The Byron Friends of Palestine ‘Palestinemobile’ visited local MP Jusinte Elliot’s office yesterday to ‘protest the Labor party’s silence in the face of Israeli genocide’.
Byron Friends of Palestine stated that Israel have now deliberately killed 55, including six children, and wounded 2,771 unarmed Gazans exercising their ‘right under international law to the return of their stolen lands and property’.
‘How much more Israeli terror does it take before Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull condemn these massacres? In his 3AW interview Mr Turnbull blamed Hamas for everything and claimed that Israel was defending itself,’ said Byron Friends of Palestine’s Gareth Smith.
Following the visit from the ‘Palestinemobile’ yesterday local Labor MP Justine Elliot told Echonetdaily that ‘The deaths and injuries of Palestinian protesters in Gaza are both shocking and tragic.’
‘Labor urges Israel to show restraint. We support the right for peaceful protest and call on both sides to deescalate tensions. We support Israel’s right to exist within secure and recognised boundaries and the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.
‘Australia, like most other nations, does not recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. Jerusalem is claimed by both the Israelis and Palestinians and its status must be determined as part of an overall two-state solution.
‘A just two-state resolution will require recognising the right of both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples to live in peace and security.
‘Labor will continue to call on both sides of the conflict to refrain from any actions that hamper peaceful outcomes for both the Israeli and Palestinian people.
‘We believe the leadership of both sides should examine what more they can do to work towards a viable two-state solution and deliver a peaceful future for both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.’