Gareth Smith (NSW) writes to Justine Elliot MP asking for a reply to letter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard re Palestinian hunger-striker Khader Adnan 19Feb12 February 19, 2012

Dear Ms Elliott,

Below is a copy of my message to PM Julia Gillard to which I would like a reply. The reason I am forwarding this message to you is because I was a member of the Australian Delegation to the Gaza Freedom March, Cairo, December 2010/January 2011. from where we sent a jointly signed letter by diplomatic pouch via the Australian Embassy to Mr Rudd but never received a reply.

“Your address to the AICC praised Israel and reiterated Australia’s total support. You made no criticism of the continuing violations of international and humanitarian law perpetrated by Israel on Palestinians so does this mean your government endorses the occupation practices of the Israeli state which include unlimited detention without charge, imprisonment of children as young as 13, home demolitions and harsh repressive measures against the indigenous population?

I understand you are about to lead a delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Occupied Territories (POT) so will you:
* report back to the Australian public on the conditions of life there? * confer with the UN Special Raporteur for the POT, Richard Falk?
*visit Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan currently in Sieff Hospital, Safed – Haaretz?”

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