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They are being heard

The political and media elite ignore the support for Palestinians in the wider community at their peril.

Sydney Sun Herald’s Kerry-Anne Walsh writes today:

The public loves it when MPs speak out of turn but their party often subtly punishes them.

Last week, on this page, we featured an opinion piece by federal Labor MP Julia Irwin on the fighting in Gaza.

Ms Irwin – a passionate supporter of the Palestinian cause and deeply critical of the West’s unswerving backing for Israel – didn’t pull her punches…

Ms Irwin’s article generated a greater flood of correspondence to The Sun-Herald than any issue in recent years, the overwhelming majority in support.

What emerged – strongly – in their views was a yearning for politicians to break ranks and voice opinions. Consider these:

“Julia Irwin MP is to be commended for being one of the only Australian politicians with the courage to speak out . . .”; “Ms Irwin is perspicacious and courageous. I wish the same were true for other MPs whose voices are ‘a tinkling cymbal’ (1 Corinthians 13:1)”; “Too bad most other Australian politicians have remained silent on this issue”; “Is Julia Irwin the only brave politician we have in our government?”; “Miss Irwin is to be congratulated for raising her voice. Where are all the other leaders and politicians?”

And these: “Thank you very much to Julia Irwin and your newspaper for being brave and principled enough to speak out . . .”; “I wish that we had more politicians like great Julia Irwin”; “Julia Irwin (11/1/09) should be commended for having the courage to say what so few of our politicians are afraid to say”; “What a sad reflection on our government that only one MP has the courage to speak out”; “It’s good to know that we have one federal parliamentarian who has a conscience . . .”; “Stand tall Julia, there are an increasing amount of Australians standing with you”; “Terrific, keep it up. We need intelligent debate on this issue”.

The overwhelming tone, clearly, was pro-Palestinian but there was an underlying sentiment which I believe would have applied equally if Ms Irwin or any other backbencher was arguing fervently against the official party line, in defence of a cherished belief.

The Palestinian struggle is being heard and supported by increasingly loud voices.

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  • Ekk

    But the MSM really does make sure that we're not hearing the real stories. (The smh is/remains a bit of an exception?). There are a thousand – 10 thousand, if you include those who were wounded & forever maimed, a million more if you include all the Palestinians in Gaza who will be shell-shocked for the remainder of their life – who have a story to tell. And if these stories were indeed told/written heard/seen, then such atrocious attacks on basically defenseless people would not actually be possible any more.
    Even the alternative media (see story from DemocracyNow below) is [has to be] careful to pick/select incidents which cannot easily be refuted e.g., the grieving father is an Arab academic who works for NASA in the USA.
    As well, you had to be a doctor working for/in an Israeli hospital, before his cries for the loss of his three well-loved daughters could be heard beyond the otherwise overwhelming bullshit-blizzard of the MainStremMedia of the US/uk/Israeli imperial interests in the/their military industrial complex.

    I finally broke down with this report
    Posted by Iota Email on January 17, 2009, 9:22 am

    This finally did it

    "And yesterday, my daughter called me, and she was crying because we lost our telescope. The building that killed my son, I used to take my children on the roof and show them Venus and Jupiter and the sky, because typically, if you ask any Palestinian children, a child, ¡°If you look at the sky, what you see?¡± he will say, ¡°I will see Apache and F-16 jet fighters.¡± So I wanted just to show them that there is something beautiful behind these stereotypes. I wanted to help not only my children, but the Palestinian children. And I did lots of public lectures on astronomy just to create a sort of hope and expanding the imagination of our children that there is something beautiful than this cocoon, what¡¯s called Gaza, which had been closed for two years. And after two years, it had been bombed in this crazy war that is unjustified and a very excessive use of force.

    My house is not a military base. Ibrahim is eleven years old. He doesn¡¯t need F-16 jet fighters to kill him. My house roof was there for me and my children to use my telescope, not anti-aircraft missiles or rockets.

    I have no language to express what I feel about this. Now, all our houses are destroyed. My family, I lost communication."