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The Socialist Alliance condemns the Israeli massacre in the Gaza strip, which has left at least 300 people dead and 800 more injured. We call on the Rudd government to also condemn this slaughter and to break Australian economic, diplomatic, military and cultural ties with the Israeli apartheid state.
While Israel claimed that it targeted "terrorists", the tonnes of bombs its aircraft dropped were mostly aimed at police stations in the middle of densely populated civilian areas. The attack, which was carefully planned at least several days in advance, also took place at the same time as children were going home from school, leaving many dead or injured.
The massacre comes on the back of two years of blockade imposed by Israel in an attempt to topple the democratically elected Hamas government. Many Gazans have already died due to lack of basic medical treatment, food, clean water and electricity.
The killing looks set to continue with large numbers of Israeli armoured vehicles massing on the border of Gaza. Israel has called up 6500 reservists and has announced that it will call up more over the next few days.
If the massacres are to stop international public opinion needs to let Israel know that its actions are unacceptable. In particular, Israel's traditional supporters , who have clearly sanctioned this bloody operation, must be forced to withdraw
The Australian people need to stand up for the people of Gaza by making the Rudd government end its support for Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Socialist Alliance urges its members, supporters and all supporters of the human rights of the Palestinian people to join the emergency protests that are being organised around the country against this latest crime of the Israeli state.