Next APAN study tours announced – August and November
APAN responds to documentary “STONE COLD JUSTICE”
Four Corners and The Australian collaborated on producing this documentary, aired on ABC on 10th February 2014. The documentary revealed horrendous treatment of Palestinian children by the Israeli military. APAN released a statement congratulating the producers. APAN also wrote to Cabinet members calling on them to publicly express their opposition. The documentary can be watched online.
APAN responds to Foreign Minister’s disturbing comments on settlements.
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was interviewed by the Times of Israel, who published an article based on her comments on the 15th January. In the interview she departed radically from previous Australian policy by refusing to concede that the Jewish settlements in the Occupied Palestinian territories were illegal under international law.
Assoc Prof Peter Slezak publishes “How Israel Frames Palestine”
How Israel Frames Palestine is a piece published in New Matilda about media portrayals of the conflict, using Operation Cast Lead as a case study.
APAN raises concern about Julie Bishop attending memorial for Ariel Sharon.
As quoted in Haaretz, 15 January, 2014.
Prof Bassam Dally Op Ed in The Australian
APAN Executive Member Prof Dally writes of while Palestinians are often the scapegoat for regional problems, Australia could be a broker for peace and justice. Read article.
APAN visits the new Parliament
In early December 2013, APAN visited the Australian parliament and met with over 35 parliamentarians. We focused on our deep concerns about the new Government’s failure to criticise settlements. Read more.
Australia Votes ‘No’ – including to the UN Year of solidarity for Palestinian People
Australia’s voting pattern at this year’s UN General Assembly is starkly different to last year’s. Australia is listed in the small number of countries to vote against many resolutions in support of Palestine. Starkly, Australia was one of only 7 countries not to support a resolution declaring 2014 the International Year of Solidarity for Palestinian People. Read full UN press release.
APAN releases message for 2013 UN International Day for Solidarity with Palestinian People
The 29th November is an official UN day recognising the need for solidarity for Palestinian people. Bishop George Browning has released a statement for this week. The statement includes the words
We believe the need for this solidarity in Australia has become more urgent because of the apparent change in policy of the incoming Australian Government that now refuses to sanction Israel for its aggressive settlement programme, despite the fact that the settlements are considered ‘illegal’ by the United Nations and ‘illegitimate’ by the United States of America.
Read full statement.
Read the statement by the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon
Commentary on Australia’s shift on UN votes on Palestine/Israel
APAN’s Secretary Peter Manning in Crikey
Coalition takes a pro-Israel turn, no one notices for weeks
Michael Brull in the Guardian
“Australia’s U-turn on Israeli settlements in occupied territories is shameful“
APAN writes to the new Prime Minister
APAN’s letter requests that the Australian Government engage positively towards a just solution that recognises the security of both Israel and Palestine. In particular it requests the Government to affirm the illegality of settlements, and that Australia’s approach must include acknowledgement that Israel’s flouting of international law in regard to the treatment of Palestinian people is a significant impediment to peace. Read full letter.
Bishop Browning responds to attacks on ANU
On September 11 2013, The Australian newspaper printed both a news article and an Opinion Peace criticising a conference on Palestinian Human Rights. APAN President George Browning had a letter published in response to these attacks.
Ross Burns: Commentary on US brokered talks between Palestine and Israel
In this interview with ABC24 Ross Burns indicates that the most significant thing about the talks is that it signals to Israel that the status quo – and the taking of more land – cannot go on. Watch interview.
APAN: criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic per se
In response to discussions about anti-Semitism amongst parliamentarians, and the signing of the London Declaration on combating anti-Semitism, APAN’s President, Bishop George Browning published an opinion piece to discuss these two distinct matters – anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel. Read piece.
Club – September 2012
APAN was very proud to host Israeli historian and academic Prof Ilan Pappe as he gave a live nationwide address the National Press Club in front of 170 people. See photos and podcast.