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.

The speakers included Julie Hamden, Fay Waddington, Anas Abdulla, and a young boy, Ibrahim, who told how he had been shot as an 8 year old by a Israeli sniper in Palestine. Here is what he said at the rally: Young-palestinian-boy-ibrahim-speaks-at-rally-on-gaza-on-3-jan-2009


Fay Waddington said that in 1948 85% of the Palestinians living in the areas that became the state of Israel became refugees. It is extimated that there were more than 7 million palestinain refugees and displaced person at the beginning of 2003. [Source: Badil Centre Facts & Figures]

Here are some more photos from the rally. Thanks to Ted Reithmuller from Looking Left for taking these photos and making them publicly available. Ted’s site is @

Thanks also to Phil Monsour and his family for their help in providing the video of his singing at the rally.

You can view Phil Monsour singing “Sing Your Song” below



Aboriginal Elder Bob Anderson speaks
David Matters (State Secretary, Rail Bus and Tram Union) talking to Dale Butler

3162898784_b115bbfc43_o 3162898054_b3d8a03595_o 3162897674_f4cab2b023_o 3162897318_71f1915cd1_o 3162897172_fc70d27462_o 3162897028_ac2fc050eb_o 3162896848_0a3703b1f8_o 3162896726_90735960c3_o 3162065015_75000a1f64_o 3162064761_476d76e9ef_o

3 thoughts on “Free Free Palestine – Queens Park Rally, 3 Jan 2009, Brisbane

  1. Hi all,

    About 30 people came together at Ahimsa house today and established a Justice for Palestine Committee that is organising another rally and march next Saturday (10 Jan 09) at Queens Park at 12.30pm (assuming we get permits etc).

    Another meeting of the Justice for Palestine Committee is planned for tomorrow night (Mon 5th January) at the TLC building [16 Peel Street South Brisbane] at 7.30pm.

    If you want to be part of the Justice for Palestine group please come along.

    We are also planning vigil/information stalls in Brisbane Square on Wed, Thurs and Friday between 5pm and 6pm to start promoting Saturday’s rally and explain the issues to the public.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Mark Gillespie
    Stop the War Committee

  2. Gaza Protest Brisbane — Saturday January 3rd

    The video was edited in deference to the singer/songwriter , Phil
    Monsour, who has been a long time activist in support of Palestine.

    You will also find the video on YouTube shortly:
    Phone:07 33331805
    Email/GoogleTalk RRN:

Please comment down below