November 2012 | APAN joined protests in support of Gaza

APAN supported protest events against the atrocities in Gaza. 

APAN Executive members Prof Peter Slezak and Rev Gregor Henderson spoke at the Melbourne rally. Watch video.

APAN also worked with parliamentarians to speak out, includingSenator Doug Cameron and Senator Lee Rhiannon

Phot of Peter Slezak speaking at protest rally

October 2012 | APAN urged Australian Government to support Palestine bid at UN

APAN campaigned strongly for Australia to support the Palestinian Authority’s bid to be recognised as a non-member observer state in the United Nations.  We launched a public petition and letter writing campaign, as well as lobbied individual parliamentarians.  Media reports indicate that while the Prime Minister wanted to vote against the resolution, she was convinced not to by her colleagues.  The resolution was passed on 29 November, with 138 states supporting it.  Australia abstained from the resolution. While this isn’t a yes, it also represented a significant break from Australia obeying whatever Israel asks of us, a shift we welcomed.

Read APAN’s Op Ed printed in multiple Fairfax papers

Screenshot of front of article

September 2012 | Hosting Ilan Pappe in Canberra

APAN organised for Israeli historian Prof Ilan Pappe to speak at the National Press Club.  These event was delivered to a packed audience of 170 people, and televised by the ABC. 

APAN also organised political visits for Professor Pappe, including meeting with then Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop MP.

Phot of Ilan Pappe at the National Press Club
Photo of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with Prof Illan Pappe, Sam Shahin and Peter Slezak

June & August 2012 | APAN in Canberra

APAN had over 50 political meetings over two visits to Canberra, pressing for an urgent need for change of Australian policy to respond to Palestinian concerns.

These visits included hosting visiting Israelis Sahar Vardi and Micha Kurz who were in Australia as the guests of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society.  A Parliamentary Friends of Palestine event where they spoke attracted 50 people.

Following the visit a number of parliamentarians spoke up for Palestine:

APAN delegation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs
Sahar Vardi speaking into a microphone at press conference at parliament house

June 2012 | Limmud Oz

APAN worked with the Australian Jewish Democratic Society to be part of Limmud Oz – the festival of Jewish culture and learning. We presented a joint session with AJDS.  We also participated in a ‘Limmud X’ event that was withdrawn from the program by organisers because of people’s connection with the BDS movement.  

Three men at a table talking to an audience

February 2012 | Supporting The Promise

APAN joined with other advocacy groups across the country in supporting SBS screening the critically acclaimed series The Promise and requesting for it to be shown again.  Read APAN letter in support of The Promise. The Australian Council for Australian Jewry attacked the screening, through a formal complaint (which was not upheld) and Senator Abetz. Senator Kroger and Senator Ryan criticised the program in  Senate Estimates.

Photo of "The Promise" DVD. Has two solidiers on the front