APAN (the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network) has recently sent out their newsletter. IAJV is a one of the founding members of APAN. Here is the newsletter:
Dear members and friends of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network
Welcome to our second e-newsletter!
Thanks to all who contacted SBS regarding their screening of The Promise. The documentary received significant support and affirmation through the media, SBS feedback and complaints processes, as well as at Senate Estimates. APAN was pleased to be part of the national lobbying effort regarding this program. Read more including transcript of the Senate Estimates hearing.
APAN member consultations will be held in capital cities in late March. This will be an opportunity for members to review the work of APAN so far, as well as discuss a draft strategic plan. In the next week members will receive further information by e-mail. A national members meeting is scheduled for May, and the AGM will be held on August 25. If you or your organisation are not yet a member we encourage you to join – APAN seeks to be led by its membership.
ACTION: Palestinian hunger strikers have captured world attention this month. Khader Adnan, arrested and held without charge or trial by Israel, went 66 days without food and was close to death before pressure mounted on Israeli authorities to release him. Hana al-Shalabi enters here 19th day of a hunger strike today. She was was held for 30months without charge, released late last year, and then re-arrested in February. No charges have been laid. Read more and promote the letter writing campaign.
ACTION: Speakers on Palestine. A number of advocacy groups are hosting international speakers this year – and we encourage you to think about how to be involved. Additionally Peter Slezak (APAN Exec Member) joined politicians, academics and union leaders on a tour to Palestine organised by APHEDA (APAN member). Peter is available to speak to groups about his experiences – and we’d invite you to consider him for your AGM or other event.
Recent UN reports highlight the declining human rights situation for Palestinians. In 2011 there was an 80% increase in home demolitions with 1,100 Palestinians (half of them children) loosing their homes, and 10,000 trees (mostly Olive trees) damaged or destroyed as settler violence increases dramatically.
We would also recommend reading the opinion piece by Peter Manning showing how the Australian government is not reflecting public sympathies towards Palestine.
APAN is grateful for the opportunity to join with people across Australia who seek justice for Palestine.