Dr Vacy Vlazna (NSW) writes to Treasurer Wayne Swan MP re end of tax breaks for Christian groups funding illegal Israeli colonies 16Jan11 January 16, 2011

Wayne Swan MP

Dear Mr Swan,

Re: Catch the Fire Ministries (CFM) blame Rudd’s criticism of Israel for Queensland floods

After reading the absurd rubbish  promulgated by Pastor Daniel Nalliah, Catch the Fire Ministries (CFM), and the resulting trail of equally ridiculous  comments,  I suggest it is time  for the Australian government to seriously review tax breaks to fundamentalist religious institutions, which apart from being business enterprises, these evangelical sects have  dangerous political influences that, as in the case of CF M, lack intelligence and morality.

On the matter of Palestine, Christian Zionist zeal for supporting Israel contributes to the undermining of peace between Palestine and Israel. American fundamentalist congregations adopt illegal Israeli colonies sending funds to bolster the defense of these armed colonies in effect funding the terrorist activities of racist Israeli colonists.

Australia must investigate which Australian religious institutions,  eg CFM,  send contributions to illegal Israeli colonies and deprive the offending institutions of tax  exemptions and benefits.

The ongoing settlement construction by Israel is criticized as an obstacle to the peace process by the United Nations and third parties including the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United States.
The consensus view of the international community is that the existence of Israeli colonies in the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights is in violation of international law. The Fourth Geneva Convention includes statements such as “the Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies”.

At present, the predominant view of the international community, as reflected in numerous UN resolutions, regards the building and existence of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights as a violation of international law.  UN Security Council Resolution 446 refers to the Fourth Geneva Convention as the applicable international legal instrument, and calls upon Israel to desist from transferring its own population into the territories or changing their demographic makeup. The reconvened Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions has declared the settlements illegal as has the primary judicial organ of the UN, the International Court of Justice.

A reminder to your  government- Palestinian  human rights and political rights to independence are protected under international laws that Australia is obligated to uphold.

I would like to be updated on what  the government is  doing to address this  serious legal/financial matter.

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