APAN submission to DFAT white paper

The Australian Government is undertaking a Foreign Policy review, in the form of a ‘white paper’.

APAN made sure that voices for a fair policy for Palestine were represented, and our submission is now available on the DFAT website.

This is the first White Paper process since 2003 with the Government saying “The White Paper will provide a roadmap for advancing and protecting Australia’s international interests and define how we engage with the world in the years ahead.”

We have been deeply concerned with Australia’s policy regarding Palestine under this government, and hope that the process will provide an opportunity for some serious re-evaluation.

Join solidarity for hunger striking political prisoners

Over 1500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails have been on a hunger strike since 17 April – demanding an end to administrative detention and basic rights within prisons.

As they take this costly nonviolent action – show your solidarity!  Join the joint #saltwater challenge and (if you can) join a 1 day fast on May 15.

Solidarity for the strike for freedom and dignity is pouring in from around the world. There are street marches and vigils, solidarity fasts by many including religious leaders.  The #saltwaterchallenge is being taken up by Irish politicians, human rights groups such as Amnesty, superstars (Mohammed Assaf and Michael McLaughlin for example) and many many everyday people.

Now we need to show that there are also thousands of Australians who support Palestinian’s call for freedom and dignity!

The 15 May is the day to commemorate the Nakba, the catastrophe that has been waged against Palestinians from 1948 until today.  This 15 May – show your solidarity!

Take the #saltwater challenge – drink a glass of salty water.

And if you can – join the #dignitystrike – by fasting on May 15.

Post a photo/short video both on the APAN facebook event page (where we’ve posted one video already) and on your own social media, tagging APANapan and tag #saltwaterchallenge.

Click here for details Nakba commemoration events around Australia

Click here for more information about the strike and their list of demands.

Events commemorating 69th anniversary of Al Nakba

On May 15, Palestinians commemorate the Nakba, the catastrophe, where in 1947-48, during the establishment of Israel hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lost their homes, their land and many their lives through a deliberate ethnic cleansing plan executed by Jewish militia.

Many of those displaced Palestinians are still stateless refugees in neighboring countries living under terribly difficult circumstances. This day of remembrance helps to honor those who died and renew the commitment to continue the fight for restitution and self determination.

Melbourne:
Candlelight vigil and speakout
12 May, 6pm, State Library

Sydney:
Resistance is Remembrance- Al Nakba 1948
13 May, 6pm, Bankstown Library

Protest
15 May, 6.30pm, Sydney Town Hall

Brisbane:

Protest rally and march
15 May, 5pm, King George Square

Canberra:

Nakba Day Commemoration
21 May, 5-6.30pm
Palestinian Embassy, 2/44 Dalman Cres, O’Malley

Adelaide:

Palestinian Cultural Day
21 May, 1pm, Burnside Community Centre

New poll shows Australians want real action for Justice for Palestine

Results from a Roy Morgan opinion poll, released today show the Australian public is far ahead of their Government when it comes to justice for Palestine.

Read full details on APAN’s Press Release.

This is the fourth opinion poll commissioned by advocacy groups since 2009 (see history) and the trends are clear – Australians are increasing in sympathy for Palestinians, and they want our Government to take decisive action to stop the oppression.

 

APAN’s Peter Manning debates Peter Wertheim on ABC TV: