Dear friends of Palestine
On Sunday 20th August, Friends of Palestine WA will hold a protest outside a meeting organised by the Zionist lobby group, Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC). The meeting features guest speakers Israeli Defence Force Reserve Colonel Dr Eran Lerman and federal Labor MP Dr Anne Aly. The protest will commence at 4.30pm outside Carmel School, 123 Cresswell Rd, Dianella.
Dr Eran Lerman is a Senior Research Associate with Israeli think-tank the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and a former member of the Israel Prime Minister’s National Security Council. Lerman has held senior posts in IDF Military Intelligence for over 20 years and has also served as Israel director of the American Jewish Committee. Dr Lerman supports ongoing settlement construction and advocates the “unification” of Jerusalem under Israeli control. In February last year, Dr Lerman told the Jerusalem Post:
“Israel should continue to build in every part of [Jerusalem]. Moreover, it should encourage Jews settling in the area near and within the so-called Holy Basin. Creating facts on the ground signals determination and makes division of the city more difficult. Generally, Israel should make every effort to separate the issue of Jerusalem from the issue of settlements in the West Bank, even if this requires a partial freeze in the settlement activity in Judea and Samaria. Jerusalem is much more important than isolated Jewish settlements in the West Bank.”
Friends of Palestine WA calls on supporters to join us in protesting Dr Lerman’s efforts to normalise Israeli apartheid and justify Israeli settlement building. FOPWA calls on Labor MP Anne Aly to decline to speak at this event. Last November, Dr Aly Aly, , who really participated in an AIJAC-organised study tour to Israel, was one of fifty Australian parliamentarians that signed an APAN-initiated statement calling for fair treatment of Palestinian children.
You can join and share our Facebook event page here. Please help spread the word!
Friends of Palestine AGM
Monday 7th August, 2017
Dear friends of Palestine
On Monday 7th August, at 6.30pm, Friends of Palestine WA will hold its Annual General Meeting at Citiplace Community Centre (above Perth train station). All FOPWA members and anyone interested in joining FOPWA is welcome to attend. You can join/renew your membership at the meeting or by filling out a membership form and completing a bank transfer (details here).
This meeting comes at an important juncture in building a campaign to defend Palestinian human rights, end Israel’s occupation of Palestine and stop Israeli apartheid. The meeting will feature a report back from the BDS-Driving Global Justice for Palestine conference in Sydney (August 28-29).
Right now in the West Bank Israel is pursuing new provocations against Palestinians, restricting access to the Al Aqsa mosque. In Gaza, a decade long Israeli blockade is making life harder than ever with Israel, Egypt and the Abbas-led Palestinian Authority engaged in collective punishment of Gaza’s two million Palestinians.
Israel is facing increasing isolation internationally as a consequence of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. Closer to home, the Australian Labor Party is now debating support for Palestinian “statehood”, though remains firstly committed to maintaining friendly relations with Israel.
Come and join us for this important FOPWA meeting to plan for the year ahead. Please click attending on Facebook and invite your friends.
The Stones Cry Out
The Plight of Christians in the Holy Land
Christianity was born in Palestine two thousand years ago. From there it spread throughout the Middle East and to the rest of the world. Yet many are unaware Christians still live in the land.
For more than 60 years the Palestinians, Christians and Muslims, have suffered displacement, expulsion, wars, occupation and oppression.
The voices of Palestinian Christians have all too often been drowned out in the turmoil of events.
This is their story, in their voices, from the Nakba of 1948 until today.
When: November 18th at 6PM
Where: St Thomas of Canterbury Anglican Church. 77 Archibald St, Willagee WA 6156
Facebook Page Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/102448163571505/
Gaza Children’s Cinema is a community-based education initiative designed in 2013 to reach out to Palestinian children residing in Gaza to provide them with a space of reflection and imagination.
