Australians for Palestine (AFP) and Australian Friends of Palestine (AFOPA) are two of many groups worldwide seeking to make a difference for the Palestinians blockaded in Gaza and to tell them that they are not forgotten. The more activities we can do to get people involved, the more awareness can be raised about the Palestinians’ intolerable situation.
It was really uplifting to see both runs using the same T-shirts calling for Palestinian human rights and sporting Handala – the endearing Palestinian mascot who will never show his face until Palestine is free. It would be a dream to see every Australian state take part and there is no reason it can’t happen here like the Run for Palestine in Canada and the Gaza 5K run in the US.
Why don’t you follow us on Instagram under auspal_run where you can keep track of people running for Palestine all around the world including the annual Palestine Marathon in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. You might even join one of these runs wherever the next one takes place, but don’t forget the Oz runs in November 2017. We will let you know when we have a fixed date and just to whet your appetite, we have some exciting surprises in store for you.
Next year marks fifty years of occupation which needs to be countered by people finding ways that highlight the daily injustices endured by millions of Palestinians. Let’s make the 2017 run an even bigger one! For all the results and times of your run in Melbourne, please visit the Oz Timing website.
Photos of the day are posted below.
Thank you again for helping to make this Australians for Palestine’s highlight of the year.
The Run for Palestine team
Australians for Palestine
“At first he was a Palestinian child, but his consciousness developed to have a national then a global and human horizon. He is a simple yet tough child, and this is why people adopted him and felt that he represents their consciousness.”
Naji Al-Ali, Artist