I was born without a passport I grew up and saw my country become prisons without a passport — Without a Passport by Rasheed Hussein
In Washington, D.C. in 2010, an expert at a seminar said of the 2009
FOREIGN MINISTER (AUSTRALIA): “Well the starting point is an absolute unequivocal condemnation of the firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and associated terrorist entities. Israel, like any country in a position where rockets are raining down on it, raining down on civilian areas, has a right to defend itself. “
VOICE OF REASON: But Foreign Minister, in its 2009 assault against Gaza alone, Israel killed nine hundred sixty Palestinian civilians, including two hundred eighty-eight children and a hundred and twenty-one women.
FOREIGN MINISTER (AUSTRALIA): The prospect of serious casualties, of (Israeli) soldiers being killed, wounded, kidnapped, is very real for them …
VOICE OF REASON: You forget that the total of Israelis killed by these rockets since 2004 is twenty-six. Dissecting IDF propaganda: The numbers behind the rocket attacks outlines how Israel spreads lies about the rockets. By assassinating elected leaders in Gaza, Netanyahu has sacrificed the lives of 26 Israelis to win his own election – how evil and cynical is that? See Support the People of Gaza
FOREIGN MINISTER (AUSTRALIA): I don’t think the president (Obama) can be criticised for keeping a commitment that Australia wanted him to keep and that is attending to South East Asia (despite the escalating Gaza-Israel conflict)…
VOICE OF REASON: Gaza is the largest open-air prison in the world with a population density of four thousand five hundred humans per square kilometer.
Its 1.6 million inhabitants have been subjected to a brutal blockade by Israel and its military for three years now.
One million of Gaza’s inhabitants are refugees from 1948 and 1967 (after al Nakba and the Six Day War by Israeli military).
Gaza is not an American suburb … Refugee camps, and there are eight of them in Gaza, do not usually come with lawns and spacious yards.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian Territories, ninety percent of Gaza’s drinking water is unsafe to drink, forty-four percent of Gazans are food insecure and about eighty percent are aid recipients.
This is the result of sixty four years of Israeli military occupation and continued wars and a blockade.
20 Nov 2012
Bob Carr’s comments were made on Monday 19 Nov ABC Radio National AM program.