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No Peace without Justice

We will not “return to a living death” of siege and blockade, say Gaza civil society leaders. [Editor’s Note: Readers can see from the signatures below that No Peace without Justice  is a sentiment shared by Palestinian community both inside … Continue reading

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Take action for Palestine

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Take action for Palestine Saturday July 26 Justice for Palestine Brisbane – Boycott Sodastream walking tour Gather at 11am in King George Square for a guided tour of stores in Brisbane which stock Sodastream products made in an illegal settlement … Continue reading

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Commemorating al Nakba: Celebrating Palestine – May 17th 2014

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Commemorating al Nakba: Celebrating Palestine 2014 Featuring Phil Monsour – Songs of exile and return Phil will perform a selection of songs and share stories and videos about Palestinian refugees and the right of return. 15th May 2014 will be … Continue reading

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BDS Walking Tour in Brisbane

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Australian Government double standard over Israel

MEDIA RELEASE Australian Government demonstrates double standards over Israel FOREIGN minister Bob Carr recently expelled Syrian diplomats because of human rights abuses in their country. Yet the Israeli defence force and Israeli settlers shoot, abduct, detain and torture Palestinians in the occupied territories on a daily basis. The Israeli government destroys Palestinian homes on the West Bank. On 21 May 2012 an Australian citizen, Khalil Hamdan, received a call from his sister Weam in Nablus. “My sister was distraught because 25- 30 Israeli soldiers broke into her small two bedroom unit at 3am in the Camp No.1 refugee camp in Nablus, Palestine,” Mr Hamdan said. “She is the wife of Ridha Khalid and the mother of five children aged 5 to 18 years. Ridha is employed by United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Nablus.” “The soldiers smashed the door down and took Ridha away for no reason and took him to Huwarra prison outside of Nablus. After they took him away, they asked my sister, Weam, to get out of the unit with her children. “They proceeded to destroy everything in their unit: furniture, electrical appliances including the children’s computer; the children’s school books. “Naturally all the children were traumatised and they were mindful of their imminent school examinations.” The soldiers took the food from the pantry, freezer and refrigerator and spread it all over the furniture and floor. They removed all the pictures from wall and smashed them. Weam is aged fifty years. “She is a good woman and cared for her aged parents and her two handicapped brothers since she was a young teenager. She is a good wife, caring mother and kind to her friends and has never been in any trouble. “Weam was born in the Refugee camp. The destruction of the contents of her unit was completely unjust. Her frugal savings and furniture were gone in 2.1/2 hours.” Weam’s husband Ridha distributes aid throughout the West Bank. The Australian Government will contribute $90M to UNRWA over the next three years. Ridha has been taken before and tortured. In 2001 he spent 18 months in detention without charge. His 17 year old son was shot dead and Ridha has been the victim of an Israeli rocket attack. He now is on hunger strike in Huwarra prison near Nablus. Weam is concerned for the future of her husband and their family. I, Khalil Hamdan, call on the Foreign Minister to seek the immediate release of Ridha and compensation for loss of property and savings taken from Weam’s unit. I want an independent medical examination of Ridha. “The Australian government is obliged to act because: 1. I’m an Australian citizen and my family has been attacked. 2. My brother-in-law works for United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The Australian government provides funds to UNRWA. 3. The Australian government is signatory to international agreements that outlaw the abduction and torture of civilians. 4. My sister’s property has been damaged and money stolen. 5. The Australian Government has acted to prevent human rights abuses across the border in Syria but not in the occupied territories. Khalil Hamdan, his mother, father and siblings were driven out of their village in Jaffa in 1948. They fled to Nablus where Weam was born in 1962. “As a result of the 6-day war in 1967 I was made a refugee for a second time and sought a new life in Australia” Mr Hamdan said.” “I want an end to the occupation and the right to return to my village. I am one of 5 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants. We all want justice.” I, Khalil Hamdan, can be contacted at 0438 194 342 Continue reading

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Swimming Free Palestine!

Swimming Free, Palestine

Emad, Gareth and I walked to the
starting line at Wategos beach, near the
Byron Bay lighthouse.

As we entered the water with the other
swimmers, the organisers called off
the race because of treacherous
conditions. Loud speakers announced
that we would be ‘swimming at our
own risk’.

We swam anyway.

Many other swimmers did the same.

As we rounded the point from Wategos beach,
Emad was dumped by a two metre
wave and had to be rescued.

We wish to thank the selfless swimmers
who kept Emad afloat until the Surf Life
savers arrived in their Zodiac.

Gareth and I continued swimming wide
of the big breaking waves. I came
across Gareth and could hear him distinctly
above the sound of the waves
and a nearby surf boat — as Gareth took
each breath in mid-stroke he yelled:
Free Palestine, Free, Free Palestine‘.

About one kilometer further on we
arrived near main beach at Byron Bay
where we were both hammered by big
breaking waves.

Gareth’s goggles were wiped off his
face and my swimming cap with the
Palestinian Flag emblem was lost in the
cauldron along with one of my flippers.

Gareth and I walked up the beach
alongside others swimmers saying how
their legs had cramped up as they came
into the beach.

