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Monday, 21 June 2004
Page: 30865

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament.

The petition of certain citizens of Australia points out to the House the Israeli government's construction of the so-called security wall inside the West Bank. Your petitioners state that:

1. the wall separates tens of thousands of Palestinians from their families, neighbours, employment, schools, hospital, water resources and land;

2. the wall continues Israel's illegal annexation of Palestinian land;

3. the real purpose of the wall is to force Palestinians from their homes and land by making their lives unbearable and to prevent the establishment of a viable and independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Your petitioners therefore ask the House to call upon the government of Israel to immediately cease construction of the wall and to negotiate a just peace with the Palestinians.

by Mrs Irwin (from 226 citizens)