By Susan Price

Jeremy CA Smith, Associate Professor in Sociology, Federation University Australia: I stand with others in opposition to moves to prevent Leila Khaled from addressing people in Australia about Israel’s long criminal war on Palestine and the Palestinians. 

Selectively targeting this brave heroine of Palestinian resistance to occupation, while admitting former IDF General Doron Almog (accused of war crimes) is another sign of the Labor government’s one-sided approach to the conflict claims of danger to inciting terrorism have been proved baseless and act as a cover for attacking freedom of speech at a time when sober debate on Israel’s invasion of Gaza is sorely needed. 

It is vital that people in this country have an opportunity to hear her voice and the Palestinian side of the carnage Israel is inflicting on Gaza now.

Jeremy Smith