18 Former Middle East diplomats urge PM to reject Trump Middle East plan

As the Kushner lead Bahrain workshop begins, diplomats jointly warn against Trump’s partisanship, which goes against the grain of the international community, and damages any prospects for real peace.

Excerpts from the letter include:

Under President Trump, the United States appears to have decided to turn away from its longstanding goal of achieving a two-state solution, an approach that Australia and the great majority of the international community have supported for the past 25 years.

What is now obvious to us all – is that Israel simply has not been prepared to entertain the notion of the existence of a viable independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.

For our own reputation and in recognition of our national interests, Australia should not support a United States initiative which excludes the Palestinians and blatantly excuses Israel from an eventual requirement to make the compromises necessary for peace.

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APAN media release: Kushner response

Trump proposal misses the mark – Palestinians need justice, not charity

The announcement by Kushner of a financial injection to Palestine without a political framework is naive and dangerous, said the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network.

“Palestinians have the education, knowledge and skills to be the masters of their own development,” said Bishop George Browning, President of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network.

“What is required is a political plan for self determination that in turn, will put in place the foundation for economic development, not a US business plan of economic bribery rewarding Israel’s illegal occupation. A fist full of dollars will never buy their political freedom, dignity, equality, or community,” Bishop Browning said.

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Palestinian films – don’t miss out!

Exciting news for film lovers – there is currently a wonderful mix of Palestinian films on offer – both to watch at the cinema or to stream at home.

And dates announced for the 10th Australian Palestinian Film Festival 23 Oct -10 Nov

In Cinemas

The reports on Sarah and Saleem
From 25 May, Palace cinemas nationally
Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is a Palestinian delivery man from East Jerusalem. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair with potentially catastrophic consequences.

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Politics & power in Australia

“When powerful interest groups succeed in suppressing facts and opinions that they find embarrassing, they deprive Australians of their right to information.”

This must read piece by APAN Vice-President, Bassam Dally on the recent decision by Melissa Parke, Labor candidate for Curtin, to step down. “When powerful interest groups succeed in suppressing facts and opinions that they find embarrassing, they deprive Australians of their right to information.”

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Pre-election campaigning

In the weeks before the Australian Federal election, APAN supported Australians to contact their local candidates – telling them about why Palestine matters, and why we want them to stand up for Palestine. Thousands of emails were sent to candidates around the country.

APAN also produced an election scorecard.

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