Palestine in Australian Politics

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Senator Eric Abetz – attacked APAN activist Sara Saleh and the activist group GetUp!

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June 23, 2021

Labor’s ugly positioning pales compared to that of its proxy GetUp. Queensland Labor’s resolution unsurprisingly echoed a video posted by GetUp board member and Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, APAN, activist, Sara Saleh. Sara Saleh’s emotive, biased, ideologically blinded, one-sided video used the false ethnic cleansing claim and even charged Australia, bizarrely, with being directly complicit. […]

Senator Janet Rice – spoke of the ongoing ordeal of Mohammed El Halabi and called for his immediate release

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June 15, 2021

The ABC reported a year ago that he had been beaten so severely, he had lost some of his hearing. The state has imposed unprecedented security restrictions which prevent him from properly cross-examining prosecution witnesses, bringing some of his own witnesses out from Gaza to testify and even keeping copies of court transcripts. Full speech […]

Julie Owens MP – spoke of the recent passing of Neil El-Kadomi OAM and his great contributions to the local community

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June 15, 2021

He came to Australia as a Palestinian refugee in 1969, and he’s always been there for refugees and migrants in our community. He served in many, many community organisations and he made a big contribution to interfaith dialogue in Parramatta. Full speech Ms OWENS (Parramatta) (13:33): Parramatta is mourning the passing of Neil El-Kadomi OAM. […]

Tim Wilson MP – responding to Hayes’ motion condemning the recent violence in Israel and Palestine, overwhelmingly blames the Palestinians for the lack of a peaceful settlement

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June 2, 2021

But we must also always remind ourselves of the foundations of this conflict. It comes as a result of the failure of the Palestinian cause to respect a two-state solution and a pathway that recognises the right of the Jewish people in Israel as a foundational pillar for peace in the region. Full speech Mr […]

Gladys Liu MP – responding to Hayes’ motion condemning the recent violence in Israel and Palestine

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June 2, 2021

It is imperative that the cycle of violence and bloodshed does not resume. Children in Israel and the Palestinian territories deserve a future that holds more than the prospect of perpetual conflict, destruction and loss of life. The ceasefire must continue to hold. Full speech Ms LIU (Chisholm) (10:46): I’m speaking with a heavy heart […]

Ged Kearney MP – seconded Hayes’ motion condemning the recent violence in Israel and Palestine

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June 2, 2021

Remember, the genesis of the most recent conflict was the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan evictions within East Jerusalem and the ongoing government campaign to expand settlements in the occupied territories. The Morrison government expressed zero concern at this prospect of Israeli annexation of the West Bank in 2020 and nor did the government voice any […]

Josh Burns MP – called for an end to the “cycle of violence” which has killed innocent civilians

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June 2, 2021

I join other members in this place in speaking about this issue. I come to it from a place of extreme distress and heartbreak in witnessing what we saw over the last month in Israel, in Gaza and in the West Bank. We all are joined in hoping that that cycle of violence is brought […]

Chris Hayes MP – moved motion condemning the recent violence in Israel and Palestine

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June 2, 2021

Remember, the genesis of the most recent conflict was the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan evictions within East Jerusalem and the ongoing government campaign to expand settlements in the occupied territories. The Morrison government expressed zero concern at this prospect of Israeli annexation of the West Bank in 2020 and nor did the government voice any […]

Maria Vamvakinou MP – spoke of Palestinian death and suffering and the Australian public’s outrage against Israeli violence

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June 2, 2021

Importantly, we shouldn’t sanitise figures and become inured to violence, destruction, death and suffering. I invite the House to look at the list of deaths from this latest tragedy. You will notice a pattern of family members listed en masse. How devastating it is for entire generations of families to be condemned to death and […]

Ken O’Dowd MP – called on Israel to be held accountable for its horrific violence against Palestinians

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June 2, 2021

However, what we saw last month in Palestine was horrific. Hundreds of Palestinians, including children and women, have been killed. Thousands have been injured. This all happened in the middle of one of the world’s worst pandemics. More than 50,000 have been left homeless. Full speech Mr O’DOWD (Flynn—Deputy Nationals Whip) (10:56): I’m pleased to […]

