Daily Archives: September 19, 2010

OCTOBER IN MELBOURNE – A Month of Lectures

OCTOBER IN MELBOURNE – A MONTH OF LECTURES Hurry and book before tickets sell out

TARIQ ALI Edward Said Memorial Lecturer for 2010Wednesday 6 October 2010, 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start The Auditorium, Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston Street, City
Hosted by Australians for Palestine with the Victorian Trades Hall Council & Students for Palestine
(Tariq Ali will be giving the Edward Said Memorial Lecture in Adelaide on 9 October) TALK: “From Bush to Obama – change we can believe in?”

TICKETS ARE ALREADY SELLING VERY FAST. It seems that Melbournians are very keen to learn more about the burning issues of our time and there are few speakers as eloquent as Tariq Ali who can hold audiences riveted to their seats with an expose of the volatile political manoeuvrings in the Middle East. Ali will show how the Obama regime is behaving like its predecessor under Bush, and how on Palestine as elsewhere, any change of personnel is essentially a cosmetic exercise leaving the future as precarious as ever. Various book titles will be on sale at the event.

Tickets can be purchased online through the PURCHASE button on our website’s homepage http://www.australiansforpalestine.com
All other enquiries, please contact nasser@australiansforpalestine.comNOTE: Please make sure you add your postal address when booking tickets online so that we can post the tickets to you in plenty of time before the event.

TARIQ ALI Tuesday 5 October 2010, 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start
The Barn Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Avenue Eltham (about 50 mins out of Melbourne depending on traffic)
Hosted by the Eltham Bookshop as part of their Annual World Matters Festival 2010 TALK: “The Obama Syndrome – Why the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable”

A TOPIC VERY RELEVANT TO AUSTRALIA’S FOREIGN POLICY!TICKETS $10: bookings essentialFOR FULL DETAILS SEE – http://australiansforpalestine.com/29892


18 September 1982 2010
Munirs Story by Franklin Lamb

Editors Note: No dont skip this story thinking you have read all you care to read about Sabra-Shatila.

Not in your lifetime could you read enough to understand the full import of this savage inhumanity.

Every single person killed had meaning, had family, had memories and had life until it was snuffed out by those whose lives never resonated in harmonious vibration with lifes longing for itself.

Somehow, somewhere, they lost or traded their souls for hatred, lust, blood, thrills who knows what strips us back to naked barbarity. But of this I am sure none would live free of torment today the nightmares, the shaking, the sweats, the searing flashes of memory that will never bring a single moment of peace for the crimes committed in three days of vicious frenzy and twenty-eight years since of running from justice.

There is no hiding from truth or justice.

One day the snarling dogs these tormentors unleashed will turn on them and nothing then will save the warmongers or those that cheered them on.

And those who thought to turn the page just now, read and be ashamed that today the world is still mute on the humiliations, horrors and massacres that have been and are being perpetrated against the Palestinian people with wanton impunity.

The untreated psychic wounds are still open. Accountability, justice and basic civil rights for the survivors are still denied. Scores of horror testimonies have been shared over the past nearly three decades by survivors of the September 1982 Sabra- Shatila massacre. More come to light only through circumstantial evidence because would-be affiants perished during the slaughter. Other eyewitness are just beginning to emerge from deep trauma or self imposed silence.

Some testimonies will be shared this month by massacre survivors at Shatila camp. They will sit with the growing numbers of international visitors who annually come to commemorate one of the most horrific crimes of the 20th century.

Continue reading: http://australiansforpalestine.com/30008#more-30008

Sonja Karkar
Australians for Palestine

Labor 4A Just Palestine weekly report beginning 13 September including RTBU QLD motion

Dear all

Also attached is the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) QLD


David Forde

Labor 4A Just Palestine

Weekly update for week beginning 13/09/10

This week’s articles

· UN Protection of Civilians (2) Weekly Report 1 – 14 September

· Middle East online – Thousands of settler homes approved by Israel

· Ynetnews – Mitchell: Settlement freeze must continue

· Part 1 : “Settlers” Tour of Hate Through Occupied Hebron

· IMEU – Who Was Rachel Corrie?

· PSC – British Trades Union Council (6.5 million workers) votes for campaign of boycott and disinvestment to free Palestine

· Palsolidarity – Gaza deaths protest comes under heavy live fire from Israeli snipers

· SMH – Complaint of anti-Semitic articles is dismissed

· All the latest from the Palestinian News agency Ma’an

UN Protection of Civilians (2) Weekly Report | 1 September – 14 September

Five Palestinians killed in Gaza and 13 others injured throughout the oPt. In the West Bank, arrests and access restrictions take place following the killing of four settlers. Increase in settler-related incidents. No demolitions in Area C, however, issuance of stop-work orders continue. Access update: closure on the West Bank. In Gaza, the impact of recently-applied easings remains limited. Despite an increase in industrial fuel, electricity outages continue. To read the report click on: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report

Middle East online – Thousands of settler homes approved by Israel

Watchdog: The construction of more than 13,000 new homes for illegal Israeli settlers in the West Bank has been approved and will proceed when a partial moratorium expires this month, a watchdog group said on Monday. To read the article click on: http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/palestine/?id=41274

Ynetnews – Mitchell: Settlement freeze must continue

US special envoy George Mitchell said Tuesday that the West Bank settlement construction freeze must continue, despite being a sensitive political issue in Israel, but offered no evidence of progress on the hard issue of Jewish settlements. To read the article click on: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3953922,00.html

Part 1 : “Settlers” Tour of Hate Through Occupied Hebron

To watch an eight minute youtube on how illegal Jewish settlers backed by the Israeli military parade through the Palestinian village of Hebron lining up which Palestinian homes they will occupy, click on:

IMEU – Who Was Rachel Corrie?

On 16 March 2003 in Rafah, occupied Gaza, 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie from Washington was murdered by an Israeli bulldozer driver. To read the article and watch a short youtube of Rachel, click on: http://imeu.net/news/printer0019170.shtml

A play “My Name is Rachel Corrie” about the life, dreams and emotions of a this young woman will be preformed in Brisbane 27 Oct – 14 Nov. More information to follow.

PSC – British Trades Union Council (6.5 million workers) votes for campaign of boycott and disinvestment to free Palestine

Britain’s unions have thrown their weight behind a campaign of disinvestment and boycott from companies which are profiting from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. To read the article click on: http://www.palestinecampaign.org/index7b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=4&l2_id=24&Content_ID=1493

Palsolidarity – Gaza deaths protest comes under heavy live fire from Israeli snipers

Over 100 rounds of live ammunition were fired at peaceful protesters in a Tuesday demonstration in the Gaza strip. The protest at the Erez border area near where only a few days earlier, a 91 year old Grandfather Ibrahim Abu Sayed and his 17 year-old grandson were killed by Israeli tank shelling. To read the article click on: http://palsolidarity.org/2010/09/14526/

SMH – Complaint of anti-Semitic articles is dismissed

THE Australian Press Council has considered a complaint by Judy Maynard about two items in The Sydney Morning Herald on June 12 and 19, 2010, by the columnist Mike Carlton. Both related to the encounter between Israeli forces and a number of vessels attempting to reach Gaza (the ”Gaza flotilla”) in May. They followed a column by Mr Carlton on June 5, which was highly critical of the Israeli conduct in the encounter. To read the article click on: http://www.smh.com.au/national/complaint-of-antisemitic-articles-is-dismissed-20100916-15er8.html

Palestinian News agency Ma’an

For all the latest from Ma’an News click on:http://www.maannews.net/eng/Default.aspx

RTBU QLD Motion.pdf