People

Major General Ian Gordon AO (Retd.)

Major General Ian Gordon AO (Retd.)

Patron

Major General Gordon served for nearly 40 years in the Australian Army, including as Deputy Chief of the Army. General Gordon’s final posting was as Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation where he witnessed first-hand the realities of the Middle East. ‘I can’t stay silent about what I see as a dreadful situation’ he says.

Ms Wendy Turner

Ms Wendy Turner

Patron

Wendy is a Brisbane-based unionist, and committed social justice and human rights advocate with first-hand experience of Israel’s illegal conduct in Gaza and occupation of the West Bank. She has extensive networks in the broad Labour Movement enabling collaborations and awareness raising to build on the important growing convictions in support of freedom, equal rights and justice for the Palestinian people.
Bishop George Browning

Bishop George Browning

President

Bishop Browning served for many decades as an Anglican Priest and Bishop in Australia, most recently for 15 years as the Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn. He has recently completed his PhD “Sabbath and the Common Good” – a challenge to communities of faith to take the lead in environmental responsibility. George has been a frequent visitor to Palestine and host of Palestinian leaders in Australia.

Mr Nasser Mashni

Mr Nasser Mashni

Vice President

Nasser is the son of a Palestinian refugee. He is a co-founder of Australians For Palestine, a founding board member of Olive Kids, and CEO of a financial services company. With his father’s legacy in mind, Nasser is determined to continue the struggle for justice and a free Palestine.

Mr Bruce Francis

Mr Bruce Francis

Treasurer

Bruce has spent the last 16 years working in the International development sector campaigning for systemic change. Prior to that Bruce held leadership roles in community broadcasting and worked in the community development sector. Bruce is a former chairperson of the Fitzroy and Carlton Community Credit union and has a long-term interest in justice for Palestine.

Mr Jon Jureidini

Mr Jon Jureidini

Secretary

Jon Jureidini is a child psychiatrist who also trained in philosophy. He is a professor in the Disciplines of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Adelaide. Jon is the chair of the Australian Palestinian Partnerships in Education in Health, an incorporated DGR Charity.

Ms Hiba El Farra

Ms Hiba El Farra

Executive Member

Hiba is a Palestinian based in Perth, who was born outside Palestine and lived in many Middle Eastern Countries before settling in Australia 18 years ago. Hiba is a lawyer who practiced in the Middle East, predominantly in civil law. She is an active member of the Palestinian Community of Western Australia and has volunteered with refugees in Perth.
Dr Jordy Silverstein

Dr Jordy Silverstein

Executive Member

Jordy is a Jewish historian and writer based at the Law School at the University of Melbourne. She has worked extensively with Palestinians in Australia, Palestine and elsewhere. She’s a member of Loud Jew Collective (based in Naarm), and has been involved in numerous other Jewish and justice-focused organisations.

Ms Claire Moore

Ms Claire Moore

Executive Member

Claire was a Senator for Queensland for 17 years including holding the portfolio of Shadow Minister for International Development.  Claire is the President of the UN Association in Queensland. Claire visited Palestine on an APAN study tour in 2017 that confirmed her commitment to action.

Ms Claudia Hyles OAM

Ms Claudia Hyles OAM

Executive Member

Claudia joined APAN in 2015 after visiting Palestine on a life-changing APAN Study Tour.  She was employed at the National Gallery of Australia, is a writer and reviewer and has lived and worked in many developing countries. Claudia was awarded the Medal in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2020 for service to the community of the ACT.

Rev Dr Greg Jenks

Rev Dr Greg Jenks

Executive Member

The Very Rev’d Dr Greg Jenks is the Dean of Grafton Cathedral and a Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University. Dr Jenks has spent considerable time in Palestine since 1990, including Dean of St George’s College in Jerusalem (2015/2017). He is a founding member and current President of Friends of Sabeel Australia.

Ms Jessica Morrison

Ms Jessica Morrison

Executive Officer

Jessica has been the Executive Officer of APAN since 2011 and has a broad understanding of issues effecting Palestinians. She has traveled to Palestine on a number of occasions, including serving with Christian Peacemaker Teams.   She has taught Social Work and been involved in a range of community campaigns and broader movements for peace and social justice.

Ms Noura Mansour

Ms Noura Mansour

Community Organising and Advocacy Lead

Noura is a Palestinian educator, writer, political analyst, and community organiser, involved in community development for almost 20 years. Noura has worked with NGOs in Palestine, as well as international solidarity movements in South Korea and Australia. Her interest in Palestine is a manifestation of  passion about community and human rights values.

Mr Michael Shaik

Mr Michael Shaik

Project Officer

Michael has been a pro-Palestine activist since 2003. He was one of the founders of the FREE GAZA campaign to break Israel’s maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip and is a contributor to three books on the role of non-violent direct action in the struggle for Palestinian independence.
Ms Lisa Arnold

Ms Lisa Arnold

Study Tour Coordinator

Lisa is a humanitarian aid worker with 20 years’ experience in the Middle East, particularly in Palestine and Israel. She has worked in the humanitarian aid sector throughout the Middle East and Asia. She has hosted Australian study tours to Palestine since 2010.

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