Leave :: Zaina Alsous

(originally published in Asian American Writers Workshop) A hijacked plane in 1969 lands in Damascus. This means a plane was unable to fly away, to Tel Aviv. I read about the incident in the autobiography of Leila Khaled.This book is out of print. This means it is difficult to find her first hand account in text […]

What does the Nakba mean to Jews :: Yael Winikoff

Yael Winikoff is the AJDS community organiser.This year marks 70 years since Israel became a fledgling nation-state.  In our communities we have seen celebrations marking Israel’s 70 years, and commemorations of 70 years since the Nakba.  And challenging conversations in between.  This year I noticed that the term Nakba is most commonly prefaced with “to […]

The Nakba and anti blackness :: Noura Erakat

Noura Erakat is a Palestinian American legal scholar, human rights attorney, activist and writer. She recently visited Australia on a speaking tour for the Edward Said memorial lecture. This article is accessible on her website. Reproduced with the authors permission, originally published in the Nakba files. Image Credit: Jaafar Ashtiyeh.The Nakba marks a momentous rupture in the […]

Books: A Palestinian Tale :: Larry Stillman

Larry Stillman is an academic who trained at Hebrew University and Harvard.  He leads a community development project in Bangladesh with Oxfam.This is an edited version of the original article published in Arena magazine, 2012, Issue #120.Photo (Above): Private collection. In this photo, George Khamis is standing on the far left, with Khalil Sakanini sitting […]

Just Voices Magazine : Israel / Palestine 1948

This issue of Just Voices is on the theme of the 70-year anniversary of the birth of the state of Israel. The creation of this ‘state for all Jews’ is something that has been widely celebrated amongst global Jewish communities. But as we are seeing a growing number of us dissenting and questioning Israel’s human rights abuses and policies of occupation today, we look back through history to this year, 1948, and the ways that Israel’s beginnings are woven into its political and social structures.

AJDS Indigenous statement – Issued Nov, 2015.

Read more on our campaign website: https://www.ajds.org.au/indigenousjustice/The AJDS formally acknowledges that we, as an organisation, have members who live and work on the land of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin nation, owners of the Melbourne region. We also have active members in other parts of Australia, all of whom reside on Aboriginal […]

Thoughts on Decolonization: Clare Land

This text is Clare’s presentation from the Decolonisation Forum: From Australia to Israel-Palestine, organised by AJDS in Melbourne on 4 September 2016.  Also on the panel were Prof Gary Foley from Victoria University, Dr Sary Zananiri from Monash University and Niva Grunzweig from Zochrot (zochrot.org).Dr Clare Land is a non-Aboriginal activist and researcher who has […]

What’s wrong with colonialism?

by Avigail Abarbanel.  Printed with permission by the author. Originally article published in Mondoweiss. http://mondoweiss.net/2018/01/whats-wrong-colonialism/ Avigail Abarbanel was born and raised in Israel. She moved to Australia in 1991 and now lives in the north of Scotland. She works as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice and is an activist for Palestinian rights. She […]

The Empire Gets Smacked

by Bogaine Spearim (Kooma/Murrawarri/Gamilaraay). Printed with permission by the author.  The original article appears in The Black Rising Magazine; ‘A national Aboriginal publication dedicated to informing our people about decolonization and inspiring them to take action in the anti-colonial struggle.’ https://issuu.com/blacknationsrisingThe 2018 Commonwealth Games is fast approaching, with this on the horizon I want to […]

Vox Pop On Decolonisation

Just Voices did a Vox Pop on decolonisation. This is what we heard.Adam Sharah is co-chair of ANFA- Australian Nuclear Free Alliance, Campaigner with Friends of the Earth QLD and student of Bachelor of Contemporary Aboriginal ArtWhat does decolonisation mean to you?Decolonisation means liberation and freedom from colonial systems designed to oppress Indigenous First Nations […]