More than half of the Gaza Strip’s population of 2 million people consists of children. Their experiences have been shaped by war and the threat of war; by economic hardship; and by ten year -long blockade restricting commerce, freedom of movement and ongoing intellectual and cultural exchange.
The Mobile Cinema principally aims at screening films at a community level to provide education alongside much needed diversion and joy.
To unable to Gaza volunteer team continuing to draw smiles over children’s faces, please consider DONATION
The initiative is organizing food/info stall to raise some money and awareness:
When: Saturday, November 12th.
Where: Manning Park Farmers and Artisan Market, from 8:30AM – 12:30PM.
Direction to the market, please press here.
When: 4 October @ 6:30 PM
Where: City West Lotteries House
In October 2015 Belinda travelled to the West Bank to work with the International Solidarity Movement.
In this talk she will share her experiences of the “Third Intifada,” show voices of friends and colleagues living under occupation, and discuss the implications for solidarity in Australia today.
Followed by an update on the situation in Gaza and discussion.
Event will be in the Main Conference Room, accessed from the City West train station end to the building.
Light refreshments will be served.
Hosted by Friends of Palestine WA
When: 6.30pm Tuesday 10th may
Where: Citiplace Community Centre (above Perth train station)
Come and hear an eye-witness report from educator and Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) volunteer Gillian Kerr-Sheppard.
In 2005, Gillian began teaching drama and English in Palestinian schools and universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She has since undertaken postgraduate research in the field. Last year Gillian returned to Palestine as a volunteer with the EAPPI in the West Bank village of Yanoun. Established in 2002, EAPPI works towards a resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict based on International Law and UN Resolutions. Since 2002, over 1,500 volunteers from 27 countries have taken part in the programme.
When: 6.30pm Tuesday 10th may
Where Citiplace Community Centre (above Perth train station)
Attend on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1585587968419928/
May 1 is international workers day: a day to remember past struggles and to continue to struggle for the rights of workers, including the right to organise in trade unions. May Day is commemorated in Perth each year with a rally at Fremantle Esplanade and a march through the streets of Fremantle.
This May Day, come rally with Friends of Palestine WA. We will again be marching this May Day to demand an end to Israeli occupation and apartheid and to defend the rights of Palestinians.
Meet: 11.30 am at the Friends of Palestine stall, Fremantle Esplanade.
March: 12 noon to 1 pm through the streets of Fremantle
Help out at the stall 10 am – 2 pm if you can.
For more information, phone Nick 0409 762 081.
Dear friends of Palestine
We would like to invite you to attend a public meeting with James Kelly, a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement who has recently returned from the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian territories. James will be sharing his experiences in occupied Palestine with a presentation of personal photos and videos. James explains, “It is through my recent personal experiences that I hope to spread a greater awareness about the truths of the conflict, not only in an attempt to support the Palestinians, but to support all of humanity and our basic rights in general.”
When: Friday 15th April 6pm
Where: The Rise – 28 Eighth Avenue Maylands 6051 Perth
Attend on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/197503483965628/8/
Hot on the heels of our success in securing a visa for Palestinian American author and journalist Ali Abunimah to begin his Australian speaking tour on Monday, we can report another victory. Less than 24 hours after Sydney University cancelled the booking for Ali Abunimah’s public meeting venue yesterday, they were forced to reverse the decision this morning. New Matilda’s Chris Graham has reported the story – see below.
Please join us for the Perth leg of the tour. Ali’s Perth speaking engagements include a public meeting this Tuesday, March 22, and a dinner, hosted by the Palestinian Community of WA on Wednesday, March 23.
22 March, 6.30pm
The Battle for Justice in Palestine: a public meeting with Ali Abunimah
University of WA, Murdoch Lecture Theatre (Arts Bldg)
23 March, 6.30pm
Palestinian Community of WA dinner with Ali Abunimah
Beiyrut Lebanese Restaurant, 75 Wanneroo Rd, Tuart Hill
Tickets available from: https://www.trybooking.com/KSAS