Stewart Mills (NSW) responds to Murphy’s “Treading the Halls of Power” SMH, 9Jan10 January 10, 2011

The Sydney Morning Herald: “Treading the Halls of Power” by Damien Murphy, 8 January 2011

Who would have thought Ambassador Rotem to be a saint (“Treading the Halls of Power”, January 8).  Our very own Mary McKillop yes, but Yuval Rotem?  “[R]eaching out to poor communities in East Los Angeles…and…Aboriginal communities”. What a heart-warming story. I wouldn’t have imagined the parents of Palestinians or international peace activists who had been killed by Israeli troops would have minded such a cotton-glove interview.  On New Years Day while Sydney was recovering from a good night out, Jawaher Abu Rahma, a 20 years of age peace activist, was fighting for her life after ingesting lethal quantities of tear gas, courtesy of Israeli forces and American military dollars.  The 43 year occupation hurts both Israelis and Palestinians.  It is not just the  “faceless…enemy…hiding in a cave” that we should be worried about we should also fear ‘wannabe’ politicians who continue to defend the occupation and control of 4 million Palestinians.
Stewart Mills

Israel investigates tear gas death of Palestinian protester
Jawaher Abu Rahmeh inhaled tear gas fired by soldiers at weekly protest in Bilin against Israel’s West Bank barrier

Police clash with leftists at Tel Aviv rally over Palestinian protester’s death. Hundreds of activists protest in front of Defense Ministry after Palestinian woman dies as a result of tear gas shot by IDF; Police reportedly slap former Meretz MK.’in-commemorates-jawaher-abu-rahmah/

Hundreds march in Bil’in to commemorate Jawaher Abu Rahmah, the 36-year-old woman who was killed last week in an unarmed demonstration against the separation wall. The former vice president of the European Parliament, Lusia Morgantini and a current Israeli Parliament member Mohammed Barakeh (Hadash) joined the demonstration which was lead by over thirty women’s organizations from the West Bank and Israel. During the protest, demonstrators managed to tear down portions of the barrier.
“I am in shock, we are in shock,” Hamde Abu Rahmah told me as we stood outside the small cemetery in Bilin where 36-year-old Jawaher Abu Rahmah was buried on Saturday. One day earlier, on 31 December, Jawaher was killed after inhaling US-made tear-gas fired by Israeli soldiers at demonstrators in the occupied West Bank village. Jawaher’s brother Bassem was killed by Israeli occupation forces in a similar manner in 2009.

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