Free Palestine Melbourne is a community organisation dedicated to raising public awareness of the Palestinians’ hundred year struggle for freedom.
Our goals are:
- To act in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their calls for peace and justice in Palestine, and right to self-determination and freedom;
- To work for justice and equality for all Palestinians in accordance with principles of international law and human rights, including the right of return;
- To create space for and promote Palestinian voices, and foster increased awareness of the Palestinian struggle
Free Palestine Melbourne meets monthly. We welcome the participation of anyone who supports a just peace in Palestine based on universal human rights and international law.
We also acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, live and organise – the Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung and Wathaurong people and their Elders past, present and emerging, of the Kulin nation. Like in Palestine, sovereignty was never ceded and the struggle against settler-colonialism continues.
‘No Place to lay my head’!
Where: St Paul’s Cathedral, Cnr Flinders St & Swanston St, Melbourne
When: 16 September – 28 October, 2023
During church opening times, excluding services.
A multimedia exhibition using historical images, cultural artefacts, maps, poems, installations, artworks, and video will tell the story of Al Nakba and its ongoing impact on generations of Palestinians.
This exhibition coincides with the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel and has taken up their theme for the title, ‘No Place to Lay My Head’!
Al Nakba occurred when the modern State of Israel was formed in 1948. In their quest to find a homeland, the establishment of the State of Israel came at the expense of the destruction of the Palestinian homeland, resulting in the permanent displacement of approximately 750,000 Palestinians. Successive Israeli governments have continued to expand their homeland by confiscating and demolishing Palestinian land and homes.
The atrocities of the Holocaust and genocide perpetrated against the Jewish people is well documented and rightly condemned. What is less commonly known or understood is what the last 75 years has meant for Palestinians. An understanding of Al Nakba is essential for understanding Palestinians connection to land and their struggle for self-determination and return.
Sponsored by Free Palestine Melbourne & Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network
Israel/Palestine – a short introduction
This is a video which US-based Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) produced quite a few years back and we feel it is still helpful, especially for newcomers to this issue, thanks for your understanding that it is a primer and a basic introduction.