Dear members and friends of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network
Welcome to our third e-bulletin!
APAN member consultations have been held during April and we will be reporting back to members about these in coming weeks. Members have indicated that given these consultations, a full members meeting in May is not necessary. So we look forward to our AGM on 25 August, and are exploring possibilities for other events that weekend.
APAN worked with Australians for a Just Peace in Palestine to host a dinner event in Canberra last week. APAN Executive member Prof Peter Slezak shared about his recent experiences in Palestine as part of a recent APHEDA study tour. Pictures and a copy of the presentation will be available on our website later this week.
APAN President Rev Jim Barr, had a letter published in The Canberra Times supporting Bishop Pat Power. This was in a response to the Bishop’s piece ‘A call for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land’ published in The Canberra Times and an article published by an Israeli diplomat attacking him
We encourage people to support APHEDA’s Melbourne Fundraiser on this Thursday night that will raise money for a kindergarten in a refugee camp in Lebanon, and will include stories from participants in a recent APHEDA study tour to the region.
AFOPA will host an event in Adelaide on Saturday 19th May, commemoration Nakba.
The World Council of Churches has a Week of Peace for Palestine and Israel on 28 May – 3 June.
Avagail Abarbanel will be in Australia in June sponsored by Just Peace. She is the editor of recently released Beyond Tribal Loyalties which features stories from 25 Jewish people who have become advocates for Palestine, including 7 Australians.
The Australian Jewish Democratic Society are touring two Israeli activists in August – Sahar Vardi an Israeli Military refuser, and Micha Kurz co-founder of Breaking the Silence. Please contact Max Kaiser firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or if you’d like to organise an event.
News from Palestine this month includes:
- 67 Palestinians forcibly displaced from East Jerusalem in just one week
- The Welcome to Palestine initiative, supported by Archbishop Tutu, Noam Chomsky and others was able to have 20 out of 1,500 participants participate in the events in Palestine – with the rest stopped by Israel from either leaving their home country or detained and refused entry at the airport in TelAviv.
- Footage of an IDF soldier hitting three nonviolent protestors with the butt of his gun, including a Danish man.
- While the Israeli Supreme Court directs Israel to evacuate the settlement of Ulpana Hill, built on private Palestinian land, reports are that Israel does not intend to carry out these orders.
- Eight school children attacked by Israeli settlers in their village.
- Hundreds of Palestinians injured in land day protests
- Hana Shalabi ends her 44 day hunger strike but is exiled to Gaza for 3 years.
- Palestinian President Abbas has written to Netanyahu outlining the PA’s foundations for peace negotiations.
With hopes for peace and justice