled with the irrational scrapping of the Iran deal, Trump's diplomacy-by-tweets only serves the interests of the most reactionary sections of the US establishment.
Fethon Naoum, Portland

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