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June 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the brutal Israeli military Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. An occupation that seems shockingly stable.
We must redouble our efforts so the Occupation doesn’t grind on for another 50 years.
Read Bishop Browning’s Opinion Piece in the Courier Mail – there can be no peace without Justice. Or below for his video message
The Australian Government is undertaking a Foreign Policy review, in the form of a ‘white paper’.
APAN made sure that voices for a fair policy for Palestine were represented, and our submission is now available on the DFAT website.
This is the first White Paper process since 2003 with the Government saying “The White Paper will provide a roadmap for advancing and protecting Australia’s international interests and define how we engage with the world in the years ahead.”
We have been deeply concerned with Australia’s policy regarding Palestine under this government, and hope that the process will provide an opportunity for some serious re-evaluation.
Over 1500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails have been on a hunger strike since 17 April – demanding an end to administrative detention and basic rights within prisons.
As they take this costly nonviolent action – show your solidarity! Join the joint #saltwater challenge and (if you can) join a 1 day fast on May 15.
Solidarity for the strike for freedom and dignity is pouring in from around the world. There are street marches and vigils, solidarity fasts by many including religious leaders. The #saltwaterchallenge is being taken up by Irish politicians, human rights groups such as Amnesty, superstars (Mohammed Assaf and Michael McLaughlin for example) and many many everyday people.
Now we need to show that there are also thousands of Australians who support Palestinian’s call for freedom and dignity!
The 15 May is the day to commemorate the Nakba, the catastrophe that has been waged against Palestinians from 1948 until today. This 15 May – show your solidarity!
Take the #saltwater challenge – drink a glass of salty water.
And if you can – join the #dignitystrike – by fasting on May 15.
Post a photo/short video both on the APAN facebook event page (where we’ve posted one video already) and on your own social media, tagging APANapan and tag #saltwaterchallenge.
Click here for details Nakba commemoration events around Australia
Click here for more information about the strike and their list of demands.
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