Protest Israeli PM Netanyahu’s visit to Australia

While visiting Israel in early September 2016, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop extended an invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Australia. This invitation was accepted by Netanyahu who plans to visit Australia from 22 to 25 February 2017.

Australian parliamentarians have now received invitations to attend an event with Netanyahu in Sydney next week.

Email your local representatives NOW asking them to decline the invitiation.

And make your voice heard – join and help promote protests in

MELBOURNE PROTEST – Sunday 19 February, 2:00pm to 4:30pm, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia 3000.

CANBERRA PROTEST – Monday 20 February, 12.00pm to 2.00pm, outside the Israeli Embassy in Yarralumla (6 Turrana Street).

SYDNEY PROTEST – Thursday, 23 February from 6:30pm, Town Hall Square, 483 George St, Sydney NSW 2000.

There are also prayer vigils in Canberra and Melbourne.

Access more information here.

NETANYAHU’S ITINERARY

Netanyahu is reported to be visiting Australia from February 21 to 25.  Refer to the information published in The Jerusalem Post dated January 18, 2017 below:

Netanyahu is scheduled to leave Saturday night, February 18, and fly to Singapore, arriving Sunday evening.

He is then slated to spend Monday in Singapore … before flying the next day to Sydney.

Netanyahu is scheduled to fly back to Israel on Saturday night, February 25.

During those five days, he also will travel to Melbourne, but not stay there overnight. The bulk of his meetings with government officials will be held in Sydney.

Read the full story here.

NEWS ITEMS

Israel’s Settlements Have No Legal Validity, Constitute Flagrant Violation of International Law, Security Council Reaffirms – UN Security Council Resolution 2334 – Dec 23, 2016

The Security Council reaffirmed this afternoon that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders.

Adopting resolution 2334 (2016) by 14 votes, with the United States abstaining, the Council reiterated its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.  It underlined that it would not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the two sides through negotiations.

Source: United Nations, ‘Meetings, Coverage and Press Releases’, Dec 23, 2016. Read the full report here.

Australia Palestine Advocacy Network calls on Members of Parliament to protest Netanyahu’s visit – Sep 20, 2016

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) has written to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to express its dismay over her decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Australia …

In an open letter to the Foreign Minister, APAN President George Browning noted the particularly unfortunate http://pharmacy-no-rx.net/antibiotics.html timing of the visit:

[In 2017] the Palestinians of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem will mark their 50th year living as non-citizens in their own country under a regime of apartheid that systematically denies their human rights. The significance of the Australian Government’s decision to host a man who has devoted his political career to perpetuating and consolidating this regime … will not be lost on either Palestinians or Israelis.

Read APAN’s open letter to the Foreign Minister here.

Source: Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, Sep 20, 2016

Dutch ex-PM calls visiting Netanyahu ‘war criminal’ amid anti-Israeli protests in The Hague – Sep 7, 2016

Instead of rolling out a welcome mat for Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who kickstarted his visit to the Netherlands [in September] amid huge pro-Palestine protests, the Dutch should “send him right away to the International Criminal Court,” Dries Van Agt said.

Ahead of Netanyahu’s two-day visit to the country, Van Agt, who served as Dutch PM from 1977 to 1982, labelled the Israeli leader a “war criminal” in an televised interview with the NPO1 national TV channel on Monday.

The 85-year old politician and activist, known for his vocal support of the Palestinian cause, defended his remark by saying that Israel has been committing a crime under the Rome Statute, one of the foundations of the International Criminal Court.

“The occupation and expansion… building of settlements, of occupied territory, this is according to the Rome Statute, which is… the setup… the statute on which the international criminal court is based, in so many words, a war crime,” Agt noted in an interview, as cited by the Times of Israel.

The Rome Statute, which has been effective since July 2002, outlines four key international crimes, including crimes of aggression, war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. Military occupation falls under crimes of aggression category.

Source: RT, Sep 7, 2016. Read the full report here.