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The General Delegation of Palestine is the diplomatic representation for Palestine to Australia, New Zealand, Timor Leste and the Pacific.

As the diplomatic representation for Palestine, the General Delegation works to strengthen and deepen friendly relations between the Palestinian people and the people of the Australia-Pacific region. The General Delegation liaises directly with all levels of government, developing political, social and economic initiatives and projects that are of interest and benefit to both peoples.

Through its office in Canberra, the Delegation provides a range of consular and information services to Palestinians living in Australia, and to Australians interested in Palestine.

For details on the how to contact the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, go to the Contact tab above.
 

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Press release
Date: July 24/2014

Palestinian Leadership seeks a Durable Ceasefire

The leadership of the State of Palestine condemns Israel’s brutal, unrestrained and criminal aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, and Israel’s refusal to address the root causes of the Gaza conflict.
Israel’s assault against the people of Gaza has led to the killing of 700 Palestinian, 80% of those killed are civilians including women and children. Among the dead are pregnant women, disabled persons, unprotected children and whole families. Hospitals, homes and schools have been targeted. Paramedics retrieving victims and families fleeing the violence came under direct Israeli attacks.
Israel’s actions demonstrate disregard for international and humanitarian law and constitute war crimes. Israel’s actions are crimes against humanity and the call for an investigation of Israel’s actions, made by Ms Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for the of Human Rights, recognizes the gravity of the situation and the helplessness of the people of Gaza coming under Israel’s attacks.
The Palestinian leadership seeks a durable ceasefire which comprehensively addresses the root causes of the conflict. Israel has not observed conditions agreed to under previous ceasefires, and instead continued besieging the Gaza Strip and maintained its collective punishment policy against its people.
A truce which does not include obligations addressing the root causes of the conflict will not provide sustainable stability in the region.
The leadership of Palestine is committed to working with all parties to stop Israel’s criminal aggression and to ensure a durable and comprehensive ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestine.


For further information, please contact
Ambassador Izzat Abdulhadi
Phone: 0404444410/ 02 62869193
Email: auemb@mofa-gov.ps

 

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Palestinian Ministry of Health Emergency Operation Room

 Alert

The emergency operation room is responsible for following up on the health situation in Gaza, and has been established in the Palestinian Ministry of Health in collaboration with WHO and other international and local partners.

Ministry of Health requests that all assistance, interventions and donations to the Health Sector to be communicated to the operation room”.

 Mobile: 0598949104  Email: moh.operationroom2014@gmail.com

Appeal

Palestinian Ministry of Health and other health partners and humanitarian agencies are working to ensure the provision of essential medicines and medical consumables. The Ministry of Health and WHO issued an appeal to the international community on July 10, 2014, for USD 60 million for the Ministry of Health to ensure sufficient supplies of medicine, medical supplies and referral care forPalestinian patients, and particularly for the growing needs in Gaza, already overwhelmed by shortages and working under emergency circumstances.

For more information visit: http://www.moh.ps/attach/644.pdf

 

 

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25 July 2014

Australian Muslims stand in solidarity with Palestinians-Media Release

"Australia's Muslim community is outraged at Israel's mass murder of civilians in Gaza.United in their grief and concern for the escalating conflict in Gaza, Muslim communities across Australia will hold a Prayer Vigil at 8pm tonight as they gather at mosques. It is expected that approximately 150,000 people across the country will join the Prayer VigiL The community is deeply disturbed by the Australian government's silence. Sixteen days on and the international community, including Australia, remains largely silent as the Israeli army continues its deadly assault on Gaza".

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25 July 2014

Dr. Saeb Erekat : “Every single Palestinian has become a target of Israel”

COMMENTARY: The international community must intervene to stop the bloodshed in Gaza, says the Palestinian chief negotiator, said Dr Saeb Erekat He added: "An aggressor has no right to self-defence against an occupied people.What Israel is doing is defending its own occupation and the systematic denial of Palestinian national rights. They are exercising every possible means to dissolve Palestinian national unity and weaken Palestinian institutions".

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25 July 2014

Multiple deaths and injuries at UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun,Gaza- Statement by the UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl

The scenes of carnage and human suffering that we witnessed today at our elementary school in Beit Hanoun were so appalling and intolerable, that it is difficult to find the words to convey adequately my indignation. As has happened so many times in this pitiless conflict, civilians are paying the highest price of the current military escalation. I condemn this callous shelling and the extensive loss of life in the strongest possible terms and call for an immediate investigation to ensure that circumstances and responsibilities are comprehensively and irrefutably established

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25 July 2014

New Massacre in Khuzaa’a neighborhood (east of Khan Younis) Committed against Civilians by Israeli Military Forces

Survivors of the massacre that was committed today in Khuzaa’a neighborhood (east of Khan Younis) informed us that the majority of the civilians’ homes in the neighborhood were bombed by Israeli military forces while civilians were still in their homes. Also, snipers were shooting and killing anything that moves; meaning that they were shooting civilians who were running around looking safety.

