Bishop Browning to lead national Palestinian advocacy group

Feb 8, 2013

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) announced today that Bishop George Browning has been elected its new president.

Bishop Browning is formerly the Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn.  Bishop Browning has had been a strong advocate for justice for Palestinians throughout his career.  His involvement with Palestinians began training Palestinian theological students in the 1970’s, then leading youth pilgrimages to Jerusalem, and hosting Palestinian speakers in Australia.

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) is a national coalition of civil society organisations. It comprises unions, churches, Palestinian and Jewish groups, human rights groups, retired diplomats and other interested individuals.  APAN advocates an Australian public policy that balances Palestinian as well as Israeli interests. APAN meets regularly with parliamentarians and other opinion leaders in the interests of a broader public debate on achieving a viable Palestinian state

Bishop Browning’s predecessor was Baptist Minister, the Rev Jim Barr.

The APAN executive includes:
Bishop George Browning        retired Anglican Bishop
Dr Ross Burns                           former Australian Ambassador to Israel
Prof Bassam Dally                   academic and co-founder AFOPA (SA)
A/Prof Peter Slezak                 academic and co-founder of IAJV
Wendy Turner                          Queensland based unionist
Moukhles Salah                        Sydney based businessman and advocate for Palestine
Rev Gregor Henderson           Uniting Church minister, former President of UCA
Samira Ghabar                         academic,social worker & Palestinian community leader.
David Forde                              served in military with the UN in the Middle East

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