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September 21, 2021

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Subhi Awad, Mullumbimby

With respect to Wakil and Macklin (Letters, 21 July) the assertion that the Palestinian resistance wants to kill all Jews in the world is wholly untrue.

Hamas was voted into power on their manifesto of seeking a solution based on the ’67 lines and has repeatedly offered Israel truces, which Israel has rejected. The aggressor (Israel) is always the one who rejects peace and instead wages a crippling and life-taking siege against the other.

Nowhere does the Hamas charter say ‘Death to Jews’ or anything similar. You are misquoting something written in the 1980s, before Hamas was even a proper political party, by someone who has since died. It has been updated many times since – this is very disingenuous, thinly disguised propaganda (Hamas in 2017: The document in full: https://tinyurl.com/4ds9j2ym).

History has shown that every human rights abuser will paint their victims as murderous terrorists who, if allowed to be free without brutal persecution, would turn on their oppressors and reveal what monsters they really are. This racist narrative has always proved to be false, from South Africa, Algeria, Tunisia, South and Central America, to Ireland.

It is only by dehumanising, and reducing Palestinians to murderous monsters that Israel is able to justify its brutality, segregation, ethnic cleansing, house demolitions, arbitrary arrests, torture, and plain old murder.

For instance, as a Palestinian, I have no right to a fair trial, and conviction rates by the racist occupation are 98 per cent, I’m not even allowed a translator at my trial. We have a problem with Indigenous deaths in custody in Australia, but in Palestine Indigenous deaths in custody are routine as the horrific state-prescribed torture often kills. We live under military law (while Jews in our country live under civil law), a system of racial domination so severe and brutal that the co-author of the 1973 UN defined Crime of Apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, describes it as much worse than apartheid in South Africa.

Israel’s knee is constantly on our necks as it says ‘look how they scratch our boots; they are evil monsters’.

Many football teams, like Barcelona, refuse to play in Israel in front of thousands of fans that chant ‘death to Arabs’ at every game. Ben and Jerry’s have pulled out too amidst the hordes of murderous and racist Israeli mobs that terrorise peaceful farmers and shopkeepers, who attack and burn our holy sites, and steal our farmlands, often with full police and army support. They have joined the tide of people and companies, even McDonald’s, who are realising the horrors and brutal racism of the Israeli occupation and refusing to do business with it. In return Israel has dehumanised Ben and Jerry’s calling them Nazis!

As long as there is racial domination and racist persecution, human rights abuse and state-sponsored violence, there will be resistance. Israel must withdraw from Palestine and end the brutal siege of Gaza before there can be any chance of peace. Salam.

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  1. How very disturbing and terrible. You think the Israeli people would understand how cruel this persecution of the Palestine people is. Love, prayers and respect to them!

  2. Israel is hardly the aggressor when, since it declared independence on part of the territory that had been promised under the Balfour Declaration in 1917 by the British government that took over responsibility for the Mandate of Palestine, it has been attacked in 1948 by six Arab armies and again in 1967 and 1973 as the Arabs tried everything possible to destroy Israel.

    Since then Israel has experienced much violence internally with intifadas targetting innocent Israeli citizens using terrorism and suicide bombers.

    The professed central goal of Hamas is the establishment of an Islamic state in all of Palestine. The immediate means to achieve this goal is the escalation
    of the intifada, and ultimately all-out Jihad, with the participation not only of Palestinian Muslims but of the entire Islamic world. This is confirmed by the chant we hear repeatedly from pro-Palestinian activists, “Palestine will be free from the river to the sea”.

    Until fundamental changes occur within Palestinian society with democratic elections taking place and there is an end to the hate being fomented across social media and in the Palestinian education systems Israel is compelled to maintain its security lockdown.

    We all know what needs to be done in our society to deal with Covid-19. The analogy applies to the situation in Israel-Palestine where Israel unfortunately has to maintain tight controls over Gaza as previous ceasefire agreements have repeatedly been broken by Hamas operatives firing rockets and incendiary balloons into Israel in provocative acts.


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