On May 15, Palestinians commemorate the Nakba, the catastrophe, where in 1947-48, during the establishment of Israel hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lost their homes, their land and many their lives through a deliberate ethnic cleansing plan executed by Jewish militia.
Many of those displaced Palestinians are still stateless refugees in neighboring countries living under terribly difficult circumstances. This day of remembrance helps to honor those who died and renew the commitment to continue the fight for restitution and self determination.
Candlelight vigil and speakout
12 May, 6pm, State Library
Resistance is Remembrance- Al Nakba 1948
13 May, 6pm, Bankstown Library
15 May, 6.30pm, Sydney Town Hall
Protest rally and march
15 May, 5pm, King George Square
Nakba Day Commemoration
21 May, 5-6.30pm
Palestinian Embassy, 2/44 Dalman Cres, O’Malley
Palestinian Cultural Day
21 May, 1pm, Burnside Community Centre
Results from a Roy Morgan opinion poll, released today show the Australian public is far ahead of their Government when it comes to justice for Palestine.
Read full details on APAN’s Press Release.
This is the fourth opinion poll commissioned by advocacy groups since 2009 (see history) and the trends are clear – Australians are increasing in sympathy for Palestinians, and they want our Government to take decisive action to stop the oppression.
**Updated article with new signatories
A statement signed by 65 prominent Australians expresses opposition to the visit of the Israeli Prime Minister this week because of his Government’s policies towards the Palestinians.
The statement is signed by
- senior legal professionals – including former Solicitor General Gavan Griffith QC, and former Federal Court judge Murray Rutledge Wilcox Continue reading
Two more groups have expressed concern about Netanyahu’s visit to Australia – the Australian Jewish Democratic Society and the Islamic Council of Victoria.
From the Australian Jewish Democratic Society release:
The Israel that Netanyahu has furthered is not one that represents Jewish or democratic values: it moves Palestinians and Israelis further away from achieving justice and peace. As a result, increasing numbers of Jewish people worldwide are standing up in opposition to the policies and practices of Netanyahu and his governmental coalition.
From the Islamic Council of Victoria release:
The recent UN Security Council resolution condemned Israel’s settlement building as a “flagrant violation” of international law and a major obstacle to a lasting peace.
It is thus very disappointing that the Australian Government has seen fit to invite the person ultimately responsible for Israel’s flagrant violations of international law.