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Both Duncan Shipley-Smith and John Scrivener yet again display the same responses that I talk about over, and over and over again. They do not mention even one word about the unspeakable atrocities that were committed against Israeli civilian men, women and children on 7 October, or the massacres against the Jews in the region of Palestine for the many hundreds of years before the rebirth of Israel, it’s all one-sided.

You will also notice that they have not contested EVEN ONE of my specific statements, because they know them to be factual. One-sided views NEVER, EVER lead to a solution, they just lead to more war.

Israel has not ‘brutally oppressed’ the Palestinian people for more than 76 years displacing over 700,000 refugees in 1948. Israel accepted the partition plan and begged for peace, but the Arabs refused to accept even the smallest Jewish state, and waged a war of total annihilation against the Jews in 1948. The Jordanian army told the local Arabs to leave the towns so the killing of the Jews would be easier and that is why most of the 700,000 Arabs who agreed to leave did so, with the promise that they could also take over the property of the murdered Jews when they returned. The Arabs that remained are all citizens of Israel with full equal rights.

Almost 1,000,000 Jews from Arab lands who were there before Islam was even created were expelled or murdered after Israel won the war of independence, but these guys will never mention that, and today those same Jews are living in Israel or abroad and have moved on with their lives regardless of their devastating losses. There are consequences for the Arabs starting wars, and many millions of people have been displaced over the world but the only ones that are still claiming refugee status are the Palestinians and the UN has not resettled EVEN ONE Palestinian because they [Hamas] are flooded with money. The poor Palestinian civilians see nothing of this money but BILLIONS of dollars keep rolling in year after year, and they [Hamas] don’t want the gravy train to EVER stop.

Aside from the 1948 war, the Arabs initiated every war since, including the Palestinian ‘leaders’ Hamas initiating this current war. Hamas leaders are all billionaires and are the wealthiest politicians in the entire world, all from stolen money that was meant to the poor Palestinian civilians and they definitely don’t want the gravy train to stop as they live it up daily in five-star hotels in Qatar, not giving a shit about their people. I could contest every point in their letters, but the word count won’t allow for it. If you want to actually help the Palestinian people, address these issues for once! This war is horrendous, and the poor Palestinians are indeed suffering more than anyone else but it is not a genocide, that is a complete and utter lie, and that will be proven.

Danny Wakil, Billinudgel

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  1. Wow… Echo, you actually published this!? I am seeing a very scary direction being travelled by the Echo at the moment and I truely hope this is NOT a true representation of our community.

    • Wrong narrative? I’m seeing some very scary directions too. The best summary I have heard of the situation came from the couch of Insiders recently:

      “The context of the debate. This has become a tremendously bad faith debate.
      Anything anybody says is likely to be twisted. There is no nuance. There’s a series of code words, passwords you have to say before you move on – to become admitted to the debate. It’s become a sad debate.”

      The saddest part of the debate is that it’s doing much to import the hatreds and intolerances of an intractable situation, while it does absolutely zilch to end the suffering in Gaza.

    • What is even more scary Maxim is that an Echo reader such as yourself would suggest that the Echo should actually censor some views. It seems one of the hardest things to do these days is to be curious. A sad state of affairs.

  2. Yes Maxim that is the Genocide legislation, and as yet Neither the State of Israel or members of the Israeli cabinet have been convicted of it. The ICC made a Juddgement that Israel should not engage in Genocide, and two member of the Parliament have charges. Your allegations that the letter writer Danny Wakil is a Genocide Apologists is an apalling allegation with no basis, based entirely on your your predjudicial allegations of Genocide. If you want to look at who’s engaged in genocide then look at the Hamas charter proposing the genocide of the jews of Israel, or at yourself in the mirror while you suck on the teat of the colonial genocide that happened here ( and where Aboriginals still have a lower life expectancy, worse health, higher percentage in Jail, and lower economic status compared to both you AND the majority of the Pallestinian Israelis – yes the Aboriginals of Australia under you are worse off than the Israeli Pallestinians. Hamas”s Charter is for Genocide to form an Islamic state over the homeland of the Jews , Israels charter is for the survival of a democratic state, where the 100,000 Arabs that remained are now 2 Million, and where Arab Political parties form the 3 biggest political group and have been part of a coalition govt, whatever Israels present far right govt’s shocking excess’s, I’d suggest you get your own house in order before throwing around genocide apologist allegations


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