December 2016 | Journalist Study Tour to Palestine & Israel

Seven journalists, six from the Federal Press Gallery, joined a specialised APAN study tour. 

Over the nine days, journalists met with a range of local journalists; humanitarian and human rights organisations; parliamentarians and officials.

The group also visited a military court, witnessed the aftermath of a home demolition (pictured),  toured through Hebron’s old city as well as Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem.

Five people standing in a dry field

November 2016 | Australian Politicians Call for End to Abuse of Palestinian Children

More than 20% of Australian federal parliamentarians signed a statement calling for Israel to end abuse of Palestinian children by its military.

The statement was covered in international news

Maria Vamvakinou MP moved a motion in Parliament calling on the Australian Government to raise concerns with the Israeli Government about the treatment of Palestinian children.  There were speeches in support of this motion made by: 

Speeches were also delivered by Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor) in the Senate; and by Andrew Broad MP (Nationals) talking about his trip to Palestine.

November 2016 | Palestine National Day

Federation Square in Melbourne agreed to fly the Palestinian flag for Palestinian National Day.  APAN coordinated community groups to hold a celebration and mini-festival.

Many hundreds of Palestinians joyfully participated in this momentous occasion

October 2016 | Professor Dugard Tour, including the National Press Club

APAN hosted Professor Dugard in Canberra while he was in Australia to deliver the Edward Said Memorial lecture.

Professor John Dugard is a renowned international law specialist, and served as the UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine. 

Professor Dugard spoke to National Press Club, and many Palestinian supporters attended with APAN’s support. 

Professor Dugard also addressed a dinner attended by 16 federal parliamentarians as well as partners and staff members. 

Professor Dugard met with Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator Penny Wong and Greens Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Ludlam.

March-June 2016 | I Vote Palestine

In the lead up to the federal election, APAN’s campaign enabled people around the country to contact their local candidates asking them to commit to supporting Palestine.  Emails were sent out from 90% of electorates, with 127 candidates responding to constituents.    APAN also distributed bumper stickers “I support Palestine and I vote”.

 APAN hosted pre-election forum in the marginal seat of Melbourne (Green/Labor contest) that was attended by over 100 people.  APAN also supported people around the country to ask questions in their local candidate forums.

APAN also produced a short campaign video which was shared widely on social media.

APAN collated a list of the candidate responses, and promoted a star rating to each party based on their responses. 

APAN also undertook intensive parliamentary lobbying both before and after the election with seven visits to parliament, meeting with dozens of new and existing parliamentarians. 

Sticker on theback window of a car stating "I support Palestine & I vote"
A room of people with four people sitting at a table at the front
Photo of video with five young people and caption "Help Palestinians get their freedom back"