Dear APAN members and friends,
We firstly want to thank people who have already got behind our petition for Australia to support Palestine’s bid at the UN. We need to keep building our number of signatories in the next few weeks if we are to take a strong message to Foreign Minister Carr. Can people please e-mail the link for the petition throughout their networks, (as well as repost on facebook twitter etc) (http://www.communityrun.org/p/YES-Palestine), and if you prefer print out a hard copy to collect signatures and then send back to email@example.com by the 12th November.
APAN also encourages individuals and organisations to send an individual letter to the Foreign Minister, Bob Carr.
APAN was a proud co-facilitator of the national solidarity weekend which gathered over 60 people from around Australia to discuss work for Palestine. At the end of the weekend there was a statement and press release issued under APAN’s name.
APAN also held its AGM on the 23rd of September, which included electing a new Executive. We are very grateful to the work of Executive Members who retired at the AGM: Mr Robert Newton; Mr Kris Hanna; Mr Yousef Alreemawi and Mr Issa Shaweesh.
Another highlight of the month was hosting Ilan Pappe as he addressed over 170 people at the National Press Club on the 19th September. See photos or watch broadcast.
World Vision have written a response to Shurat HaDin about their allegations that have been debated in Australian Parliament and an article in Fairfax Press reports on the story from Gaza.
Support the Samidoun campaign to support hunger strikers and free Addameer human rights advocate.
Support the Ship to Gaza campaign whose boat the Estelle was boarded and passengers arrested as they sought to deliver aid to Gaza.
The UN have reported that settlers have already destroyed 7,500 olive trees this year.
The PLO reports that Israel has planned 11,096 settlement housing units in the last 12months, as it details Israel’s violations of international law
Six Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israeli rocket fire this week
Melbourne: 18 Nov 2012 Run for Palestine – register for the run or walk today!
Adelaide: 1 Nov 2012 AFOPA annual fundraising dinner
Stolen Beauty, Stolen Land coordinated campaign about Dead Sea products. Coordinated activities planned around Australia in December. Join the facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/507224182623676/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
APAN Executive Officer