Thursday, February 23, 2017

PHOTOS: Melbourne Says No To Netanyahu

Dear friends,
please find below some photos from the Melbourne Says No To Netanyahu which took place on 19 February, a few days before Netanyahu arrived in Australia which began on 22 February.

In September 2016, Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop visited Israel and officially invited Netanyahu to come to Australia in early 2017 saying that she wanted to "reaffirm our absolute enduring commitment to the state of Israel and our friendship" and that she believed that "the Australian public would warmly embrace you, welcome you".

As Prime Minister, Netanyahu has been responsible for Israel's illegal blockade of Gaza, as well as Israel's ongoing occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights.

In 2014, Netanyahu ordered Israel's 50 day murderous assault on Gaza, which resulted in the death of more than 2,250 Palestinians, including almost 1,500 civilians, one third of whom were children, along with 299 women. In addition, more than 11,230 Palestinians were injured, including 3,436 children and 3.540 women. Amongst those killed were 142 Palestinian families, who made up 742 of the fatalities.

During the murderous assault Netanyahu ordered more than 6,000 airstrikes and the firing of more than 50,000 tank and artillery shells on the imprisoned population of Gaza.

In July 2014, Netanyahu also confirmed that Israel had no intention of ending its illegal occupation and oppression of more than 4.5 million Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

While Julie Bishop and the Liberals, who supported Israel's assault on Gaza and the US's bloody wars in the Middle East, continue to carry out human rights abuses against refugees and asylumseekers and Australia's Indigenous community, are happy to welcome a fellow war criminal and human right abusers, we weren't and decided to give Netanyahu the real welcome that a war criminal and human rights abuser he deserves.

Sydney also held a much larger rally during his actual visit. I will post photos as soon as possible.

In solidarity, Kim



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