Creating people's geographies
This evening I had the pleasure of attending a meet and greet drinks affair to commemorate Palestinian National Day at the NSW Parliament House, Sydney. Now a yearly event, it was very well attended and it was great to see political representatives from Australian political parties, representatives and members of the Australian Palestinian and Arab communities, academics, clerics, supporters, well-wishers, friends. Many wonderful people.
This year, the gathering was most fortunate to have in attendance the new Ambassador, Izzat Abdulhadi. Welcome and ahlan wa sahlan, Ambassador!
The Ambassador is the Head of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia and delivered a fine speech, reiterating the key planks of the Palestinian cause and the case for peace and statehood alongside Israel. I had the good fortune of meeting the Ambassador and found him delightful to converse with, a thoughtful, personable and warm person who left a great impression on us all. He is a great asset and we wish him well in his new post in Canberra.
Meanwhile, it was great to read a recent post penned by dear blog friend Doug, entitled Hamas Talks, Israel Demands. Check it out if you have a minute, well worth a read.