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 and outside Gaza - people who are losing loved ones, people who have lost so … Continue reading No Peace without Justice

Take action for Palestine

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 in Occupied Palestine. In light of the on-going brutal military assault on Palestinians in Gaza … Continue reading Take action for Palestine

Commemorating al Nakba: Celebrating Palestine – May 17th 2014

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 the 66th Anniversary of ‘Nakba Day’, the day on which Palestinians all over the world … Continue reading Commemorating al Nakba: Celebrating Palestine – May 17th 2014

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

Swimming Free Palestine!

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Swimming 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 race organisers called off the race because of treacherous conditions. Loud speakers announced that we would be 'swimming at your own risk'. We swam anyway. Many other swimmers did the same. As we rounded the point at Wategos, 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 at one point yelling out to him above the sound of the waves and a nearby surf boat - as Gareth took each breath in mid-stroke he replied 'Free Palestine, Free, Free Palestine'. About one kilometre further on we arrived near main beach at Byron Bay where we were both hammered by big breaking waves. Gareth's googles 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!

Orchestrated campaign against Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions hits snag

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 as part of a campaign to boycott businesses with links to Israel were not secondary … Continue reading Orchestrated campaign against Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions hits snag

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 United Nations in September. The opinion, written by Guy Goodwin-Gill, a professor of public international … Continue reading Palestine and the UN bid for statehood

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

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 you portray the protest as 'them and us' with only police to keep us apart. … Continue reading Letter to the Editor of ‘The Australian’ — ‘Senator stands by Israel boycott’

Gaza Alert: 19 killed 42 injured

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 reports 19 killed and 42 injured. More distressing photos on MEMO website Is anyone going … Continue reading Gaza Alert: 19 killed 42 injured

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 blocked potential customers from entering the store as part of an "orchestrated campaign" to impose … Continue reading Attempts to stop ‘BDS’ campaign

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

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 Heights fence into Palestine (shown below). Equally dramatic were marches from Lebanon, Egypt, and Jordan. … Continue reading “We are going back to Palestine” – marchers cross into Palestine from the Golan Heights

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 were driven from their village by the Israeli militia – the Hagannah & Stern gangs. … Continue reading Rally for Palestine – remembering al-Nakba

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 the Marrickville Council Vote Tonight from KADAITCHA — POLITICS, POETRY & SATIRE

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, … Continue reading Protest against more settlements in Palestine