Workers of all Countries Unite!
Subject: Australian Trade Missions to Israel and Indonesia
To: Canberra Times
Trade Minister Andrew Robb has cancelled this month’s trade mission to Indonesia because of tensions relating to the imminent execution of Chanda and Sukumaran. Australia Indonesia Business Council president Debnath Guharoy claimed the executions were not “helpful” as far as business was concerned.
Business with Israel, however, is not affected by its blitzkriegs against Gaza using the most modern US-supplied weapons against a trapped 1.8 million population which Israel calls “mowing the lawn”! Since 1989 the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce has organised trade missions led by MPs like Neville Wran, Warren Truss, Richard Alston, Helen Coonan, Bob Carr and Bill Shorten.
The mission in May 2015 will be led by CSIRO chair Simon McKeon, ex-director, World Vision Australia and ex-chairman Global Poverty Australia. World Vision International describes the current situation in Gaza: More than 2,000 Palestinians killed, including at least 475 children * 460,000 people (more than 25% of the population) are currently seeking shelter, the majority of whom are hosted in UNRWA Schools designated as emergency shelters * 16,700 homes have been damaged or destroyed, leaving more than 100,000 homeless and * More than 373,000 children require direct and specialised psychosocial care (http://www.wvi.org/jerusalem).
Simon states that part of his motivation in going to Israel is because of its “strong focus on philanthropy, we will also seek to understand what Israel does in its social ventures and corporate social responsibility sectors”.
We sincerely hope that, unlike our MPs, he will stand up unreservedly for universal human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Gareth W R Smith
Palestine Liberation Centre
“Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire
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