Protest al-Nakba 2015

On Saturday, May 16, FOPWA will be holding our annual Perth rally marking the Nakba (or catastrophe); the day in 1948 when 700 000 Palestinians were driven from their homes, with hundreds of villages being destroyed, as the state of Israel was being founded. The annual demonstrations mark a day of commemoration. Yet, they are also a protest against the ongoing dispossession and oppression of the Palestinian people today, from the periodic bombardment of Gaza, to the expansion of illegal settlements, to the inhumane treatment of Palestinian political prisoners.

 

FOPWA’s Nakba demonstration will be held on Saturday, May 16th at 10am in the Murray St Mall.

 

Printable A5 leaflets for the event are to be found here.

 

 

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Kick Israel Out Of FIFA

FOPWA is one of many organisations and individuals that has signed a letter calling for Israel to be expelled from FIFA. Israel regularly targets Palestinian soccer players, resulting in their imprisonment, injury or death. Palestine’s national stadium has also been bombed by the IDF multiple times.

The Kick Israel Out Of FIFA campaign condemns Israel’s ongoing apartheid policies, its mass-murder of Palestinian civilians and its attacks on the Palestinian soccer team.

A sample of the letter can be found below:

 

Dear President Joseph Blatter and FIFA Delegates,

 

On 16 June 1976, millions of the black majority and other ethnic groups of people in South Africa celebrated and applauded delegates at the FIFA congress in Montreal, Canada, for taking the decisive steps that led to the collapse of the Apartheid system of oppression in South Africa.

 

Delegates voted 9 to 1 to expel South Africa from FIFA after 15 years of prevarications and suspensions lead by Sir Stanley Rous, during which the apartheid regime brutalized and killed thousands of the most principled people on earth, including school children.

 

Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the ex-government minister Ronnie Kasrils, all of whom experienced the brutality of this regime, state that Israeli apartheid is far worse than South African apartheid ever was. Israel is guilty of far more serious crimes against humanity.

 

During seven weeks in July / August 2014 the Israeli army killed over 2200 Palestinians, of whom 538 were children, mutilated thousands more and left 28,000 homeless. Even at its worst moments, like the killings in Soweto, South African apartheid never even came close to this latest Israeli “performance”. However, need we remind you, dear President and delegates, that it was precisely the Soweto massacre that led FIFA, in 1976, to expel South Africa from your organization?

 

Read the whole letter and see the signatories on : 

http://www.europalestine.com/spip.php?article10449

 

You can send it to FIFA

– By post : FIFA-Strasse 20, P.O. box 8044, Zurich, Switzerland

or by Fax : +41-(0)43-222 7878

 

– or by email : pgool@fifa.org  & http://www.fifa.com/contact-FIFA.html

 

The letter is also available in German, Dutch, Spanish and French.

If you want to get in touch with this campaign’s organizers in various countries and join the trip to Zurich at the end of May, visit StopRacismeFIFA@gmail.com

 

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Land Day film screening of Girafada

On March 29, Friends of Palestine WA, the Palestinian Community of WA Inc and Artists for Palestine are holding a joint screening of the Palestinian film Girafada for Palestine Land Day. The film tells the tale of a West Bank zoo veterinarian and two giraffes, whose lives are shaken by an Israeli air raid.

All proceeds raised on the night will be donated to the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) for their Water Project in Gaza.

This screening of Girafada will be held at the Uniting Church in the City (UCIC) Hall, 1st Floor, 97 William Street, Perth, on Sunday, March 29th. Arrive at 6:45pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $15 or $10 concession. They are also available online at http://www.trybooking.com/HGNK

We hope to see you there!

 

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FOPWA to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2015

Friends of Palestine WA will be holding its 2015 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 24 February, at 6.30 pm at Citiplace Community Centre (in the Dining Hall). All members and supporters are welcome to attend.

 

The AGM agenda will include:

 

1. Report on the situation in Palestine today

2. The global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign

3. Campaign priorities in 2015

4. Membership report

5. Treasurer’s report

6. Voting on resolutions

7. Election of office bearers:

(i)Convenor(s)

(ii)Treasurer

(iii)Membership Officer

 

If you wish to submit a resolution to the AGM, please do so by Monday 23 February by email to: friendsofpalestinewa@gmail.com

 

To be able to vote at a meeting, or submit resolutions for the consideration of the membership, you will need to be a financial member. Membership is $20 waged ($10 concession) per year. Membership forms are available here, and will also be available at the AGM.

