Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre
How can you, in all conscience, assert the ALP’s undying support for the apartheid state of Israel whose litany of egregious crimes against humanity (see B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence, for example) are so carefully ignored.
You must have far more recourse to intelligence about Israel than the average citizen, so ignorance cannot be advanced as an excuse in your case. You must be aware of Israel’s demolitions, which cause immense suffering and homelessness, the daily depredations by armed settlers who even attack Palestinian children en route to school, the arraignment of children before military courts and, of course, the catalogue of injuries and killings by the IDF.
In 2014 during the Great March of Return, Israeli sharpshooters killed at least 2,104 Palestinians, including 1,462 civilians, of whom 495 were children and 253 were women. There were 11,231 injured including 3,436 children and 3,540 women, 10 per cent of whom suffered permanent disability. as a result. How do you and the ALP respond to this data, which totally eclipses the Myanmar casualties?
Byron Friends of Palestine will work to oust Richmond sitting member Justine Elliot and replace her with a candidate of conscience who will not swear unconditional support for Israel’s brutal apartheid regime!