Five Palestinian Voices: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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Every year on 29 November, Amnesty International observes International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Palestinians have faced systematic oppression, displacement and violence since the beginning of Israeli occupation and apartheid over 70 years ago. But the period since 7 October 2023 has been one the most harrowing chapters in that recent history.

After seven weeks of horrific violence resulting in over 14,000 deaths, and with an all-too-brief ceasefire approaching its end, Palestinians living in Gaza are now facing the unimaginable prospect of even more devastation. These five Palestinian Australians generously and bravely shared with us their stories of grief, anger, solidarity and hope.

UPDATE 13 December, 2023: Backed by an overwhelming majority of member states, including Australia, the United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution calling for a ceasefire. Amnesty International Australia welcomes Australia’s support for a ceasefire and holds out hope that this vote will also lead to the immediate, unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid and the release of hostages. Now, our government must use every opportunity to continue to call for a ceasefire and for the Israeli Government to lift its 16-year illegal blockade on Gaza.

Five Palestinian-Australian Voices

Elias Jahshan
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Randa Abdel-Fatah
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Samah Sabawi wears a black dress and sits in front of a bookshelf.
Samah Sabawi
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Sara Saleh
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Arwa Abousamra
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