August 2020 | Reject Danon as Ambassador
Reports from Israeli and Jewish Australian media indicated Israel had proposed Danny Danon as the next Ambassador to Australia.
As Danon has shown complete disregard for both Palestinian rights and international law APAN campaigned for him to be rejected as Ambassador.
APAN shared on social media some of Danon’s most offensive quotes and supported people to phone the Foreign Minister’s office calling for his rejection as Ambassador.
June 2020 | Launch of Joint Statement on Antisemitism
Antisemitism looms large in Palestine advocacy for two reasons: firstly, it is a form of oppression we need to better understand and ensure we are working against. Secondly malicious accusations of antisemitism are used to silence those speaking out against human rights abuses by Israel.
APAN was proud to work alongside the Australian Jewish Democratic Society to release a joint statement, which was launched with a public online event.
June 2020 | Standing Against Israeli Annexation
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that Israeli intended to begin Annexation of the West Bank.
While there had been widespread international condemnation, Australian political leaders had been silent.
APAN supported thousands of Australians to write to their local MP’s calling for Australian condemnation. APAN also supported people to write to newspapers expressing their deep concern.
As a result we saw statements of opposition from:
- Australian Greens calling for sanctions
- Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
- Former Liberal leader John Hewson
- Federal Opposition leaders and the
- Foreign Minister (it was the mildest condemnation issued by any leader)
For more background, click here for APAN’s Annexation Factsheet
June 2020 | Palestine 101 webinars
Over one hundred people registered for this engaging online webinar series introducing participants to Palestinian experiences, from the Ottoman period until today. Held over six evenings, it located Palestinian history in a political context and within an international law framework. The series was delivered by a range of Palestinian Australian academics and supported by APAN staff. The feedback indicated the program provided an understanding of the Palestinian situation in its historic and political context.