Retired Major General Ian Gordon AO
General Gordon worked for over 30 years in the Australian Army, rising to Deputy Chief of Army. General Gordon’s final posting was as Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation where he witnessed first-hand the realities of the Middle East. He says “I can’t stay silent about what I see as a dreadful situation…”
The APAN Executive
Bishop George Browning, President
Bishop Browning served for many decades as an Anglican Priest and Bishop in Australia, most recently for 15 years as the Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn. He has recently completed his PhD “Sabbath and the Common Good” – a challenge to communities of faith to take the lead in environmental responsibility. George has been a frequent visitor to Palestine and host of Palestinian leaders in Australia.
Professor Bassam Dally, Vice President
Bassam is a Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Adelaide. He is the cofounder and executive member of the Australian Friends of Palestine Association, and is the founder and convener of the annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture in Adelaide.
Ms Ros Harper, Secretary
Ros is part of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network. She has worked in humanitarian aid and development in Africa and Asia, including in West Bank, Gaza and Israel.
Mr Nasser Mashni, Treasurer
Nasser is the son of a Palestinian refugee. He is a co-founder of Australians For Palestine, a founding board member of Olive Kids, and CEO of a financial services company. With his father’s legacy in mind, Nasser is determined to continue the struggle for justice and a free Palestine.
Assoc Prof Peter Slezak, Executive Member
Peter is Associate Professor in History & Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. Peter was co-founder in 2007 of Independent Australian Jewish Voices (IAJV) seeking to widen the public discourse in support of Palestinian rights especially within the Jewish community.
Ms Wendy Turner, Executive Member
Wendy is a Brisbane-based unionist, and committed social justice and human rights advocate with firsthand experience of Israel’s illegal conduct in Gaza and occupation of the West Bank. She is the Queensland Convenor of Labor Friends of Palestine and has extensive networks in the broader Labour movement enabling collaborations with other Palestine advocacy groups to fulfill awareness raising to build on the growing convictions about the importance of equal rights and justice for Palestinians.
Mr Bruce Francis, Executive Member
Bruce has spent the last 16 years working in the International development sector campaigning for systemic change. Prior to that Bruce held leadership roles in community broadcasting and worked in the community development sector. Bruce is a former chairperson of the Fitzroy and Carlton Community Credit union and has a long-term interest in justice for Palestine.
Ms Hiba El Farra, Executive Member
Hiba is a Palestinian based in Perth, who was born outside Palestine and lived in many Middle Eastern Countries before settling in Australia 18 years ago. Hiba is a lawyer who practiced in the Middle East, predominantly in civil law. She is an active member of the Palestinian Community of Western Australia and has volunteered with refugees in Perth.
Mr David Forde, Executive Member
David’s is a Queensland based Irish born Australian citizen. Has been active on the issue of Palestine since 1982 when first served with the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon. Experienced the apartheid situation and occupation first hand in Israel and the OPT including Gaza. Pride of Australia recipient for community service.
Ms Jessica Morrison, Executive Officer
Jessica has been involved in peace and justice movements for many years, and has been with APAN since 2011. Her background is in social work which she taught at a tertiary level. She is a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams and in early 2015 spent six weeks serving with their team in Hebron in Palestine.
Mr Michael Shaik, Project Worker
Michael has been a pro-Palestine activist since 2003. He was one of the founders of the FREE GAZA campaign to break Israel’s maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip and is a contributor to three books on the role of non-violent direct action in the struggle for Palestinian independence.
Ms Lisa Arnold, Study Tour Coordinator
Lisa is a humanitarian aid worker with 20 years’ experience in the Middle East, particularly in Palestine and Israel. She has worked in the humanitarian aid sector throughout the Middle East and Asia. She has hosted Australian study tours to Palestine since 2010.