THE SYRIAN CONFLICT: AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT ADVICE
Provided by the Australian Federal Police Community Liaison Team
Wednesday 29 August 2012
Australians should not travel to Syria or border regions in neighbouring countries - the situation is extremely dangerous and the government's ability to provide consular assistance is severely limited.
· Those Australians who are still in Syria should depart as quickly as possible.
The government has introduced sanctions in an effort to limit the conflict in Syria. It is illegal under Australian law to:
· Engage in fighting for either side
· Fund, train or recruit someone to fight, or
· Supply or fund weapons for either side in Syria.
· Similar sanctions apply to supporting conflict in Lebanon and Iraq.
The best way to help the people of Syria is through humanitarian assistance provided by UN agencies and non-government organisations that do not support either party to the conflict. It is the responsibility of each individual to deal with legitimate organisations when providing humanitarian assistance.
The actions of the Assad regime do not make it acceptable for Australian citizens to return to fight the Assad Government
· Australian Government sanctions against Syria prohibit travel by Australian citizens to Syria to fight; fund, train or recruit someone to do so; and supply or fund weapons for either side in Syria.
A key priority for the Government is to minimise the loss of Australian lives in conflicts overseas.
· Travel advisories issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provide up to date information on the safety and security situation overseas.
Australians are urged to be aware of the dangers and not to travel to conflict zones in Syria and Lebanon.
Australian Sanctions against Syria and Lebanon:
Australia has imposed an arms embargo on Syria
· This means it is illegal for any person in Australia - or any Australian citizen (including dual citizen), anywhere in the world - to provide any kind of support to any armed group in Syria - government or opposition; Syrian or foreign.
· This includes providing weapons or other equipment for use by armed groups in Syria (even if those weapons or that equipment is sent to another country first).
· It includes raising funds to support armed groups active in Syria, such as through the purchase of weapons or equipment or payments to combatants (even if those armed groups are based in another country)
· and it includes offering one's own services to fight, or train others to fight, in Syria.
The United Nations also retains arms embargoes in relation to Lebanon and Iraq - countries neighbouring Syria
· this means it is illegal for any person in Australia - or any Australian citizen (including dual citizen), anywhere in the world - to provide any kind of support to any armed group in Lebanon and Iraq as well
· even if that support is intended for use in Syria, or another country.
Australian law imposes serious criminal penalties for a breach of these arms embargoes, including up to ten years' imprisonment, or very heavy fines.
What Can You Do?
Use constructive methods to voice your concerns, including through our democratic processes
· participate and engage in peaceful legal protest activities, or
· write to a Senator or Representative of Federal Parliament.
If you want to donate funds to support civilians in Syria, be aware of the scope of Australian Government sanctions against the Syrian regime and choose United Nations agencies and non-government organisations that do not support either side in the conflict.
Information provided by the United Nations on the situation in Syria and humanitarian response efforts can be found at http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocusR...y=Syria&Body1=
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29-Aug-2012 06:03 PM
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29-Aug-2012 06:25 PM
But Australian Jews are allowed to join the Israeli terror army and kill Palestinians!
No sanctions against Jews!Singapore: oppresses Muslims, bans athaan, bans hijab in schools, prevents building of madrassahs or muslim schools, puts limit on the percentage of Muslims allowed in each apartment building, and bans Muslims from joining Singapore's elite military forces. Singapore; Israel's best buddy!
30-Aug-2012 06:58 PM
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In the Name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful
Australian Government stance supports Assad repression
The Australian Federal Police, through its Community Liaison Team, today released a statement outlining the Australian Government stance on the situation in Syria. Entitled ‘The Syrian Conflict: Australian Government Advice’, the statement declared that, “Australian Government sanctions against Syria prohibit travel by Australian citizens to Syria to fight; fund, train or recruit someone to do so; and supply or fund weapons for either side in Syria.” It also claimed that, “The actions of the Assad regime do not make it acceptable for Australian citizens to return to fight the Assad Government.”
In response to this position taken by the Australian Government, Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia emphasises the following points:
1. Placing an embargo on both sides equates to supporting the Syrian Regime’s repression. Assad has an equipped army and has, and continues to receive, all the weapons he needs to continue massacring innocent men, women and children, whilst those resisting this barbarous repression are ill-equipped and with little means. In such a case propagating for a neutral position to ‘limit conflict’ is a farcical excuse that merely facilitates the path for the oppressor.
