The picture that shames Australia: The politicians REFUSING to condemn Hamas after


An image of four Greens MP sitting alone in parliament as they refused to back a motion supporting Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas has been called ‘disgraceful’.

Two weekends ago, Palestinian terrorists launched horrific attacks from Gaza, killing at least 1,400 people, including babies, in what has been labelled Israel’s 9/11.

Greens leader Adam Bandt was pictured alongside MPs Stephen Bates, Max Chandler-Mather and Elizabeth Watson-Brown, as every other MP in the House of Representatives voted for the motion.

Mr Bandt tried to add an amendment to accuse Israel of war crimes and declare the barrage of air strikes and imminent invasion of Gaza ‘not just a humanitarian catastrophe, but a war crime‘.

Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie and Sydney Teal MPs, Kylea Tink and Sophie Scamps supported this amendment.

An image of four Greens MP sitting alone in parliament (pictured top left) as they refused to back a motion defending Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas, has been called 'disgraceful'

An image of four Greens MP sitting alone in parliament (pictured top left) as they refused to back a motion defending Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas, has been called ‘disgraceful’

Max Chandler-Mather

Elizabeth Watson-Brown

Max Chandler-Mather and Elizabeth Watson-Brown voted against the motion

Adam Bandt

Stephen Bates

Greens leader Adam Bandt and Stephen Bates also failed to back the motion condeming Hamas

Speaking on Sky News, former Victorian Liberals president Michael Kroger called the Greens MPs ‘disgraceful’ for not backing the motion and seeking to amend it.

Sky News presenter Andrew Bolt said the Teal independents would face a backlash at the next election.

‘In those (former) blue ribbon Liberal seats I can see people being disgusted with those two and Jason Falinski and Trent Zimmerman if they front up again they will probably win those seats back,’ he said.

Mr Falinski lost to Ms Scamps in the seat of Mackellar and Mr Zimmerman lost to Ms Tink in the seat of North Sydney in the May 2022 federal election.  

Mr Bandt told parliament the Greens joined ‘everyone in this parliament in mourning the 1,300 Israelis who have lost their lives’, but he wanted to highlight that ‘there are also between 2,300 and 2,600 Palestinians who have lost their lives, many of whom are children’.

‘And we mourn them as well,’ he said.

‘This is now moving beyond self-defence into an invasion, and it is up to Australia as a peace-loving country to join the push to stop it.’

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president David Ossip said Jews were shocked by the actions of the Teal independents.

‘Whilst the Jewish community expects such behaviour from the Greens … Ms Scamps and Ms Tink have turned their back on the Jewish communities in their electorates at their time of need,’ Mr Ossip told The Australian.

Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie and Sydney Teal MPs, Kylea Tink and Sophie Scamps supported a Greens amendment. Ms Tink (left) and Ms Scamps (right) are pictured

Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie and Sydney Teal MPs, Kylea Tink and Sophie Scamps supported a Greens amendment. Ms Tink (left) and Ms Scamps (right) are pictured

A Palestinian man walks amid the rubble of buildings destroyed during Israeli air strikes near his home in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern of Gaza Strip

A Palestinian man walks amid the rubble of buildings destroyed during Israeli air strikes near his home in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern of Gaza Strip

A rescuer salvages a gas canister from the rubble of a building after it was hit by an Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 15, 2023

A rescuer salvages a gas canister from the rubble of a building after it was hit by an Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 15, 2023

Children crying because of Israeli raids on October 15, 2023 in Khan Yunis, Gaza.

Children crying because of Israeli raids on October 15, 2023 in Khan Yunis, Gaza.

He added that by voting with the Greens, the two Teal MPs had aligned themselves with the most extreme MPs in the federal parliament.

Alex Ryvchin of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry said the Greens were ‘so hardwired in their loathing of Israel and distrust of the Australian Jewish community that they could not even extend symbolic solidarity with our community’. 

Mr Ryvchin also said the Teal MPs who backed the Greens amendment were undermining Israel’s efforts to save the 165 hostages taken by Hamas. 

Defence Minister Richard Marles said what the Greens did was ‘despicable’, and that they ‘really couldn’t miss this moment more’.

Opposition leader Peter Dutton attacked those he called ‘apologists’ for Hamas who did not condemn anti-Semitic slurs shouted by protesters at pro-Palestinian rallies last week. 

‘Their silence is, frankly, contemptible,’ he said. 

The Israeli military has been pounding the Gaza Strip with unprecedented firepower ever since Palestinian militant group Hamas, which rules the enclave, launched the biggest attack on Israel since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Authorities in Gaza said at least 2,750 people had so far been killed by the Israeli strikes, a quarter of them children, and nearly 10,000 wounded. Another 1,000 people were missing and believed to be under rubble.

A wounded donkey sits near houses and buildings destroyed in Israeli strikes, in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip on October 11

A wounded donkey sits near houses and buildings destroyed in Israeli strikes, in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip on October 11 

A medic runs as he carries an injured Palestinian child to ambulance

A medic runs as he carries an injured Palestinian child to ambulance

alestinians inspect their destroyed car after an Israeli airstrike in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern of Gaza Strip on Monday

alestinians inspect their destroyed car after an Israeli airstrike in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern of Gaza Strip on Monday

More than a million people have fled their homes ahead of an expected Israeli ground invasion aimed at destroying Hamas after its fighters rampaged through southern Israel. 

Hospitals in Gaza now warn they are on the verge of collapse, with emergency generators that power machines like ventilators and incubators down to about one day of fuel and supplies of medicine almost exhausted.

The WHO said hospitals are ‘overflowing’ as people seek safety.

‘We are concerned about disease outbreaks due to mass displacement and poor water and sanitation,’ it said. 

Four hospitals in northern Gaza are no longer functioning and 21 have received Israeli orders to evacuate. Doctors have refused, saying it would mean death for critically ill patients and newborns on ventilators.

The WHO said water shortages caused by Israel’s decision to cut off water supplies, combined with a lack of fuel for pumps and desalination stations, put thousands of hospital patients at risk.

‘Water is needed to ensure sanitary conditions on inpatient wards, in operation rooms, and emergency departments. It is essential for the prevention of hospital associated infections and for the prevention of outbreaks in hospitals,’ the WHO said.

Hamas meanwhile has urged people to stay in their homes, and the Israeli military on Sunday released photos it said showed a Hamas roadblock preventing traffic from moving south.

Defence Minister Richard Marles (pictured) said what the Greens did was 'despicable', and that they 'really couldn't miss this moment more'

Defence Minister Richard Marles (pictured) said what the Greens did was ‘despicable’, and that they ‘really couldn’t miss this moment more’



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