Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine

Sydney, Australia

Events 2010

Welcome Dinner with Brother Peter Bray, Vice-Chancellor of Bethlehem University
Forum topic: Education Under Occupation


CJPP warmly invites all our members, friends and supporters to an end-of-year social dinner to celebrate our achievements, meet our special guest and just enjoy a good night out.

Friday, 17 December 2010 | 6.30pm
Venue: Pasha’s Turkish Restaurant, 490 King St, Newtown NSW
Cost: $45 per person

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL, places are limited!

RSVP by 14 December to  or Tel. 0432 917 474


Film event: Memory of the Cactus

Monday, 29 November 2010 | 6pm | Surry Hills, NSW 

Tom Mann Theatre, 136 Chalmers St., Surry Hills NSW (just 5 mins from Central train station)  

In recognition of the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

A story of dispossession, destruction and continuing displacement – the story behind Israel’s “Canada Park”.

Four decades ago, the three Palestinian villages, ‘Imwas, Yalo and Beit Nouba in the Latroun enclave of the West Bank, were razed to the ground after Israel occupied the territory. Today, the residents of those villages remain displaced and barred from returning, while Israel treats the land as if it were part of Israel and refuses to acknowledge the Palestinian history of the area.

Israeli citizens enjoy barbecues and picnics in the Jewish National Fund’s “Canada Park”, oblivious to the crimes perpetrated in their names on that very land. The film follows two separate but parallel journeys. Aisha Um Najeh takes us down the painful road that Palestinians have been forcefully pushed down, separating them in time and place from the land they nurtured; while Israelis walk freely through that land, enjoying its fruits.

The stems of the cactus, however, bring some to discover the reality of the crime committed.

Musleh’s documentary traces the buried histories of these Palestinian villages through oral histories, archive film and photography, and expert testimonies.

Produced by al-Haq – Law in the Service of Man

Directed by Hanna Musleh (2008). View film trailer here. 

Contact us on for bookings or enquiries.


Anna Baltzer in Sydney

Anna Baltzer

Anna Baltzer, Jewish-American former Fulbright scholar, award-winning lecturer, granddaughter of Holocaust refugees, author of Witness in Palestine.  Anna Baltzer is visiting Australia in October as a guest of Australians for Palestine.  CJPP, in conjunction with Independent Australian Jewish Voices (IAJV), is hosting her Sydney visit.

Ms Baltzer will present eyewitness reports on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the growing nonviolent movement for peace.  Raised with a traditional view on the issue, Baltzer’s perspective changed when she moved to the West Bank to work with nonviolent Palestinians and Israelis.  Read more about Anna’s work on her website, A Witness in Palestine.

Anna toured Australia in late October 2010.  CJPP hosted the Sydney leg of Anna’s national tour, where she spoke at numerous events, including the University of Technology, University of NSW and University of Sydney.  Anna also visited Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne, and addressed the first Australian BDS Conference.


Journeys to PalestinePhil Monsour concert, Sydney, Sept. 2010

Concert & Film Screening | Sunday, 26 September 2010 | 2-6pm

Location: Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Road, Marrickville.

Entry by donation | RSVP Bookings (for catering) and information tel. 0417 022553

Featuring Brisbane Singer songwriter Phil Monsour, and the new film by Inka Stafrace, ‘Hope in a Slingshot’ – the film the ABC fears to show.


Palestine to the Pacific: Women speak out for freedom

Lecture | Monday, 5 July 2010 | 6-8pm
Where: Trades Hall Auditorium, 377 Sussex St, Sydney NSW

  • Ms Diana Buttu, Palestinian-Canadian lawyer, professor & former member of PLO Negotiations Support Unit
  • Dr Lisa Natividad, Lecturer, Guam University & indigenous Chamoru activisit

Late notice: unfortunately, Diana Buttu has had to cancel her appearance due to personal reasons; Palestinian activist, Samah Sabawi, will replace Ms Buttu at this event.


American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein

Film screening | Tuesday, 8 June 2010 | 6.30pm
Where: The Auditorium, 37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW

Independent Australian Jewish Voices (IAJV) and the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP) invite you to see of the most controversial films of the year – “AMERICAN RADICAL: the trials of Norman Finkelstein”.  The acclaimed documentary is about America’s most outspoken Jewish critic of US and Israeli policy in the Middle East.

Entry by donation (min. $10), and proceeds will go to support Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA‘s aid program in the Middle East and CJPP’s advocacy work.


Freedom Flotilla Solidarity Vigil

1 June 2010 | Sydney Town Hall

For the sake of Gaza, the Freedom Flotilla Solidarity Vigil, organised by the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine at Sydney Town Hall on Tuesday 1st June was a great success. More than 4000 people were there to show their concern at very short notice.

The event was formally endorsed by the Australian Nursing Federation Federal Office, Maritime Union Australia Sydney Branch, the CFMEU NSW, The Greens NSW,  Australians for Palestine, The Greens NSW, The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at The University of Sydney, and the International Commission of Jurists, Australia.


2010 Nakba Commemoration

9-14 May 2010 | Sydney

International Guest: Professor George Bisharat
Professor of Law, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco

CJPP hosts Prof. George Bisharat on his first visit to Australia.  Prof. Bisharat writes frequently on law and politics in the Middle East, both for academic audiences and for major media sources in the U.S. and abroad and his book, Palestinian Lawyers and Israeli Rule: Law and Disorder in the West Bank, is a classic exegesis of the situation of Palestinian lawyers working under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank.

Prof. Bisharat addresses a number of universities – including University of Sydney, Macquarie University, University of Wollongong, University of New South Wales – as well as an interview on ABC Radio, and addresses CJPP’s annual Nakba Commemoration Lecture in NSW Parliament House.


To Shoot an Elephant

Film screening | Tuesday, 9 February 2010 | 6.30pm
Where: Teacher’s Club, 23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills NSW

An eyewitness documentary from Gaza, directed by Alberto Arce & Mohammad Rujailah. Filmed during Israel’s “Operation Cast Lead” (2008 – 2009) by those who preferred to be embedded with medics rather than soldiers.

Entry by donation. Proceeds to support El Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital in the Gaza Strip via Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, and to support CJPP’s advocacy work.


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Glebe NSW 2037

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