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Australian Labor Party Reaches an Agreement on Palestine

03 March 2015 in 2015

The Australian Labour Party weighed in on the Palestinian Israel issue at its 2015 National Conference reaching an agreement on the subject that may see Australia acknowledging a Palestinian state based on two aspects– no deal formed at the next round of peace talks and a successfully elected Federal Labor Government.

The Foreign Minister of the State of Palestine Dr. Riad Malki meets with Australian Ministers

03 February 2015 in 2015

The Palestinian Foreign Minister Dr. Malki recently met with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Julie Bishop at her office in Sydney. The Palestinian Minster explained to his counterpart the latest outstanding issues regarding the Israel- Palestine conflict, in particular the Palestinian attempt to end the Israeli Occupation through the Security Council.

Palestinian National Football Team participation in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup

31 January 2015 in 2015

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup witnessed an historical moment for the Palestinian people when the Palestinian national footbal team qualified for the very first time in the Asia cup that was held in Australia from the 9th – 31st of January. The groups participation in the tournament contributed to the enhancement of our team’s managerial and technical capabilities in order to meet challenges that are beyond the national and regional scope.

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

29 January 2015 in 2015

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.

Dr. Ashrawi: “It has become vital for the European Union to exhibit the political will and determination to hold Israel accountable”

14 January 2015 in 2015

PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, stressed, “Achieving a lasting peace based on the two-state solution is not contingent on the outcome of negotiations; ending the military occupation of Palestine, its people and resources remains the key to ensuring justice, peace and security.”

Dr. Ashrawi’s comments came during separate meetings with the European Union Representative to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and UNRWA, John Gatt-Rutter, and with Deputy Consul-General and Deputy Head of Mission of the British Consulate-General in New York, Nick Astbury at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah.

Dr. Ashrawi: The UN Security Council Vote is Outrageously Shameful

08 January 2015 in 2015

PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, strongly denounced the UN Security Council vote in which the resolution to end the Israeli occupationfailed to pass:

“The UN Security Council vote is outrageously shameful. It is ironic that while the United Nations designated 2014 as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the resolution failed to pass as an indication of a failure of will by some members of the international community. Furthermore, all the articles of the resolution are consistent with declared American policy, international law, UN resolutions, and the requirements of peace. The extent to which the U.S. has gone to protect Israeli impunity and lawlessness and to enable its criminal behavior is disgraceful and dangerous.

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