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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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Palestinian National Football Team Arrives for AFC Asian Cup

The Palestinian National Football Team arrived at Sydney airport late on New Years Eve for a training camp ahead of their debut AFC Asian Cup campaign.

 Over a hundred enthusiastic fans and members of the Sydney Palestinian community gathered to greet the players and officials. The reception included an impromptu Palestinian flute performance, the odd vuvuzela and an endless stream of supportive chants and cheers.

 H.E. Ambassador Izzat Abdulhadi welcomed the team to Australia and presented captain Ramzi Saleh with a bouquet of flowers.

 The squad held a light training session on 1 January 2015. They will continue training in Sydney until 8 January 2015 when they fly to Newcastle to prepare for their first match against Japan on the 12th.

H.E. Ambassador Abdulhadi and the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific would like to wish the team every success in the tournament.

 For more information on Palestine’s participation in the AFC Asian Cup, please: click here or here.

 For the full photo gallery of the arrival and first training session, please: click here.


 

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Mr. Jibril Rajoub to visit Australia for AFC Asian Cup

8 January 2015

Mr. Jibril Rajoub, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) will arrive in Melbourne on Friday 9 January 2015.

Mr. Rajoub is widely credited with bringing international football back to Palestine. He has also called on Israel to be expelled from FIFA for inhibiting the development of Palestinian football through the imposition of travel restrictions on Palestinian players and officials etc.

The national team's profile and performance in Asia has also improved dramatically during Rajoub's tenure. Success on the field has culminated in the team's first ever appearance at the AFC Asian Cup, the continent's premier tournament.

Mr. Rajoub will represent Palestine at AFC Asian Cup official opening ceremony in Melbourne on Friday evening before travelling to Newcastle on Saturday 10 January for Palestine's first game against Japan on Monday, 12 January.

The General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific welcomes the arrival of Mr Rajoub to Australia and invites all media to meet with Mr. Rajoub during his stay in Melbourne, New Castle and Canberra.

For further details, contact Mr Amro Hannoun, the media officer of the Palestinian National team.

Email: amrhannoun@gmail.com
Mobile: + 970598786888+ 970598786888

Or, the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, Mobile 0404444410


 

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29 January 2015

Black Flag: The legal and moral implications of the policy of attacking residential buildings in the Gaza Strip, summer 2014

On 8 July 2014, another round of hostilities broke out in Gaza. It was dubbed Operation Protective Edge. About 50 days later, the fighting ended in a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas. During the fighting, which included an incursion by ground forces, the Israeli military launched strikes from the air, sea and land against thousands of targets. More than 2,200 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of children. About 18,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged and more than 100,000 Palestinians were rendered homeless. Over the course of the fighting, Palestinians fired over 4,000 rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip, mostly at civilian communities inside Israel. As a result, five civilians were killed in Israel, including a four-year-old boy. Sixty-seven Israeli soldiers were killed in the fighting.

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22 January 2015

Dr. Ashrawi: “We cannot go back to business as usual and remain under the occupation”

Dr. Ashrawi stressed, “We cannot go back to business as usual and remain under the occupation. We need to resolve the root causes of Israeli violations and war crimes and put an end to the illegal, cruel and immoral occupation of Palestine and enable the Palestinians to fully exercise their right to self-determination.”

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8 January 2015

President Abbas condemns heinous terrorist attack in Paris

Ramallah - The President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas denounced the heinous terrorist incident, which took place Wednesday in the French capital Paris, which killed French citizens.

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8 January 2015

UN chief: State of Palestine will join ICC on April 1

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the state of Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1, a high-stakes move that will enable the Palestinians to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel. The Palestinians submitted the documents ratifying the Rome Statute that established the court last Friday, the last formal step to becoming a member of the world's permanent war crimes tribunal.

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8 January 2015

Statement by PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Saeb Erekat on Palestine’s Accession to International Treaties

Tonight was a historic moment for our people and for all those around the world who seek justice and peace. The State of Palestine signed a number of international treaties, all of which are consistent with the values of our nation, the foremost of which is respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Tonight, we call upon the international community to assume its responsibility in order to achieve a just and lasting peace in Palestine, including ending the occupation that began in 1967. We have provided our people, and all those who seeking a just peace, a horizon of hope. We trust that the international community will stand by us, as we seek to exercise the long overdue rights of our State and of our people.

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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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