APAN is a national coalition harnessing the passion of Australians for Palestinian human rights, justice, and equality
Don’t trade away Palestinian rights!
The Australian Trade Minister wants to sign a free-trade agreement with Israel this year!
It would be completely wrong for Australia to reward Israel with this advantaged trade status given their disregard for Palestinian human rights that has led to them being investigated by the International Criminal Court!
It is clear that a free-trade agreement that rewards Israel would be bad for Palestinians, it would also be bad for Australia’s reputation as a country that respects international law.
Vale Hal, Janet & Marty
In the last month three steadfast Australian allies of the Palestinian cause, all in their 90’s, have passed on. Below is some of their stories that we hope will inspire us all to live our lives full of passionate commitment to justice. Rest in power Hal, Janet and Marty.
Professor Wootten organised visits between Australian and Palestinian law schools, as well as founded a PhD program for Palestinian law graduates in Australia. Professor Wootten was also a strong supporter of the Palestinian Film Festival in Australia, and has donated his Middle East collection of books to APAN.
Janet was an artist living in Rome when her Palestinian fiancee Wael Zuaiter was assassinated by a Mossad hit squad in 1972. Janet edited a book, “For a Palestinian: dedicated to the voice of Wael Zuaiter”.
Marty lived a life around the world. Her life began in the USA where in 1947 she recalls being an “idealistic 19-year old student” celebrating the life of the newly formed kibbutz in Israel. She writes “Little did I know that 63 years later I would go to the West Bank and join a Palestine solidarity group as a volunteer..”
Parliamentarians Speaking up for Palestine
Tony Burke MP
Labor Shadow Minister
Ken O’Dowd MP
National Member for Flynn
Adam Bandt MP
Leader of Australian Greens
Release Mohammed El Halabi!
Five years ago Israel arrested humanitarian hero Mohammed El Halabi, accusing him of diverting $50 million in aid money to Hamas. Despite over 150 court hearings and relentless interrogations, the Israeli prosecution has failed to provide any evidence for the charges. Mohammed must be unconditionally and immediately released.
Israel is the only country in the world that tries children in military courts, often denying them their basic rights. Since 2000, the Israeli army has imprisoned over 12,000 Palestinian children mainly for throwing stones, a crime that is punishable under military law by up to 20 years in prison.
A meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Bennett and Egyptian President El Sisi took place in Egypt, on Monday. Egyptian and Israeli leaders, who hold Gaza under blockade, have reportedly discussed ways to maintain calm in the Palestinian territories and the importance of international support for rebuilding efforts there. Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979 but relations have remained cool, restricted to security cooperation and limited economic links. Earlier this month, El Sisi met with Palestinian President Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah.
“Zionism created a racial caste system, positioning Jews of European descent, known as Ashkenazim, above everyone else. Jewish communities who were Arab or resembled Arabness were categorized as Mizrahim, Oriental Jews, and treated as inferior. Not only were we ripped out of our ancestral homes of thousands of years, but upon arrival to the newly-founded Israel, Mizrahi immigrants experienced harsh racism and were placed in ma’abarot, or transit camps.” Hadar Cohen, a Mizrahi feminist artist and educator.