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Miscarriage of justice as Israel finds humanitarian hero guilty

June 16, 2022

Australia’s aid sector and human rights advocates are appalled today after one of the longest legal trials for Palestinian detainees in Israeli history has concluded, with World Vision’s Gaza Manager, Mohammed El Halabi, found guilty on all but one of the counts against him. Mr El Halabi was arrested and detained by Israeli forces six […]

Use of ‘Lawfare’ against Melbourne University students ‘horrifying’

May 31, 2022

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network strongly condemns the groups and individuals who threatened the University of Melbourne Student Council through ‘lawfare’ regarding a motion in solidarity with Palestinians. Using external legal threats to silence student activism undermines the bedrock of Australia’s tertiary sector in teaching students to be critical thinkers, and support international human rights. […]

Victorian Government wrong to adopt IHRA definition of antisemitism

May 12, 2022

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network is outraged at the Victorian Government’s move to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. We completely reject the definition and the appended working examples, as they do little to address antisemitism, and only serve to suppress and punish legitimate criticism of Israel and its ongoing human rights […]

Poll: Government out of touch with Australians on Palestine

April 14, 2022

The Australian Government is at odds with the bulk of the Australian public on Palestine according to a recently released poll. A national YouGov poll on the topic found a majority of people believe Palestine should be recognised as an independent state, and oppose the current approach the Australian Government has towards the Occupied Palestinian […]

Government wrong to designate all of Hamas a terrorist organisation

February 17, 2022

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network strongly disagrees with the government’s listing of the Hamas political wing as a terrorist organisation. As the elected governing body of Gaza, designating Hamas a terrorist organisation does nothing to advance the cause of peace, and will only cause more suffering for the 2 million people currently surviving under a […]

Amnesty International demands Israeli authorities be held accountable for committing the crime of Apartheid against Palestinians

February 1, 2022

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network welcomes the report released by Amnesty International confirming Israeli policies against Palestinians fit the definition of the international crime of apartheid. We have seen these policies enacted on a whole-of-society scale through mass seizures of Palestinian land and property, arbitrary murders, forcible transfers, drastic movement restrictions, and the denial of […]

Dr. Gary Foley wins 2021 Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize

November 10, 2021

Australians for Palestine (AFP) and the Australia-Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2021 Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize as Aboriginal Gumbaynggirr intellectual, activist, academic, writer, storyteller and actor, Dr. Gary Foley, who is currently Professor of History at Victoria University. Foley was a key member of the Aboriginal Self-Determination […]

PM is wrong to endorse IHRA definition of antisemitism

October 14, 2021

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network is deeply concerned about the Prime Minister’s announcement that Australia will adopt the IHRA definition of Antisemitism. “Adopting particular definitions of any sort of racism is unnecessary, and in this case dangerous” said Bishop George Browning, President of APAN. “The IHRA Definition actually muddies the water between legitimate criticism of […]

Surge of Australian support for Palestine

May 20, 2021

Australians in record numbers are demanding Israel stop its bombings of Palestinians in Gaza with protests being held right across the country this weekend. An unprecedented number of people have written to their local MP and political leaders – over 14,000 in 2 days – demanding Australia call on Israel to stop the bombing – […]

Australia must call on Israel to stop attacking Palestinians – in Jerusalem and Gaza

May 13, 2021

Israel holds the power and responsibility of ceasing the violence – including that of Israeli mobs rampaging through Palestinian areas Bishop George Browning, President of the Australia Palestinian Advocacy Network. Overnight Australian time, Israel destroyed a residential apartment block in Gaza, and destroyed another high-rise building housing local and international media. Horrifically at least 65 […]

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