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January 2009 Posts


  Darren Churchill
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Democrats Condemn Gaza Invasion: Sunday 4 January 2009: 9.43pm

Sunday, January 4th 2009 @ 11:22 PM    post viewed 1602 times

ACT Australian Democrats president, Darren Churchill says he is appalled by the Federal government’s lack of leadership over Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

Last week, Israel launched attacks on civilian targets in Gaza killing more than 300 Palestinians, including women and children and injuring 1000 others.  Today, Israeli tanks and infantry rolled into Gaza as a full scale offensive began.

Mr Churchill has called on acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard to show some leadership. “How far does this obscenity of war have to go before the Australian government speaks out and condemns it?” queried Mr Churchill

“The targets have not been military ones.  They have been police, hospitals, mosques and universities.  These are innocent people!” said Mr Churchill. “It’s a violation of International Law to attack police when they are not involved in military activities”

“The beginning of the current problems is that Gaza has been strangled for some time by an Israeli blockade.” Mr Churchill continued. “Israel’s blockade of Gaza for the last two years means that injured Palestinians will die because of lack of medical supplies.”

“These are blatant abuses of human rights.  Australia must condemn the attacks.  We must condemn the invasion.”

“Australia must stand up for humanity, justice and truth.  War is the ultimate obscenity.  The action taken by Israel is obscene!  It is time for the Rudd-Gillard government to show some leadership on this important issue of international human rights.” Mr Churchill concluded.

Darren Churchill
ACT Democrats President
Tel: 0412 196 473



Dave Smith
Group Administrator
fatherdave said on Sunday, January 4th 2009 @ 11:49 PM:

Well done, brother! Smile

It's fantastic to see the Democrats being true to their fundamental ideals - 'keeping the bastards honest'!

Cibby said on Tuesday, January 13th 2009 @ 10:46 PM:

From a Yank's perspective, Hamas in Gaza is analogous in a wry way to another group that is not thought of in friendly terms, the Mujahadihn.  Israel 'created' Hamas to be a counter power to the PLO in Arafat's day, likely with US support.  The USA supported the Mujahadihn with weapons to be used against the USSR.  How manyIsraeli troops and citizens have fallen to Hamas attacks? How many Afghani citizens and UN troops have fallen to Mujahadihn grenades that the USA gave them?

Now that both groups have outlived their initial purpose, they are causing humanitarian havoc in their respective regions.  I do not support either the Hamas or Israeli offensives, and believe that both situations were bred by overly enthusiastic governments who had 'magic fixes' for problems, when there were alternatives that were not military.

Has anything been learned from either of these exercises in futility?  Not in my own country, I fear.  Please check the url below.

Dave Smith
Group Administrator
fatherdave said on Wednesday, January 14th 2009 @ 7:00 PM:

Yes, Cibby.

It doesn't seem that long ago that I was enjoying the Bond movie, "The Living Daylights", where the Mujahideen were the heroes who helped Bond (and a rather attractive young girl) escape from the Russians.

"The Living Daylights" was released in 1987.  How things have changed since then!

Australian Democrats, Gaza, Human Rights