AFOPA's "3 Things" Digest

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9 September 2016
Australian Friends of Palestine Association
3 Reports from on-the-ground
14 September ~ AFOPA in Lebanon
6 September ~ UNCTAD ~ The staggering economic cost of Occupation
7 September ~ UNRWA ~ Life of the displaced
Report on surgical eye mission to Tripoli
Dr Francis Nathan, 14 September 2016

Dr Francis Nathan's surgical mission to Lebanon.AFOPA member and Ophthalmologist, Dr Francis Nathan, reports back on his recent visit to Lebanon, 13-18 August 2016, with the Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF).

"More than 6o patients (Syrian and Palestinian refugees) were screened the first day and 28 cataract operations were completed over the next 4 days," said Dr Nathan.

Francis also delivered medical equipment donated by AFOPA, thanks to the generous support of our members.

>> Read the full report of Francis' visit
The Staggering Economic Cost of Occupation
UNCTAD, 6 September 2016
Jerusalem behind The Wall
The economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory could easily produce twice the gross domestic product (GDP) it generates now, while unemployment and poverty could recede significantly, according to this year's report on UNCTAD assistance to the Palestinian people.

Surveying a number of studies, the report reveals the channels through which occupation deprives the Palestinian people of their human right to development and hollows out the Palestinian economy.

Chief among these are the confiscation of Palestinian land, water and other natural resources; loss of policy space; restrictions on the movement of people and goods; destruction of assets and the productive base; expansion of Israeli settlements; fragmentation of domestic markets; separation from international markets and forced dependence on the Israeli economy.

Moreover, a continuous process of de-agriculturalisation and de-industrialisation has deformed the structure of the Palestinian economy, the report maintains. ...

>> Read full report here at United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Life of the displaced: Trying to build a home on a rooftop in Beit Hanoun
UNRWA, 7 September 2016

In Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, in a neighbourhood full of damaged and half-repaired houses with broad, sandy streets stretching between them, lives Jamila Hamad with her 10-year-old daughter Dina in a one-bedroom makeshift flat on the rooftop of a four-storey building. The furniture is sparse – a bed, an old cupboard and a plastic table. A small, white cat is lolling on the bed. One of the two windows has been fixed with cardboard; a curtain separates the room from the rest of the rooftop.

“Now it is fine, but during winter this room is freezing cold, and the roof leaks,” says Jamila. Her small flat does not include a kitchen, but there is a fireplace outside on the rooftop, next to the water tanks, clothes lines and the typical colourful Palestinian mattresses put there to spend the hot summer nights outside in the cool evening breeze. ...

>> Read full article here at United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA)
Upcoming Events on the AFOPA Calendar:

21 September ~ AFOPA Book Club

29 September ~ Talk: Permaculture Farming in Palestine with visiting Palestinian permaculture specialist, Murad Al Khuffash.

15 October ~
Edward Said Memorial Lecture with Professor John Dugard, South African international human rights lawyer - get your tickets now! AFOPA Members get special discount tickets at $15.

6 November ~
Run For Palestine Adelaide fun run - we're making preparations now so save the date and keep in touch!

19 November ~
The Black Tie Ball with special guests The Hon. Tim Fischer AC and Senator Nick Xenophon, Master of Ceremonies Graeme Goodings, and entertainment by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra String Quartet and Rachel Leahcar (The Voice 2012). Get your tickets now!

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