Masses of Sydney’s pro-Palestinians gathered again in Hyde Park to call for an end to the genocide that’s taking place in the Gaza Strip, as apartheid Israel’s far-right Netanyahu government continues to perpetrate the carnage, with around 18,000 Palestinians killed, 7,000 of whom were just kids.
Despite Australian PM Anthony Albanese having called for a ceasefire this week, those in the crowd weren’t too impressed with the form of federal Labor, as they labelled the move “too little too late” with the head of the nation only calling for an end to the killings 67 days into the bloodbath.
The issue raised with the 13 December ceasefire statement, the PM and his counterparts in Canada and New Zealand released, is that it talks about moving towards a ceasefire, similar to the early call made in November by foreign minister Penny Wong, which involved “steps towards” a ceasefire.
The assessment of the crowd regarding Albanese’s ceasefire stance was that after he’d given unbridled support to Netanyahu, to the point of framing genocide as self-defence, this call for a ceasefire seems insincere and carries caveats that such a humanitarian plea should not entail.
Sydney Criminal Lawyers captured some of that on-the-ground sentiment as it was artistically displayed across a plethora of placards at the 17th of December Free Palestine action.