While Israel was busy 'casting lead' over Gaza in January a number of World War 1 war graves, including those of Australian troops, sustained damage, some beyond repair. The UK Daily Telegraph reported on January 22 that "the cemetery was hit by at least 5 Israeli shells and its grass singed in places by white phosphorus. It is believed that at least one unexploded shell is still under the soil at the cemetery, meaning no visitors can be allowed until it is dealt with." Predictably, the Israelis blamed a Hamas 'weapons cache' for the damage.
A google search on same led to this entry: "Australian soldiers' graves damaged in Gaza - ABC News (Australian... The Federal Government will consider asking either Israel or the Palestinians to pay for damage to Australian war graves. www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/02/25/2501523.htm - 22k Cached - similar pages"
Click on that and you get "Sorry, Page not Found The page you are looking for... cannot be found. It might have been removed, had its name changed, or be temporarily unavailable."
What is one to make of this? If the story's been pulled, there are two possible explanations, the second of which seems the more likely: 1) The idea of the Australian government putting the hard word on the massacred people of Gaza to pay for the damage was too grotesque to stand and so was scotched in a damage control exercise; 2) If word got out that the government was considering going the Israelis for damages to its war graves, this would do serious damage to the local lobby's carefully constructed myth, trotted out last Anzac Day, that Australian troops in Palestine in WW1 were somehow in the business of dying for Israel. To see what I'm getting at here, I refer you to the following two posts on this blog: Anzac Day Special: Diggers Die for Israel (25/4/08) & Zionist Myth In-formation (1/5/08).