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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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29 July 2015

Labor's National conference adopted resolution 446R on Israel-Palestine conflict

The Australian Labor Party Conference: AFFIRMS Labor's support for an enduring and just two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the right of Israel to live in peace within secure borders internationally recognised and agreed by the parties, and reflecting the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to also live in peace and security within their own state.

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24 July 2015

Statement by Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the United Nations Security Council, Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, 23 July 2015: (Check against delivery)

I congratulate New Zealand on its Presidency of the Security Council and thank you, Honorable Minister for Foreign Affairs Murray McCully, for presiding over this important debate, a reflection of your country's responsible, principled position vis-à-vis this issue and the commitment to uphold your Security Council mandate and contribute to international peace and security.

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23 July 2015

Dr. Ashrawi: “Recent Israeli announcements to annex more Palestinian land, to displace hundreds of Palestinians and to expand its illegal settlement enterprise constitute war crimes”

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said: “With its efforts to demolish and ethnically cleanse entire Palestinian villages and communities, its plans to construct more illegal settlement units on stolen Palestinian land, and its deliberate use of live ammunition and the extra-judicial killing of innocent Palestinians, including children, among other flagrant violations of international law, Israel has clearly demonstrated that it is determined to destroy the chances for peace and the two-state solution indefinitely.”

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23 July 2015

Statement by Dr. Saeb Erekat on recent Israeli plans to displace Palestinians and expand illegal settlements

Israel has systematically pursued a policy of forcible transfer of civilian Palestinian populations, which is a crime against humanity under International law, and in the process has replaced the indigenous Palestinian population with foreign settlersthroughout Occupied Palestine. In particular, this policy has drastically affected Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and the southern Hebron region. Some of the most dramatic examples of such policies can be seen in the villages of Abu Nawar and Susiya, in Jerusalem and Hebron respectively. Just today, Israeli forces uprooted 400 olive trees from the village of Beit Ula in the Hebron District.

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18 July 2015

Why the ALP should recognise Palestine

in a few days, the ALP's national conference will debate whether to recognise the state of Palestine. As a member of the federal Labor caucus and co-convener of the Australian Parliamentary Friends of Palestine, I urge my ALP colleagues and conference delegates to support calls for Labor in government to recognise Palestinian statehood.

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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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