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Subject: Gaza Genocide: Dear Senator Dreyfus,


A view of the rubble of buildings hit by an Israeli airstrike, in Jabalia, Gaza strip, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. Hatem Moussa / AP


Subject: Gaza Genocide

Dear Senator Dreyfus,

The genocide against the Palestinians continues apace. The ICJ’s directions to the Israeli government have been, and continue to be, completely ignored. More than 31,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children , have been killed, and now starvation is being used as a weapon of war.

There are more than 2,000 aid trucks sitting on the Gaza border, waiting to enter, but prevented from doing so by the Israeli military. Instead, we have the almost useless airdrops, designed to create a photo opportunity for the US administration as Biden struggles in the polls. And now we have the prospect of a floating harbour, predicted to take two months to assemble, by which time many more people, most of them vulnerable children, will have starved to death. Already, in the first ten days of March, 25 children have died of malnutrition and dehydration. The international aid agencies are unanimous in their calls for the border crossings to be opened, and for aid to be allowed in. They are rightly very sceptical about the effectiveness of air drops or a pontoon that will deliver too little, too late. But Biden has to look as if he is doing something positive, whilst continuing to supply Netanyaha with weapons and diplomatic cover, whilst Australia looks on, remaining mostly silent. The Australian government has had nothing to say about the ICJ’s directions.

When will the Us and its allies, which include Australia, DEMAND that this genocide must end? Why has your government  not called in the Israeli ambassador, and made it clear that the government will no longer support Israel’s genocide in the Gaza Strip?

It’s time for effective action, not words. That means a permanent ceasefire, NOW.

I’m reminded of a placard that I saw at a recent demonstration for the people of Gaza:

“You know what else died in Gaza? The myth of Western democracy and humanity”. I think that statement sums it up well.



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