Palestine in Australian politics 2018

Collection of statements on Palestine and Israel from the Hansard record of the Australian Federal Parliament.

31 May, 2018, Senate Estimates, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee, FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PORTFOLIO, DFAT.   Senators Di Natale, Moore, Rhiannon, Leyonhjelm, Abetz, Kitching (see link) Asked questions regarding Australia’s engagement with:

  • UN Human Rights Committee decision to investigate after killings in Gaza
  • Australia’s position and future engagement with the US Embassy in Jerusalem
  • Australian aid to Palestinians
  • Australia’s language on the Smart Traveler website about Palestine

Maria Vamvakinou MP24 May, 2018, House of Representatives, Maria Vamvakinou MP (Labor, VIC), speech honoring Al Nakba and Recognition of Palestine
One hundred and thirty-eight countries have already recognised the State of Palestine, and it’s surely now time for Australia to do the same. It’s time to put into place our long-held policy of a two-state solution. It’s important to do so because it’s the right and decent thing to do. This issue is a moral imperative for all who believe in the sanctity of human rights, rule of law and democracy. Now is the time to realise that the window of opportunity for a two-state solution is rapidly closing, and we are running out of time for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.

Templeman_Susan.jpg24 May, 2018, House of Representatives, Susan Templmean MP (Labor, NSW), speech about Palestine and Gaza
My visit showed me that the expansion of the Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in the Old City of Jerusalem is a serious matter. The demolition of Palestinian homes built without permits, because permits can’t be issued, is a catch 22. The treatment of Bedouins, who have been relocated from their land to unproductive tracts of land, is just awful. The fact that Bedouin community schools and sanitation, funded by the European aid that comes in, are demolished is an outrage.

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Free Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian children!

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In late December, 16yr old Ahed Tamimi was dragged from her bed in the middle of the night, and is currently in a military prison inside Israel, denied bail.  She is one of hundreds of Palestinian children who face military courts by Israel, courts which have an over 99% conviction rate.  UNICEF has called on Israel to stop the “widespread, systematic and institutionalised abuse” which happens to Palestinian children in Israel prisons.
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Parliamentarians in unity to stop the abuse of Palestinian children

**updated article, as more parliamentarians have signed statement. We are continuing to welcome more signatories.george_pressa

More than 20% of Australian parliamentarians have joined a call for Israel to end abuse of Palestinian children by its military.

Federal parliamentarians have signed the statement which was released on 28 Nov in Australia’s Federal Parliament. Click here for statement with signatories.gropu_in_line

In a month of action, many parliamentarians are also delivering speeches in the Australian parliament calling for Israel to ends its abuse of children. Click here to see speeches

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Palestine in Australian politics 2016 (July-Dec)

senator-di-nataleSee separate page for Parliamentary speeches in November about the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.

13 October, 2016, Senator Di Natale (Greens, Vic) Statement regarding a condolence motion for former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres
Shimon Peres has been described as an architect of Israel’s nuclear weapons program, …that he was the father of the settler movement, which involves the confiscation of large swathes of Palestinian land; and that in 1996 he oversaw Operation Grapes of Wrath, which involved the death of 154 civilians in Lebanon…While he was awarded a Nobel peace prize in 1994, members of that committee have expressed regret that the prize could not be recalled on the basis of the actions that followed. Continue reading