APAN e-news April 2012

Dear members and friends of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network

Welcome to our third e-bulletin!

APAN has updated our website this month, including establishing a page detailing comments about Palestine in the Australian Parliament.

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.

Miko Peled’s much awaited book has been released and is available for purchase.  Miko was in Australia last year, sponsored by Australians for Palestine.


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 [email protected] for more details or if you’d like to organise an event.

AFOPA have announced that Ilan Pappe will give the Edward Said Memorial Lecture this year, on the 22nd September in Adelaide.


News from Palestine this month includes:

With hopes for peace and justice


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