Disaster at Gaza or Israel suppresses Qassem rocket attacks, 23 vs 280

From Haaretz 28 Dec 2008

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard also blamed Hamas for the breakdown in calm, saying: “Clearly, we are calling on Hamas and other militants to cease shelling southern Israel. Obviously they have broken the cease-fire and engaged in an act of aggression against Israel. Israel has responded. We are echoing the calls from around the world for parties to move back to a ceasefire.”

From the Sydney Morning Herald 28 Dec 2008

While the death toll was unfortunate, Israel were simply defending themselves, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies said.

“The loss of life in Gaza is deeply regrettable,” chief executive Vic Alhadeff said in a statement.

“It has arisen as a direct result of the fact that Iran-backed terrorists have fired 6,300 rockets and mortars into Israel from Gaza in the last three years and that Hamas has decided not to renew the ceasefire.

“Israel’s attack on Hamas … is therefore a basic right of self-defence to protect its civilians from relentless attack.”

Various Israeli Politicians have been threatening to do punish Gaza for Qassam missile attacks. The F16 bombing runs start. The usual predictable sound bites start up. Normally this strategy works. Hamas will be disrupted for about two years. The news cycle moves on. On Madge and Guy show, on Brangelina.

However this time it feels different. Thanks to the current Global financial crisis, Georgia, Iraq and Afghanistan, the moral high ground the West normally occupies has disappeared. 

Deaths from Qassam and Mortar attacks since June 2004
The Israel Project


Deaths from Sundays IAF attacks,  Haaretz 28 Dec 2008, IDF to mobilize 6,500 reservists for Gaza operation

Luckily for the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the member for Watson, Minister Tony Burke, the Australian Muslim community has not yet got their act together. Watson is supposed to be a safe seat but then so was Bennelong. Having said that, I would not like to be a worker in Tony Burke’s electorate office Monday 29 Dec 2008.

For non-Australians, Australia’s biggest mosque at Lakemba  is located in the electorate of Watson which is in south-west Sydney. Watson is home to a substantial community of Muslims. I should point out that Australia’s Islamic community is as fragmented as its Christian community.


One Response

  1. Is Israel a bully or a victim?? The world seems divided:


    Make your voice heard!!

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