Australians in record numbers are demanding Israel stop its bombings of Palestinians in Gaza with protests being held right across the country this weekend.
An unprecedented number of people have written to their local MP and political leaders – over 14,000 in 2 days – demanding Australia call on Israel to stop the bombing – and implement sanctions if they do not.
“Israel is a State with one of the largest militaries in the world and so fundamentally has the primary responsibility to end the bloodshed” said Bishop George Browning, President of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network.
“To stop violence, we need to address the root cause of violence. Israel must end the occupation and be held to account for the human rights violations it is continually committing against the Palestinian people, including what global human rights organisations have called the crime of apartheid, otherwise face sanctions.” He continued
Protests will be held in every State and Territory this weekend – with the number of events and size swelling since last weekend’s events.
Palestine protest events this weekend in:
Interviews available with:
- Eyewitnesses in Gaza and East Jerusalem
- Mr Nasser Mashni- Palestinian Australian & APAN Vice President
- Former Australian Diplomats
- Dr Jordy Silverstein – Jewish historian based in Melbourne
- Bishop George Browning – APAN President
The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network is a national coalition of individuals and groups concerned for the human rights of Palestinians.