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15 June 2017
Australian Friends of Palestine Association
'I thought I knew enough...'
3 observations from Australia

~ Football and Politics [New Matilda]
~ There can be no peace without justice [Courier Mail]
~ Senator Lisa Singh on her visit to Palestine [Australian Parliament]
& ICYMI... Australia must ban Israeli settlement products [Amnesty International Australia]
Photo credit: noaz, Flickr [via New Matilda]
Football and Politics: Own Goals In The Fight For A Free Palestine
Amin Abbas, New Matilda, 11 June 2017
The Palestinian struggle needs to refocus, writes Amin Abbas.
'In recent times, Palestinians have been polarised by an unexpected question. Which football club is more supportive of the Jewish state, and less deserving of their support: Barcelona or Real Madrid?...'
Read more here >>
There can be no peace without justice for Palestine
George Browning, The Courier-Mail, 12 June 2017
'For the past 100 years the international community has abetted the establishment and expansion of a Jewish state at the expense of its indigenous population through a policy of hypocrisy and wilful self-deception...'
Read more here >>
See also George Browning's video speech '50 years too long' >>
Senator Lisa Singh's Parliamentary speech on her visit to Palestine
Australian Parliament Hansard, 13 June 2017
Senator Lisa Singh (ALP, Tasmania): 'In April this year I travelled to the West Bank, a land that has been occupied by the state of Israel for the last 50 years... I thought I knew enough about the military occupation, having listened for years to scholars, Palestinians, Israelis and politicians. But going to the West Bank made me realise that you really have to visit this part of the world to truly understand what is going on...'
Read Hansard transcript here >>
View YouTube video of speech here >>
See also Joint statement of Australian parliamentary delegation to Palestine >>
And in case you missed it...
Amnesty InternationalAustralia must ban Israeli settlement products to help end half a century of violations against Palestinians, Amnesty International Australia, 7 June 2017
“Amnesty International is calling on the Australian Government to ban the import of goods from illegal settlements,” said Michael Hayworth, Campaigns Manager at Amnesty International Australia. “The illegal settlements are sustained by profits off the back of unlawfully appropriated Palestinian resources, including land, water and minerals. Australia should publicly clarify whether any existing imports have come from illegal settlements, and commit to prohibiting this in future.”...
'...we know that Australia imported $952 million from Israel in 2015-16. There is no data on whether any Australian imports have come from illegal Israeli settlements.'
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