Pre-election campaigning

In the weeks before the Australian Federal election, APAN supported Australians to contact their local candidates – telling them about why Palestine matters, and why we want them to stand up for Palestine. Thousands of emails were sent to candidates around the country.

APAN also produced an election scorecard.

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APAN condemns harassment of Melissa Parke over views on Israel

Media Release, 13 April 2019

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) expresses regret at the circumstances that led the Hon. Melissa Parke to withdrawal her candidature in the seat of Curtin, WA. It appears that bullying tactics and smear have won over genuine debate and concern for human rights.

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“It’s Time”: APAN welcomes Labor Party Decision on Palestine

Australia Palestine Advocacy Network welcomes the Labor National Conference resolution calling on the next Labor Government to recognise Palestine.

“The Labor Party’s decision can provide a positive injection of hope and dynamism into the stalled peace process,” said Bassam Dally, Vice-President of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network.

“We acknowledge this as a very important, symbolic step to recognising the rights of Palestinians to a homeland – free from Israel’s continued chokehold over Palestinians. Continue reading

APAN deplores Jerusalem announcement

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) is dismayed by the Morrison government’s announcement that it will recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that only serves to appease extremist elements of the Party while further slamming closed the door to peace.

“As Israel claims exclusive sovereignty over all of Jerusalem and refuses to abide by United Nations resolutions calling it to withdraw from occupied East Jerusalem, we cannot give them a free kick,” said Bishop George Browning, President of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network.

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Politicians human rights day support for Palestinian children

Update: There are now 95 signatories to this letter

On Human Rights Day, 83 Australian parliamentarians released a public letter to UNICEF, calling for an update about the situation for Palestinian Children in Israeli military detention.

This letter was a follow up to a 2016 statement by Australian Federal parliamentarians calling for Israel to change its laws, policies and practices, so that Palestinian children’s fundamental human rights were respected.