UPDATE: APAN President writes to the Prime Minister following the disturbing tone of the Beersheba commemorations.
It wasn’t just foreign troops fighting the Ottomans 100 years ago. Local Palestinians had joined the campaign when Britain promised them self-rule should they win the war.
However the Palestinians were betrayed – they weren’t granted independence and 100 years later are still waiting.
Those who shared the danger of the Palestinian campaigns, should be honored in commemorations. However Palestinian stories are completely missing from commemorations.
And while we’re here….as Australian dignitaries visit Beersheba, may they know that just a few kilometres away, Palestinian Bedouin villages are being cleared and demolished.
Read APAN media release.