Draft updated Palestine policy

Draft updated Palestine policy

The following draft is updated from the policy adopted at the Sixth National Conference, December 6-7, 2008. The Socialist Alliance condemns the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the state of Israel. This oppression takes different forms including— the occupation of Palestinian land, hi-tech military assaults on the impoverished Palestinian population, the blockade and siege of Gaza, the breaking up of the West Bank into isolated ghettos and systematic violence and discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel and those exiled as refugees. The Socialist Alliance supports:

  • An end to the occupation of Palestine by Israel.
  • The Palestinian right to self determination.
  • Withdrawal of all Israeli settlements and outposts in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and dismantlement of the apartheid wall.
  • Equal civil and democratic rights for all inhabitants of historic Palestine.
  • Right of return for Palestinian refugees to all historic Palestine.
  • An end to Israeli aggression against other countries in the region.
  • An end to the siege and blockade of Gaza - Free movement of people and supplies (including medical supplies) around historic Palestine/ between Palestine and Israel.
  • Prosecute Israeli military and political leaders for war crimes – in particular, those committed in the December-January 2009 assault on the people of Gaza.

End the criminalisation, in Australia, of Palestinian and Lebanese organisations that resist Israeli occupation using the misnamed “anti-terrorism” laws. The Socialist Alliance recognises the essential role that international (including Australian) imperialism plays in supporting the Israeli system of apartheid and occupation through massive political, economic and military aid. Therefore, the Socialist Alliance condemns the Australian government’s links with and uncritical support for the criminal Israeli state and supports the international campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israeli apartheid.

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