Representatives from the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine have just returned from Adelaide where they met with others from around Australia to strategies for presenting the issue of Palestinian rights to a broad Australian public and discuss recent developments in our campaigns. There were 60 people present, representing more than 26 church, union and community based advocacy organisations from around Australia.
The week-end event was hosted by AFOPA and APAN, reflected both the strength and diversity of our movement and the deep dedication and passion of many people throughout Australia who work tirelessly to see justice, freedom and equality for all in Palestine and Israel.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign was the focus of Saturday’s activities. The inspiring keynote address from Professor Ilan Pappe was followed by a review of the campaign across all states then discussion, planning and coordination for the coming year. A range of proposals were reviewed and priorities agreed. More specific information about these strategies will emerge in coming months from the many people who have agreed to undertake follow up tasks.
On Sunday the annual meeting of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network echoed the call from visiting Israeli historian Professor Ilan Pappe for Australians to be a voice for justice for Palestinians. The President of APAN, the Reverend Jim Barr, said “APAN joins Professor Pappe in calling for freedom, justice and equality for all Palestinians.
“It was inspiring to see such a broad representation of Australians coming together to advance understanding and compassion for Palestinians suffering human rights abuses on a daily a basis.
“If Australia wants to be a responsible and influential global citizen, our government needs to exert more pressure on Israel to comply with their obligations under International law.
“Professor Pappe, at the Edward Said Memorial Lecture, highlighted that the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions Movement is an effective nonviolent strategy for the international community to use to influence Israeli government policy.
“This weekend’s meeting of concerned community groups builds on the great work happening nationally and internationally to support the Palestinian people,” Reverend Barr said.
The week-end reflected both the strength and diversity of our movement and the deep dedication and passion of many people throughout Australia who work tirelessly to see justice, freedom and equality for all in Palestine and Israel. Our heartfelt thanks to AFOPA for arranging this well-organised and productive weekend in Adelaide and to all their volunteers who donated their time and energy to make the weekend such an outstanding success.
Resolution as passed on Sept 23, 2012
The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network calls on the Australian Government to make urgent representations to the Israeli Government to comply with its obligations under international law in relation to the rights of the Palestinian people.