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Another plank of the extreme anti-Israel narrative collapses

(An edited version of an article, by Oved Lobel, Policy Analyst at the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) appeared in the Canberra Times, July 2, 2024. Excerpts are posted below. Follow the link for the full article.) The position of the most extreme anti-Israel activists, whether in the media, politics, international institutions or NGOs, regarding Israel’s war with Hamas has been based on two key planks: that the IDF is indiscriminately killing civilians and that Israel is deliberately starving Gaza’s population. For the first assertion, they rely on casualty statistics, including gender and age breakdowns, released by Hamas-run organs in Gaza. For the second, they depend on UN agencies for the numbers of aid trucks and projections of famine in parts of Gaza.Both planks have now collapsed. Multiple independent analyses of the Hamas-run Ministry of Health (MoH) casualty data have long since demonstrated that the casualty numbers contained statistical anomalies indicating they were clearly heavily manipulated if not outright fabricated. All concluded that both the topline number as well as gender and age breakdowns were completely unreliable. …The second plank completely collapsed in late May, when the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Famine Review Committee (FRC) – the UN’s expert committee on identifying famine – released its review of the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) analysis of the Northern Governorates of Gaza. Asserting that the analysis had made unwarranted assumptions and inexplicably excluded important sources of food aid – and that there simply wasn’t nearly enough solid data – the FRC said it didn’t find the FEWS NET analysis asserting Gaza was suffering famine “plausible”. A comprehensive FRC report published June 25 concluded that “the available evidence does not indicate that Famine is currently occurring.” …It is abundantly clear that the problem in Gaza is not primarily enough aid entering the territory, but distribution, as it is in nearly every war zone. Due to mass looting, destroyed infrastructure, bureaucratic delays, logistical shortfalls, UN agency fears of deconfliction and the fighting itself, more than 1,000 truckloads of aid already in Gaza are currently awaiting pickup. …The most radical activists have promoted the most extreme fantasy to paint Israeli behaviour as genocidal based on bad or manipulated data supplied by Hamas and the UN. This data itself now points in quite a different direction. Follow this link to read the full article: https://aijac.org.au/op-ed/another-plank-of-the-extreme-anti-israel-narrative-collapses/

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BEWARE: Nasser Mashni & Olive Kids

There have been many events promoted in Australia by Nasser Mashni, Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) president. Australians should be aware that Mashni is a person with convictions for kidnapping, violence, and threatening behaviour. Some of events seek donations for “Olive Kids”, an Australian Foundation, founded in 2007 by Mashni, with the following “Partners” (donation recipients): UNRWA employees have also participated in the Hamas Oct 7 rapes, mutilations, abductions, and murders of Israeli residents. Australians must be alerted to the fact that these purportedly “humanitarian” events are effectively supporting terrorism.

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RSL Media Release

14 Jun, 2024 MEDIA RELEASE The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) has strongly condemned the desecration of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Overnight, pro-Palestine graffiti was painted on the Australian War Memorial in the nation’s capital. RSL National President Greg Melick said the desecration of the nation’s sacred place would be deplored by all fair-minded Australians. “The vandal did not even have the courage to be identified and the painting of the slogans on the memorial is appalling,” Greg Melick said. “People are entitled to protest, but the defilement of a memorial to those who served, suffered and died in the service of the Australian nation and to protect the freedoms and way of life of all Australians is disgusting and to be deplored,” he said. “This action does absolutely nothing to advance the protesters’ cause and in fact will likely result in a major loss of support. “The brave Australians who have served and died in serving our country in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations over the past century or more had nothing to do with the current conflict in Gaza or the situation confronting Palestinians, and to use our national War Memorial as a platform to protest is contemptable. “On behalf of the RSL and all who have served and continue to serve our nation, we condemn the actions of the protester or protesters in the strongest possible terms. “These shameful people must be apprehended and face the full force of the law. “The desecration of the Australian War Memorial does nothing to enhance the cause of those suffering in the Middle East and offended not only veterans and service personnel, but all fair-minded and freedom-loving Australians,” Greg Melick said.  https://lnkd.in/gYnguUz9

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Dignitaries gather to commemorate 106th anniversary of Battle of Beersheba

Jessica Evensen, PerthNow – Western Suburbs, November 2, 2023 “If we don’t learn from our history, we’re doomed to repeat it.”The poignant words from RSL WA CEO Vince Connelly rang true as the former Federal MPand SAS soldier helped mark the 106th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba on Tuesdayat a commemoration in Cottesloe.As he explained the events of 1917, Mr Connelly reflected on the current conflict in Israel.“The precise region where this battle unfolded is again meshed in conflict,” he said.“The Middle East has been both a cradle of civilisation, as well as for millennia been abattleground of strategic importance. To read more, please visit Perth Now at https://www.perthnow.com.au/local-news/perthnow-western-suburbs/dignitaries-gather-to-commemorate-106th-anniversary-of-battle-of-beersheba-c-12397624

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Decoding a Terrorist’s Conscience

Decoding a Terrorist’s ConscienceIn extremist Islam, morality is dictated by law.Commentary, by Professor Matthew Ogilvie, The Epoch Times, 17/1/2024Just after the Oct. 7 attacks, world leaders called for peace and restraint. They appealed tothe better judgment and the conscience of all involved.I knew that those words would be wasted on Hamas, because their view of conscience is very different from the one most of us share….To read more, please visit the Epoch Times at this address,https://www.theepochtimes.com/opinion/decoding-a-terrorists-conscience-5567485

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Looking Behind Hamas’ Recent Motivations

This genocidal hatred of the Jews predates the creation of the State ofIsrael.Commentary, by Professor Matthew Ogilvie, The Epoch Times, 7/12/2023 In The Art of War, Sun Tzu assures his readers that, “If you know yourself but not the enemy,for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.”That saying rings true in the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.Too many responses to the conflict are rooted in the myth that Hamas’ acts of terror aremotivated by land, politics, and grievances against Israel.But that myth reflects a catastrophic ignorance of the violent anti-Semitism that motivatesgroups like Hamas.This genocidal hatred of the Jews predates the creation of the State of Israel. To read more, please visit the Epoch Times at this addresshttps://www.theepochtimes.com/opinion/looking-behind-hamas-recent-motivations-5542818

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Dignitaries gather to commemorate 106th anniversary of Battle of Beersheba

Dignitaries gather to commemorate 106th anniversary of Battleof BeershebaJessica Evensen, PerthNow – Western Suburbs, November 2, 2023 “If we don’t learn from our history, we’re doomed to repeat it.”The poignant words from RSL WA CEO Vince Connelly rang true as the former Federal MPand SAS soldier helped mark the 106th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba on Tuesdayat a commemoration in Cottesloe.As he explained the events of 1917, Mr Connelly reflected on the current conflict in Israel.“The precise region where this battle unfolded is again meshed in conflict,” he said.“The Middle East has been both a cradle of civilisation, as well as for millennia been abattleground of strategic importance. To read more, please visit Perth Now at https://www.perthnow.com.au/local-news/perthnow-western-suburbs/dignitaries-gather-to-commemorate-106th-anniversary-of-battle-of-beersheba-c-12397624

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