Previously the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) was silent on the Palestinian hunger strike and the protests against administrative detention in Israel.
End Administrative detention Vigil
114 Grey St South Brisbane,
5 pm Wed
Earlier that year, Ridha’s son was taken from his home and his mother, Weam. Their flat was trashed for a second time by Israeli soldiers.
Weam’s brother has lived here in Australia for over 40 years and is an Australian citizen. The Australian government has not helped Ridha yet they have intervened in Syria to protect prisoners there. Weam is not an activist, her son is a child who goes to school, why does Israel persecute this family?
Back in May 2012, Justice for Palestine took up a petition that read in part:
We note the treatment of Weam and Ridha and their family by Israeli soldiers on 20 May 2012 — Israeli soldiers broke into Weam’s 2 bedroom unit in the night-time terrorising her five children, smashing her furniture and taking her husband, Ridha, away to an undisclosed location for an indeterminate period. We sought the immediate release of Ridha and compensation for Weam. See Petition to Free Ridha
Regardless Ridha remained in detention with many other Palestinians. The Australian government did not do enough, words were not followed up by action from Foreign Minister, Bob Carr. The Israeli ambassador should have been sent home until Palestinian prisoners like Ridha were released…
In a democratic society people should not be detained without trial.
I am an Arab
And I work with comrades in a stone quarry
And my children are eight in number.
For them I hack out
a loaf of bread
a school exercise-book
from the rocks
rather than begging for alms
at your door
rather than making myself small
at your doorsteps.
Does this bother you?