#933 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 27 Jul 2014.
As the conflict in Gaza intensifies, 14 peace organisations from Hiroshima has called on Israel to cease its “ongoing illegal acts, to respect basic human rights of all people including Palestinians, and to establish and implement new policies based on peace and justice.” The statement said:
the citizens of Hiroshima, the city that was completely destroyed by indiscriminate atomic bombing 69 years ago, demand that the Israeli Government immediately stops indiscriminately killing and injuring Palestinian civilians…
Imagine the pain and sorrow of Palestinian children and parents, in particular those of parents who have lost their children because of your indiscriminate and inhumane attacks. Such horrific acts upon Palestinians will only cause them to hate Israel more …
the real cause of the present tragedy is not the recent reciprocal killing of boys, but the illegal occupation and colonization of the Gaza Strip and the grave violation of Palestinian human rights by Israel over the last half-century.
God have mercy.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.