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Israel has a long tradition of targeting journalists and since 2000 has killed 45 according to the Palestinian Ministry of Information. 

During Israel’s 10 – 21 May blitzkrieg on Gaza in 2021, they killed 260 and bombed the offices of Al Jazeera and the Associated Press. On 11 May this year the Israeli military killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh (the Voice of Palestine). Unfortunately for Israel she was a Palestinian American. After months of Israeli obfuscation and denial they have now admitted she was killed by an IDF soldier as she was covering Israeli attacks on the Jenin refugee camp.

US public opinion is slowly turning against Israel and the $20 million-a-day bounty paid to Israel, plus other kinds of support, like the $1 billion Iron Dome anti-missile system, are increasingly being questioned. Despite this largesse Israel refuses to cooperate with the FBI investigation into the death of Shireen Abu Akleh. In addition, her murder is being referred to the ICC as Israel refuses to investigate.

With a bosom friend like Israel it’s not surprising that Australia continues to persecute truth tellers David McBride and Richard Boyle and to ignore the vast injustice against Julian Assange who still languishes in the Belmarsh prison hellhole.

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay

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