Australian NGO APHEDA is the aid arm of the country’s largest union, the ACTU. It has a history of speaking strongly against Israeli aggression and this will only continue in the coming months.
So when the APHEDA head recently called for the Israeli siege on Gaza to be lifted, it was almost inevitable that a Zionist-friendly politician would be outraged. What’s so shameless about Labor’s David Feeney’s response is how many of the Israeli government talking points he quotes without question.
It’s like a mantra without reason or facts. Israel is always right and the siege is necessary (though, er, Israel has just heavily reduced the blockade, rather ruining one of his talking points).
Perhaps one day we’ll have independent thinking from our politicians on the Middle East but it may take a while.