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Palestinian Ambassador to Cuba Akram Samhan told an event in Havana on April 17 that Israeli jails have locked up more than 760,000 Palestinians since 1967. The event marked the 35th Palestinian Prisoner Day. The staggering number of Palestinians jailed by Israel is equal to 20% of the population of Gaza, the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem. Samhan said this demonstrates that the occupying force has been met with Palestinian resistance that will continue until their homeland is free.
African American artist Gil Scott-Heron, whose political poetry influenced a generation of rap artists, sensationally announced the cancellation of his planned gig in Tel Aviv on April 24. Speaking onstage at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Scott-Heron told the audience he “hated war” and told the packed audience his Israel tour date would not be going ahead. Fans dismayed at the planned gig had earlier disrupted his concert. They repeatedly heckled the performer and asked him to cancel.
Two hundred and seventy people gathered for the Resistance 2010: The World Can't Wait! conference in Thirroul, near Wollongong, over April 24-26. The national conference brought together young activists from all over Australia to discuss a broad range of political issues and to get organised in the face of an uncertain future.
As of February 12, it was still unclear who will end up forming the next Israeli government following the February 10 parliamentary elections, with negotiations to form a new ruling coalition possibly continuing for six weeks. However, what is clear is that regardless of who the eventual prime minister is or which parties are in the cabinet, the brutal ethnic cleansing of Palestinians is set to intensify.

Location: Large Conference Room, Perth Citiplace Community Centre, Wellington St, Perth (Upper Level Walkway, City Railway Station Complex)
 

Spiralling poverty, deprivation, price rises and chronic unemployment are behind the latest round of anti-government protests in Iran that began in late December.

RUPEN SAVOULIAN from Socialist Alliance will present some historical context about previous anti-dictatorship struggles.

RONAHI QANDIL, a Kurdish activist, will speak about the current situation. Ronahi was jailed by the Islamic government when she was 17 years of age and migrated to Sweden three years later. She is not able to go back to Kurdistan (Iran).

Activist Centre, 3/29 Macquarie St, Parramatta
Spiralling poverty, deprivation, price rises and chronic unemployment are behind the latest round of anti-government protests in Iran that began in late December. Speakers: Rupen Savoulian from Socialist Alliance will present some historical context about previous anti-dictatorship struggles; Ronahi Qandil, a Kurdish activist, will speak about the current situation. Ronahi was jailed by the Iranian government when she was 17.

Sydney Opera House
Turkish armed forces have launched a bloody air and land attack on the predominantly Kurdish city of Afrin, part of the democratic autonomous cantons of Democratic Federation of Northern Syria/Rojava. Please join this rally in solidarity with the brave resistance forces - the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), People's Protection Units (YPG) and Women's Protection Unions (YPJ). Rally called by NSW Democratic Kurdish Community Centre and supported by Rojava Solidarity (Sydney).

LOCATION: Meet at traffic lights corner, outside Westfield Kotara at 11am

Organised by the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) together with other anti-war organisations and supporting the international day of protest

Fight bushfires, not Iran
No US war in the Middle East 
No Australian naval vessel for U.S. war in Straits of Homuz
Keep Australia out of U.S. Wars

@ Western Sydney University, 2 Bullecourt Ave, Milperra
Join us for Resistance is Remembrance Part II, stories of Palestine past and present. Help us raise awareness of the current situation in Gaza and Palestine and be part of the solution. An evening with stories, stalls, sausage sizzles, sweets. All welcome. Hoster by Gaza Childrens Fun. 

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