A Just and Lasting Peace?

Look Israel – a state without borders!

The ALP policy on Palestine calls for a “just and lasting peace” in the Middle East.

Which “just and lasting peace” policy is former ALP shadow Foreign Minister now leader of the opposition, Kevin Rudd, reciting when he wrote in this letter dated 27 July 2006:

We need to see a ceasefire which involves Hezbollah ceasing its rocket attacks on Israel, the return of Israeli troops that have been captured by Hezbollah and Israel itself ceasing all hostilities.”

Note that Rudd does not call for an immediate ceasefire nor does he condemn anywhere the killing of 600 Lebanese and Palestinian civilians from 13 to 31 July 2006 by Israeli military and thousands more either lost or injured.

Which “just and lasting peace” is Kim Beazley referring to when he stated that:

“Australian soldiers were sent to fight in Iraq. The Howard Government’s neglect and turning of a blind eye (in the AWB scandal) meant that we funded their enemies.

What about Beazley showing concern for the Iraqi people who needed wheat to prevent starvation brought on by the ALP Government (1991-1996) sending Australian Naval ships to enforce brutal economic sanctions against Iraq. The sanctions were enforced by the ALP government since the 1991 gulf war to which the Hawke ALP government sent combat troops to support US invasion. Beazley was Defence Minister during part of that time. What future lies ahead of him?
What of the “just and lasting peace” sought by ALP Prime Minister Bob Hawke who supported Israeli occupation of Arab lands in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan before and after the ‘Yom Kippur’ war.

What ‘just and lasting peace’ did Whitlam, Hawke, and Beazley wish when they allowed US bases in Australia to be used to support US and Israeli aggression in the middle east.

In government, the ALP has allowed American personnel to feed information to the US (and therfore Israel) from Pine Gap and North-West Cape joint defence bases (See Whitlam Institute @ http://www.whitlam.org/html/2003/hancock_2003.html).

What of the “just and lasting peace” called for by the ALP opposition whip, Michael Danby, when he tried to prevent Melbourne University Press publishing the book by Antony Lowenstein “My Israel Question” which challenges Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Ever since the 1940s ALP governments blindly supported the ‘solutions’ of the US and Israel in the Middle East.

If ALP policy is for a “just and lasting peace” in the Middle East based on Israeli occupation suported by the US, then the ALP has no right to govern — especially given statements made by its foreign policy spokesperson and recently elected leader.

Ian Curr
An Angry Australian, writing after the shelling of Southern Lebanon by the Israeli military.

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