Palestinian Film Festival in #Perth (4-6 December 2015)

Palestinian Film Festival in Perth

Palestinian Film FestivalFor further details about the films and tickets , please check: Palestinian Film Festival

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FOPWA rally in solidarity with Palestine to be held on November 7

A new generation of Palestinians is marching in the footsteps of previous generations, rising up en masse against Israel’s brutal, decades-old regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. Our government, and its allies, claim both sides are to blame, ignoring the root cause of the colonial conflict and their own complicity in enabling Israel to maintain it and to violate international law with impunity.

FOPWA will be holding another rally in solidarity with the people of Palestine this coming Saturday, November 7, at 11am in the Murray Street Mall, Perth. Israel has continued its latest military repression and encouraged violence by Israeli settlers against the Palestinian people. On Saturday we must stand with Palestine, hold Israel to account for its latest bout of war crimes, and call out the Australian government for its ongoing complicity with the Israeli occupation.

Today the Israeli state is waging a brutal campaign of violence against the Palestinian popular resistance. This month, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 65 Palestinians, including 14 children, have been killed by Israeli gunfire. 48 of them have been killed in the occupied West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, 17 in the Gaza Strip, including a pregnant woman and her two-year-old child.

Join us on November 7, to rally for:
– an end to restrictions of entry to the Al-Aqsa mosque by Israel
– an end to the killings of Palestinians by Israeli military and settlers
– an end to Israeli occupation and apartheid
– lifting the siege of Gaza; and
– support for the campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, including a military embargo.

A link to the rally’s Facebook event page may be found at

A poster/leaflet template for advertising the rally is available here.


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A World Not Ours to be screened at the end of July

FOPWA and the Palestinian Community of WA (PCWA) are holding a joint film screening of the Palestinian film, A World Not Ours, which chronicles the plight of Palestinian children living in a Lebanon refugee camp.

We will be holding our film screening on Friday, July 31st at 6:30pm, at the Uniting Church in the City hall: 97 William St, Perth (1st Floor).

Ticket prices are $15 standard and $10 concession, with all proceeds being donated to the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). Tickets can also be purchased online at this link: 

If you would like to attend, or would like more information about the screening, please click ‘attending’ on the Facebook event below:

Leaflets for the event are available here in A4 and here in A5.


a world not ours


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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.



nakba pic

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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 :


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 :  &


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


kick israel out of fifa

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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

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:



(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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