Albo’s ‘Outrage’ Over an Australian Death in Gaza is Cover for Labor’s Dislike of Israel

5 April 2024

3.1 MINS

It’s a war.

That an Australian working for an aid organisation in Gaza was killed is sad, no doubt. But if you go to a war zone, you know you are taking a huge risk.

And the risk is multiplied when the war zone is controlled by a ruthless terrorist organisation who uses the population as human shields, making Israel’s commitment to the safety of civilians that much more difficult.

Zomi Frankcom died when an Israeli missile, launched from a drone, hit the car she was travelling in as part of her charity work with Global World Kitchen.

Six other aid workers, from the UK, Poland and the US, were also killed in the strike.

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi told journalists:

“It was a mistake that followed a misidentification, at night, during a war, in very complex conditions. It shouldn’t have happened.

“This incident was a grave mistake. Israel is at war with Hamas, not with the people of Gaza. We are sorry for the unintentional harm to the members of WCK. We share in the grief of their families as well as the entire World Central Kitchen organisation from the bottom of our hearts.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s ambassador to Australia have also expressed their regret.


Investigations into the incident are ongoing, though initial reports suggest Israeli commanders had mistakenly believed there was a terrorist travelling with the aid group.

But the reaction from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been over the top.

Blatant Bias

He told Israel that Australians were “outraged”.

‘“This is completely unacceptable. I conveyed to Prime Minister Netanyahu in very clear terms that Australians were outraged by this death, by this tragedy, of this fine Australian.”

Our Foreign Minister Penny Wong was in lock-step, telling Sky News:

“The death of any aid worker is outrageous and unacceptable. I don’t want Israel to be under any illusions about how outraged we are at the death of an Australian citizen in these circumstances.”


Sad, certainly.

But most Australians would be sanguine about the consequences of war — a war started by Hamas.

Hamas should be the target of “outrage”.

No one is happy about an aid worker being killed, but everyone understands that if you volunteer to work in Gaza while Israeli troops are trying to root out terrorists, you’re taking your life in your hands.

Oh, the Israeli troops are also trying to rescue hostages.

But the Australian Government doesn’t seem particularly outraged that Hamas continues to hold Israeli civilians, kidnapped five months ago, in captivity.

Where is the daily outrage from the Australian Government that 134 people — men, women and children — continue to be held hostage?

Is that the sound of outrage? Or is that the sound of crickets?

It’s funny, you know. I don’t recall Anthony Albanese being particularly outraged at the death of Australian grandmother Galit Carbone, who was murdered by Hamas terrorists during their killing spree on October 7.


As for Wong’s insistence that Zomi Frankcom’s death was “unacceptable”, I think all Australians accept that, in the fog of war, mistakes will be made and innocent lives will be lost.

No one likes it. But no one is stupid enough to think it can’t or won’t happen.

Wong, who just recently restored Australian funding to aid agency UNRWA despite its complicity in the October 7 attack on Israel, continued:

“I have said this privately, that unless Israel changes course, it will continue to lose support.”

Change tack? Really? How?

Should Israel not hunt down every last Hamas terrorist?

Should Israel not eliminate Hamas completely?

Don’t forget, the commanders of Hamas have publicly said they fully intend to launch a thousand more attacks just like the one on October 7.

Has Penny Wong completely forgotten the cause of the war? The Israelis are fighting this war with both hands tied behind their backs and on four fronts.

Absolute fury over one Australian death in the fog of war. Ok. But barely an acknowledgement of over 1200 dead Israelis slaughtered in a terror attack. It says a great deal about our government.

It feels like the Albanese Government is seeking to use death as a pretext for abandoning the only safe, free democracy in the Middle East to, instead, support an Iranian proxy government in Gaza.

The PM’s contrived outrage is nothing more than populist politics aimed at certain electorates. Sadly, this government values politics over principle and votes over its allies.

Modern Labor detests Israel. They just needed some political cover to throw the switch to outright condemnation, and sadly, now they have it.


Originally published at The James Macpherson Report.

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  1. Robert Tucker 5 April 2024 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Since October 7,2023 Israel has been at war with an “enemy” from within her borders! An enemy that has deceived and lied to ‘every-one’ – especially their-own people;who they treat with absolute contempt,by surrounding and conduct their actitivities from within ‘tunnels’ and civilian hospitals…..!
    The civillians are complicit with the terrorist-activities in Gaza as they are in the West back of Israel !
    So if you ‘go’ into a “war-zone” you will sooner.or.later come between the ‘Army and the Enemy’ !!!

