AFOPA's "3 Things" Digest

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3 Things
I Vote Palestine ~ Achievements so far
Tales of a City by the Sea ~ Playwright hits back
Our own Bassam Dally banned ~ No co-existence at Limmud Oz
I Vote Palestine – amazing work so far – with much more still to do

What an amazing month it’s been since the launch of the I Vote Palestine campaign!

Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) has learned from their many meetings over the years that politicians keep a very careful record of how many local constituents have contacted them on particular issues, and prioritise their focus accordingly.

And that's why it is so exciting to see so many people so active - emailing their candidates, sharing the campaign, engaging with candidate responses, ordering stickers, and handing out fliers all around the country. It has been amazing solidarity for Palestine – and really exciting!

If you haven’t already used the easy online system to email your candidates, please do it now!!

Already signed and ready to do more? Click here for ideas

Thanks to you all, APAN has received responses from nearly 10% of the candidates. One clear thing from the responses is that while political parties have policies (some of which are better than others on Palestine), every party is made up of individual candidates, who all have different views. It is our job to continue to engage with all candidates so we can advocate for positive policy change in all parties.
Click here for APAN's summary of responses.
There's another whole month before the election. This is the time to step up our efforts. Please act today!
Before the election we’ll send you a summary of responses and differences in party positions on Palestine.

Simply fill in the address box and click send.
It takes less than a minute!
Thank you.

Tales of a City by the Sea Playwright, Samah Sabawi responds to criticisms of bias

Cast of the play, Tales of A City by the Sea, when it premiered in 2014. Playwright Samah Sabawi is seated in the middle. Photo: Simon Schluter

My play Tales of a City by the Sea sold out its (Melbourne) 2014 and 2016 seasons to standing ovations by many, including people from a Jewish background. Despite this overwhelming support, a small yet vocal group hit the panic button when the play was selected for the VCE drama curriculum.

It seems that I, the writer, missed the memo that I can't write an artistic piece about Palestinian life without inserting Israel's point of view into my art. This is wrong on so many levels.

Read more ...The Age 2 June 2016

'Tales of a City by the Sea' tells a story from Gaza

Adelaide, Wednesday 8 June to Saturday 18 June 2016
The Bakehouse  Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide

Book now
See more about Tales on Facebook
AFOPA Executive Member and Co-Founder, Professor Bassam Dally  "disinvited" from Limmud Oz
  AFOPA's own Bassam Dally was scheduled this month to co-present in Melbourne at the Australian Festival of Jewish Ideas, known as Limmud Oz. 
Bassam and Sivan Barak of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society were to present a session on coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.
When the organisers of the festival "were alerted" to the fact that Bassam is an advocate of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), they disinvited him.

Read Sivan Barak's article about this at the Australian Jewish Democratic Society website.
You can also read about this at the website of the Australian Jewish News, where the item is tagged as "anti-Semitic".
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