MP Ed Husic says Australia must speak out against what he calls the obvious “collective punishment” of Palestinians in Gaza.
The industry and science minister said he condemned Hamas and defended Israel’s right to defend itself, but believed a humanitarian catastrophe was unfolding in Gaza.
“I think it’s really important that … we help international voices speak out on behalf of Palestinians, especially innocent Palestinian families – 3,000 of whom have already lost their lives – to say that “There must be a more strategic and precise way to hold Hamas accountable, but without affecting innocent Palestinian families,” Mr Husic said.
“I am very convinced that the Palestinians are collectively punished here for the barbarity of Hamas. »
The Australian government has classified Hamas as a terrorist organization.
“There is an obligation for governments, in particular for the Israeli government, as we have said, to follow the rules of international law, and I am very conscious of the words of our Prime Minister that to protect innocent lives n “It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of weakness. a sign of strength,” Mr. Husic said.
Mr Husic made the comments amid fears of a risk to social cohesion in Australia as the conflict between Israel and Gaza continues to escalate.
Yesterday, Israel and Hamas shared responsibility for the explosion at a hospital in Gaza, which reportedly killed hundreds of people.
It sparked international outcry and calls for de-escalation of the conflict – although a UN resolution condemning violence against civilians failed after a US veto.
Mr. Husic said he knew it would disturb some people to hear this, but noted that “we don’t see any monuments lit in red, black, white and green,” even though many Palestinians have died in the conflict Israel-Gaza.
The federal government joined the opposition on Monday to pass a motion formally condemning Hamas and supporting Israel’s right to defend itself.