APAN in Canberra – December 2013

In December APAN undertook our largest
lobbying effort yet, with 37 meetings spanning

APAN December delegation

APAN December delegation

elected representatives and Government Departments. We met with senior members of the four main political parties, including the Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Foreign Affairs spokesperson.

We had conversations with many people who were passionately supportive of Palestine and those who were new to the issue.  We also came across old myths about  the conflict – including that settlements ‘only take up 3% of the land’ and that the Palestinians don’t recognise Israel.

Our delegation included APAN’s newest member, retired Major General Ian Gordon whose most recent posting was as head of the UN Truce Supervision Organization in the Middle East and who says he can no longer stay silent about the injustices against Palestinians.  The delegation spoke about the need to call a spade a spade – or in this case to call settlements illegal; and raised our concerns about threats to withhold funding from any person or group  who supports the BDS campaign.

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Bishop Browning, Jessica Morrison, Retired Major General Gordon, Minister Andrews, Prof Dally

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Assoc Prof Slezak, The Hon Jason Clare, Mr Issa Shaweesh, Mr Peter Manning

Jessica Morrison, Prof Bassam Dally, Mr Mark Coulton, Bishop Browning, Prof Slezak

Jessica Morrison, Prof Bassam Dally, Mr Mark Coulton, Bishop Browning, Prof Slezak

Mr Peter Manning; Prof Peter Slezak; Minister Ley; Jessica Morrison; Rev Gregor Henderson

Mr Peter Manning; Prof Peter Slezak; Minister Ley; Jessica Morrison; Rev Gregor Henderson

Jessica Morrison, Prof Bassam Dally, Mr Chris Hayes MP, Rev Gregor Henderson

Jessica Morrison, Prof Bassam Dally, Mr Chris Hayes MP, Rev Gregor Henderson

Prof Peter Slezak, Jessica Morrison, The Hon Melissa Parke MP; Prof Bassam Dally; Bishop George Browning

Prof Peter Slezak, Jessica Morrison, The Hon Melissa Parke MP; Prof Bassam Dally; Bishop George Browning

 

 

Prof Bassam Dally, Bishop George Browning; Mr Ken Wyatt MP, Prof Peter Slezak

Prof Bassam Dally, Bishop George Browning; Mr Ken Wyatt MP, Prof Peter Slezak