2. Western governments and other regional and international bodies have sat back and watched as the innocent people of Syria were, and continue to be, slaughtered in the most horrific of ways. Now the Australian Government would like Muslims to join them on the sidelines watching from a safe distance as the Muslims of Syria are indiscriminately killed. Such ‘advice’ the Government can keep for itself and those who follow its selfish and immoral ways. It should also know that it has no place interfering in the affairs of Syria.
3. This stance reveals the blatant hypocrisy of the Australian policymakers. They can send troops and tanks and missiles to invade other lands and create havoc on a mass scale, but people cannot support those clearly being oppressed by a tyrannical regime. The double standard with Muslims is also evident. When an Australian citizen was killed fighting for Israel in South Lebanon in 2006 the then Foreign Minister publicly lamented his death. Now, when a Muslim is killed supporting the oppressed people of Syria, the Government’s response is to lecture Muslims about the virtues of neutrality!
4. Muslims in Australia, as elsewhere, have taken a strong principled position against tyranny and in support of the oppressed, emanating from the transcendent values of Islam. This is not going to change because of a woeful and expedient government directive. It seems that the Australian Government was shocked by the strong outpouring of Islamic sentiment in the Muslim community in recent weeks, and seeks to stifle and misdirect such sentiment.
5. Muslims in Syria, and throughout the Muslim world, will continue in their struggle to end Western-backed tyranny and establish the light and justice of Islam. The day is not far when the nefarious hand of the West in the Muslim world will be severed, putting an end to the brutal and exploitative foreign policies of Western powers permanently.
6. It is of note that this ‘advice’ from the AFP follows a media release about its hosting Eid ul-Fitr dinners as part of its “commitment in engaging the Islamic community.” This is a classic example of the Australia Government, through the AFP, feeding the Muslim community with one hand, presenting a friendly guise, whilst slapping it with the other with the complete disregard its stance holds for the sacrifices of the oppressed Muslims of Syria and their martyrs. It is also a powerful statement about the reality of its ‘liaison’ efforts with the community.
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30 August 2012
30-Aug-2012 07:02 PM
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Sydney soldier dies for Israel
Edmund Tadros and Jonathan Pearlman
July 28, 2006
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He was due to be discharged next month from the army he had volunteered to serve.
But now Asaf Namer, 26, has been confirmed as the first Australian to die in the fighting in the Middle East.
"In my eyes, he was the perfect son," said his father, Tzahi Namer, from Kiryat Ata.
Mr Namer said he had premonitions of his son's death after speaking to him on Friday.
"The moment he said he was going to Lebanon I knew I would not be seeing my boy any more."
He sounded OK. He was not scared ... When we finished talking, I started to cry."
Sergeant Namer, an Australian citizen, had volunteered for the Israeli army at the start of last year, a childhood friend, Daisy Moreno, said. "I asked him why and he told me he wanted to feel what it was like," an inconsolable Ms Moreno, 26, said through tears from Israel.
"He was very enthusiastic in the beginning but a few months later he didn't like it so much. He missed his girlfriend, his family, regular family life."
She said: "He was like a brother to me, happy, beautiful."
Sergeant Namer was one of eight soldiers killed on Wednesday in a Hezbollah ambush on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese village of Bint Jbail, Israeli newspapers reported.
Mr Namer said his son had been planning to return to Australia and become a physical trainer after he finished his army service. "He didn't plan to live here his whole life. He wanted to marry his girlfriend and spend time in Australia and Israel.
"He was a fantastic boy," Mr Namer said.
"He was a boy that had no fear."
Sergeant Namer, 27, was born in Israel but came to live in Bondi with his mother when he was 12. He went to Moriah College, in Queens Park, and sat for the HSC in 1997.He returned to Israel two years ago to serve in the army and joined an elite unit. His mother, Eva, and sister, Karen, 30, left Australia yesterday. The funeral will be held when they arrive in Israel.
Sergeant Namer's girlfriend, Revital Bronstein, said they met while she was on a trip to Australia two years ago. Ms Bronstein said she last saw him on Sunday, but declined to speak further.
Sergeant Namer had been serving in Gaza but was asked to serve in Lebanon after the outbreak of fighting along Israel's northern border.
Many of the troops that have been deployed there are from elite ground units.
The troops began entering the village at 5am on Wednesday in an operation to engage Hezbollah guerrillas and destroy their weapons stores.
30-Aug-2012 07:06 PM
But the australian army was allowed to engage in war in iraq.
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