Undeterred for 11 straight days Israel inflicted as much damage on the Gaza Strip and its people as possible, by bombing and levelling high rise buildings, schools and hospitals in Gaza City while President Biden and Prime Minister Morrison kept on repeating “Israel’s right to defend itself.”
While both US and Australian government displayed strong support for Israeli actions, politicians both in both countries expressed support for Palestinians calling for justice.
Democratic US Representative Rashida Tlaib, the US Congress’s only Palestinian-American member, slammed President Biden for offering statements that she said did not acknowledge what Palestinians were experiencing amid the Gaza onslaught.
“To read the statements from President Biden, Secretary Blinken, General Austin and leaders of both parties, you would hardly know Palestinians existed at all. There has been no recognition of the attack on Palestinian families being ripped from their homes right now. No mention of children being detained or murdered. No recognition of a sustained campaign of harassment and terror by Israeli police against worshippers kneeling down and praying and celebrating the holiest days in one of their holiest places, no mention of Al Aqsa being surrounded by violence, tear gas, smoke, while people pray,” Rashida Tlaib said.
Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi during an address in the Australian Federal parliament on the eve of Eid said, “I will always, unapologetically and unashamedly, stand for human rights against occupation and in favour of Palestinian rights to self-determination.”
Palestinians are living under a brutal military occupation in West Bank and a crippling blockade in Gaza and that is the root cause of the cycle of violence that needs to be addressed by making Israel accountable for its human rights violations.