Palestine in Australian politics 2016 (July-Dec)

senator-di-nataleSee separate page for Parliamentary speeches in November about the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.

13 October, 2016, Senator Di Natale (Greens, Vic) Statement regarding a condolence motion for former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres
Shimon Peres has been described as an architect of Israel’s nuclear weapons program, …that he was the father of the settler movement, which involves the confiscation of large swathes of Palestinian land; and that in 1996 he oversaw Operation Grapes of Wrath, which involved the death of 154 civilians in Lebanon…While he was awarded a Nobel peace prize in 1994, members of that committee have expressed regret that the prize could not be recalled on the basis of the actions that followed.

wong12 October, 2016, Senator Penny Wong (ALP, SA), Parliamentary speech criticising the behaviour of the Attorney General
recklessly freelancing on Australia’s policy on the Israel-Palestine conflict and on East Jerusalem

Senator Lee Rhiannon12 October, 2016, Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens, NSW), Parliamentary speech celebrating new book by Dr Peter Manning about Janet Venn-Brown and John Salisbury’s walk to Canberra.
Forty four years have passed since Wa’el was killed, and nonviolent activism supporting Palestinian rights continues to be suppressed. I congratulate Peter Manning for writing Janet Venn-Brown: A Life in Art. He has documented a little known but most significant chapter in Australian history, which is also illustrated most beautifully with Janet’s paintings…Yesterday I joined with other senators and MPs and Palestinian Ambassador Izzat Salah Abdulhadi to welcome John Salisbury when he completed his Walk for Palestine, which he started in Sydney on 2 October.

14 September, 2016 Senator Dean Smith (Lib, WA) Speaking about Palestinian militants

eric-abetz13 September, 2016, Senator Eric Abetz (LIB, Tasmania), Parliamentary speech regarding online activism, maligning both the BDS campaign and Palestinian Australian Sara Saleh
In February this year, GetUp! appointed a young Palestinian activist who has supported the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign for many years to its board. Saleh has been a BDS supporter since at least 2011.

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