Adam Bandt MP – called for an end to the Israeli occupation and for Australia to recognise Palestinian statehood

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May 27, 2021

Just as Israelis are entitled to their own state and to live in peace and security, so too are Palestinians. But for 73 years Palestinians have waited for the international community to deliver on their promise, and Australia is not pushing for peace. We are making the conflict worse by a muted response to Benjamin […]

Senator Eric Abetz – Estimates question about open letter on reporting about Israel and Palestine and perceived ABC bias

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May 26, 2021

Questioned whether it is appropriate for ABC staff to sign and open letter calling for fair reporting on Israel and Palestine and alleged bias in ABC reporting. You’re aware of that letter? Thank you. The letter argues that media reporting on these issues presents ‘the same discredited spokespeople’, relies on ‘passive formulations and weasel words […]

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young – Estimates question about ABC guidance to staff on Israel-Palestine

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May 26, 2021

Questioned whether the ABC discouraged staff from signing an open letter relating to fair reporting on Israel and Palestine and whether the ABC has a specific style guide for publishing information on Israel and Palestine. Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Mr Anderson, there’s been some commentary in relation to a petition that Australian journalists, media workers and writers […]

Senator Alex Antic – Estimates question about ABC coverage of Israel and Palestine

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May 26, 2021

Questioned the ABC’s coverage of Israel and Palestine, alleging institutional anti-Semitism at the ABC. My question to you is: why is it that the ABC is institutionally anti-Semitic and why is it that the ABC has continually misled its viewers in relation to the Jewish people’s ancient connections to the land of Israel? Whole interaction […]

Julian Leeser MP – condemned Hamas for its rocket attacks on Israel and the increase in anti-Semitism online

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May 25, 2021

No matter what view one takes about the recent tensions in Jerusalem, nothing can justify Hamas terrorists initiating another armed conflict by firing rockets at Israeli cities while shielding themselves behind Palestinian civilians, including children, in Gaza. Hamas’s armed escalation caused the death and suffering on both sides. Full speech Mr LEESER (Berowra) (19:45): I […]

Julian Hill MP – condemned Israel’s continuous settlement expansion which undermine Palestinian hopes for self-determination

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May 25, 2021

The footprint of settlements is much larger than the buildings. They bring a network of exclusive roads, closed military zones, checkpoints and soldiers encircling Palestinian communities… If we want to see an end to these horrific cycles of violence then Israel must cease its settlement expansions. Of course, this alone will not bring peace, but […]

Anne Stanley MP – condemned Israel’s “use of banned weapons, tear gas and guns fired at worshippers” at the al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramadan

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May 24, 2021

The world has seen further escalation of violence with the bombing of al-Aqsa Mosque. I’m deeply concerned by the violence in Gaza, in Jerusalem and across Palestine and Israel. The escalation of violence, destruction and the loss of life is heartbreaking for many around the world; however, it is far too familiar for those experiencing […]

Josh Wilson MP – contended that without a resolution to the conflict the “cycle of oppression and violence will continue [and] civilians will bear the brunt and children will die”

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May 24, 2021

The air strikes followed from the rockets, but were not justified by the rockets, just as the rockets followed from the bullets in the al-Aqsa Mosque, and were not justified by that violence. The air strikes are wrong. The rockets are wrong. The displacement and oppression of Palestinians is wrong. The illegal settlement of their […]

Andrew Leigh MP – listed the names of Palestinian and Israeli children who have been killed in the “recent fighting”

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May 24, 2021

Yes, Israel treats its Arab citizens better than some Middle Eastern countries treat their Arab citizens. But democracies should welcome being held to a higher standard. As David Ben-Gurion once noted, Israel cannot be Jewish, and Democratic, and occupy all the lands of greater Israel. Full speech Dr LEIGH (Fenner) (13:57): Ido Avigal, aged five; […]

Alicia Payne MP – commended the ceasefire agreed between Israel and Palestine

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May 24, 2021

It is with relief that I rise today to commend Israel and Palestine for agreeing to a ceasefire, as well as Egypt for mediating the truce. The violence and loss of life that we have seen in Jerusalem and Gaza is tragic, and the rocket attacks against civilians are unacceptable. Full speech Ms PAYNE (Canberra) […]




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