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For those still confused, killing 38,000 unarmed civilians, a third of which were children, would not be self-defence, (however both sides of government want to spin it) – it would be called genocide.

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  1. What would your response be if your neighbor fired 12000 rockets at your house over the last couple of months?

  2. The way some are carrying on, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Australian Government
    *has completely condoned all of Israel’s response to the Oct 7th Hamas attack,
    *has not voted for a UN resolution for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza,
    *has not committed $72.5 million in humanitarian assistance to address essential needs in Gaza and respond to the protracted refugee crisis in the region,
    * has not backed recognition of a Palestinian State and a two-state solution and
    *is sending bombs by the shipload to the IDF.

    Time Minchin’s Peace Anthem for Palestine pleads:

    “We don’t eat pigs
    You don’t eat pigs
    It seems it’s been that way forever
    So if you don’t eat pigs
    And we don’t eat pigs
    Why not, not eat pigs together?”

    It’s hard to imagine such carnage as we see in the Middle East continuing in Australia due to intractable historical hatreds and animus. We value common sense and hedonism too much to allow senseless obstinacy and intolerance to destroy a level of peaceful coexistence. Let’s keep it that way and not stir up division for short term political gain.

  3. Yet another person that for some reason believes casualty numbers supplied by a terrorist organisation, that actually celebrates civilian deaths and doesn’t acknowledge it’s combatants deaths, are legitimate.

  4. For those still confused about the wisdom of smug self righteousness and unnuanced inflammatory language on this topic, can I suggest heeding the words of Jewish MP, Josh Burns published in today’s Age: “After waking up to six people smashing in my office, it is clearer than ever that our problem is not on the other side of the world, it is here. It is in what we can control.

    “ Yes, we must continue to call for an end to the war between the Israelis and Palestinians. But, today most importantly, we must confront the problems we have influence over – the disintegration in political discourse, our civility towards each other and the way we discuss hard issues.

    “ Suffering is not a competition, and we are stronger for seeing the needs of others in these difficult days. I fear this ongoing escalation of violent behaviour will end up with someone getting seriously hurt, or worse.

    “ That’s not the Australia I love, nor is it the Australia that we all collectively want to live in.”

    Josh Burns is the federal MP for Macnamara, in Melbourne’s inner-south whose electoral office suffered red paint, fire and smashed windows

    “They also drew horns on a picture of my face in the window, referencing antisemitic tropes I never thought I would be subjected to in this country or any other. For the Jewish community here, such images bring back the worst kind of historical memories of their families’ shopfronts being smashed and targeted”.

    A sensitive and moderate OP I’d recommend to all: “Just after 3.20am, six masked people started smashing my office”.


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