Dear supporters of the Palestinian People
Who can believe that we are already in March 2016 and reporting on the year that was 2015.
I know for us at JFP it was a busy year with lots of successful events/fundraisers and of course raising awareness of BDS and the plight of the Palestinian people. 2105 will also be remembered as the year that Palestinian popular resistance spread across historic Palestine and that saw tens of thousands of Palestinians take to the streets to resist and confront Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. 2015 also saw the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
At a local level we have, organized protests at Mr Toys ToyWorld in Queens Plaza for continuing to support apartheid by selling Israeli made goods to children. We held numerous letter-writing blitzes that have seen guest speakers withdraw from the Australian Israel Chamber of Commerce December saw us singing away Christmas carols outside Mr Toys Toyworld. We also created a Mr Toys youtube video stating apartheid is NOT OK. And of course our sell out fund raiser dinner for Gaza
2015 also saw the JFP creation the Israeli Apartheid Boycott Map for Brisbane, of the Boycotts target products and companies (Israeli and international) that profit from the violation of Palestinian rights, as well as Israeli sporting, cultural and academic institutions. Anyone can boycott Israeli goods, simply by making sure that they don’t buy produce made in Israel or by Israeli companies. Campaigners and groups call on consumers not to buy Israeli goods and on businesses not to buy or sell them.
In May we held the Nakba vigil and march which marks the day when over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes and made refugees.
In 1948, the establishment of the Israeli state in Palestine through violent ethnic cleansing not only forced Palestinians from their homes, but also led to massacres of indigenous populations and the destruction of villages.
The Palestinian refugees fleed their homes thinking they would be back within a few weeks, they did not know that 67 years on, they are still waiting for their internationally recognised right to return.
PACSI -Rafeef Ziadah – We teach life concert Bris – 30th March 2016 at the Greek Club Brisbane (see PACSI Facebook site for further information)BOOKINGS:
Justice for Palestine Mr. Toys Toyworld action April 2016 at 11.00am
Gaza Fund Raising Dinner May 2016
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Highlights of BDS Globally include for 2015
- The successful campaign against Veolia
- 1000+ artists join the cultural boycott
- The academic boycott goes more mainstream across the world
- Justice for Palestine has become a key issue for students and youth across the world
How can I get involved?
- Like our Facebook site
- Volunteer at one of our information stalls (contact us via FaceBook)
- Send us your thoughts on what how you think we are going well or what we could do more off
- Attend our events
- And if you want to join our committee, please just message us on Facebook
- And lastly MAKE SURE you read the label and boycott Israel until they comply with international law
Justice for Palestine was formed in January 2009 to organise the demonstrations against the Israeli massacre in Gaza. It is a broad coalition of organisations and individuals in Brisbane who support freedom for Palestine. We are supporters of the international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign against apartheid Israel (www.bdsmovement.net)
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