60 PROMINENT ANTI-RACIST JEWISH AND NON-JEWISH AUSTRALIANS oppose Israeli crimes & extremist Netanyahu visit to Australia

60 prominent anti-racist Jewish and non-Jewish Australians oppose Israeli crimes & extremist Netanyahu visit to Australia (February, 2017):

“Australia should not welcome the Prime Minister of Israel


We strongly oppose the official visit to Australia of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel continues to defy all United Nations calls for it to comply with international law in respect of its illegal settlement building, and its treatment of the indigenous Palestinian population. Instead, over the last 50 years, Israel has held the people of Palestine under military occupation and:

·continues to illegally build settlements on Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem;

·continues to confiscate Palestinian land;

·continues to demolish Palestinian homes;

· continues its policy of imprisonment of Palestinians without trial even of children as young as 12; and

·continues its blockade of the 1.8 million civilian inhabitants of Gaza.


Those actions are not symbolic of a nation desirous of building peace with its neighbours. Those policies build understandable resentment, anger and desperation amongst Palestinians.

We want all Israelis and Palestinians to have peace and freedom; we oppose all forms of terrorism and criminal violence by either side.

We recognise when there is a gross imbalance of power, conflict will never be resolved. Mr Netanyahu’s policies consistently aim to provoke, intimidate and oppress the Palestinian population which increase that imbalance, thus taking Israel irretrievably further from peace. These policies are inconsistent with Australian values and beliefs and we should not welcome him here.


The Australian Government needs to rethink its one-sided support for the Israeli Government. We are appalled that our Government opposes the recent UN Security Council

resolution supporting the application of international law to Israel and Palestine, when most nations, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France and New Zealand, support it. Even the USA did not oppose it. It is time for the suffering of the Palestinan people to stop and for Australia to take a more balanced role in supporting the application of international law and not supporting Mr Netanyahu and his policies.


Gavan Griffith QC, former Solicitor General

Gavan Griffith QC, former Solicitor General


The Honourable Murray Rutledge Wilcox, AO, QC, former Federal Court Judge


Julian Burnside AO, QC


John Karkar QC


Paul Heywood Smith QC


Claire O’Connor SC


Janet Holmes-à-Court, AC


Jon Stanhope, ACT Chief Minister 2001-2011


The Hon Alan Griffin, former Labor Minister


The Hon Melissa Parke, former federal member for Fremantle and lawyer for the United Nations in Gaza


Jill Hall, Former member for Shortland


Laurie Ferguson, Former member for Werriwa


Hon. Sandra Kanck, Former Member of the South Australian Legislative Council


Ms Miriam Margolyes OBE, Actor


Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah, Writer and academic


Sara Dowse, Writer


Samah Sabawi, Author, Playwright and PhD candidate Victoria University


Bishop George Browning, Former Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, APAN President


Rev Gregor Henderson AM, Past President, Uniting Church in Australia


Associate Professor Peter Slezak, Independent Australian Jewish Voices


Dr Peter Manning, journalist, academic and author


Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees AM, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies


Ms Wendy Turner, Founding and Executive member of Australia Palestine Advocacy Network


Professor Bassam Dally, The University of Adelaide


Professor Mohamad Abdall, University of South Australia


Jo Jordan, Presiding Clerk, for The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia


Christina Wilcox, filmmaker


Sara Saleh, media commentator and human rights activist


Dr Jacinda Woodhead, Editor, Overland magazine


Michael Brull, New Matilda columnist


Associate Professor Halim Rane, Griffith University


Dr Marcelo Svirsky, Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong


Associate Professor Deborah Zion


Associate Professor Barbara Baird, Flinders University


Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies


Professor Terri-ann White, The University of Western Australia


Professor John Langmore, University of Melbourne


Associate Professor Ahmad Shboul AM, University of Sydney


David Zyngier, Senior Lecturer, Monash University


Venerable Dr Erica Mathieson, Anglican Archdeacon of North Canberra


Hana Assafiri, Restaurateur and social justice advocate


Sister Susan Connelly, Member, Sisters of St Joseph


Father Claude Mostowik MSC, President Pax Christi Australia


Revd James Barr, Past Moderator, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion in Victoria


Ibrahim Ayshan, President, General Union of Palestinian Workers - Australia


Rev Harry Kerr, Convenor, Pax Christi Victoria


Dr. Mahmoud Abu Arab, Clinical Psychologist


Issa Shaweesh, businessman


David Forde, Pride of Australia Medal 2014


Dr Kevin Bray, Chair, Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine


Harry Wallace, Director, Major Issues and Theology Foundation


Annette Brownlie, Chair, Just Peace Qld Inc.


Helen Rainger, President, Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network


Nasser Mashni, Australians for Palestine


Hilmi Dabbagh, Coordinator, Australian Palestinian Professionals Network


Assoc Prof Jon Jureidini Vice President Australian Friends of Palestine Association


Dr Vacy Vlazna, Coordinator, Justice for Palestine Matters


Cathy Peters, Convenor, Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine


Jamil Batshoun -President, The Australian Palestinian Club


Bashir Sawalha, President of Australian Palestinian Graduates Club” (“Australia should not welcome the Prime Minister of Israel”, February 2017:  https://apanaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/statement_netanyahu_signatories_for_release_final.pdf ).