    • Jim Twelves 5 April 2024 at 8:56 am - Reply

      Robert, succinct and factual, thank you. Any death in war is tragic but you are sadly so clear in your assessment.

  2. Jim Twelves 5 April 2024 at 9:01 am - Reply

    James, I was stunned with the speed with which our PM came out, all guns brazing, about this civilian tragedy, when he was so slow and restrained about 7 October 2023.
    I confess, my first thought was that here we go, Labour have seen a vote opportunity here, to claw back some ‘popularity’ at home. It was nothing to do with principle or policy.
    What is most distressing is that our leaders are not seeking to let the facts speak, they are simply stocking the fires of irrational hatred.

  3. Teri Kempe 5 April 2024 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Thank you so much, James. The hypocrisy of this ‘outrage’ is astounding – thank you for articulating it so well.

  4. Leonie Robson 5 April 2024 at 9:30 am - Reply

    I’m outraged by the lack of outrage our lackluster Government displayed on October 7, and every day since Israel was attacked by Hamas AND the people of Gaza.
    I’m outraged by Penny Wong and her reinstated funding to URWRA.
    I’m outraged by the NSW Police Minister Yasmin Catley allowing the protests and vitriol displayed on the steps of the Opera House in Sydney.
    By the Police in Victoria, South Australia.
    I’m outraged by the lack of compassion for the people in Israel.
    A country deeply traumatized.
    Does anyone remember the Lindt Cafe?
    Listen to the rhetoric of those preaching at mosques across Australia and the world.
    Being watchful and aware is key.
    Yet we pray for Salvation. For all.
    Our outrage won’t save them.

  5. Christine Crawford 5 April 2024 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Jim, totally agree.

  6. Bob 6 April 2024 at 10:30 am - Reply


    Jesus said love your enemies.

    To confine also the death of thousands of innocent children because “it’s war”, or aid workers who risk their lives to assist the innocent people caught up in this war as, well saying” it’s a war zone they should have known better”.

    tell me, in God’s eyes, who’s life is more important?

    yes, what happened to the Jewish people was awful also. I am not dismissing this.

    An Australian was killed after being wrongly targetted by an Israeli drone as carrying Hamas personnel.

    But 2 wrongs don’t make a right, and I feel you are going to far by suggesting and supporting the taking of innocent life and that one sides life’s are more valuable then the other.

    Yes a country has a right to defend itself, but forcibly moving, starving and killing innocent people will just prolong the cycle of hatred.

    We don’t have a choice into what ethnicity or race we are born into. Jesus came to die for all men, told us to turn the other cheek, walk and extra mile and to love our enemies.

    Please stop labelling everything as anti sentism, for what at times is justified criticism, particularly when innocent people are also killed by Israel, but justified in your eyes, especially when someone is killed trying to help and provide aid to the victims of war.

  7. Joshua 7 April 2024 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    I agree with the government here.

    The IDF approved this aid organisation and systematically targeted and destroyed their vehicles while knowing that foreign nationals were in them

    If it was collateral I would be inclined to say sad but they were in a war zone.

    But they were not collateral. They were knowingly killed. Even if there was a Hamas leader among them this was an unjustified killing.

    Israel may be justified to attack Hamas. Israel may be justified to undergo risky and calculated operations to free hostages. But Israel should be held entirely accountable for every innocent life taken. Especially now that Hamas and Palestine has paid dearly for Oct 07 and while war continues, Israel gets no free pass. They have protected their sovereignty and now they must undergo war in a reasonable manner.

  8. Countess Antonia Maria Violetta Scrivanich 7 April 2024 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Albanese’s “outrage ” is only to gain Moslem votes at the next election. He is flooding Australia with migrants from Moslem countries, eg visas for Palestinians ( Hamas terrorists ? ) were issued in less than 24 hours. This never happens with other desperate nationalities, eg from Myanmar who are fleeing for their lives !

  9. Teknik Telekomunikasi 24 April 2024 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Is Prime Minister Albanese’s expression of ‘outrage’ over an Australian death in Gaza a sign of deeper Labor discontent with Israel? Regard Telkom University

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