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 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.
The Israeli PM is expected to visit Australia in February 2017.
Read APAN’s open letter to the Foreign Minister here.