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Monday, 1 December 2003
Page: 23267

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 neighbours, families, employment, water resources and land;

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

3. the real purpose of the wall is to prevent the establish-ment 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 enter into serious peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

by Mrs Irwin (from 258 citizens)