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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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28 November 2014

A Synopsis of the PLO Executive Committee Statement Issued on November 25 Regarding Israel's Draft Bill to Recognize Israel as a Nation-State of the Jewish People

On November 23, the Israeli cabinet approved a bill that defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Such a draft bill aims to destroy the two-state solution by superimposing “Greater Israel" on historical Palestine and endorsing the military occupation. Furthermore, it would institutionalize apartheid and deprive the Palestinian citizens of Israel of their social, political and economic rights, turning them into second-class citizens.

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27 November 2014

Message of H.E President Mahmoud Abbas on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

The Arabic and English Message of H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas President of the State of Palestine Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 24 November 2014.

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20 November 2014

Spain parliament symbolically recognizes Palestine

Following similar moves across Europe, Spanish lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a resolution recognizing Palestine. Though non-binding and largely symbolic, the resolution gleaned 319 votes in its favor, two against it, and one abstention. The motion was proposed by the main opposition Socialists.

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17 November 2014

The Palestinian Declaration of Independence: 26 years after Palestine’s Historic Compromise

November 15, 2014 “The State of Palestine declares its belief in the settlement of international and regional disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the charter and resolutions of the United Nations” On November 15, 1988, the Palestinian National Council, then led by late President Yasser Arafat, declared the independence of the State of Palestine within the 1967 borders. This was the historic and painful Palestinian compromise: we accepted that our state would exist on only 22 percent of our historic homeland. Israel responded by colonizing more of our land and entrenching its control over the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. The possibility of a two-state solution is quickly fading away. The international community must now act decisively in order to salvage the two-state solution. The international community’s recognition of a State of Palestine on all of the territory occupied by Israel in 1967 would be an important first step.

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13 November 2014

Press release: UNSG announcement to establish an internal & independent UN Board of Inquiry to investigate certain incidents accrued in the Gaza Strip 8-26/08/2014

11 November 2014, Press Release- The Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine welcomes the announcement made on 10 November 2014 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, to establish an internal and independent United Nations Board of Inquiry to investigate certain incidents that occurred in the Gaza Strip between 8 July and 26 August 2014. We welcome the appointment of the Board, which is to be led by Mr. Patrick Cammaert (The Netherlands) and includes, as its other members, Ms. Maria Vicien-Milburn (Argentina), Ms. Lee O’Brien (USA), Mr. Pierre Lemelin (Canada) and Mr. K.C. Reddy (India), and which has been tasked to investigate a number of specific incidents in which death or injuries occurred at, and/or damage was done to United Nations premises, notably UNRWA schools, and the inviolability of those premises was gravely violated.

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National Capital Model United Nations Conference (NCMUN)

4 October: The General Delegation of Palestine participated in the National Capital Model United Nations Conference (NCMUN) as part of the diplomatic community in Canberra hosting visits to embassy premises for participating students. Counsellor Ms Suheir Zeidan Gedeon met with a delegate from the conference. In this meeting, she introduced the work of the Palestinian Delegation, briefed the delegate on the latest situation in Palestine, and finally discussed the Palestine vision and strategies for the future prosperity of the Palestinian people.

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The Forgotten Palestinians of Lebanon: A Parliamentary Briefing with Olfat Mahmoud

28 October, Counsellor Suheir Zeidan Gedeon attended a briefing at Parliament House by Mrs. Olfat Mahmoud, from the Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organisation, Lebanon. This was at the kind invitation of Union Aid Abroad –APHEDA, the Australian Palestine Advocacy Network, and the Federal Parliamentary Friends of Palestine co-chair Maria Vamvakinou MP. Mrs. Olfat Mahmoud is the founder and director of the Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organisation in Lebanon. She is a Palestinian refugee, nurse, university lecturer and an advocate for justice and peace for forgotten Palestinians in Lebanon. Counsellor Gedeon was able to meet with Mrs. Mahmoud the day after, at the General Delegation of Palestine premises, and the pair discussed the following topics: Update on the situation for Palestinian refugees, especially women and children in long-term refugee camps in Lebanon; The effectiveness and accountability of Australian aid expenditure to Palestinian refugee communities in Lebanon; The impact of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, especially on Palestinian refugees; How the deteriorating security situation in the region is impacting on Palestinian civil-society organisations.

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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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