Leslie Bravery (NZ) writes to Australia Post re Australia-Israel joint issue stamps 25Jun13 June 26, 2013

Re: The Battle of Beersheba commemorative stamps
Dear Mr Ahmed Fahour,

I am writing to add the voice of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign Aotearoa/New Zealand to that of Australians for Palestine and others that have expressed their dismay at the failure of Australia Post to pay due respect to the Palestinian people, whose forbears fought in their thousands with ANZAC forces in Palestine. The Australia Post’s website article referring to the collaboration of Israel and Australia in the stamp issue states that: “The Battle of Beersheba is a significant event in the history of both countries and one of Australia’s greatest and least-known military triumphs.” The battle took place over 30 years before Israel came to establish itself in Palestine and your article not only attempts to re-write history, it is a slap in the face for Palestinians. Palestinian residents of Beersheba were ethnically cleansed from their city by Israel in 1948 and Israel continues to defy international law by denying the refugees their right of return – a right recognised by the United Nations. We look forward to a written tribute from Australia Post to the Palestinian people, an apology and also a correction to the historical error contained in the article.

Yours sincerely

Leslie Bravery
Palestine Human Rights Campaign Aotearoa/New Zealand

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