At campuses across New South Wales, anti-Israeli rhetoric is becoming increasingly extreme. At UNSW, a propaganda banner decries that Israel “is a terrorist state” alongside a picture of a man washing blood off his hands. Outside Fisher Library, socialists hand-out propaganda decrying a “history of Israeli terror” and posters invite students to attend seminars on how best to “eliminate” anything at the university that tries to “normalise” Australia’s relationship with Israel. A litany of pro-Palestine groups assert that Israel is a “rogue”, “apartheid”, “terrorist” state, pursuing a policy of “genocide”. On social media, the Palestinian Action Group Sydney calls Education Minister Christopher Pyne an “odious pig” for his support of Israel. This campaign of misinformation could not be further from the truth. The current situation in Gaza is a tragedy and it took everybody by surprise. Everybody, that is, except the terrorist organisation Hamas, which had carefully planned a protracted strike against Israel. Let’s not forget that this latest escalation began with the abduction and murder of three Israel teenagers from the West Bank – 16 year old Naftali Fraenkel, 16 year old Gilad Shaer and 19 year old Eyal Yifrah. Now, ignoring ceasefire agreements, Hamas launches daily missiles into Israel. Israel is a nation under constant attack; a democracy, surrounded by countries seeking its destruction. In this month alone, 2636 rockets (and counting) have been fired into Israel by Hamas. Are our expectations of Israel so high that we should criticise them for doing what America, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Brazil, Honoduras, Samoa, East Timor, Tonga, Bhutan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, Ireland, and many other nations would do – defend its own people? On the one hand, we have Israel seeking to protect its people and its existence; a nation under attack since its inception by a United Nations resolution. On the other hand, we have Hamas, listed by both Liberal and Labor Federal Governments as a terrorist organisation and intent on destroying Israel. The far left try to perpetuate the myth that their ‘noble’ fight for Palestine, is based on ‘injustices’ from years gone by. They say bigotry and religious hatred emanates from the Israel side. Yet, Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas and Palestinian leader in the Gaza Strip has decreed: “The Jews are the most despicable and contemptible nation to crawl upon the face of the Earth. Holocaust studies in refugee camps is a contemptible plot and serves the Zionist entity with a goal of creating a reality and telling stories in order to justify acts of slaughter against the Palestinian people”. This is where the anti-Israel movement finds its roots – anti-Semitism. Yet for Israel, this conflict is about survival. At Sydney University, enjoying all the benefits of a stable democratic state – without the threat of missile attacks and without neighbours seeking its destruction – students wave the green flag of Hamas and chant about the need to destroy Israel. There is a certain irony that left-wing protestors – who spend their spare time fighting for gay marriage and minority rights – would defend an organisation that has declared homosexuality punishable by death. They do so at the expense of Israel, which has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to democracy, the rule of law and our shared Judeo-Christian values. The characterisation of Israel as the aggressor, seeking to wreak havoc, is false. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has unilaterally accepted ceasefire after ceasefire. Whether it is the United Nations, Egypt, or Hamas ceasefire arrangements, where Israel has upheld them, Hamas have either rejected or broken them – including their own ceasefire! It should not need to be said that any death is a tragedy. We should mourn whenever a Palestinian or Israeli dies or is killed. That’s why it is unfortunate that instead of investing in protection measures such as Israel’s Iron Dome, Hamas has been tunnelling into Israeli schools and kindergartens. That instead of trying to live peacefully with its neighbour, Hamas has busied itself with preparation of rocket attacks on Israel. Israeli soldiers have died trying to neutralise attacks stemming from these tunnels, again illustrating which side is concerned with preventing civilian casualties. In stark contrast, Khalil al-Hayya, the deputy chairman of the Palestinian Legislative Council believes that civilian death is just the price of victory, saying: “the Palestinian blood that is spilled is precious, but the goals for which this blood is spilled are even more precious”. We should all be thankful though, that Israel mourns the deaths of civilians on both sides, that it deploys Arabic speaking soldiers in Gaza, to communicate with locals, provide maps of prime conflict zones and give Palestinian civilians advance warning of when they must flee a specific area. Hamas uses these people – human beings – as nothing more than human shields, hiding weapons in schools according to the United Nations, and adding deaths to their concentrated propaganda against Israel. Fuelled by anti-Semitism, Hamas seeks the complete destruction of the State of Israel. Musa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official, said in an interview only yesterday, that Hamas had formally requested the help of fellow terrorist organisation Hezbollah to join the conflict and engage Israel from the north. Subsequently, their fringe supporters on university campuses follow such a lead. We should support the latest Israeli military action and its narrow, but concentrated objective to destroy tunnels from Gaza to Israel being used by Hamas to kidnap Israeli civilians and soldiers. It is a narrow objective, but an important one. Unfortunately, peace cannot occur until Israel ceases to exist or Hamas changes its objective of the annihilation of the State of Israel. It is morally reprehensible that the left on campus think that the former is the best course of action.