Rally to restore UNRWA funding; export aid, not arms

Actions, protests & rallies
Naarm/Melbourne

When

4:30pm to 6:00pm Friday 23 February

Where

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Victoria State Office
14/55 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia

Why

๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น, ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜†: ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก๐—ฅ๐—ช๐—” ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด; ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฑ, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜€!

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž'๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐ 
The Australian government has shown the depth of its support for Israelโ€™s war on Palestine with Foreign Affairs Minister, Penny Wongโ€™s announcement on 27th January 2024 that Australia would freeze funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), following Israel's allegations that members of UNRWA were involved in Hamasโ€™ attacks on October 7.

Since 1949, UNRWA has provided essential food, medical care, schooling, and social services to 2.1million Palestinian refugees. Australiaโ€™s decision to freeze funding to UNRWA is an act of collective punishment of all Palestinians.

Over 26,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli attacks since October 7. The International Justice Court (ICJ) ruling found that there is a plausible case that Israel is committing genocide.

Australia has granted 350 defense export permits to Israel since 2017 and has contributed parts to the F-35 fighter jets that have bombed Gaza. In 2022, the Victorian government also signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel's defense industry.

This rally has been called by Victoria-based members of ASU Members for Palestine, a rank-n-file group of workers in the Australian Services Union organising to end Israelโ€™s genocide in Gaza and for a free Palestine!

๐Ž๐ฎ๐ซ ๐๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ
1.Immediately restore funding to the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA)
2. Australia, cut all military, economic, and diplomatic ties with Israel โ€“stop exporting arms!
3. A permanent end to Israelโ€™s genocidal war on Palestine and Gaza
4. An end to Israelโ€™s illegal occupation of Palestine, an end to apartheid and ethnic cleansing, and for the Right of Return of Palestinian refugees

๐–๐‡๐„๐: Friday, 23rd February, 4:30PM

๐–๐‡๐„๐‘๐„: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Victoria State Office, 14/55 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

๐’๐๐„๐€๐Š๐„๐‘๐’
- ASU Members for Palestine
- Lachlan Batchelor, APHEDA Lead Organiser
- Healthcare Workers 4 Palestine
- Teachers and School Staff for Palestine
More TBA

Endorsed by ASU Members for Palestine, Unionists for Palestine, and Free Palestine Melbourne

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