Under the patronage of the Palestinian Ambassador, Mr Izzat Abdulhadi, and in the presence of First Secretary Ms Noura Saleh, the Palestinian community in NSW organized a large function to acknowledge and appreciate the work of the Hon Bob Carr in supporting the rights of the Palestinian people. The function was attended by NSW MPs, civil society representatives, and members of the Muslim, Arab and Palestinian communities.
In his welcoming speech to Mr Carr, the Palestinian Ambassador thanked Mr Carr for his consistent and systematic support for the Palestinian people, including his support for the recognition of the State of Palestine and his ability to mobilize the Labor leadership and the wider Australian public for this purpose.
Mr Carr's praised the dignity and resilience of the Palestinian people and talked about his journey in supporting the Palestinian rights and the huge challenges that he faced on this journey. He reiterated his support for the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination, as well as his condemnation of Israeli settlements and Israel's policies that are leading us to an apartheid system.
Mr Eddie Zananiri, representing the Palestinian community, praised the work of Mr Carr and his endless support for the Palestinian people. In addition, he appreciated the historical shift of the Labor party position towards the rights of the Palestinians and expressed the interest of the Palestinian community to engage in a robust dissuasion with the Labor party leadership.
The Palestinian Ambassador and the Palestinian community also provided Mr Carr and some NSW MPs with awards as acknowledgement and appreciation of their incredible achievements for Palestinians.