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Students for Palestine/FOPWA stalls to be held at Curtin and UWA O Days

Students for Palestine and FOPWA will be holding orientation day stalls on two campuses in the next two weeks:

 

University of WA

Friday 20 February 11 am to 3.30pm (set up from 8.30am)

Oak Lawn (see http://www.uwastudentguild.com/events/o-day/ for more info)

 

Curtin University

Wednesday 25 February 10 am to 3 pm (set up from 8.30am)

Curtin Student Guild

 

Both events will provide a chance to meet new people interested in BDS and the issue of Palestine. If you would like to volunteer for a couple of hours (or half a day), please call Tom on 0430 323 963 (UWA) or Nick on 0409 762 081 (Curtin), or email friendsofpalestinewa@gmail.com

 

Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

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Artists for Palestine to hold fundraising concert for Gaza

On the 29th of January Artists for Palestine (WA) will be presenting Beats not Bombs, a night of live music put on the raise funds for Gaza. All money raised will be sent to the Maia project of the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). The Maia project provides clean drinking water for children in Gaza. For more details, visit https://www.mecaforpeace.org/projects/maia-project

The line-up of musicians for the night is as follows:

WEAPON IS SOUND
SMRTS
CHILDSPLAY
MEI SARASWATI
DIGER ROKWELL
OTHMAN HISHMEH

Beats not Bombs will be held at Mojo’s Bar (237, Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle) on January 29th from 8pm.

Tickets may be purchased for $10 at the door.

To join the event’s Facebook page, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/402443826580296/

 

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Pro-Palestine street art in Fremantle

A street mural expressing solidarity with Palestine and opposition to Israel’s devastation of Gaza last year has been spotted on the streets of Fremantle. It is one of a few pieces of street art that the Fremantle Council recently decided they would preserve. The artist – who remains unknown – has demonstrated there is support for the plight of Palestinians in the community; support which the mural vividly displays. Photos of the artwork have been posted below, courtesy of Ayman Qwaider.

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New BDS flyers now available

For the latest leaflet about SodaStream’s contribution to Israeli apartheid, click here.

A leaflet explaining the need for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel can be found here.

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Coming up: Film screening of When I Saw You

FOPWA and the Palestinian Community of WA are proud to be hosting a screening of the Palestinian film, When I Saw You. Proceeds raised will be sent to the Middle Eastern Children’s Alliance, to assist the children whose lives have just been devastated by Israel’s latest attack on Gaza.

 

The screening will take place at 6.30 pm on November 21st, on the first floor of the Queen’s Building (97 William St, Perth).

 

Ticket prices are $15 or $10 concession, and are available at the following link:http://www.trybooking.com/GAZZ

 

A5 leaflets for the event are available via this link

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Report on the August 28 Perth Israeli Film Festival protest

When the Israeli Film Festival arrived in Perth, on August 28, its opening night became the focus of a lively protest by activists from Friends of Palestine Western Australia (FOPWA), with similar protests having been held in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide just days before.

 

Around 150 people joined the protest, calling for a cultural boycott of the festival, which was organised with direct involvement from the Israeli state. As Professor Stuart Rees told a 100-strong public meeting in Perth two days before, the festival was an attempt by Israel to white-wash it’s crimes against the Palestinian people. Israeli ambassador Shmuel Ben Shmuel opened the festival, at Perth’s Cinema Paradiso, in the presence of Israeli dignitaries and guests.

 

The protest was peaceful but angry. Ardent supporters of Israel were booed as they entered the cinema whilst Zionist goons, wearing matching black shirts, formed a line in front of the entry. Most of the ‘guards’ were recognised as members of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students. A few people approached the cinema to enter, but chose to continue walking after witnessing the protest. Some of those who were attending in solidarity with Israel showed annoyance as they were stopped at the entrance to have their bags checked. As Gazan activist Ayman Qwaider noted at the protest, the Zionists were getting a taste of what it felt like to be stopped at a checkpoint.

 

There was an overblown police presence at the rally, which followed a pattern of police harassment and intimidation of protesters at Gaza rallies over the previous eight weeks. The demonstration had barely begun when a police officer made a beeline for the only Middle-Eastern man among a group at the front of the protest, issuing him a move on notice.

 

The demonstration was visible and striking as protesters wore red gloves symbolising the blood on Israel’s hands. Several Palestinian women defiantly sung two Palestinian songs outside the cinema, much to the discomfort of the Zionist guards. Overall the night was a resounding success. FOPWA is calling on Cinema Paradiso to withdraw sponsorship from any future Israeli Film Festivals.

 

IFF 4Photo courtesy Marziya Mohammedali

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