Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Asian-African Ministerial Meeting on Monday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said Palestians were encouraged that so many Asian and African countries supported Palestinian independence. However, he said he was eager to see how those words of solidarity were put into action to help end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on the sidelines of the Asian African Business Summit held here, discussing ways to support Palestine in attaining full independence.
Speaking to the press conference after the meeting, President Widodo said that further meetings to discuss concrete moves to push forward the independence of Palestine would be conducted at the Asian African Summit 2015.
On April 13, 2015, foreign ministers representing 16 out of 28 European Union (EU) Member States sent a letter to High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini requesting that she take “the lead” and complete the “important work on labeling of settlement produce/products.”
Foreign ministers from 16 EU countries – including the UK – have signed a letter to the EU’s foreign policy head, Federica Mogherini, requesting she expedite moves to ensure the clear labelling of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements and sold in Europe.
PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said:
“Today, we honor and express our solidarity with all Palestinians who have been and continue to be imprisoned in Israeli jails. We commend their steadfastness, courage and determination in defiance of Israel’s military occupation and system of enslavement and apartheid.
Identical letters sent by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour,Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, to the UN Secretary-General, President of the Security Council and President of the General Assembly on the grave situation of Palestine refugees in Yarmouk.
April 1, is a historic day in the struggle for justice, freedom, and peace for our people and all those seeking justice worldwide. Today marks the official membership of the State of Palestine to the International Criminal Court, reflecting Palestine's commitment to justice, international law, and human rights. Our determination to protect our people against the injustice of those responsible for war crimes is underscored by our nation’s accession to the Rome Statute and submission to the ICC’s jurisdiction.
The Palestine Liberation Organization confirms its permanent position in refusing to be drawn into the midst of the ongoing conflict in Syria, and expresses its absolute refusal to be part of the ongoing armed conflict in al-Yarmouk Refugee Camp.
The United Nations human rights office has voiced concerns over Israel’s so-called administrative detention, calling on Tel Aviv to end the unlawful practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial.
At 8pm next Tuesday evening, 14 April, the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent program will feature Pitch Battle, a documentary about the Palestinian team that visited Australia this year to compete in the Asian Cup.
Pitch Battle follows Abdelhamid Abu Habib, an exile from Gaza who lives on the West Bank and hasn’t been home in three years, and the team’s assistant coach, Saeb Jundiyeh, who lost the top two floors of his house in the Gaza war. Team boss is Jibril Rajoub, a former security aide to Yasser Arafat who spent more than 15 years inside Israeli prisons.