Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine

Sydney, Australia

Events 2011



Thursday 15 December 2011, 6.30-8pm, Newtown NSW
Alternative carols singing out loud against Israeli apartheid. Click here for a YouTube and song-sheet of the event.



On 27 September, CJPP hosted the Israeli peace activist, Mr Miko Peled, at a well-attended community forum in Sydney, where Miko spoke on the topic “Moving towards a democracy in Israel/Palestine.”



Sunday 21 August 2011, 7pm
Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Rd, Marrickville
CJPP and the Australian Palestinian Professionals Association (APPA) held a workshop on the concepts and strategies of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel in the Arabic language specifically for the Arab/Palestinian community.  Ms Samah Sabawi, from Australians for Palestine, conducted the workshop.


Petition for Recognition of Palestine

In late July, CJPP endorsed the call from the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) for a petition to be presented in the House of Representatives in the Australian Federal Government requesting that it recognise a Palestinian State at the United Nations in September 2011 in accordance with all relevant UN resolutions, and international and humanitarian law which Australia has consistently upheld.

Current Australian bipartisan policy supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinian move to have the UN recognise Palestine as a state is a potential circuit-breaker leading to a new framing of the peace process. CJPP joined many groups from around Australia in encouraging its members and supporters to call on the Australian Government to stay true to their policy and vote in favour of supporting the Palestinian call for their state.


Blockaded from Gaza, Barred from Bethlehem

Sunday 31 July 2011 | 4.00-5.30pm
Tom Foster Community Centre, 11-13 Darley St, Newtown
A community event to welcome home Sylvia Hale and Vivienne Porzsolt, who have just returned from the Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2 and the Welcome to Palestine Flytilla.

Sylvia and Vivienne will talk with us about their experiences and discuss the ways Israel frustrated their efforts to visit Palestine: “For the alleged ‘crime’ of saying ‘We want to go to Palestine’, we spent 36 hours in unpleasant, frustrating detention in Tel Aviv, were threatened with deportation from Israel, spent about $4,000 on legal fees…”


Conference: Temperatures Rising!

Australian civil society & Palestinian freedom: analyses, resistances, solidarities, activisms
14-15 May 2011 | SYDNEY

The Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine (CJPP) and the Centre for Cosmopolitan Civil Societies (CCS) at the University of Technology, Sydney, are jointly sponsoring a two day conference to analyse current political dynamics and help strategise how to make Australian solidarity with Palestinian self-determination more effective. It’s time to re-focus on the core rights of Palestinians: rights to national freedom, equality, democracy, land and peace… and fundamentally, the right of the refugees to return to their homes. The conference will invite speakers from a range of groups across Australia, and will take place on the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba. The conference will have talks, panel discussions and workshops. Some of the papers will be academic, some will be less formal. Taking part will be academics, activists, community members, students, and civil society advocates.  Visit the conference website for full details.


Rally: Stand against Australian arms trade with Israel

Friday 13 May | 4.30pm-6pm
Outside Defence Department, 270 Pitt St, Sydney

A large part of Australia’s trade with Israel is made up of contracts to buy or sell military equipment, giving profits to Israeli arms manufacturers, or giving technologies to a overly bellicose state. The Rudd government signed a $300 million purchase with Israeli arms manufacturer, Elbit, for Skylark-1 unmanned aerial vehicles, and Plasan SASA, represented here by Defence Solutions Australia, is selling Australia 1300 armoured personnel carriers.

Our government should not buy or sell military equipment to states which:

♦ flout dozens of UN resolutions and international court rulings
♦ implement apartheid policies against populations under their control
♦ kill peaceful human rights demonstrators and bomb refugees under UN protection
♦ brutally occupy or wage war against neighbouring nations
♦ maintain illegally-acquired and undeclared nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction
♦ carry out summary executions and collective punishment, terrorizing communities without military protection

Sydney Peace Foundation:
Jews Against the Occupation
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom
Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition:
Stop the War Coalition
Construction Forestry Mining & Energy Union (NSW Branch)
Marrickville Peace Group
Canterbury-Bankstown  Peace Group
Gaza Defence Committee


Visiting International Speaker – PGFTU

Ms Ghada Abu Ghalyoun, Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions
May 2011 | Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
CJPP hosted Ms Ghalyoun on a national speaking tour of Australian trade unions, radio programs and parliamentarians over ten days. Ms Ghalyoun also addressed CJPP’s annual Nakba Commemoration event at NSW Parliament House and Sydney conference on Palestine, ‘Temperatures Rising’.


Rally: Singing out against Apartheid

Sydney Town Hall Square
Starting at 4:3opm and finishing 6pm
Wed 30 March 2011 – commemorating Palestinian Land Day
supporting the Global Day of Action for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions against Israel
Great music and thoughtful poetry from Phil Monsour, Farid Farid, Hungry Phelan & the Okapi Guitar Band.


Two films for Palestine Mothers Day

Come to our film screening in celebration of Palestine Mothers Day:
“In The Spider’s Web” and
“Stories from our Mothers”
6pm, Tues 22 March 2011
NSWTF Conference Centre,
23-33 Mary St., Surry Hills, NSW. Bookings/enquiries:

Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine Inc.

PO Box 144
Glebe NSW 2037

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