Protest Israel’s killing of peace activists in Australia

Posted on May 31, 2010

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As the UN Security Council meets today to address yesterday’s terrible attack by the Israeli Defence Forces on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea, which was attempting to deliver 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the illegally-blockaded Gaza Strip, CJPP asks all our supporters to urgently email or fax the following letter to the Australian Foreign Minister requesting that Australia condemn this criminal Israeli action.

Please cut and paste this letter below into an email and send it to the Minister now!

The Hon. Stephen Smith MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Tel: (02) 6277 7500, (02) 6277 7500
Fax: (02) 6273 4112

Email:
Stephen.Smith.MP@aph.gov.au

1 June 2010

Dear Minister,

I am writing to demand that the Australian Government condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the murder of 19 people yesterday by the Israeli military on the aid convoy heading to Gaza.

The Israeli attack on the aid flotilla in international waters is a breach of all international law and norms of conduct, and no civilized state would resort to such unprovoked violence knowing that the boats were carrying not just aid to people suffering from an illegal siege, but also carrying hundreds of civilians, parliamentarians, journalists, human rights lawyers, doctors and solidarity activists from over 50 countries.

Although Australia for the past three years has remained silent, and therefore complicit, in the illegal economic sanctions against the people of Gaza, sanctions which contravene international law and which cause immense human suffering to the 1.5 million men, women and children of Gaza, we expect you to have the courage to speak up today on this issue.

Moreover, if there is a vote in the United Nations to condemn this criminal act by Israel, I expect my country to join in this condemnation, not just to abstain, as we usually do.

Yours sincerely,

(name)

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