“Australia is letting down the only democratic state in the Middle East, Israel, and letting down its no 1 ally in the world, the US, in a distressing loss of moral compass and strategic naivete,” said founders of the Indigenous Friends of Israel, Norman and Barbara Miller.

“Israeli civilians including babies and Holocaust survivors were tortured, mutilated, raped, and slaughtered in a horrific attack by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Gazan civilians on October 7. Australia should be standing with its supposed ally Israel who is fighting a war of self-defence against a designated terrorist group. Hamas is still holding about 129 Israeli hostages, some of whom have been raped and/or killed, in captivity. Hamas has threatened to repeat October 7 again and again.

There can be no ceasefire until Hamas returns the Israeli hostages and Hamas is disarmed, dismantled, surrenders, and gives up its ring leaders who have committed these war crimes.

Australia let down the US by not sending a warship to be part of an international delegation in the Red Sea to prevent Iran-backed Houthi rebels from attacking shipping there. This is despite it affecting our economy and we will expect the US to help us on request with AUKUS etc.

Israel is now fighting a war on 7 fronts – Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza and the West Bank, Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon, Iran-backed militia groups in Syria and Iraq, the Houthi rebels in Yemen and the mastermind and financier Iran. So where are Israel’s allies besides the US?

It seems many in Australia side with the terrorists and/or deny or belittle the war crimes against Israel that have occurred. We are bombarded with images on our TV and social media of the tragic situation of the Palestinians and our heart goes out to them but Hamas is to blame for this by starting the war, using civilians as human shields, embedding their military infrastructure in hospitals, schools, and UN facilities etc. Israel tries hard to avoid civilian deaths even putting their soldiers in danger by doing so.

Federal and state governments in Australia are allowing increasing lawlessness, antisemitism, and aggression towards our Jewish citizens that should not be tolerated. A 738 percent increase in antisemitic incidents has been reported by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry in October and November compared with the previous year. These 662 cases included death and bomb threats and assaults.

Comments by ASIO that allowing demonstrators to call for genocide is letting off steam is despicable. Slogans “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ is a call for the genocide of Israeli Jews, and ‘gas the Jews” is a reference to Nazi death camps. This Chamberlain-like appeasement is only feeding greater radicalization.

Indigenous Friends of Israel calls on the federal and state governments to overhaul the laws that allow this and allow Islamic hate preachers to incite hatred and violence towards Jews with impunity. Abu Ousayd (Brother Ismali) in a recent sermon at Bankstown’s Al Madina Dawah Centre Sydney said Israelis and Jews are the ‘descendants of pigs and monkeys’. He also accused them of ‘stealing the organs of your brothers and sisters’. This is not only false but is outrageous slander designed to demonise Jews and provoke anger and retaliation towards them. 


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