Parliamentarians in unity to stop the abuse of Palestinian children

**updated article, as more parliamentarians have signed statement. We are continuing to welcome more signatories.george_pressa

More than 20% of Australian parliamentarians have joined a call for Israel to end abuse of Palestinian children by its military.

52 Federal parliamentarians have signed the statement which was released on 28 Nov in Australia’s Federal Parliament. Click here for statement with signatories.gropu_in_line

In a month of action, many parliamentarians are also delivering speeches in the Australian parliament calling for Israel to ends its abuse of children. Click here to see speeches

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Parliamentarians call for Israel to stop ill-treatment of Palestinian children by their military

Here are all the speeches given in the Australian Federal Parliament in Nov 2016, calling  for action on the mistreatment of Palestinian children by the Israeli military.

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29 November, Cathy O’Toole MP (ALP, QLD)

Speech about Dima, who at 12yrs old is believed to have been the youngest Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails.

21 November, Maria Vamvakinou MP (ALP, VIC)

Moved a motion that raised concerns about the treatment of Palestinian children by the Israeli military.

Today I moved a motion in parliament to express my deep concern for the growing number of Palestinian children who are…

Posted by Maria Vamvakinou MP on Sunday, November 20, 2016

Email her with your thanks: maria.vamvakinou.mp@aph.gov.au

21 November, Ross Hart MP (ALP, TAS)

Children are interrogated; position abuse, threats and isolation are all used as tactics to garner a confession. Given that a child in solitary confinement is held on average for 13 days, is it any wonder that the confession rate is over 90 per cent? Military prosecutors rely on these coerced confessions, which are rarely thrown out by judges, to obtain a conviction. Indeed, Israeli military courts have a 99 per cent conviction rate for Palestinian defendants.

Email him with your thanks: ross.hart.mp@aph.gov.au

21 November, 2016, Graham Perrett MP (ALP, QLD)

Children are being held without being charged or given a trial in military prisons. A Palestinian child as young as 12 can be imprisoned in Israel, and they often are. Just this year, a 12-year-old Palestinian girl spent 2½ months in an Israeli prison. By contrast, Israeli children in the same nation cannot be imprisoned until they are at least 14 years old.

Email him with your thanks: graham.perrett.mp@aph.gov.au Continue reading

Media Release 20/9/16: APAN calls on Members of Parliament to protest Netanyahu Visit

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) has written to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to express its dismay over her decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Australia next year.

In an open letter to the Foreign Minister, APAN President George Browning noted the particularly unfortunate timing of the visit.

“Next year the Palestinians of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem will mark their 50th year living as non-citizens in their own country under a regime of apartheid that systematically denies their human rights. Continue reading

Media Release 21 August 2016: ABC distorts facts to placate Israel lobby

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network notes with dismay that the ABC has declared that its description of Gaza as occupied was “not correct” and has removed the reference from its website.

“Australians have a right to expect that the public broadcaster will report the facts about Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in an accurate and unbiased manner,” said APAN President George Browning. “The ABC’s misrepresentation of Gaza’s status to placate the Israel lobby is a breach of its contract with the Australian public.” Continue reading

APAN Annual Dinner – 24 September

APAN’s Annual dinner for 2016 will be held in Sydney on the 24 September.
The evening will include a three course dinner, raffles, auction items and entertainment.  HE Izzat Abdulhadi, The Palestinian Ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific will give an address.If you can’t make the dinner, but would like to support our work, click here to make a donation.
     
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