Trading Palestinian rights?

Trading Palestinian rights?

The Australian Trade Minister wants to sign a free-trade agreement with Israel this year!  

Minister for Trade, Dan Tehan, is about to receive a report from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  A report based on an inquiry he commissioned with the aim of working out how to expand trade and investment with Israel.

The Trade Minister might want a free-trade deal - but the majority of  the public submissions made to the inquiry opposed the idea of a free trade agreement with Israel due to Israel’s blatant disregarding of human rights. 

Palestinian advocacy groups, as well as Jewish ...

The Australian Trade Minister wants to sign a free-trade agreement with Israel this year!  

Minister for Trade, Dan Tehan, is about to receive a report from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  A report based on an inquiry he commissioned with the aim of working out how to expand trade and investment with Israel.

The Trade Minister might want a free-trade deal - but the majority of  the public submissions made to the inquiry opposed the idea of a free trade agreement with Israel due to Israel’s blatant disregarding of human rights. 

Palestinian advocacy groups, as well as Jewish organisations submitted to the inquiry that Israel’s settlements, military occupation, and military attacks on Gaza mean it would be completely wrong for Australia to reward Israel with this advantaged trade status.  The report from the Department won’t be made public, so we need to make sure all parliamentarians hear our voices. 

This is our last chance to stop the Minister from rewarding Israel for the ongoing illegal occupation and its many other crimes. 

Australia is a passionate advocate of an international rules-based order.  We currently have a range of sanctions in place against seven countries.  Why should Israel be treated any differently when it commits such gross violations of Palestinian human rights and is in breach of so many international laws? 

Last week, a petition signed by 22,000 Australians was tabled in the Australian parliament. This petition calls on targeted sanctions until Israel complies with international law. 

It is clear that a free-trade agreement that rewards Israel would be bad for Palestinians, it would also be bad for Australia’s reputation as a country that respects international law. 

Please join the campaign now!

For more see: 

Minister’s announcement of his desire for Free Trade Agreement

Public submissions to DFAT feasibility study

Petition signed by 22,000 Australians calling for targeted sanctions on Israel

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No Free Trade Agreement

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