On Gaza

Update:World stands disgraced’ as Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15
• UN condemns IDF attack on sleeping children as violation of international law
• Strike on crowded market in Shujai’iya during ceasefire kills 17
• Death toll now more than 1,300 after three weeks of fighting
Israel bombs UN shelter

Please donate to APHEDA’s Gaza appeal http://www.apheda.org.au/projects/mideast/pages/1250724004_14548.html

29th July statement. Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA will receive $1 million to assist in emergency relief and the reconstruction of project work. Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has been working in the West Bank and Gaza for 25 years with partner organisation, the MA’AN Development Centre.

The conflict, now in its third week, has so far claimed the lives of more than 1000 Palestinians and 42 Israelis of whom two are Israeli civilians. It is estimated that around three-quarters of the Palestinian casualties are civilians. Approximately one-third of the 6,233 Palestinians injured are children. More than 215,000 people in the Gaza Strip cannot return to their homes because of the danger of military attacks.

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA condemns the firing of missiles, rockets and bombs by any party against civilian populations. The indiscriminate attacks on Gaza have seen hundreds of children killed, schools and hospitals being destroyed.

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA extends its condolences to Hasan Ziaded, a member of MA’AN’s General Assembly and former member of the Board of Directors, who lost six family members including his mother and three brothers, when his house was bombed last week. Further condolences are extended to our MA’AN staff member whose brother has been killed, and to the 12 staff members displaced due to destruction of their homes.

The destruction of the El Wafa Hospital is condemned. The El-Wafa Hospital is a rehabilitation hospital for people with serious physical disabilities, especially spinal cord injuries. The hospital was attacked by airstrikes on 11 July, followed by shelling on 18 July and then destroyed on 23 July from missile attacks. El-Wafa Hospital had received $640,000 from members of Australia’s Islamic community and community groups via Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA in 2009. APHEDA has also supported the hospital by sending medical experts from Australia to provide extra support and training to staff.

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA supports ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow’s call for “an immediate ceasefire and urgent humanitarian assistance to Gaza, followed by renewed international pressure to end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and a negotiated settlement to respect the 1967 borders between Israel and a Palestinian state. The world cannot allow the injustice to continue, nor can it accept the prospect of yet more violence causing the deaths of innocent civilians”.
Angelo Gavrielatos, Chairperson Kate Lee, Executive Officerhttp://www.apheda.org.au/news/1406593295_10352.html

On 14 July 2014, the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 176 million workers around the globe, issued a call for an immediate ceasefire in the fighting between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza. The ITUC expressed its full support for the UN Security Council resolution calling for “de-escalation of the situation, restoration of calm, reinstitution of the November 2012 ceasefire and respect for international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians.”

Please show your support for the ITUC call: http://www.labourstart.org/go/gaza

Did you know that Israel wants the gas offshore from Gaza.

If Israel is so keen on levelling Hamas it is essentially because the faction has categorically refused to discuss an energy sharing agreement whereby Israel would have access to Gaza’s gas resources.


Union resolution. That this meeting of the Victorian Trades Hall Executive:
Condemns Israel’s latest horrific assault on the people of Palestine, which has resulted in over 600 deaths in the past three weeks — the overwhelming majority of the dead being civilians, and many of them children.
We reiterate previous policy supporting a strategy of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against the state of Israel, similar to actions designed to isolate the former Apartheid regime of South Africa.
We supports the peaceful community protests called in solidarity with the people of Palestine, to be held on Saturday 26 July at 1pm, and Friday 1 August at 5pm, outside the State Library in Swanston St.
We urge affiliates to support these protests through attendance, publicity, and other means.

