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Background briefing on Palestine and Israel

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Recently, the 63rd anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba was marred by all-too-common IDF violence – 21 killed and more than 200 injured.

Earlier, Israeli PM Netanyahu condemned Palestinian unity between Fatah and Hamas as ‘a tremendous blow to peace and a great victory for terrorism’. Recently released ‘Palestinian Papers‘ show that the Oslo peace process was specifically designed to harm relations between the groups.

Previous to that, Marrickville Council in NSW, sister city to Bethlehem in the West Bank, made headlines by endorsing the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli apartheid. The Greens Mayor who led the motion to adopt the BDS was viciously smeared by politicians and media, receiving death threats and arguably costing her re-election.

Israel receives more US Aid than all other recipients combined, most of which comes as military aid in contracts for US arms manufacturers. Israel also happens to be the only other nuclear state in the region beside Pakistan. The US regularly vetoes UN resolutions condemning Israel’s violent, illegal occupation of Palestine lands.

And yet, if we are to listen to our leaders and our media, we should not worry too much about the 1400 Palestinians killed in 2008 or those killed in the IDF raid on the aid ship.

Much to discuss @ Cinema Politica Frankston @ B’artiste! Join us on the 25th of May for two films.


Written by Sean Bozkewycz

May 18, 2011 at 17:19

Posted in film, ideas, rants, watch

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