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:



(iii)Membership Officer


If you wish to submit a resolution to the AGM, please do so by Monday 23 February by email to:


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 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


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

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


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


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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:


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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Boycott Apartheid Israel! Protest the Israeli Film Festival in Perth

On 28 August, the AICE Israeli Film Festival, co-sponsored by Luna Palace Cinemas, is set to open at Perth’s Cinema Paradiso. We call on all those who oppose Israeli apartheid to join us for a protest at the opening night.

A6 leaflets for the event to be found here.

Israeli Film Festival Perth copy

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Join us on August 16th for another rally supporting Gaza!

After a month of Israel’s military offensive, around 1900 Palestinians have been killed. FOPWA will be rallying again this weekend. We call for an end to the current massacre, an end to the blockade of Gaza, and a boycott of apartheid Israel! The rally will be held at 11am on Saturday, August 16th, in the Murray St Mall.

Click here for A6 leaflets advertising the event.

gaza leaflet august 16 front

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Next protest in support of Gaza this Saturday

Israel’s massacre of the Palestinians in Gaza has continued, with the death toll now exceeding that of Operation Cast Lead in 2008/9. We must not stand for this! Come to FOPWA’s next protest against Israel’s massacre in Gaza this Saturday, August 9 at 11am.

A6 leaflets have been made available on this page once again: Click here to access them.

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