Statement on recognition of Palestinian Statehood

We the undersigned call on the Australian government to vote yes to a Palestinian state at the UN.

  • Australia has consistently supported a two state solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict.
  • Israel is an independent and sovereign state while Palestinians remain stateless.
  • 18 years of negotiations since the Oslo accords have produced no agreement while Israel has continued to build illegal settlements on Palestinian land and has subjected Palestinians to military occupation.
  • Palestinians, like other human beings, have the right to their own state and their own nationality. Institutions such as the UN, World Bank and IMF have affirmed their readiness for statehood.
  • Negotiations on final status issues, namely final borders with agreed land swaps, security, settlements, refugees, water and Jerusalem should resume as soon as possible between Israel and the Palestinians including both Fatah and Hamas, but the issue of statehood should not be subject to negotiation.

130 member states of the United Nations have so far committed to recognise a Palestinian state. If Australia’s long-standing commitment to a two-state solution is genuine and meaningful we should join them.

Signatories

Revd James Barr, President Australia Palestine Advocacy Network Inc
Senator Bob Brown, Leader of the Australian Greens
Ross Burns, Australian Ambassador to Israel (2001-2003)
Senator Doug Cameron
Archbishop Francis Carroll, Emeritus Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn
Ken Chan, Former Australian diplomat and Administrator of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
The Hon John Dowd AO QC, Former Attorney-General of New South Wales
Elizabeth Evatt AO
Laurie Ferguson MP, Federal Member for Werriwa
Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH, Former Prime Minister
Bruce Haigh, Political commentator and retired diplomat
Jill Hall, MP, Federal Member for Shortland
Rev Gregor Henderson, Immediate Past President, Uniting Church in Australia, Member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches
Janet Holmes à Court AC
Hon Dr Barry Jones AO
Professor John Langmore, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
Scott Ludlam, Senator for Western Australia
Robert Newton
, Vice President Australia Palestine Advocacy Network Inc, Australian Ambassador to Egypt (2002-2005)
Melissa Parke, MP, Federal Member for Fremantle
Peter Rodgers, Australian Ambassador to Israel (1994-97) and author
Professor Amin Saikal
Associate Professor Peter Slezak, University of NSW and Independent Australian Jewish Voices
Maria Vamvakinou, MP, Federal Member for Calwell

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