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Welcome to the General Delegation of Palestine

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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2 September 2015

Gaza could become uninhabitable in less than five years due to ongoing ‘de-development’– UN report

1 September 2015 – A new report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become “uninhabitable” by 2020 if current economic trends persist

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19 August 2015

Palestinian Prisoners Hunger Strike- A Test for Israeli Arrogance

Media Brief- NAD, August 18, 2015: the occupying power, systemically abuses Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, holding them as hostages to exert pressure on the Palestinian leadership to pay a heavy political price for their release. Since 1967, Israel arrested more than 800,000 Palestinians and incarcerated them in Israeli jails. Today, there are around 5,820 Palestinian political prisoners scattered over 20 Israeli jails, detentions and investigation centers, and more than 450 administrative detainees, including 10 elected legislative Council members.

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11 August 2015

Malki: Dawabsheh Family Crime is the Beginning of the End of Settlements and Settlers

Dr. Riyad Al-Maliki ,the Minister of Foreign Affairs, mourned the Martyrdom of Saed Dawabsheh, the father of the burned toddler ,Ali Dawabsheh in Duma Village ( south of Nablus), who died of serious wounds during the latest settlers’ terrorist group attack on their home a week ago as they were sleeping.

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6 August 2015

Following Duma Crime, Foreign Minister Dr.Riyad Al-Malki Hands Over File on Settlers ‘ Violence to ICC Prosecutor

HAGUE, August 3, 2015 - Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr.Riyad Al-Malki Monday, following formal instructions of President Mahmoud Abbas, handed over the file prepared on settlers’ violence against the Palestinian people, to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, at the International Criminal Court (ICC) headquarters in Hague.

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5 August 2015

Australian Labor Party Reaches an Agreement on Palestine

The Australian Labour Party weighed in on the Palestinian Israel issue at its 2015 National Conference reaching a agreement on the subject that may see Australia acknowledging a Palestinian state based on two aspects– no deal formed at the next round of peace talks and a successfully elected Federal Labour Government.

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H.E. Ambassador Abdulhadi attended a Nakba commemorative and awards dinner in Sydney on Sunday, 10 May

H.E. Ambassador Abdulhadi attended a commemorative and awards dinner in Sydney on Sunday, 10 May. The dinner is an annual event organised by the General Union of Palestinian Workers, the Australian-Palestinian Club, and the Graduates Association. It is a significant occasion serving several purposes. Firstly, as a reflection on the past, held in remembrance of the Nakba. On the other hand, it embraces an appreciation for a robust future, by honouring graduates and high achievers in the Palestinian-Australian community. The Ambassador observed in his opening speech: “Combining the two events is not a coincidence in my opinion; it sends a strong message of the continuity of the Palestinian struggle and how the Palestinian issue is inherited from generation to generation. The message is: our parents did not forget, we do not forget and the young generation will not forget the story of dispossession and occupation.” Many distinguished guests were in attendance, including Jihad Dib MP (the first Muslim parliamentarian), Paul Lynch MP, Senator Lee Rhiannon, the Mayor of Canterbury Brian Robson, Prof. Jake Lynch, Prof. Stuart Rees, Dr. Peter Manning, and a group of Palestinian community leaders. The Ambassador’s speech was followed by speeches from Jihad Dib MP, Paul Lynch MP, Senator Lee Rhiannon and Prof. Jake Lynch. The Ambassador had the great honour of passing on the awards to those recognised. He mentioned that: “Young Palestinian leadership can create the best integration within Australian society and this will serve the interests of the Palestinian community and the Australian community.” He went on, with confidence, to make clear that, despite the tragedy of the Nakba, 67 years on: “There is an old saying and it goes like this, ‘If the story doesn’t have a happy ending, the story isn’t over yet’. For Palestine, the story is not over yet. The story has a happy ending and we are working our way towards it. And the ending of the story is, a fully sovereign Palestinian state in which Palestinians are free to own, and to determine their own future. Until we reach that end, let’s continue to be partners on the journey.”

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The Foreign Minister of the State of Palestine Dr Riad Malki ended a successful visit to New Zealand May 1 – May 2/2015

Dr Malki, the Palestinian Foreign Minister, was in Auckland last week and met with Hon Murray McCully, the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, at his office in Auckland. Minister Malki thanked the New Zealand government for its continuous support to the Palestinian cause in particular the condemnation of the Israeli illegal settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the role of New Zealand in the Security Council as, a non- permanent member, especially with regards to Israel- Palestine conflict. The two ministers discussed the French draft resolution to the Security Council to end the Israeli occupation, and the New Zealand efforts to complement this Resolution and to support the French initiative. The New Zealand Foreign Minister outlined the vision and approach of the New Zealand Government to solve the problem and the intention of the New Zealand government to talk and coordinate with all parties to guarantee a successful voting on the resolution to end the Israeli occupation. The Palestinian Minster, also, met with Shadow Foreign Minister, Hon David Sherier, and delivered a lecture at Auckland University. It is worth mentioning that Hon McCully will visit Palestine on June 4th to continue his discussion with the Palestinian officials.

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The Foreign Minister of the State of Palestine Dr Riad Malki ended a successful visit to Australia April 29 – 30/2015

Dr Malki, the Palestinian Foreign Minister, was in Sydney last week and met with Hon Julie Bishop, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, at her office in Sydney. The Palestinian Minster explained to his counterpart the latest on the Israel- Palestine conflict, in particular the Palestinian attempts to end the Israeli occupation through Security Council. The Palestinian Minister introduced the new Palestinian approach and Modus Operandi to solve the conflict moving from bi lateral negotiations to multilateral approach. In response to the Minister’s questions on the role of ISIS in the region, the Minister clarified that this phenomenon is ad hoc and not sustainable. He explained the root causes for the emerging of ISIS and confirming that finding a just and comprehensive solution to Israel- Palestine conflict will contribute, substantially, to reducing the negative impact of this terrorist movement. H.E. Dr Malki, also, met with the Australian Shadow Minister, Hon Tanya Plibersek and discussed with her the significance of the recognition of the Sate of Palestine in order to save and sustain the two-state solution and reaching a comprehensive peace and security in the region. The Shadow Foreign Minister briefed the minister on the current discussion taking place within the Labor party to recognize the State of Palestine. The Minster had the opportunity to meet representatives from the Australian media outlets and talked to them about the latest on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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