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Albanese government needs to honour its commitment to recognise Palestine

November 11, 2022

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network calls on the Albanese government to honour its ALP national conference promise to recognise Palestine. Comments in Senate Estimates yesterday from Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Penny Wong, indicating the government was non-committal to ALP National Conference resolutions is an unhelpful addition to the discussions for achieving peace. “Honouring their […]

APAN welcomes the Australian Government reversing its Jerusalem recognition decision

October 19, 2022

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network welcomes the decision from the Australian Government, and Foreign Minister Penny Wong, to reverse the previous government’s flawed political stunt in recognising West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “The decision to recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel should never have happened in the first place,” APAN Vice-President, […]

Israel’s bombing of Gaza needs a swift response from the international community

August 6, 2022

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network is appalled at the bombing of Gaza by Israeli forces, and calls on the international community and the Australian Government to hold Israel to account. On Friday evening, in another unprovoked attack, and in the context of an ongoing 15-year siege, Israeli forces again bombed Gaza. Initial reports and official […]

Australian politicians take more junkets to Israel than any other country

July 22, 2022

Federal parliamentarians are taking significantly more privately-sponsored trips to Israel than any other country according to a new research report. Information gathered by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network from the parliamentary register of interests shows 18 percent of all sponsored trips between June 2018 and April 2022 were to Israel, with the next closest destinations […]

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 […]

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