Middle East

cartoon by Carlos Latuff

The June 8 Israeli raid on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza was celebrated for rescuing four hostages, but resulted in 1000 dead and wounded — the worst massacre since Israel’s war against the Palestinians in Gaza began on October 7, reports Barry Sheppard.

The University of Newcastle student encampment in solidarity with Gaza is calling for allies to show their support. Niko Leka reports.

Antisemitism is weaponised when Palestinians, the indigenous victims of Zionism, are vilified as terrorists, Muslim extremists and antisemite, a forum was told. Sarah Hathway reports.

Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton believes that state and federal Labor government attacks on pro-Palestine protesters is a “sure sign” they have lost hearts and minds over Israel’s war on Gaza. Darren Saffin reports.

Labor denies sending weapons to Israel. By focusing on the word “weapons”, it ignores exports of “ammunition/munitions” and “parts and components” which are covered by a 2014 arms treaty Australia has ratified. Michelle Fahy reports.

Comedian Akmal Saleh spoke at the Magan-djin/Brisbane rally in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Video by Alex Bainbridge.

Sydney protest for Palestine

Protests for Palestine coincided with the beginning of Eid al-Adha on the weekend of June 15–16, reports Isaac Nellist.

Students, staff and Palestine supporters rallied outside the Australian National University’s chancellery to protest management’s expulsion of a student for supporting Palestine. Paul Oboohov reports.

Labor pretends to support a ceasefire on Gaza, but as Sue Bull argues, it has refused to take concrete steps to sanction Israel. It is therefore helping give Israel the political cover it needs to continue its now nearly nine-month genocide.

Paul Gregoire spoke to Cathy Peters, a former Greens councillor in Marrickville, who successfully moved a boycott, divestment and sanctions motion and who co-founded BDS Australia about prospects for the campaign against apartheid Israel.

Thousands rally in Gadigal Country/Sydney, June 9

Palestine solidarity actions over June 8-9 entered their ninth month, as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Opposition leader Peter Dutton launched their attack on those calling for an end to the genocide. Alex Bainbridge reports.

Labor Senator Fatima Payman spoke out against genocide at the Friends of Palestine WA rally in Boorloo/Perth. Video by Wade McDonald.