We returned to the stall where Maxine
had spent the last hour engaging with
people asking questions about
Palestine and the campaign by MECA to
provide clean drinking water to children
in the West Bank.

We were happy to be re-united with
Emad who told the story of the bravery
of the swimmers who saved him in the
big swell. In his words he said ‘I
drowned’. But he was saved!

Some time later two young girls in
swimming costumes came up to the
stall holding my Palestinian flagged
swimming cap lost in the sea about 20
minutes earlier.

Maxine yelled out ‘Ian, these girls found
your cap!” I turned and asked how they
knew the cap was mine. The 11 year old
girl with braces on her teeth said she
and her friend saw the flag flying high
on the foreshore and looked at the flag
on the cap and put two-and-two
together.

Gareth said: ‘What are the chances of
that happening!” and Maxine rewarded
the girls with a sumptuous home made
cake. Thanks girls!

We are swimming to raise money for
the Middle East Childrens’ Alliance so
Palestinian kids can have clean drinking
water despite Israel’s best efforts to
desiccate them.

You can sponsor us by making
donations at MECA to help meet the
basic needs of Palestinian children and
give them opportunities to learn, play,
and envision a better future. Go to
https://www.mecaforpeace.org

A special thank you to Gareth and
Maxine for making this small
contribution to Palestinian kids lives
possible.

Free Palestine!

Music
‘The Other Side’ by Phil Monsour on ‘Ghosts of Deir Yassin’ see http://www.philmonsour.com/

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Orchestrated campaign against Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions hits snag

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The following comments were taken from a news item from Workplace Express, daily news updates for the Union/HR/IR mob. Union protests not a secondary boycott, says ACCC Protests by the MUA and Geelong Trades Hall outside Max Brenner chocolate shops … Continue reading

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Palestine and the UN bid for statehood

Palestine and the UN bid for statehood by Duncan Shipley-Smith A recent legal opinion highlighting the challenges and risks facing the Palestinian people in their quest for statehood in the lead up to the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s bid at the … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor of ‘The Australian’ — ‘Senator stands by Israel boycott’

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Dear Sir/Ms, I would like to correct your report ‘Senator stands by Israel boycott’ published in today’s (29 Aug 2011) Australian. I participated in the rally and march to the Max Brenner Chocolate shop at South Bank in Brisbane. Firstly … Continue reading

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Gaza Alert: 19 killed 42 injured

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A compilation of photos taken since Israel began bombarding Gaza on 18 August. To see a large version, please go to our website and click on the photo http://australiansforpalestine.com Australians-for-Palestine Editor’s note: Israel is continuing to pound Gaza – MEMO … Continue reading

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Attempts to stop ‘BDS’ campaign

The Australian newspaper has published an article (8 Aug 2011) ‘Israeli boycotts: ACCC called in about the 19 people arrested in Melbourne protesting against the Max Brenner store’s support of the Israeli Defence Force. The article claims that ”protesters allegedly … Continue reading

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“We are going back to Palestine” – marchers cross into Palestine from the Golan Heights

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Editor’s Note: Over night (15 May 2011) there have been dramatic reports of an uprising by Palestinians from within and from the borders of Palestine. One of the most dramatic was the Palestinian march from Syria breaking through the Golan … Continue reading

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Rally for Palestine – remembering al-Nakba

63 years after Al Nakba Khalil Hamdan returns home to Palestine Interview with Khalil Hamdan on the Paradigm Shift on 4Zzz. Interviewers are Eliza and Ian. Khalil is one of the 1948 refugees from Al Jammasin in Palestine. His family … Continue reading

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After Marrickville?

Can workers & their organisations succeed where political elites have failed? — A response to Marrickville Council vote against Boycott, Divestments & Sanctions BDS of Israel (BDS) on 19 April 2011 … click title to read more See also After … Continue reading

Protest against more settlements in Palestine

Editor’s Note: It is interesting that these marches are being led by secular groups such as The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front.
Look closely at the flags at the head of the marches and read the reports from the Democratic front website:

In Bil’in, a village in western Ramallah, Israelis used force to disperse demonstrators, injuring dozens and asphyxiating two.

On Monday, 25 July [2008], a video was broadcast revealing Isreali forces deliberately shooting at Palestinians, who were participating in a peaceful march against the Wall.

These groups are for unity and a secular opposition to the settlements. Their leaders are in jail, many have been killed.

Ian Curr
September 09

A report from al jazeera in Bil’in

Hundreds of Palestinian villagers have made a short but symbolic march to the separation wall that Israel has built on their land, a non-violent protests that they regularly undertake.

Equally, the protesters, marching from the village of Bilin, are regularly met with a violent response from the Israeli army.

“The village of Bilin is literally on the frontline of Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian land and the construction of its separation barrier,” Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera’s correspondent reporting from the village, said.

“Later today the villagers of Bilin will protest the fact that not only they, but also five neighbouring villages, have lost their land which has been seized to build an Israeli settlement.

“This huge settlement will result in 40,000 Jewish settlers living on occupied land here in the West Bank and as Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu is planning to give the go ahead for even more of these settlement homes to be built,” she said.

Netanyahu is set to approve plans to build hundreds of new homes on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, before considering US demands for a construction freeze.