China (non) Crisis

Or should it be China UnSyndrome?

We have been having some discussions around MP’s having trips to China and Israel, and what those trips are meant to achieve.

So let’s bring all that discussion into this thread and leave the other threads to their proper topic.

Israeli peace activist – Jeff Halper

I don’t know if anyone has been following this story. An Israeli peace activist Prof. Jeff Halper is currently in Australia on a speaking tour. An ad that was placed in the Australian Jewish News to promote his tour was pulled by the publisher because he “did not like the crowd who are bringing him out”. Mr Magid said:

I am familiar with them. They use their Judaism to bash other Jews and issues associated with the Jewish community

Vivienne Porzsolt, spokeswoman for the tour organisers said:

My feeling is that the powerbrokers want to restrict information to the Jewish community because they don’t want alternative voices heard on the Israel issue.

Why is the pro-Israeli lobby so afraid of any other views? Could the following have anything to do with their fear?

Richard Falk, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, said this week that Israels “military assault on densely populated Gaza appeared to constitute a grave war crime”. Haaretz is reporting that IDF soldiers are coming forward to report that seem to confirm the findings of Richard Falk.

Yesterday, the boyf and I attended the Anti-War Rally in Sydney and we heard Prof. Halper speak. Here is a Youtube clip I made of the rally. Other speakers included an Afghan refugee and former members of the Australian Defence Force.

Gaza – human shields, ceasefire?

There are so many developments occurring in Gaza it is difficult to follow them all. There are reports that the IDF made locals in Gaza move into a house that they then proceeded to attack. Amnesty has criticised both sides for using human shields.

Israeli troops had forced Palestinian civilians to stay in their homes after taking them over as sniper positions or bases, it said quoting sources in Gaza.

“This increases risk to families and means they are effectively being used as human shields,” the group said.

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Truth in War

Shimon Peres:

Do you know why so many Palestinian children are killed and no Israeli children are killed? We take care of our children.

IDF:

A missile launcher and a number of anti tank missiles were discovered hidden in a Palestinian school yard in Sajalya, northern Gaza Strip, during an IDF operation against terror threats. The IDF force returned fire at an armed Palestinian gunman who opened fire at the soldiers and identified hitting him.

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Israeli Conscientious Objectors

This post is from Political Duo – and was written by my boyf, please visit and read some of his other posts.

‘The Shministim – all about ages 17, 18, 19 and in the 12th grade – are taking a stand. They believe in a better, more peaceful future for themselves and for Israelis and Palestinians, and they are refusing to join the Israeli army. They’re in jail, holding strong against immense pressure from family, friends and the Israeli government. They need our support and they need it today’ – Howard Zinn’s endorsement of the Shministim

These are stories of youths who have found their intellect and courage to resist the indoctrination and unjust laws of the Israeli state’s oppressive policies on the Occupied Territories.
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