Brisbane: August 2012
August 30, 2012
First Brisbane BDS Walking Tour a great success
Last Saturday, August 25 the first Brisbane Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Walking Tour was held, successfully highlighting a number of stores in the Brisbane CBD that profit from the products of Israeli apartheid. The Tour spent around ten minutes outside the Children of the Revolution store where a speech was given about the Naot brand of shoes. A letter was delivered to the store management by two BDS activists, after which the tour moved on (see speech and letter below). The tour also visited David Jones which stocks Soda Stream products, Woolworths which sell Eskal products and more, Myer centre which has a Seacret Dead Sea cosmetics stall and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The BDS Movement is a non-violent campaign of civil disobedience aiming to bring Israel to account for its apartheid policies and occupation of Palestinian land. The BDS call was launched in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian organisations and demands an end to the occupation of all Arab lands and the dismantling of the apartheid wall; equal rights for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel and the recognition and promotion of the rights of Palestinian refugees to return home.
The Australian newspaper has used to occasion of the successful BDS Walking Tour to publish the latest installment in their campaign against the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. In an August 30 article by Christian Kerr in the Murdoch newspaper, BDS activists are portrayed as bullies and stand over merchants. In the face of the BDS Movement’s consistent exposure of the injustices perpetrated by Israeli apartheid, the campaign of lies by opponents of the BDS, like The Australian, is not surprising. They have to resort to lies and distortions because the truth is on our side – it is impossible to honestly defend apartheid and occupation and it is impossible to justify profiting from such inhumanity.
Justice for Palestine, Brisbane will proudly hold further BDS Walking Tours to expose those that profit from apartheid and occupation.
For more information and updates see www.justiceforpalestinebrisbane.org
Perth: November 2012
FOPWA is calling on the WA government to cancel contracts with Veolia because of its relationship with Apartheid Israel.
Veolia runs CAT buses and other parts of the Perth bus service through a subsidiary called “Southern Coast Transit”.
Veolia also runs transport services to illegal settlements in occupied Palestine. These services reinforce the process of building and maintaining these settlements which violate Palestinian rights (as well as international law). These Veolia run services have also discriminated against Palestinians in terms of access and employment.
[See below a letter by Friends of Palestine WA member Alex Bainbridge to the Perth Voice in response to the article.]
Thanks for reporting the Friends of Palestine campaign calling on the state government to cancel contracts with Veolia. It is Veolia which runs parts of the bus system in Perth (via a subsidiary) and which is complicit in human rights abuses in occupied Palestine.
Public Transport Authority spokesperson David Hynes responded by saying the PTA has a good relationship with Veolia which generates “high level[s] of satisfaction”.
This is reminiscent of the supporters of Italian Fascism who praised Mussolini for having the trains run on time.
Perth people care about human rights and we should not be using taxpayers money to prop up the profits of a company that benefits from Israeli Apartheid and the illegal occupation of Palestine.
Finally, it is worth pointing out that John Hyde is incorrect to accuse the BDS movement of “anti-Semitism”.
The BDS movement is entirely devoted to pressuring Israel to comply with international law and to stop discriminating against Palestinians.
There is nothing anti-Jewish about supporting human rights.
Two hundred people rallied in Perth on November 25 against Israel’s military assault on Gaza.
Demands adopted by the rally
As a matter of urgency, we call upon the Australian government to:
- unreservedly condemn Israel’s attacks on targets across Gaza, including schools, homes, government buildings, media centres, electricity transformers, and other infrastructure
- use any and all diplomatic means required to ensure Israel cannot renew its assault on Gaza
- propose that Israel be forced to pay war reparations
- demand the immediate and unconditional lifting of the siege of Gaza
- suspend all economic, diplomatic and military ties with the state of Israel until it complies with international law and accedes to a just settlement with the people of Palestine
Melbourne: December 2012
Don’t Buy Israeli Apartheid for Christmas 2012
Brisbane: December 2012
BDS Mic Check
Adelaide: January 2013
Adelaide Protest week 120-124
Melbourne: March 2013Solidarity with the Palestinian Political Prisoners – Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and James Connelly Association
Melbourne: April 2013Burst the Bubble of Israeli Apartheid: Boycott Soda Stream**
Perth: May 2013
Nakba commemoration 2013https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OvuC79F1AuE
**Melbourne: May 2013
Nakba commemoration 2013**
Brisbane: May 2013Nakba Commemoration 2013**
Brisbane: June 2013BDS Walking Tour
**Adelaide: July 2013Palestine protest Week 144**Melbourne: July 2013Free Palestine: Boycott Israeli Apartheid
Over the last year, Palestine solidarity groups around Australia have also shown a range of films on Palestine and hosted international guests such as Mona Al Fara from Gaza.