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70 years of Nakba - Turnbull govt silence on Gaza border massacre is Australia’s shame

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 15 May 2018

Commenting on the violent killing of unarmed protestors at the Gaza border, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said the Australian government’s silence over the Israeli state sanctioned atrocities committed at the Gaza border fence was deeply insulting, firmly places Australia on the wrong side of history and will damage our international standing.

“Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s decision to not condemn Israel’s crimes reveals the depth of the Turnbull government’s unquestioning allegiance to a murderous regime,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“On this the anniversary of the 70th year of commemorating the great catastrophe, Nakba, I wish to extend my sympathy to families and friends of those killed. 

“Yesterday’s massacre at the Gaza border is yet another tragedy that Palestinians have had to bear, and for that I am sorry.  

“Palestinians living under the brutality of occupation have every right to protest and demand their internationally recognised human rights – including the right of return.

“For 70 years Palestinians have endured dispossession, oppression, bombings and killings. Millions live in forced exile. 

“Israel has violated the basic human rights of every Palestinian and for 70 years Australia along with the rest of the ‘democracy loving’ western world have failed to support the right of Palestinians to return to their homes and villages.

“The Greens will continue to demand that Australia end all military trade with Israel while these flagrant violations of international law continue to be the daily practice of the regime.

“The Palestinian community in Australia have a right to expect that the Turnbull government would publicly condemn such blatant atrocities. There is no justification for shooting live bullets into a mass of unarmed protestors who are demanding the right to live with justice and dignity. 

“I will continue to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian community living in NSW, throughout Australia and the world and add my voice to the growing international demand for peace with justice,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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