Labor calls for ceasefire

July 31, 2014 by J-Wire
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The Australian Government must use its position on the United Nations Security Council to push for an immediate ceasefire in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

Australian Labor Party leaders Bill Shorton and Tanya Plibersek are behind the move to seek the Liberal Government’s action to do whatever possible to end the hostilities between Israel and Gaza.

Their joint statement:

“With reports of more than 1300 dead, including many children, the fighting must end now.

Labor is appalled by the recent shelling of a UN school in a Gaza refugee camp, and attacks on similar facilities.

Labor deplores the abuse of civilian facilities for military purposes, including a Gaza school that was used to hide rockets.

Hamas must stop firing rockets into Israel – more than 2600 so far, and Israel must restrain its response, which has cost far too many civilian lives.

The scale of human suffering has shocked the world.

Australia needs to work urgently with the international community to bring this terrible conflict to an end.”


3 Responses to “Labor calls for ceasefire”
  1. Liat Nagar says:

    What a pathetic joint statement by Shorten and Plibersek. How is it in anyway useful, credible or realistic? Mere posturing. They might as well have kept their mouths shut.

    Unfortunately the Abbott Coalition government are a disaster for the country, governing for big business and the rich or comfortable, with no idea whatsoever of the very real plight of a multitude of Australians. So, I couldn’t entertain voting for them.

  2. This view espoused by the Shadow leadership make me so thankful that they are no longer in power. This is a hysterical myopic response to a difficult war that Israel is having to wage against Hamas. All the media and the UN and USA are showing their true colours – and they are not blue and white! The sad truth is that Hamas love death, including death of their own children and women so they can point to Israel as the heinous warmongers. They love to use their own children and women as human shields when they fire their rockets from their houses, apartments, kindergartens, mosques and hospitals. What sort of soldier deliberately puts the lives of their own countrymen at risk? who does this? – only a hate filled terrorist! NO! Israel must not stop until they have routed and destroyed all their terror tunnels. Regrettably civilians do get killed and injured, especially when put in harms way. But Israel MUST protect her own civilians and Hamas must be crushed so Gaza can be freed for the Palestinians.

  3. David Samson says:

    Go jump in the lake labour, you contribute nothing to this debate apart from anti-Israeli vitriolic diatribe.

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