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25 July 2014

SPECIAL REPORT GAZA UNDER FIRE, Israel's Criminal Assault on the Occupied State of Palestine

The Israeli ground invasion in Gaza continued, injuring at least 4,620 people and taking the lives of over 43 Palestinians between midnight and the time of this report. The effects of Israeli bombardments can be seen in the lack of access to basic services whereby at least 1,200,000 Palestinians had their electricity and water systems interrupted. Hospitals and medical centers continue to be targeted by Israeli forces as well as the Palestinian Civil Defense (firefighters). Over 140,000 people have been forcibly displaced.

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Social Harmony Iftar Dinner in Canberra

Bluestar Intercultural Centre and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture have organized Iftar dinner on July 16 in Canberra attended by Church leaders, parliamentarians, diplomats, media personalities, senior public servants, academics and community leaders. The theme for this year’s program was “Multiculturalism: Australia’s Greatest Strength”. It aims to encourage mutual respect, understanding and acceptance as well as advocating unity under the common values of humanity. His Eminence Prof Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, the Grand Mufti of Australia was the keynote speaker and delivered a speech explaining on the various messages of Ramdan including harmony, tolerance, and cohesion. He has, also, talked about the Gaza tragedy and how is Ramadan a month for peace and justice. It was a great opportunity for the Palestinian Ambassador to share his ideas with the audience and to reflect on the tragedy of the Palestinian people and the suffering of the civilians in Gaza Strip.

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Rallies in Australia in support of the Palestinian people in Gaza

The solidarity and advocacy groups in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, in close cooperation with the Palestinian community, have organized big demonstrations to condemn the Israel brutal aggression on the Palestinian civilians in Gaza and to send a strong message of solidarity and support to the Palestinian people. Ambassador Abdulhadi, the Head of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, has addressed the demonstrators in Canberra thanking them for their support to Gaza citizens and for their continuous support to the Palestinian people. He illustrated the fact that the Israeli aggression is a clear violation of the international Law and the International community must act immediately to stop this aggression. He noted that that Israel is using excessive power and its response is totally disproportional. He clarified that the root cause of the problem is the long lasting occupation of the Palestine by Israel and the continuation of Israeli settlements’ activities and the continuation of Gaza blockade. He asked the audience to continue their consistent work and advocacy for just and peace in Palestine.

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Parliamentary Forum marks the tenth Anniversary of the ICJ findings on the OPT

A forum in Parliament House marked yesterday, July 15, the tenth anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) finding that Israel’s settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank are illegal. Independent Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon has jointly hosted the event with Federal Parliamentary Friends of Palestine co-chairs Maria Vamvakinou MP and Craig Laundy MP. Senator Xenophon spoke briefly at the forum and the main presentation was made by Ben Saul, Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney with vast experience in teaching and practicing law in international jurisdictions. In his presentation, Professor Saul has illustrated the fact the all Israeli settlements are illegal by International law and East Jerusalem is occupied according to International law. Professor Saul has criticized the latest statement issued by Australian General Attorney, George Brandis, on the legal status of Jerusalem. He has, also, criticized the Australian Government for its unbalanced position towards Israel Palestine conflict. Ambassador Abdulhadi has attended the Forum and was warmly welcomed by the Host organizations.

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Hon Julie Bishop met with the Ambassadors of Arab and Muslim countries

Hon Julie Bishop met with the Ambassadors of Arab and Muslim countries Hon. Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister of Australia, has met with the Ambassadors of Arab and Muslim countries twice on June 19 and 25/2014 in Canberra. The objective of the meetings was to discuss the latest statement issued by Senator George Brandis, the Attorney General of Australia, which stated that Australian government would not use from time on the term Occupied East Jerusalem. This statement has angered the Ambassadors of Arab and Muslim states who have sent a strong protest letter to the minister expressing their deep concerns of this position and explaining the legal status of East Jerusalem, as occupied, according to the International Law, UN resolutions and Fourth Geneva Convention. The Minister has handed a letter to the Ambassadors in this meeting, which clarified the Position of the Australian Government and explained that there is no change of the Australian position towards East Jerusalem and the change is merely a linguistic problem. This position has been made public and promoted in the media. The Palestinian Ambassador said that the clarification of the minister is a good starting point to engage in a robust and strategic discussion with the coalition Government.

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