2 April: Launch of Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine: The launch coincides with the 30th anniversary of Palestinian Land Day, which commemorates the killing of six Palestinians in Galilee on 30 March 1976 by Israeli troops during peaceful protests over the confiscation of Palestinian lands. Speakers include Kerry Nettle (Greens), Andrew Ferguson (CFMEU) and Nejmeh Habib (Palestinian author). Our thanks to the CFMEU NSW Branch for the use of their meeting rooms.
14 May: Nakba Day Vigil: Vigil participants held giant keys as a symbol of Palestinian refugees’ “Right of Return” to their homeland.
14 June: Stop Caterkillar Demolishing Palestine – Day of Action: The Caterpillar Corporation’s machinery is directly implicated in grave abuses of human rights and humanitarian law by the Israeli army in Occupied Palestine.
On Wednesday June 14th, Caterpillar Inc. shareholders will meet in Chicago to discuss the future of their global corporation. However, this year, like the two previous years, CAT shareholders will be challenged with the question of how it can reconcile its bulldozer sales to Israel, to be used in contravention of international humanitarian and human rights law with its own code of corporate conduct which declares “as a company, we strive to contribute toward a global environment in which all people can work safely and live healthy, productive lives, now and in the future.”
If you can’t make it to Chicago, join the Sydney Rally, 5pm in Martin Place to demand that Caterpillar stop selling bulldozers to Israel until Israel stops using these machines to destroy Palestinian lives and livelihoods in contravention of human rights and humanitarian law.
28 July: Social Dinner: A social dinner for CJPP members to raise funds for Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA’s Gaza Emergency Appeal.
6 August: Public Meeting – Courage to Refuse: Speakers included Rotem Mor, an Israeli refusenik, who spent a year and a half in the Israeli Military. He became a conscientious objector and spent a month in jail for refusing to continue his service to the Israeli army. Phil Reiss, Sydneysider just returned from the West Bank, was the second speaker. Our thanks to the LHMU for the use of their auditorium.
17 September: Remember Sabra & Shatila: Speakers included Mr Izzat Abdulhadi, the Head of General Delegation of Palestine to Australia; Dr Andrew Vincent, Centre for Middle East and North African Studies at Macquarie University.
29 November: UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: Premiere film screening of Visit Palestine. The film was introduced by Mr Paul Lynch MP. Ms Rawan Abdul-Nabi then launched the Civitas project in Australia. The event was attended by over 100 people, with funds raised going to Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA Gaza Emergency Appeal. Our thanks to the AMWU for providing their theatre venue.
15 December: Social Dinner: A year-end social dinner for CJPP members.