APAN e-news September 2012

Dear APAN members and friends

We are in the midst of a very exciting time at APAN, having just returned from a very successful lobbying trip to Canberra, and preparing to host both a National Press Club event as well as our first AGM as part of the National Solidarity Gathering.

Report on Canberra visit
APAN joined with the Australian Jewish Democratic Society and their international guests Sahar Vardi and Micha Kurz for a three day lobbying trip in Canberra in August 2012.  With  our strength reflected in our diversity, we had 30 individual meetings with parliamentarians, as well as hosted an event with the Parliamentary Friends of Palestine which attracted 50 participants.  Read our full report.

APAN sponsored events

National Palestine Solidarity Weekend – Sept 21-23 in Adelaide.  We encourage all people concerned for Palestine to attend this weekend.  It will include the APAN AGM and a national strategy conversation hosted by APAN – as well as music, BDS Symposium and the Edward Said Memorial lecture – Please book in by 12 Sept!

Prof Ilan Pappe televised address at the National Press Club – 19 September in Canberra.  APAN has been pleased to facilitate this event and hopes to attract as many participants as possible.   The event will be broadcast live on ABC 24, and then available on podcast.

Other upcoming events

Sydney:
8 Sept, 10am Beyond the Last Sky Symposium exploring representations of Palestine
16 Sept, 4pm Ilan Pappe: The forgotten Palestinians
22 Sept, 2pm Ilan Pappe: Israel is an Apartheid State @ the Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Melbourne:
10 Sept, 7pm Activist Artist Storytelling about Palestine.
18Sept, 6.30pm Ilan Pappe free public lecture

Adelaide:
21 Sept, 5.30pm Ilan Pappe: Edward Said Memorial Lecture

APAN in the media
Robert Newton had an Opinion Piece published in the Canberra Times on the 21 August Moving towards a just solution

Peter Slezak and others were interviewed about their contribution to Beyond Tribal Loyalties as part of the 3CR Palestine Remembered program. Download the podcast.

Cathy Peters has produced a Radio National 360documentaries program featuring APAN Exec member Peter Slezak and discussing the APHEDA trip to Palestine earlier this year. You can follow the link above to listen online, or tune in to ABC Radio National this Sunday morning, 9 September, at 10am and also the following Friday at 2pm.

Want to volunteer?
In Australia?
  APAN is looking for volunteers for assisting in event management, and assisting us establish social media.  Please contact Jessica@apan.org.au if you’re interested
In Palestine? There are two groups seeking volunteers for a few months at a time – see the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) – through World Council of Churches or  International Women’s Peace Service

Thinking ahead: UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (29 Nov). APAN is encouraging member groups to think about hosting an event on the 29 Nov – the official UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Some news from Palestine and Israel
Youth suicide in Gaza highlights ILO’s call for action on jobs
Samidoun calling for action for three long-term ongoing hunger strikers
Migron outpost is evacuated leading to ‘price-tag’ attack on monastery and Jerusalem Post opinion piece about role of settlers in blocking peace
Analysis of the political implication of Levy Report (which suggested that there is no occupation)
Israeli court rules that  Rachel Corrie’s death was not fault of the state
UN Reports Gaza will be unliveable by 2020 unless serious action taken
Israel arrests three settler children suspected of firebomb attack on Palestinian family
PA declares it will ask for non-State Member Status at UN General Assembly
Violence by Jewish settlers has been cited for the first time in a US state department list of “terrorist incidents”
Israeli Air strikes kill 3 in Gaza

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