Palestinians make mark on Melbourne - festival on today
Today Palestinians will raise their flag at Federation Square, and mark the Declaration of Independence that it still waiting fulfillment.
· Ludi Wiggins (Tourky)- Australian Palestinian Olympic medallist
· Maher Mughrabi – Senior Fairfax journalist
· Palestinian Children dancing traditional Dabke
· Palestinian live band & DJ
· Palestinian Fair trade stalls, food and costumes.
On the 15 November 1988 at the 19th Palestinian National Council, Yasser Arafat proclaimed a Declaration of Independence. This declaration followed decades of stalled negotiations with Israel and sought a new path to a lasting just peace for the Palestinians.
This declaration led to countries establishing formal diplomatic ties with Palestine. Today 70% of the world Recognises Palestine- Australia does not.
The British Labor Party have pledged to Recognise Palestine. The ALP are also in active discussions about their policy of the Recognition of Palestine.
The Palestinian flag was first raised at the United Nations in New York in 2015, following UN resolutions recognising it as a non-member State. This will be the second time that the Palestinian Flag will fly over Federation Square.
Despite diplomatic achievements, this year marks 50 years of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. Palestinian rights for independence and dignity remain completely frustrated.
A thousand Palestinians and their friends are expected to attend today’s event.
The event is co-sponsored by all the Palestinian groups in Melbourne.
5.00pm: Speeches by Palestinian Ambassador; Ludi Wiggins & Maher Mughrabi
5.30pm - singing of national anthem & flag raising by Australian Palestinian children
5.30-9pm: Community festival.
Jessica Morrison, Executive Officer, APAN 0431 519 577
Nasser Mashni, Australian Palestinian 0417 777 377
The event is supported by: Palestinian Community Association of Victoria; Beit Jala Palestinian Community Casey Friends of Palestine; Australians for Palestine; Australia Palestine Advocacy Network