Supporters of Palestine and human rights advocates have called on the Australian government to vote in support of the resolution in the UN General Assembly set to be held on Friday night 10 May 2024 for the State of Palestine’s full UN membership.

Major Muslim community organisations led by the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) and  the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) have urged the Albanese Labor government to do the right thing for Palestinians and vote yes rather than abstaining during the voting process.

In a statement released on Wednesday 8 May ANIC said that its support for this move is consistent with Australians and the global community calling for the recognition of the State of Palestine.

“The vote comes just a few days before the 76th anniversary of the Nakba (The Catastrophe) on 15 May, which involved the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the obliteration of Palestinian communities to establish the State of Israel in 1948. Over 750,000 Palestinians were either forcibly expelled or fled their homeland. The Nakba continues today,” the statement reads.

In a press release dated Wednesday 8 May AFIC stated that it stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s aspiration for statehood and self-determination. As the United Nations prepares to vote on recognising Palestinian statehood, Muslim community demands Australia to cast it vote in favour of this resolution.

“The recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state is not only a matter of justice but also a crucial step towards lasting peace in the region. The Palestinian people have the same rights to freedom, security, and prosperity as any other nation. Their voices must be heard, and their presence at the negotiation table is imperative for a fair and equitable resolution to the conflict – legitimate Palestinian presence in the future is essential,” the media release states.

Currently, the State of Palestine is recognised as a sovereign state by 143 of the 193 member states of the United Nations. It has been a non-member observer state of the United Nations General Assembly since November 2012.

Among the G20, ten countries, Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Turkey have recognised Palestine as a state, while nine countries, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, UK and US have not.

Although these countries generally support some form of a two-state solution to the conflict, they take the position that their recognition of a Palestinian state is conditioned to direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority

The effort to secure full UN membership was renewed in 2024 during the Israel’s war on Gaza with the United Nations Security Council holding a vote on the topic in April 2024.The vote was 12 in favour, two abstentions, and one vote against, with the US vetoing the measure.