Law firm threatens action over PM’s Gaza remarks, Wong urges pause, Israeli envoy’s plea

Law firm threatens action over PM’s Gaza remarks, Wong urges pause, Israeli envoy’s plea

Lawyers acting on behalf of Palestinian Australians argue government has provided “encouragement and moral support” for alleged crimes by Israel; Penny Wong restates call for humanitarian pause.

Sydney-based law firm Birchgrove Legal has sent a letter of demand to Anthony Albanese, saying his government “appears to have contravened domestic and international law” over its position on Israel and has issued seven demands to prevent the continuation of legal action.

The firm said it was also considering whether ministers had breached Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act by “failing to uphold the human rights” of Australians who remain trapped in Gaza, as well as by “inducing, encouraging and authorising an environment of vilification, hate crimes and hate incidents” against Palestinian and Arab-Australians.

Australian foreign minister calls for ‘humanitarian pauses on hostilities’ as Israeli ambassador Amir Maimon, in Press Club address, urges world not to ‘look away’ from Hamas’s actions.

A Melbourne wine bar and community radio station has come under fire for holding a pro-Palestine event at which a banner was made that called for the abolishment of the state of Israel and described Israelis as “colonising dumb white dogs”.

The Islamophobia Register says it has experienced an unprecedented tenfold increase in reported incidents in the fortnight following the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.

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Law firm threatens legal action against prime minister, senior ministers, over Gaza remarks (ABC)
Lawyers acting on behalf of Palestinian Australians are threatening legal action against the prime minister and other senior members of the federal government, arguing they have provided “encouragement and moral support” for alleged crimes by Israel.

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Israel ambassador claims his country is the victim as Penny Wong warns of ‘desperate need’ in Gaza (Guardian)
Australian foreign minister calls for ‘humanitarian pauses on hostilities’ as Amir Maimon urges world not to ‘look away’ from Hamas’s actions

Melbourne wine bar Hope St Radio under fire over anti-Israel banner (SMH)
A Melbourne wine bar and community radio station has come under fire for holding a pro-Palestine event at which a banner was made that called for the abolishment of the state of Israel and described Israelis as “colonising dumb white dogs”.

LISTEN: Tenfold increase in Islamophobia reports since Hamas attack (ABC)
The conflict in the Middle East is having very real consequences for communities back home, with Jewish and Muslim Australians reporting a rise in threats and intimidation, in the past few weeks.

The Islamophobia Register says it’s experienced an unprecedented tenfold increase in reported incidents in the fortnight following the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.

VIDEO: NSW Premier apologises to Jewish community over protests at Opera House (ABC)
NSW Premier apologises to the Jewish community over protests to Opera House lighting.

Photo: Penny Wong, Richard Marles and Anthony Albanese (Richard Kennedy/ABC)