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23 December 2017
Australian Friends of Palestine Association
The Executive wishes all AFOPA members, supporters and your families a very Happy Christmas and New Year. AFOPA has benefited from your tremendous support throughout 2017 and we hope you will continue to work with us into 2018 for a just peace in Palestine. Thank you.
Jerusalem, Nablus and Showcasing Palestine
~ The Jerusalem decisions at the United Nations
~ Finding creative uses with limited resources in Palestine
~ Upcoming events in Adelaide: An evening of Palestinian poetry, and book yourself in for a Palestinian Cooking Course
and ICYMI... AFOPA's Showcasing Palestine project
UN General Assembly vote on Jerusalem
Panels in the General Assembly Hall showing the final count for the resolution on ‘the status of Jerusalem, during the resumed 10th Emergency Special Session on Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. [UN Photo/Manuel Elias]
Trump's Jerusalem decision resoundingly rejected at the United Nations
Both the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly have overwhelmingly voted to reject US President Trump's recent unilateral decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The 15-member Security Council vote on 18 December saw 14 'in Favour' to 1 'Against', with the US using its veto power to stymie the Resolution. The Resolution would have stressed that Jerusalem was a final status issue to be resolved through negotiations in accordance with relevant United Nations resolutions - see full report here >>

However, during a rare emergency meeting the General Assembly vote on 21 December saw 128 Votes 'in Favour', 9 'Against', 35 'Abstentions'.  Australia 'Abstained' in its vote - see full report here >>

> See also The GuardianUN votes resoundingly to reject Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital
Report-back from medical mission to Nablus, Palestine
Dr Francis Nathan, ophthalmologist, conducted 50 cataract surgeries over his recent five-day visit to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, occupied West Bank.  And Merlin Nathan, occupational therapist, had a busy time teaching, mentoring and working to establish the first multi-disciplinary allied health services model in Palestine. Read their full report-back here >>  
Both Francis and Merlin have been long-time members of AFOPA, and AFOPA has proudly supported their missions to Palestine and Lebanon for many years. It is only through the support of members and donors like you that this vital work can be achieved - please consider becoming a member of AFOPA >> or making a donation to AFOPA >>
Poetry of Palestine
Poetry of Palestine
Enjoy an evening of verse, spoken word and poetry from Palestine, including the sublime poetry of Palestine's national poet, Mahmoud Darwish.
Featuring guest speakers Samah Sabawi, playwright, poet & author, and Paul Blackwell, stage & film actor; further speakers to be announced when confirmed.
Date/Time: Wed 31 Jan 2018, 6pm
Tickets: $20 / $10
The Urban Cow Studio, Cinema Place, Rundle St East End, Adelaide SA.
An event in AFOPA's #ShowcasingPalestine project
Palestinian Cooking Course
Come along and learn how to cook some authentic Palestinian dishes with two amazing local Palestinian cooks from Adelaide. A 5-hour course over two evening sessions. Learn and cook the dish, then enjoy your meal afterwards with a complimentary glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage.
Date/Time: 6 & 13 Feb 2018, 6pm-8:30pm
Cost: $150 per person for the two-session course (Sorry - no single sessions available)
Places strictly limited to 24 people (2 per cooking station).
Bookings now open >>
An event in AFOPA's #ShowcasingPalestine project
And in case you missed it...
Showcasing Palestine
AFOPA is hosting five events over 2017-2018 that will showcase Palestinian fashion, food, art, craft, music, literature and a fun sporting activity to engage both Australians and Palestinians with the richness and depth of Palestinian culture. 
Our 2017 Run For Palestine - Adelaide event last month was our first successful outing in this project.
We welcome you to join us at our upcoming events in 2018 by becoming a member of AFOPA, making a donation or volunteering your skills, time and expertise to help us put on the best events we can - please contact us.
AFOPA acknowledges and thanks the Australian Government and the Council for Australian-Arab Relations for their generous support of this project.
You can follow and contribute to our project via the hashtag:

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