Do not have Gareth Evans as a guest speaker.
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Australian Friends Of Palestine Association

Do not have Gareth Evans as a guest speaker.

    1. Matt Buckley
    2. Petition by

      Matt Buckley

      Parkside, South Australia, Australia

The Australian Friends Of Palestine Association is a South Australian activist group that campaigns for the human rights of the Palestinian people.
Since 2010 one of its campaigns has been against the presence of Seacret cosmetics shops in South Australia. The reason for this is that Seacret is an Israeli company that uses minerals extracted from Palestine's portion of the Dead Sea in its products. Thus, Seacret uses the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank to steal Palestinian resources.
On the first of November, 2012, the Australian Friends Of Palestine Association will have its 2012 fundraising dinner. The scheduled guest speaker at the event is former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans.
As Australia's Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans did the following:

- co-signed the Timor Gap Treaty with the then Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas. The Timor Gap Treaty was an agreement between Australia and Indonesia to use Indonesia's illegal, genocidal annexation of East Timor to steal East Timor's oil resources. Thus, Gareth Evans did to East Timor what Seacret does to Palestine. The two situations are identical.

- sought closer military ties between Australia and Indonesia.

- defended Indonesia's human rights record in East Timor.

- recommended Ali Alatas for the Order of Australia medal.

Gareth Evans has refused to admit that his conduct towards East Timor was in any way morally or legally wrong.
To get an understanding of the gross hypocrisy of having Gareth Evans as the guest speaker at the Australian Friends Of Palestine Association's fundraising dinner, imagine how the organisation would feel about somebody who treated Palestine the same way Gareth Evans treated East Timor. That is, how would the Australian Friends Of Palestine Association feel about somebody who supported Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine, used Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine to steal Palestinian resources, defended Israel's human rights record in Palestine, sought closer military ties between Australia and Israel, recommended Israel's Foreign Minister for the Order of Australia medal, and refused to admit any wrongdoing?
Furthermore, one of the portfolios Gareth Evans held prior to becoming Foreign Minister was Australian Minister for Resources and Energy, which he held from 1984 to 1987. In 1985 the "National Times" newspaper reported that Gareth Evans had a meeting with the then Australian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Clyde Holding. The meeting was about the issue of Indigenous Australian land rights. At this meeting, Gareth Evans put to Clyde Holding what Evans described as "the three S's" that had to be accepted. They were that exploration and mining were not to be STOPPED on Indigenous Australian land, that explorers and mining companies were not to be STUFFED AROUND when undergoing administrative procedures for applications to explore and mine, and that mining companies were not to be SCREWED by unreasonable claims for compensation and royalties by Indigenous Australian communities.
This raises the question: How would the Australian Friends Of Palestine Association feel about somebody who treated the issue of Palestinian land rights in the same way that Gareth Evans treated the issue of Indigenous Australian land rights?

References:

http://hass.unsw.adfa.edu.au/staff/Documents/Gareth%20Evans%20and%20R2P.pdf

http://www.alternet.org/story/154807/why_one_of_the_world%27s_leading_peace_advocates_threatened_to_punch_me_in_the_face/?page=1

" A Secret Country" by John Pilger, pages 48-49

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    • Ian Hodges AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Evans is a liar, he smooged the Indonesian military by dismissing the Dili massacre as an "isolated incident"' knowing that tens of thousands of Timorese civilians had been massacred in the years preceding the atrocity at Santa Cruz cemetery. He also cemented Australia's illegal grab for royalties over oil fields which belong to TIMOR lESTE according

      to International Maritime Convention.

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    • Alistair McKee WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 1 year ago

      It seems important that we do not forget history, or we are doomed to repeat it. Evens toasting with Alitas was worse than a historic blunder for the victims of the "resource curse" under the Evans "realpolitik". He should apologise to these victims, who are now also in West Papua, where some of the East Timor perpetrators are now active with a sens eof entitlement fostered by Evans in governmental. The "best and the brightest" were responsible for the Vietnam war debacle.. Repentance sometimes needs a nudge. That's why I'm signing this.

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    • Andrew (Andy) Alcock FORESTVILLE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have been a strong supporter of Palestine for many years and I think it is tragic that Gareth Evans, a man who aided and abetted genocide in East Timor, will speak at the AFOPA dinner. I have also been a strong supporter of East Timor's independence. Believe me. Gareth Evans is only in to self promotion; he was Australia's foreign affairs minister for many years and never criticized Israel for the crimes it has committed against the people of Palestine.

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    • NIko Leka MAYFIELD, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      I surprsied that Evans would actually attend a proPalestinian event, given his record of colluding with war criminals such as Suharto, no-one needs hypocrites to pretend to be on their side

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    • Alex Bainbridge AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      While Evans may have paid lip service to Palestinian rights, as foreign minister he implemented the longstanding bi-partisan support for Israel - not to mention his worse examples of support for extreme violations of human rights.

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