I saw that with my own eyes in Hebron, where the centre of the town had been overtaken illegally by settlers.
I saw settlements. The image of some temporary buildings on top of a hill in the West Bank does not describe the settlements. There are 620,000 Israelis living illegally in the West Bank.
These are cities with shopping centres, swimming pools, movie theatres and substantial, solid homes. These are permanent settlements. The access to the settlements is on roads that only Israeli citizens can use, not Palestinians.
How would you like to live in a land where not only is your access cut off by roads that you’re not allowed to use but, at times during the year, military activities mean certain parts of your country are no-go zones?
How would you like to be a farmer and know that all the lowlands and the Jericho Valley, the highly productive lands, have been taken from your control and you have to eke out a living on a bare, bony ridge?
The policy of the Australian people and our government is to look to a two-state solution. I think that we’re beyond that.
I think we have a level of apartheid, with a suppressed people, and the West Bank has been cut up to such an extent that I don’t know how that would work.
As the member for Calwell says, I think it’s going to require a lot of effort from the world to actually come up with a solution that’s relevant to now …
I support the Palestinian people. The globe needs to act. World leaders need to act.