Stewart Mills (NSW) responds to Koutsoukis’ “Peace talks at risk as settlements resume” SMH, 28Sep10 September 28, 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald: “Peace talks at risk as settlements resume” by Jason Koutsoukis, 28 September 2010

The Netanyahu government of Israel continues to defy international law and international demands to end settlement expansion (“Peace talks at risk as settlements resume”, 28 September).  What are the consequences? Nothing.  For how long has this been going on?  43 years.

How will history judge people like Rudd and Gillard on this issue of settlements?  Just another line of timid politicians who preferred appeasement to confronting those who allow religious fanatics to dictate a Greater Israel expansionist policy.

How can we respond when our politicians remain silent?  Put more pressure on our politicians and support a boycott of settler products; a boycott that has the backing of the National Council of Churches in Australia and the World Council of Churches (a call made since 2001).  How will action groups that call for a boycott of settler products be judged in the future?  A positive example of how religion can be used to stand up for justice and security for all people in this Holy Land, for Jewish-Israeli, Palestinian-Israeli and Palestinians living under occupation.

The WCC and settlements
Resolution on ecumenical response to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict Adopted by the Executive Committee, Geneva, 11-14 September 2001.

The World Council of Churches, Statement on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, 2 September 2009

The National Council of Churches in Australia and boycott

Statements on American Policy toward Settlements by U.S. Government Officials – 1968-2009

Responses to ending the settlement slow-down

Israeli theater actors refuse to perform at new West Bank cultural center, 26 August 2010

U.S. ‘disappointed’ by Israeli decision to end settlement freeze, 27 September 2010

Vice PM: Settlement freeze was a mistake, 27 September 2010

Fatah official: Israeli settlements could kill two-state solution, 27 September 2010

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