On behalf of our 90,000 members, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the killings of dozens of unarmed Palestinians at mass demonstrations near the Gaza Strip’s eastern border yesterday. More than 50 Palestinians died and over two thousand people were injured and we can no longer stand idly by as a labour movement.
The use of live ammunition against protestors and the resulting deaths are clear violations of international law and human rights and our Federal government has been silent about the recent developments in Gaza. Our Prime Minister should condemn the violence and call on Israel to cease violations of international law.
The Federation of Labour supports a vision of two nations co-existing in peace and security, within safe borders and free from occupation. We believe that direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine are the only viable avenue to the resolution of the conflict and we call on our Federal government to recognize the State of Palestine. We urge the Liberal government to take a more active stance for peace and human rights.
Today also marks the 70th commemoration of the Nakba, or Catastrophe Day, where more than 700,000 Arabs fled, or were expelled, from their homes during the 1947‑49 war. For Palestinians, this is a day of mourning and resistance, calling for the respect of international law and the right of return for refugees to Palestine. On this day, we mourn those who have lost their lives and stand in solidarity with Palestinian workers calling for human rights and social justice and the respect for international law.