Lavinia Moore (SA) writes to the Embassy of Israel re attack on Gaza flotilla 4Jun10 June 4, 2010

It appears to be easy to dismiss comments criticising the latest Israeli attack on Palestinians and those who try to assist them as biased against Israel. But to describe condemnation of Israel’s behaviour towards activists- including Australian activists-and by implication Israel’s “right” to continue its blockade on Gaza as advocating “un-needed charity for the weak” is chilling in its implications.(Letter to the editor 4/6/2010)
I recall similar comments being associated with another dark chapter in European history.
Coincidentally, sitting side by side with this letter is one (on the following page) about victims of sexual abuse by Anglican priests, and about their “pain and suffering”.
I guess some may also see any attempt to assist those victims also as “un-needed charity for the weak”.
I do not see it that way. My late mother once wrote in my childhood autograph book about “helping lame dogs over stiles”. That was her way of teaching me that assisting the vulnerable, the oppressed, the less well off – and the weak- is the right thing to do.
So therefore I think that bringing aid to the Palestinians in Gaza is the right thing to do for any one who wishes to be considered to be a compassionate human being.


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