Monthly Archives: January 2009

Inter-faith Memorial Service for Peace in Gaza

‘I Have a Million Nightingales’
Text adapted from the poetry of Palestinian writer Mahmoud Darwish, tune by Linda Hirschhorn
I Have a million nightingales on the branches of my heart,
I Have a million nightingales on the branches of my heart,
Singing freedom, freedom, freedom,
Singing freedom, freedom, freedom!

Vine and Fig Tree
Translation of Hebrew text
And everyone ‘neath their vine and fig tree
Shall live in peace and unafraid. (x2)
And into ploughshares turn their swords,
Nations shall learn war no more (x2)

“Peace is much more than the absence of War”

On Sunday 15 February, 2009 at 6.00 – 7.00pm, 160 people came together – people of all faiths and humanist traditions to offer prayers, reflections and meditations for the people of Gaza.

Speeches, songs, video montage sound, prayers and silence at Gaza Memoriam

The following is a recording of the speeches, songs, prayers, silence and video montage of the vigil. Be patient the sound file is large and may take some time to play. The speakers includes – Bob Anderson, Halim Rane, Margot Shalom, Enoch Choy and representatives of Buddhism. Also the songs above were sung by a choir specially organised my Anne Birmingham for the event.

Speeches, songs, video montage sound, prayers and silence at Gaza Memoriam

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Foco Nuevo 30th January 2009

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26 Horan Street, West End
Friday 30th January
8.00 p.m.

$10 / $7 concession

Please note that to ensure the viability of Foco Nuevo, we’ve had to increase our entry prices this year.

Light savory meals, cakes, tea and coffee available


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Click below for the Invasion Day podcast from the Paradigm Shift (thanks to Eliza and the makers of that program broadcast on 4ZZZ] It includes speeches and interviews of Murri activists in Brisbane who, each year since 1972 in Brisbane, … Continue reading

Brisbane people Rally for Justice in Palestine

by Ray Bergmann

A rally was held at Queens Park in Brisbane on Saturday 17th January 2009 to protest the Israeli attacks on Gaza following a six month siege, which is part of a century-long continuing Zionist colonial project of ethnic cleansing and politicide of the Palestinian people in collaboration with Great Britain and the United States. Continue reading

No Australian support for Israel! Protest at Rudd’s office

UmmahMedia put together these videos of the protest at Rudd’s office on Thursday Jan 15, 12 noon, Morningside in Brisbane.

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Free Palestine Rallies and Marches, January 2009, Brisbane

Here are the speeches at the Rally on 10 Jan 2009:

Here are the chants and speeches during the march:

ummahmedia has put together this excellent coverage of the Brisbane Gaza Rally and March on 10 Jan 2009

Part 1

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‘Justice for Palestine’ speaks

The following is a pamphlet produced for Justice for Palestine, Brisbane during the assault on Gaza by Israel in December 2008/January 2009.


  1. Five Lies about Israel’s Assault on Gaza
  2. Israeli Troops out of Gaza – leaflet advertising the rally
  3. A Palestinian reply to Thomas L Friedman (columnist NY Times)
  4. Brisbane to continue to protest attacks on Gaza – Rally & March 10 Jan 2009 Queens Park
  5. Maps showing occupied Palestine from 1917 – 2006

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Stop the Killing in Gaza

Say No to Israel's War Crime Greetings all,

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Celebrate 50 years of the Cuban Revolution

The Australia-Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane) invites you to

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Five Lies about Israel’s Assault on Gaza


Lie #1) Israel is only targeting legitimate military sites and is seeking to protect innocent lives. Israel never targets civilians.

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated pieces of property in the world. The presence of militants within a civilian population does not, under international law, deprive that population of their protected status, and hence any assault upon that population under the guise of targeting militants is, in fact, a war crime.

Moreover, the people Israel claims are legitimate targets are members of Hamas, which Israel says is a terrorist organization. Hamas has been responsible for firing rockets into Israel. These rockets are extremely inaccurate and thus, even if Hamas intended to hit military targets within Israel, are indiscriminate by nature. Continue reading

Free Free Palestine – Queens Park Rally, 3 Jan 2009, Brisbane

A rally of about 400 people (one person for every life lost in Gaza) gathered in Queens Park to protest the human rights abuses by the Israeli government in Palestine.

Welcome to Country by Bob Anderson.

Bob gave his respects to the traditional owners, the Turrabul and Jagera peoples who own the land upon which Queens park is built.

Six speakers from the community and


Bob Anderson giving welcome to country

two performers called on Australian people to support the people of Gaza who have been bombarded for over a week by US supplied F16 aircraft in the hands of a murderous Israeli military. Continue reading

Tariffs, Arbitration and price-fixing – class struggle or intra-capitalist settlement?

by Humphrey McQueen

[The following text appeared in “The Review” section of the Australian Financial Review, 2 November 2007, pp. 6-8. I have added footnotes to identify sources and to indicate how the demolition of “the Settlement” should proceed, for instance, in regard to price-fixing as the missing third leg of New Protection. This folder also contains the original article without footnotes.]

What about the conditions of the trade, the position of the manufacturers, the pressure of foreign competition, the possibility of a formidable increase in prices to the public? Continue reading

Community Forum on Palestine

Michael Shaik (Australians for Palestine)

speaks out on the crisis in Gazagaza-rally-3-jan-2009

Friday 2nd January

5:30 p.m.

Brisbane City Council Library (ground floor)

Community Meeting Room, Brisbane Square,

266 George Street, Brisbane Qld

email enquiries:
phone: Hamish  0401 586 923

For some insight into Israeli confiscation of Palestinian land see Eran Riklis’s film “The Lemon Tree” based on the true story of a Palestinian widow who defends her lemon tree field…

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