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Gareth Smith makes a valid point in his letter (June 8) stating that Israel has signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Israel willingly signed and ratified because she believes that ALL children have the right to good lives.

Hamas and the PA on the other hand, use children as weapons of war and this is well known, to the extent that children from as young as five, are taught to despise Jews, as part of their actual school syllabus. They are also physically taught how to kill Jews from their pre-teens, and the importance of being a martyr.

Yes Gareth, I also think it is an incredibly worthwhile project to protect the innocent beautiful Palestinian children from harm, and this should start by stopping their complete and utter brainwashing by Hamas and the PA, so that as the future leaders of a Palestinian state, they can consider peace with Israel knowing the actual historical facts, rather than the absolute lies that are shoved down their throats.

Whilst it is a good idea, even you know that bulletproof vests sent for Palestinian children would be stolen by Hamas, as the last thing they want is a reduction in children’s deaths since, in their evil minds, nothing makes the news more than dead children. They not only never protect their people’s children from violence, their policy is to launch their many thousands of deadly missiles into Israeli civilian areas, from active kindergartens and schools, hoping that Israel will fire back. This is what causes the tragic deaths of children, not Israel defending itself from a bloodthirsty and ruthless enemy.

The children are taught that absolutely everything wrong in their lives is the fault of Israel, and not of the heinously violent, and incredibly incompetent and corrupt leaders of Hamas and the PA. Hamas and PA leaders are literally the highest paid leaders in the world, as year after year, they divert billions of dollars donated by the international community for the Palestinian people, into their own private bank accounts letting their people go without. The Palestinian people know this, but every single time they protest, they are murdered or given long prison sentences, keeping the population ‘in their place’. What do you have to say about that?

2022 has seen a spate of unprovoked deadly terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians, resulting in many Israeli civilians being murdered in cold blood, but almost none of these have been reported by Australian media outlets, as they don’t see the murder of Jews as newsworthy, yet so often present countless unsubstantiated reports given word-for-word by the Hamas terror organisation without fact checking.

As I have always said, Gareth Smith, peace is the only answer, and always has been.

Danny Wakil, Billinudgel

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  1. Yes, Danny Wakil, “peace is the only answer, and always has been.
    Is this why 50,000 jews recently marched through Palestinian sections of Jerusalem, waving flags and shouting “Death to the Arabs”?
    Israel clearly has an issue with Palestinians that goes beyond rationality; oppression of Palestinians is part and parcel of the nature and character of the state of Israel. Israel can’t be Israel without oppressing the Palestinians, and no measure of diversion or denial will change that.
    As former Israeli Likud Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, writing in Maariv, February 2020 said: “There is no denying that over the past ten years, Israel has been the recalcitrant, provocative, aggressive party – and its lack of flexibility is the main reason why peace initiatives have not only failed to mature into near-agreements, but were not even introduced.”

  2. Such a biased article, repeating right wing Zionist group propaganda( recently chanting death to arabs in Jerusalem). Peace is the answer but the recent conviction of the world vision worker on evidence that nobody could see due to security matters and the fact both world vision and dfat showed no money missing or directed to hamas was dismissed and not allowed to be presented, shows the problem facing peace. It is an issue when one side is seen as beyond criticism and the other side is demonised.

  3. Danny Wakil demonstrates as much knowledge of the facts on the ground in Palestine/Israel as a duck of the moon.  He really needs to ponder the life story of Bassim Shomali and explain why Bassim cannot return to his family’s land while a Jew without any connection with Palestine would be welcome with open arms (People With Peace in Their Hearts , Echo June 15). Why, Danny, did an Israeli sniper gun down Aljazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and then fire on those trying to help her and then, more recently, kill Ghufran Hamed Warasneh, a young woman who was only 3 days into her job as a radio journalist leaving her to bleed to death? Also begging explanation is the Israeli court’s guilty verdict for World Vision’s Mohammad El-Halabi, charged with funneling $50 million aid to Hamas when World Vision’s total budget was only $22!  Tim Costello and Coony Lenneberg state, “Contrary to the Israeli government claims of respect for the rule of law, it demonstrates a disregard for the principle of a fair trial and the overarching political objective which is to strictly control humanitarian aid to Gaza. El-Halabi was detained without charge and interrogated for 50 days without access to legal representation, and allegedly subject to torture in an effort to extract a confession.” (Sydney Morning Herald, June 17).


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