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Australia’s decision to end direct aid to Palestine
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July 3, 2018

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on Australia’s decision to
end direct aid to Palestine

“Australia seems to have succumbed to the U.S. administration’s pressure in
compounding the injustice of Israel’s military occupation by punishing its
Palestinian victims. This unjustified and cruel move further targets the
Palestinians who are already being held captive, while ignoring the
persistent violations and war crimes being committed by the Israeli

The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 guarantees the rights of prisoners and
the livelihoods of their families and the responsibility of the party that
is holding the prisoners.

I would like to remind Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that the
situation is one of a brutal occupation in which since 1948 Israel has
imprisoned more than one million Palestinians without due process and killed
roughly 75,000 Palestinians. Every single Palestinian family has thereby
been affected by this longstanding injustice.

It is also disconcerting that the Palestinian leadership is being charged
with ‘politically motivated violence’ by Foreign Minister Bishop. We have
been committed to non-violent resistance and to legal and responsible forms
of countering Israeli violations and violence. It is ironic that Israel has
not been held accountable for its ‘official and unofficial’ violence carried
out both by its occupation army and extremist settlers, while the
Palestinians are expected to remain docile and subservient victims.

We strongly urge the government of Australia to reconsider its decision and
not embolden Israel in its unilateral and illegal policies. Bringing Israel
to compliance with international law and international humanitarian law
would be the most constructive action for governments interested in peace
and justice.”

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