APAN in the Media

SBS appointment bodes ill for our broadcaster

The Canberra Times

November 22, 2021

This month the government appointed one of that lobby’s fiercest advocates to the SBS board: Vic Alhadeff, a man who as recently as July was lobbying the ABC for more sympathetic coverage of Israel. His lobbying team’s press release following a meeting with the broadcaster was so inaccurate that the ABC issued their own press release as a rebuttal.

Australia requests explanation for Israel’s outlawing of Palestinian groups

The Sydney Morning Herald

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October 28, 2021

“Australia’s embassy in Tel Aviv and the nation’s counter-terrorism ambassador Roger Noble have asked the Israeli government for an explanation, including evidence as to why the organisations should be declared terrorist groups,” writes Anthony Galloway.

Australian government to adopt international group’s definition of antisemitism

The Guardian

Photo of someone wearing a kippah with the Star of David
October 15, 2021

“But other Jewish organisations and Palestinian advocacy groups have raised serious concerns about the use of the definition in silencing legitimate debate, pointing out that the definition’s lead drafter, Kenneth Stern, had raised concerns that the definition was being used to police speech,” writes Ben Doherty.

Bipartisan inquiry urges government to consider listing all of Hamas as terror group

The Sydney Morning Herald

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October 14, 2021

“Palestinian activists have raised concerns the development could affect Australia’s aid programs and consular support in Gaza and accused the committee of not consulting widely,” writes Anthony Galloway.

Australia to back international definition of anti-Semitism

The Sydney Morning Herald

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October 14, 2021

“But critics of the definition, including the Palestinian movement and human rights groups, have warned it could be used to stifle legitimate debate about the Israeli government and threatens freedom of speech,” writes Rob Harris.

Defence hides Australia’s weapon sales to Israel amid war crimes investigation into Palestine

Michael West

Photo of a building destroyed by an Israeli air strike
August 16, 2021

“There are Defence reports showing Australia has sent military exports to Israel from the early years of this century, but ties between the two countries have deepened in the past few years. Australia and Israel have recently expanded cooperation on national security, defence and cyber security,” writes Michelle Fahy.

Israel, Apartheid, and why Albo is seriously wrong and seriously right

John Menadue

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July 20, 2021

“Apartheid is the most apt word to describe the situation faced by Palestinians and I encourage all who claim to stand for universal human rights, especially politicians, to name the reality, in keeping with the legal meaning of the term in international law,” writes George Browning.

‘From the river to the sea’: Labor’s havoc over Palestine and Israel

The Sydney Morning Herald

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June 11, 2021

“The recent violence in Israel, Gaza and Jerusalem has again put the growing divide within Australian Labor about its Middle East policies under the spotlight. Israeli forces bombarded Gaza with air strikes, flattening buildings and killing dozens, while Hamas fired more than 4000 rockets towards Israel until a tentative ceasefire was organised,” writes Rob Harris.

Thousands expected to join protests across Australia over Gaza attacks as death toll rises

The Guardian

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May 21, 2021

“I’ve had people who’ve never engaged in the conversation or paid attention to Palestine become some of our biggest supporters because they see what’s going on, and they tell me you don’t need to have an understanding of the history to see what is happening” – Sara Saleh, APAN campaigner

Israel engaged in ‘ongoing campaign to de-Palestine’ what was historic Palestine

YouTube (Sky News)

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May 17, 2021

“The cage encapsulates you, there’s no where to seek refuge, there are no bomb shelters, there is no where to go… It’s just got to stop immediately. Just immediately stop the killing” – Nasser Mashni, Vice-President of APAN.

Israel brushes off call to delay trade talks over Gaza violence

The Australian Financial Review

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May 17, 2021

“We’re jumping up and down about the Uighurs and Hong Kong, as we should, but what we are silent on is Israel’s continued occupation. We’re saying nothing about 2 million Palestinians caged in densely… At a time when the whole world is calling for an immediate halt, Australia shouldn’t be doing business with Israel” – Nasser Mashni, Vice-President of APAN.

What started the latest violence between Israel and Palestine

The New Daily

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May 17, 2021

“It’s forced ethnic displacement. These families have lived in these homes for generations and the only reason these people are being targeted is because they are Palestinian” – Sara Saleh, Palestinian activist from APAN

Palestinians say ‘enough’ to Israeli ‘structural control’

Sky News

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May 13, 2021

“There are elements of structural control that force us to say enough and what we’ve seen now, whether it’s in Gaza, in Jerusalem, in the West Bank or in Israel proper, is Palestinians, largely led by youth, largely non-violent, saying enough” – Nasser Mashni APAN Vice President

‘Grave abuses’: Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of apartheid

The Sydney Morning Herald

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April 27, 2021

“A number of countries and prominent commentators have argued in recent years Israel’s policies towards Palestinians, particularly in the West Bank, would eventually amount to apartheid if they continued. But this is the first time Human Rights Watch has argued they fit the legal definition of the term under the Apartheid Convention and Rome Statute,” writes Anthony Galloway.

Labor conference: ALP ‘recognises’ state of Palestine

The Australian

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March 31, 2021

“Senator Wong successfully moved the amendment to the ALP’s platform on Palestine, which urged a two-state solution but also called on the next Labor government “to recognise Palestine as a state”,” writes Ben Packham.

Resistance to Labor’s pro-Palestine move set to fizzle


Photo of Bob Carr and Michael Danby
March 29, 2021

“Labor’s 2018 position on Palestine was the result of years of pressure from people like Carr and elder statesmen like Bob Hawke, which slowly dissolved fairly rusted-on support for Israel. If Labor is elected and recognises Palestine as a state, it would be one of the only Western countries to do so. And it’s a position that distances it from the Morrison government — which is more pro-Israel than any in recent history,” writes Kishor Napier-Raman.

Military and economic deals aren’t ‘peace agreements’ just because Trump says so

The Canberra Times

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September 18, 2020

“The parties concerned have not been at war; it cannot be about that. Peace can never prevail while gross injustice persists, while one party occupies another’s territory, while one party inflicts gross human rights violations on another, while one party builds the apparatus of apartheid, and while the Palestinian people and their representatives are absent from the process,” writes George Browning.

Australian government tells ICC it should not investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine

The Guardian

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May 10, 2020

Australia’s intervention took its “growing, one-sided support of Israel to a new high”. “By denying Palestinians the right to justice, and protecting Israel from justice, Australia undermines the rule of law as the standard by which international behaviour is to be judged, and if necessary, sanctioned.

Australia Moves to Block an Investigation into War Crimes in Palestine

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog

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February 28, 2020

“Australia’s efforts to block an International Criminal Court investigation into alleged war crimes in Palestine are inexplicable,” according to APAN president Bishop George Browning.

Australia seeks to block Palestine war crimes investigation


Photo of Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a podium with Australian flags behind him
February 19, 2020

“Australia’s request to make a submission to the International Criminal Court is a shameful support of the Trump and Netanyahu agenda to sabotage progress towards justice and freedom for Palestinians,” Browning said.


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