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Sylvia Hale detained by Israeli authorities

Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon

UPDATE: Since writing this post, Sylvia and Vivienne won their appeal against their deportation in an Israeli court.

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Sylvia Hale flew into Tel Aviv on Tuesday of this week – her birthday - to visit friends in Palestine and to support Palestinian human rights. She was detained at the airport along with her friend Vivienne Porzsolt and the birthday celebrations are on hold.

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Will the Australian Government finally raise its voice for the Tamil people?

Standing among the 1000 plus Australian Tamils at Martin Place last week (18th May) to remember the Tamils massacred in the 2009 war in Sri Lanka, it was very obvious that the trauma for the community is still so deeply devastating. 

What has become clear to me is that the Australian Government's silence during and since the 2009 war adds to the pain the community is enduring. 

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