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Release Mohammed El Halabi!
Israel arrested humanitarian hero Mohammed El Halabi over four years ago, accusing him of diverting $50 million in aid money to Hamas. Despite over 150 court hearings and relentless interrogations, the Israeli prosecution has failed to provide any evidence for the charges. Mohammed must be unconditionally and immediately released.
Young Palestinian Australians from across the country share their hopes, dreams, visions for a future Palestine!
In recent years, Australia has stood with a tiny minority of countries in the United Nations in voting against resolutions supporting a just solution for Palestine.
In a report released last week, leading Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has described Israel and its control of the Palestinian territories as a single “apartheid” regime.
According to the report, while Palestinians live under different forms of Israeli control in the occupied West Bank, blockaded Gaza, annexed east Jerusalem, and within Israel itself, they have fewer rights than Jews across those areas.
In his piece for the Guardian, B’Tselem Director Hagai El-Ad wrote:
“Calling things by their proper name – apartheid – is not a moment of despair: rather, it is a moment of moral clarity, a step on a long walk inspired by hope.”
Twenty years ago, Israeli snipers shot and killed a 12 year old Palestinian boy in Gaza whose father was trying to shield and protect. The footage was shared globally, but the Israeli government tried to challenge the veracity of the video.
“I was thinking about my family: my girls, my boy, my wife.. I could smell death..” said Talal Abu Rahma, the cameraman who shot the video.
“A more nuanced appraisal of events at Camp David comes from Israel’s former acting foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami who, unlike Downer, participated in the negotiations. In his 2007 analysis Scars of War, Wounds of Peace, Ben-Ami said, ‘If I were a Palestinian, I would have rejected Camp David as well.’”
Stuart Rees is Professor Emeritus, University of Sydney.