There is a letter to the editor in today’s edition of The Australian Financial Review from Moammar Mashni of the Melbourne based Australians for Palestine advocacy group, in response to a letter by Yosi Tal (“Protection not on list for support”, Letters, 6 May).
Unfortunately in the course of editing the letter for publication on a rather space-limited letters page, a couple of very significant points were omitted, but Moammar has provided me with a copy of his letter as submitted, which appears below:
The tenets of the BDS (Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions) are simple:
1. Recognise the inalienable rights of the Palestinian refugees;
2. End the illegal military occupation;
3. End the systematic discrimination of Palestinian citizens within Israel.
Mr Tal (letters, 06/05) deliberately misrepresents the facts and would have us believe that Israel bears no responsibility whatsoever.
Israel’s own intelligence services, Shin Bet, stated that it was better intelligence gathering and cooperation with the PA security forces that stopped suicide bombers, not the apartheid wall.
When Israel strengthened the Islamists that went on to form Hamas in the 1980’s in an attempt to topple then Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, I do not recall Tal and his ilk making scurrilous remarks about Gaza.
The Right of Return is enshrined in international law. Those who deny this fundamental human right, deny the very freedoms that embolden civilised society.
Australians for Palestine