Further resolutions from Unionists supporting Palestine


From Robert Frisk on Israel’s impunity http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/eight-hundred-dead-palestinians-but-israel-has-impunity-9629726.html

25 points on Gaza

The suppression of Palestinian resistance is crucial to the success of the Israeli experiment. But there is a corollary, which is a cyclical interaction between Israeli colonialism and US militarism. As Bashir Abu-Manneh explains, there is a relationship between American imperialism and Zionist policies. American policymakers believe that an alliance with Israel helps the US control the Middle East. So the United States enables Israeli colonialism and occupation, which in turn creates contexts for further US interventions in the region that can be used to try to deepen American hegemony.

He points out, furthermore, that the “United States has been determining major economic and political outcomes” in the region since at least 1967, and that Israel plays a “crucial role in their realization. In Israel-Palestine, this has meant that force and colonial peace have alternated as main instruments of policy.” Yet all the while the main objective remains “a constant: Jewish supremacy in Palestine — as much land as possible, as few Palestinians as possible.”

From the Lancet doctors internationally condemn slaughter

Appeal to stop the war https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAx_TwBI8Bo

How Israel hides the facts http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/israelgaza-conflict-the-secret-report-that-helps-israelis-to-hide-facts-9630765.html
MPs statement

Petition on war crimes

We the citizens of the world demand that Benjamin Netanyahu as person and Israel as the apartheid state is put on trial along with all the evidences that prove it to be a country responsible for terrible war crimes against humanity and people of Palestine in general.

Why should Israel be put on trial?

1. At the time of writing this, Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for killing over 1000 civilians. Many of those are children, women and people with absolutely no affiliation with any group of any sort. They have been wiped off the map as if they were totally insignificant people with no right to live.

2. Israel has been bombing public places, schools, family homes, religious places and has sunk to the lowest level and recently attacked children hospitals.

3. They used White Phosphorus in 2009 and have used it again in 2014. They air-burst white phosphorus in 155mm artillery shells in and near populated areas. Each air-burst shell spreads 116 burning white phosphorus wedges in a radius extending up to 125 meters from the blast point. White phosphorus ignites and burns on contact with oxygen, and continues burning at up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit (816 degrees Celsius) until nothing is left or the oxygen supply is cut. When white phosphorus comes into contact with skin it creates intense and persistent burns.

4. The establishment of settlements by an occupying power in occupied territory violates international humanitarian law which is the body of law governing situations of armed conflict and military occupation. Yet Israel is expanding it’s settlements and will obviously take over the Gaza area as no Palestinian will come back since they have no place to call home.

5. Israel’s apartheid setup where they have check-posts, blockades, and have taken every right from the Palestinians so they can’t even breath without having an Israeli soldier on their back. This has to stop and it’s nothing less than being a perfect definition of an apartheid settler state.

We demand that Israel is put on trial for war-crimes and Benjamin Netanyahu is held responsible for the deaths of all innocent people of Palestine along with being the reason for thousands of families being destroyed mentally and physically to the extent that they will never recover again.

Mr. President, if you are unable to do this based on other evidence that you can get from Human Rights Watch, UN, journalists, and doctors in Gaza, I feel you are letting down billions of people worldwide by letting a criminal get away with it.

Monday August 4th 6-7pm Old Geology Lecture Theatre, Edgworth David Building, Sydney University

Associate Professor Peter Slezak is a founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices, and a member of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network. APAN works with MPs and officials, from both government and opposition, in Canberra, to rally support in Australia for Palestinian rights and freedoms. They have been promoting a statement, now signed by 30 MPs, about the current crisis, which says: “The international community including Australia has a vital responsibility to put pressure on Israel to end its current military attack on Gaza and broker a solution of justice and peace”.
Alma Torlakovic is an activist with the National Tertiary Education Union and a member of Sydney Staff for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.
Shamikh Badra is a political activist from Gaza who is studying for a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies degree at the University of Sydney.
Associate Professor Jake Lynch is Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Recently, he won a court case against an Israeli law centre, Shurat HaDin, to uphold his right to boycott institutional links between the University of Sydney and Israeli universities.
Suzanne Asad is an activist with Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Sydney. She took part in the successful campaign for the Student Representative Council to endorse the academic boycott of Israel.

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