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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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Media Alert
14 April 2014

April 17 is the National & International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian Prisoners: Free all Palestinian Political Prisoners”

The Palestinian Ministerial Cabinet decided to declare April 17 a national and International day of solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners, the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific (GDOP) would like to seize this occasion to urge civil society organizations in Australia and New Zealand to observe the day in solidarity of the Palestinian Political prisoners and to support their freedom.

According to statistics by Prisoner support and Human rights Association (Addameer) “Over 5,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, including 183 children and 175 held under administrative detention, a form of detention without trial that Israel uses to hold Palestinians, indefinitely, on secret information.

In many cases Palestinian children are tortured, ill-treated, placed in solitary confinement and coerced into signing a confession in Hebrew, a language which most Palestinian children do not understand. Under Israeli military law, Palestinians can be interrogated for a period of 90 days and denied access to a lawyer for the first 60 days. Since 1967, 73 Palestinian detainees have died as a result of torture while under Israeli interrogation, the most recent of which was Arafat Jaradat, who was tortured to death in a secured interrogation centre in February 2013” .

Recently, Israel has cancelled the release of the 4th patch of the pre – Oslo prisoners, a commitment Israel had already made 20 years ago as part of the “Oslo Accord”. Israel has agreed to release these prisoners as a part of a deal with the Palestinian Authority to start the peace negotiations on July 2013. The failure to release these prisoners has led to the current impasse of the negotiations.

The General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific (GDOP), raises concerns about Israel’s unchanged policies towards detention and impunity towards international law. It urges the Government of Australia to exert pressure on the Israeli government to respect its international human rights obligations towards all Palestinian prisoners, and to release the 4th patch of the pre – Oslo prisoners and all other Palestinians being arbitrarily detained.

 

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2014 The International Year of Solidarity with
the Palestinian People

This day was launched at the opening of the 2014 session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on 16 January 2014.

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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A Summer Experience for Diaspora
Palestinian Youth
(Age 15-25)

The Palestinian Higher Council for Youth and Sport is providing a unique experience for diaspora youth with Palestinian connections and roots. Under the guidance of H.E. President Mahmoud Abbas, the Higher Council for Youth and Sport is organizing an annual summer camp in Palestine for Diaspora Palestinian Youth age (15-25).
The aim of the Summer Camp is to encourage Palestinian Youth in the Diaspora to reconnect with Palestine, to exchange experiences with other Palestinian youth and to enhance collaboration and cooperation among them.
The 2014 Summer Camp will take place between 15-25 /08/2014
Accommodation and transportation costs are fully covered. Participants are only responsible for their traveling cost.

The General Delegation of Palestine is now accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Camp (15-25/08/2014).

To Participate
Please contact the General Delegation of Palestine, email auemb@mofa-gov.ps to receive the participation form.


 

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24 April 2014

Abbas: no contradiction between reconciliation and negotiations

Abbas said that there is no contradiction between reconciliation and negotiation "because we are committed to achieving a just and lasting peace based on the two-state solution and international resolutions." "Unity of the land and people will empower and contribute to the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital," he added.

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22 April 2014

Dr. Ashrawi: “We commend the bravery and determination of all Palestinian prisoners”

PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, marked Palestinian Prisoners’ Day by reaffirming that the freedom of the 5,224 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons remains the PLO’s top priority: “The Palestinian leadership is currently focusing its efforts on Palestine’s accession to the Four Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949 and the First Additional Protocol, and ensuring their implementation in regards to occupied Palestine, with the issue of Palestinian political prisoners at the forefront.”

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22 April 2014

Israel continues violence against Palestinian children

Israel continues its aggression against Palestinian children in the occupied territories, despite calls to end the ill-treatment of minors during and after arrests, Press TV reports.

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22 April 2014

Israel prevents UN delegation from reaching Church of the Holy Sepulchre

UN envoy for Middle East Peace Robert Serry said Saturday that Israeli police refused to grant him and other diplomats permission to reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to attend Holy Saturday rituals. He called on all sides to "respect the right to religious freedom," denouncing the attitude of Israeli police as "unacceptable".

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17 April 2014

Kairos Palestine issues Easter Alert for 2014

"In this Easter Alert, we choose to focus on Jerusalem and Jerusalemites: their reality, their plight, and their rights. We have connected with civil society organizations working in Jerusalem, as well as theologians, who have reflected on their longing for Jerusalem. We hope and pray that in this holy week, all Christians all over the world will turn their eyes to Jerusalem and its inhabitants; keep them in their prayers; and work toward opening the eyes, hearts and minds of our occupiers".Kairos Palestine--A Moment of Truth In other words, we are called to work toward lifting the burden of oppression and occupation, giving Jerusalem the opportunity to unite all peoples of faith in peace with justice.

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“You can do business in Palestine” was the message of the Palestinian Delegation in a Business Forum organized in Sydney.

The Australian Arab Business Council (AABC) has organized an Expo and Business Forum on Tuesday, March 18 in Sydney in partnership with the Council of Arab Ambassadors. The objective of the Expo was to discuss the strategies and approaches to promote businesses and investments between Australia and the Arab world. The Arab Ambassadors have presented several showcases and information about the business and investment sector in their countries and encouraged the Australian businessmen and businesswomen to investment in their countries. The Palestinian Delegation, represented by Ambassador Abdulhadi, introduced the Palestinian business experience and the investment incentives provided by the Palestinian Authority and other business institutions. Ambassador Abdulhadi encouraged the audience to visit Palestine and do business in Palestine and accordingly support the Palestinian economy and Palestinian people’s resilience and steadfastness. In addition to the Forum, an exhibition has been organized showing some products of the Arab countries and provided the visitors with business information.

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GDOP celebrates the launch of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at the Australia Parliament

24 March 2014 - The General Delegation of Palestine together with the Australian Parliamentary Friends of Palestine, the Australian Parliamentary Friends of UN, UNIC, APPAN, Arab Ambassadors, representatives from the International Diplomatic Corps, and the Palestinian community, celebrated the official Launch of the International year of solidarity with the Palestinian people at the Australian Federal Parliament. In his speech Ambassador Abdulhadi emphasized the fact that this year of Solidarity is the will of the international community to end the occupation, which is entering its 47th years”. He urged the Australian Government to support the two state solution and to speak truthfully against the Israeli illegal actions. He renewed the commitment of the Palestinian people and Palestinian leadership to negotiation conducted in good faith, stressing that “Settlements building must stop”. Federal Members of Parliament, Ms. Maria Vamvakinou, Craig Laundy, and Melissa Parke have spoken in this occasion as well as Mr Christopher Woodthorpe, the Director of the United Nation Information Centre. Also, Bishop George Browning, representing the Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network (APAN), spoke in the occasion supporting, strongly, the Palestinian rights. It is worth mentioning that more than 80 persons have participated in the function.

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