Nigel Kennedy is recognised the world over as one of the most important violinists Britain has produced. His technique, unique talent and mass appeal have made him the best-selling violinist of all time.
A long time supporter of the Palestinian struggle, he and members of his Poland-based Orchestra of Life joined with the Palestine Strings ensemble at the Royal Albert Hall in London for a very unorthodox performance of the Baroque classic for a BBC Proms broadcast. Read more
TheatreWorks of St Kilda opens the World Premiere of Wael Zuaiter: unknown
On the evening of the 16th of October 1972 Wael Zuaiter, a Palestinian intellectual, was shot and killed by two Israeli Mossad agents in Rome. Earlier that night he had been with his Australian fiancé, painter Janet venn Brown. Years later, Janet’s great-nephew radio producer Jesse Cox, traces the story of Wael and Janet from Italy to the Middle east and tries to uncover why he was killed. Read more
Australians for Palestine’s second annual Run for Palestine began on a bright note despite initial misgivings about the weather. After mixed reports of inclement weather with possible sunny periods, the absence of rain and warm temperature was just right for all runners.
Video can be viewed HERE
A wedding singer from a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip has become the first Palestinian to win Arab Idol, in a contest which has captivated millions of viewers, including President Mahmoud Abbas.
Mohammed Assaf, 23, beat finalists Egyptian Ahmed Jamal and a Syrian woman, Farah Youssef on Saturday in the singing competition broadcast by the Saudi-owned MBC Group.
Viewers from across the region voted for their favourites.
Shortly after winning, the young singer saluted the people of Palestine, “who have been suffering under occupation for decades.”
President Mahmoud Abbas had earlier spoken to Assaf by phone and instructed Palestinian embassies abroad to urge expatriates to vote for him, calling the singer “the pride of the Palestinian and Arab nation”.
Immediately after his win, Assaf was named Youth Ambassador for UNRWA, the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, and named Palestinian goodwill ambassador by President Mahmud Abbas and reportedly gave him a diplomatic passport.
Across Gaza, an impoverished territory ruled by Hamas, people gathered around TV screens at home, in coffee shops and in seaside cafes to watch Assaf perform for the last time.
The Bank of Palestine threw money into a campaign to see him win, promising to match up to 350,000 texted votes – each one costs 40 cents – for Assaf.
Available for download is the draft resolution, in Arabic and English, to accord to Palestine an observer state status in the United Nations system. This draft has been circulated to member states at the UN but not yet officially tabled. It is believed the resolution will be put for a vote at the UN General Assembly later this month.
We sincerely hope Australia, which has played a major role in 1947 and 1948 for the creation of Israel in Palestine, resulting in the ethnic cleansing and destruction of Palestine, will take this opportunity to be on the right side of history and live up to the trust the international community has given it recently in winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council, to be a good global citizen, to provide leadership for a better world and to shoulder its historic and moral responsibility towards the Palestinian people by supporting the resolution and playing an active role at the UN.
Source: Ali Kazak
APAN (Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network) have established an online petition at http://www.communityrun.org/p/YES-Palestine . The petition text is the short italicised paragraph at the start, with the rest an explanatory note for potential signatories. Please sign yourself, and then circulate this link widely amongst your networks. If you would like a paper based petition, click here to download printable version, with signatures to be received by 12th November. This petition referred to the government of the day and is now obsolete.
We would also encourage everyone to also write to the Foreign Minister directly about this. Letters always carry much more weight than signatures on a petition, and do not need to be long or detailed. Letters can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
APAN will seek to meet with Senator Carr in mid-November to present the petition and discuss the case for voting YES. We will also be contacting politicians who have expressed support for Palestine to do whatever they can to support this. If you have any relationships with politicians, we’d ask you to make contact with them and ask them to also act in support.