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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 18 Aug 2017 05:28 PM and ends Sat 19 Aug 2017 06:29 PM
י' טבת ה' אלפים תשס"ט
Over 500 people last Sunday representing both the jewish and non jewish sections of the community attended a rally organized by Byron Hodkinson of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation in support of Israel’s right to defend herself against the ongoing rocket and terror attacks by Hamas. The rally was held outside Parliament House Melbourne.
Speakers at the rally included Michael Danby, Federal Labor MP for Melbourne Ports, Mitch Fifield, Liberal Senator for Victoria, Dr Danny Lamm, President Zionist Council of Victoria and Dr Colin Rubenstein, Executive Director Australia Israel and Jewish Affairs Council.
Speakers emphasized that Hamas cares nothing for civilian populations on either side of the border, firing missiles randomly at population centres in Israel.
Hamas has fired over 6,000 missile attacks with a reign of terror going on for over 6 years.
How much more can any nation take before it responds ?
In the 6 months of the so called ‘ceasefire’ Hamas has been continuing to smuggle rockets and arms stored in residential neighbourhoods that can reach the main population centers of Israel.
Israel by contrast has done everything in its power to avoid causing civilian casualties, by precision targeting of known Hamas hideouts, warning inoccent civilians to leave prior to an attack, continuing to provide food supplies and even taking the injured into Israeli hospitals for treatment.
We all mourn the loss of civilian lives and hope and pray for a quick resolution to this crisis. The rockets and reign of terror must stop and Hamas be prevented from re arming again, before any consideration of a ceasefire.
The rally ended with 15 seconds of silence, the amount of warning that Israeli citizens have to find shelter before a missile hits it target.
Pictured is Senator Mitch Fifield
Pictured are Michael Dandy, MP and Dr Danny Lamm addressing the audience