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Uploaded on Dec 6, 2009
JUSTICE FOR PALESTINE: PROTEST ISRAEL'S VICE PRIME MINISTER END THE SIEGE OF GAZA CUT TIES WITH APARTHEID ISRAEL
Israel's Vice Prime Minister, Slivan Shalom, also Minister for Regional Development in the Negev and the Gailliee, is coming to Melbourne as part of an 'Israeli- Australian Cultural Exchange' Gala Dinner.
As a senior minister in the Israeli government, and a member of the right wing Likud party, Shalom has overseen the continued expansion of illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. He has also been one of the most consistent defenders of Israel's brutal policy in Gaza, which prevents Palestinian access to basic food, goods and services. When talking about the Israeli assault on Gaza in early 2009, which saw the deaths of around 1500 Palestinians, Shalom is quoted as praising the Israel army as one of the most "moral armies" in the world.
This defender of war crimes is being welcomed into our country by Julia Gillard. An act which highlights the complicity of the Australian government in Israel's brutality towards the Palestinians.