at Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce organised luncheon
Break ties with Israel!
Thursday, June 11, 11.30am
Westin Sydney, Grand Ballroom, 1 Martin Place, Sydney
Called by Gaza Defence Committee
The Gaza Defence Committee condemns in the strongest possible terms the planned visit of a "high level" delegation to Israel organized by the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange and led by the deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as reported in the May 26 Sydney Morning Herald.
At a time when Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people have never been more blatant, we believe that it is nothing less than grotesque for the Rudd Government to be "part of an effort to strengthen political, business and cultural ties" with Israel.
Such a move, following Federal Parliament's celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary last year, the government's failure to condemn Israel's recent massacres in Gaza, and its decision to boycott the United Nation's World Racism Conference (Durban II), only emboldens Israel to continue its ongoing campaign of dispossessing and caging the Palestinian people.
GDC calls on the Rudd Government to instead cut its ties with Israel in conformity to the Palestinian United Call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions against Israel (2005).
Join us on June 11 to send a message to Gillard: Boycotts and sanctions, not trade and cultural exchanges, with apartheid Israel