Please write to your Federal MP to stop Australia signing a Free Trade Agreement with Israel …
The Australian Trade Minister wants to sign a free-trade agreement with Israel this year!
Minister for Trade, Dan Tehan, has just received a report from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. A report based on an inquiry he commissioned with the aim of working out how to expand trade and investment with Israel.
The Trade Minister might want a free-trade deal – but the majority of public submissions made to the inquiry opposed the idea of a free trade agreement with Israel due to Israel’s blatant disregard of human rights.
Palestinian advocacy groups, as well as Jewish organisations submitted to the inquiry that Israel’s occupation, illegal settlements, and military attacks on Gaza mean it would be completely wrong for Australia to reward Israel with this advantaged trade status. The report from the Department won’t be made public, so we need to make sure all parliamentarians hear our voices.