Results from a Roy Morgan opinion poll, released today show the Australian public is far ahead of their Government when it comes to justice for Palestine.
Read full details on APAN’s Press Release.
This is the fourth opinion poll commissioned by advocacy groups since 2009 (see history) and the trends are clear – Australians are increasing in sympathy for Palestinians, and they want our Government to take decisive action to stop the oppression.
**Updated article with new signatories
A statement signed by 65 prominent Australians expresses opposition to the visit of the Israeli Prime Minister this week because of his Government’s policies towards the Palestinians.
The statement is signed by
- senior legal professionals – including former Solicitor General Gavan Griffith QC, and former Federal Court judge Murray Rutledge Wilcox Continue reading
Two more groups have expressed concern about Netanyahu’s visit to Australia – the Australian Jewish Democratic Society and the Islamic Council of Victoria.
From the Australian Jewish Democratic Society release:
The Israel that Netanyahu has furthered is not one that represents Jewish or democratic values: it moves Palestinians and Israelis further away from achieving justice and peace. As a result, increasing numbers of Jewish people worldwide are standing up in opposition to the policies and practices of Netanyahu and his governmental coalition.
From the Islamic Council of Victoria release:
The recent UN Security Council resolution condemned Israel’s settlement building as a “flagrant violation” of international law and a major obstacle to a lasting peace.
It is thus very disappointing that the Australian Government has seen fit to invite the person ultimately responsible for Israel’s flagrant violations of international law.
Netanyahu’s Government has come to the attention of both the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court. And this month Netanyahu is scheduled to be in Australia on an official visit at the invitation of our Foreign Minister.
Email your local representatives now and tell them not to attend events where Mr Netanyahu is a guest
Melbourne 19 Feb, 2pm, State Library
Canberra 20 Feb, 12pm, Israeli Embassy
Sydney 23 Feb, 6.30pm, Town Hall