Australians Organize 300km March to Demand Recognition of Palestine

Australians organize a 300-km march to demand recognition of Palestine (Photo via SAMA)

Palestinian activist Shamikh Badra said a group of Australia activists started a 300km march from Sydney to Canberra, which will last for 10 days, to hand a petition over to the Australian parliament to demand the recognition of Palestine.

The petition was signed by thousands of academics, politicians and activists and demand the Australian parliament to recognize Palestine as an independent state.

Badra stressed the importance of such initiatives to attain recognition of the Palestinian statehood, and to call for applying the Fourth Geneva Convention to the Occupied Palestinian Territories within the 1967 boundaries.  He noted that the Palestinian state should be established on the ashes of the Israeli occupation and not under its umbrella.

He added that the right to resist the Israeli occupation of Palestine is legitimate as long as there is an occupation and this right does not contradict with the recognition of Palestine.

Badra encouraged a follow-up to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which ruled that the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank, must be removed.

Coupled with the Goldstone report, Badra added, such decisions and reports complete the circle to bring Israel to justice with the help of other countries and institutions in the world that state their opposition to Israel’s occupation of Palestine and its condemnation of Israel’s violations of international laws and conventions.


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  1. Clarification:

    The Recognise Palestine Walk from Sydney to Canberra is the sole endeavour of John Salisbury who is occasionally joined by supporters on his 10 day trek of 300kms.

    John Salisbury , a committed Melbourne activist for Palestine, made the same walk in 2015 delivering a petition to the Australian government to recognise Palestine. Salisbury will also present postcards from Australians requesting the Prime Minister honour Australia’s ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty and end arms trade with Israel.

    In 2014 Israeli academic at the University of Wollongong was the first person to make the gruelling walk with his petition to the Australian government to support BDS.

  2. God go with you in this marvellous effort to tell the Australian Government that Palestine exists and her liberation is coming. If you can, stand in front of the Israeli embassy and tell them to get out of Palestine forever. You need media attention. Will ring a couple of news stations. Viva Palestina ?

  3. In 2014 Israeli academic, MARCELO SVIRSKY, at the University of Wollongong was the first person to make the gruelling walk with his petition to the Australian government to support BDS.

  4. I know there is little that I as an individual can do, but I thought I should say that there are many, many Australians who support the Palestinian people. I truly wish I knew a way I could do something, anything to help resolve the disgusting, disgraceful way that you’re being treated by the international and isreali communities.

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