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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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2014 The International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

On 26 November 2013, the General Assembly decided to proclaim 2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (IYSPP), and requested the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to organize activities to be held during the year, in cooperation with Governments, relevant organizations of the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations.

The objective of the IYSPP would be to promote solidarity with the Palestinian people as a central theme, contributing to international awareness of

(a) Core themes regarding the question of Palestine.
(b) Obstacles to the ongoing peace process, particularly those requiring urgent action such as settlements, Jerusalem, the blockade of Gaza and the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory.
(c) Mobilization of global action towards the achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting solution of the question of Palestine in accordance with international law and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.
 

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Palestinian Ministry of Health Emergency Operation Room

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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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24 October 2014

Statement by PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Saeb Erekat on Netanyahu’s Incitement Against President Abbas

Mr Erekat said in his statement: 'We strongly reject and condemn Mr. Netanyahu’s unfounded and inflammatory statement regarding yesterday’s incident in Occupied East Jerusalem. Mr. Netanyahu declared that President Abbas’ “partners in government” were behind the act and that the President himself “only a few days ago incited towards a terrorist attack in Jerusalem.” Mr. Netanyahu has no credibility left to lose, three weeks after he declared that the Obama administration was “against American values” and “anti-peace” for condemning his government’s approval of nearly 3,000 new settlement housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. But even by his standards, Mr. Netanyahu’s statement last tonight represents a dangerous new low.

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17 October 2014

Deputy PM Ya’alon Confirms Israeli Government’s Political Program: Pro-colonization, against two-state solution

This is the official policy of the Israeli government coalition, a coalition which, in less than two years, has shown itself to be one of the most extreme in history. Mr. Ya’alon has confirmed that the Israeli government does not seek a two-state solution, but rather a way to manage the situation. This has always been, and remains, the line of Netanyahu’s government. In stark contrast to the positions of Palestine and the entire international community, the ruling coalition in Israel has made clear that it has no intention of seeing an independent state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel. Rather, the Israeli government aims to consolidate the occupation that continues to control the lives of the Palestinian people.

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17 October 2014

U.N. Chief Offers Stark View of Gaza Devastation

Visiting Gaza on Tuesday for the first time since this summer’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, said the destruction was “beyond description,” even as reconstruction efforts were underway for the first time. “No amount of Security Council sessions, reports or briefings could have prepared me for what I witnessed today,” Mr. Ban told reporters after touring some of the most badly damaged areas of the Gaza Strip and visiting a United Nations school that was shelled during the fighting.

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16 October 2014

Identical letters by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour on Clashes at Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Israeli violations

Identical letters sent by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the Security Council and the President of the General Assembly on Clashes at Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Israeli violations

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15 October 2014

Dr. Ashrawi: “This Vote Sends the Right Message to the British Government and the Rest of Europe”

PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, welcomed the vote of the British Parliament urging its government to recognize the State of Palestine: “On behalf of the Palestinian people and its leadership, I would like to thank everyone who worked to bring about this vote. The recognition of Palestine and its people is both a principled decision and a significant step towards justice and peace.”

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A Multi-Faith Service for those who are suffering in the Middle East, Especially in the Gaza Strip, organized in Canberra

Hosted by the Australian Center for Christianity and Culture, A multi faith service has been organized in Canberra on August 13 attended by a large number of community leaders representing all faiths and sects in Canberra. The objective of this service was to remember the victims in the Middle East especially the Palestinian women and children who have been killed in the current Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip. The speakers reminded the International community of its responsibilities in protecting the civilian people and the urgency to provide them with the necessary humanitarian assistance. The speakers, also, concentrated on the importance of tolerance between all religions in order to achieve a durable and comprehensive peace in the Middle East. Bishop George Browning, the President of Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) condemned, in his speech, the Israeli assault on the Gaza strip and reminded the audience of the continuous plight of the Palestinian people. Ambassador Abdulhadi and Councilor Suheir Gedeon, whom participation has been warmly welcomed, have attended the ceremony.

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Fund Raising Dinner in support of the Palestinian people in Gaza

Beit Jala Palestinian Association (BJPA) has organized a fundraising dinner in Melbourne on August 16 in support of the Palestinian humanitarian needs in Gaza. The fundraising dinner attended by more than 120 persons and raised more than 25000 dollars. The president of BJPA, Mr. Elias Attala, has described the devastating situation in Gaza and the heartbreaking conditions faced by its people. Dr Daud Sammour representing the Palestinian community Association urged the international community to provide protection and urgent humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people in Gaza. Other speakers, including representatives from the church and Islamic Council of victoria, talked about the Israeli war crimes and its violation to International Law and human rights. A speech by Ambassador Abdulhadi’s has been read by a board member of BJPA, it emphasized, among other issues, the strengthening of the unity among the Palestinians by the recent Israeli aggression. The creation of the Accord Government of Palestine following the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas demonstrates the ever-strengthening feeling of Palestinian statehood. This was also demonstrated by the single, unified Palestinian delegation to the peace talks in Cairo”.

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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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