Australia’s silence on Gaza killings show PM’s true colours

PM Malcolm Turnbull with Benjamin Netahayu recently.

By Bernard Keane, Crikey

While condemning every killing of an Israeli by terrorists, Australia can’t bring itself to say a word when Israeli soldiers deliberately kill unarmed protesters.

The Australian government has a strong record of condemning killings in Israel and Palestine.

‘Shocked by the brutal killing of Itamar Ben Gal, a father of four, near Ariel today. Such violence and terror cannot be justified. Heartfelt sympathies to his family and loved ones,’ tweeted Australia’s ambassador to Israel Chris Cannan in February, after the murder of a rabbi from an (illegal) Israeli settlement in the West Bank in February.

‘Appalled by the killing this weekend of three family members enjoying a Shabbat meal. My thoughts are with survivors, family and loved ones,’ Cannan tweeted last July after another Palestinian terrorist murdered Israelis in another West Bank settlement (also illegal).

Cannan’s predecessor Dave Sharma regularly condemned violence, such as the truck attack on Israel Defence Force soldiers in Jerusalem in early 2017.

Presumably, given the slaughter of 32 unarmed Palestinian protesters by IDF forces and the wounding of hundreds more at the Gaza border since last Friday, Cannan would have offered his thoughts to the ‘survivors, family and loved ones’ of the victims?

However, his normally busy Twitter account has been strangely silent for several days. Indeed, given the sheer scale of the shootings by the IDF, and the large death and injury toll, the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop would have at least offered a feeble expression of concern?

Nothing. Labor’s Penny Wong had nothing to say either. Only the Greens’ Richard Di Natale called for an independent investigation. (Israel believes there’s nothing to investigate.)

The killings by the IDF were intentional, and carefully pre-planned ahead of the protests.

Earthworks were put in place to afford positions for IDF soldiers. Over 100 snipers were deployed, and permitted to fire at protesters even when there was no threat to life.

This was despite Hamas urging protesters not to attempt to cross the border and not to use violence.

‘Nothing was carried out uncontrolled,’ the IDF said in a tweet subsequently deleted. ‘Everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.’

Numerous protesters were shot while praying, walking or running away from the border.

As Israeli human rights group B’Tselem noted, ‘Shooting unarmed demonstrators is illegal and the command that allows it is manifestly illegal.’

Australia’s double standard on Palestine — in which the murders of Israeli settlers in the West Bank by terrorists draw condemnation while the murder of Palestinian protesters by IDF soldiers prompts only studied silence — is unsurprising given the remarkable grovelling by the Turnbull government to far-right Israeli regime leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

‘Bibi and I get on very well, and Bibi and Sara and Lucy and I get along very well,’ Malcolm Turnbull gushed during a visit to Israel last year, following up Netanyahu’s visit to Australia early in 2017 — during which he embarrassed Turnbull by refusing point-blank to endorse a two-state solution immediately after Turnbull had.

Netanyahu now faces an extraordinary array of corruption allegations, with Israeli police recommending he be prosecuted over bribery running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, including gifts from James Packer.

Australia’s policy on Palestine appears to consist of mouthing ‘two state solution’ platitudes long after it has been recognised such a solution is no longer possible, an ‘all the way with Bibi’ mentality — and hypocritical silence in the face of his regime’s killing.


5 responses to “Australia’s silence on Gaza killings show PM’s true colours”

  1. Dean Jefferys says:

    Shame on Malcolm Turnbull, Netanyahu and anyone who supports the slaughter of 32 unarmed Palestinian protesters by IDF forces

  2. John Scrivener says:

    Under the guise of giving Jews a homeland, Zionists have been slaughtering Palestinians and stealing their land for more than seventy years now. And they want you to believe that Palestinians are the terrorists.

    I use the word Zionist to clearly distinguish between the adherents of fanatic Israeli nationalism and Jews in general. It is a demographic fact that most Jews do not live in Israel and the Zionist regime does not represent all Jewish people. Indeed, not all Jews are Zionists and not all Zionists are Jews.

    Zionists and there supporters don’t want the truth about the so-called ‘Jewish State’ to be told, not even in the pages of the Echo, and from the way they attack notable Jewish truth tellers like Richard Falk, Norman Finkelstein, Ilan Pappe, Miko Peled, Gilad Atzmon or Rabbi Weiss, to na e just a few, it’s obvious that Zionists are terrified of the truth getting out.

    The history of Zionist collaboration with the Nazi regime in the ‘Transfer Agreement,’ which facilitated the migration of German Jews to Palestine in the 1930’s, or the 1946 bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem by Zionist terrorists disguised as Arabs, or the 1954 false-flag terror attacks in Egypt, known as the ‘Lavon affair’, or the 1967 attack on the American spy ship USS Liberty, or the 2001 demolition of the WTC, this is all forbidden history.

    These are not isolated, unrelated, inconsequential events, far from it. They represent a pattern, a modus operandi, they are the characteristics of a distinctive creed, an exclusivist supremacist ideology that champions the shibboleth, ‘by deception thou shalt do war’.

    The history of how Zionists used terrorism to drive more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages in 1948, murdering thousands during the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, a history that continues to this day, is absent from the historic narrative in the West and rarely enters public discourse in the corporate media, which is dominated by Zionist partisans.

    From the very beginning, the Zionist regime has been opposed by intelligent, compassionate Jews everywhere. For example, in December 1948, a group of Jewish luminaries, including Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt, sent an open letter to the New York Times, in which they strongly condemned Zionist terrorism and warned against supporting the Zionist terrorists led by Menachem Begin, who later formed Likud which now dominates the Zionist polity.

    The word ‘democracy’ definitely doesn’t describe the Zionist occupation regime in Palestine, anymore than it describes comparable and complicit warmongering aggressor thug regimes in Australia, Britain or the US. These regimes are not democracies, they are plutocracies, war profiteering plutocracies, international organised war crime syndicates.

    The word ‘democracy’, like the word ‘antisemite’, is used as a shield by Zionists in their attempt to deflect criticism whenever they’re confronted with the truth about their ongoing occupation of Palestinian land and their brutal oppression of the Palestinian people.

  3. Len Heggarty says:

    And from the editor of Echonetdaily we get government propaganda.
    You would think we could get a proper editor.
    My hand is up for the job.
    Get this line:
    “The Australian government has a strong record of condemning killings in Israel and Palestine.”
    So just what are we debating here if the Australian government had a strong condemnation attitude?
    There is nothing to debate because no one has died. Everyone is alive. No one has died.
    The Australian government has prevented any deaths by their speech of condemnation.

  4. Mark King says:

    The Palestinian conflict is unbelievable. So one sided. Hundreds of Palestinians die to every one Israeli. It is like shooting fish in a barrel. But the Palestinian conflict is the tip of the iceberg. Why is the west so interested in defeating so called dictators in the middle east, when even more heinous dictators and crimes against humanity exist in Africa or Asia? It suits the Zionist agenda. .In one of the latest Australian involved actions in Iraq, the battle of Mosul, according to an independent report by Associated press, there where an estimated 9000-11000 civilian deaths.

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