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APAN Study Tour 2023
APAN’s unique study tours witness, share and learn about Palestine and the Palestinian people through interactions with Palestinians, their organisations, and communities.
Adelaide Writers’ Week: rare moments of empathy and nuance found amid a storm of controversy
After Palestinian authors found themselves the subjects of slander, the Adelaide Writers’ Festival went ahead and the Palestinian panels had large, vibrant audiences.
The Guardian’s Sian Cain writes:
“AWW’s director Louise Adler, the Jewish child of Holocaust survivors, faced down media, reminding them that authors were invited based on their books, rather than their social media comments; and that criticism of Israel was not the same as antisemitism. ‘The conflation of the two is what’s at stake here,’ she said.”
Strike Declared in Nablus following Israeli Killing of Three Palestinians
Palestinians held a strike in Nablus (in the occupied West Bank) on Sunday following ongoing escalation by the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinians.
The Palestine Chronicle reports:
“Shops remained closed on Sunday after Israeli forces had fired on a vehicle with Palestinian men inside near the Surra military checkpoint, west of Nablus.
The Palestinian health ministry said Sunday’s killings brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since January to 84.”
This makes it the deadliest year so far since the second Intifada in 2000.
Palestine marathon honours Shireen Abu Akleh
The Palestine Freedom of Movement Marathon, which is held in Bethlehem, has seen runners honouring the late Shireen Abu Akleh, including members of her family and local council members.
Al Jazeera reports:
“Bethlehem is encircled by illegal settlements, the Israeli wall and checkpoints… Runners take two loops that pass along the occupation wall and two refugee camps, before turning back at an Israeli checkpoint…
Many have come to honour the memory of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed last year by an Israeli soldier.”