Palestine: Aiding Occupation and Oppression - Exposing Israel’s Western Sponsors

Steven Katsineris with a letter he wrote in March 2010 and which he has asked TPQ to reproduce. It advocated an intensification of the exposure of the allies of the Israeli terror state.  Steven Katsineris is an Australian free-lance writer of articles on Palestine, Cyprus and the rest of the Middle East region, political prisoners and human rights, environmental and social issues. He has been actively involved in the Palestine solidarity movement for over forty years. Steven lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia.

Like many people the world over I am deeply distressed with the continual, tragic conflict and carnage in Palestine. It is therefore disheartening to read about more Israeli settlement building, the suppression of protests, arrests, beatings, detentions, killings and curfews and total lack of progress towards a just resolution. Despite this bad news, a notable and welcome development is that even staunch allies like Australia and the USA are finally expressing mild criticism of the rogue state of Israel, in regards to the settlements, forging of passports and other matters. The recent actions by Israel and resulting bad publicity have exposed the true nature of Israeli state to many more people around the world. 
This publicity has severely embarrassed and upset the USA and Israel’s other western allies. They don’t like such damning exposure. This is because Israel could not occupy Arab land, build illegal settlements, break UN resolutions and international law, and kill and oppress the Palestinian Arab people without the consent and support of the counties like the USA and Australia. The USA in particular continues to provides the diplomatic, political, economic and massive military support to enable the Israeli war machine to operate. The USA gives Israel over $US4 billion in direct aid each year and without it Israel could not sustain the military occupation of the Palestinian territories, or continually build new Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. 

In reality the USA and its allies are the key to resolving the conflict. It is vitally important at this juncture, that the peoples, organizations and the governments of the world that seek and support justice for the Palestinians and peace in the region continue to increase the pressure on Israel’s western backers. And it is vital that activists continue to expose the role that Australia, the USA and Britain play in condoning and sustaining the colonial settler state. This exposure greatly disturbs these governments. 

And publicity of the plight of the Palestinian people and Israeli oppression hurts Israel’s image and puts enormous pressure to bear on the USA and its other supporters. To end this tragedy and to achieve a viable and just solution to the Palestinian problem lets keep up this pressure.

Yours, in solidarity

Steven Katsineris

1 comment:

  1. I wonder why the USA citizens are so pro Israel. In the 1980's Israel blocked the sale of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia. The contract was worth $40 Billion over 10 years.

    BTW missing out on this contract is a major reason why Thatcher was able to sell BaE crap to the Saudis.
    So, there you go..The Israeli Lobby even more powerful than the US defence contractor lobby.
    Now that Israel is getting the new F-35 they have not blocked the upcoming US sale of F-15's to Saudi Arabia.
    As usual the average American is clueless about this..Or how Egypt is a huge benefactor of USA aid thanks to Egypt been co-opted into supporting Israel.