​The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) announced on 8 February that Bishop George Browning has been elected its new president.

Bishop Browning, formerly the Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, has had been a strong advocate for justice for Palestinians throughout his career. His involvement with Palestinians began when training Palestinian theological students in the 1970s, then leading youth pilgrimages to Jerusalem and hosting Palestinian speakers in Australia.

APAN is a national coalition of civil society organisations. It comprises unions, churches, Palestinian and Jewish groups, human rights groups, retired diplomats and other interested individuals. APAN advocates an Australian public policy that balances Palestinian as well as Israeli interests. It meets regularly with parliamentarians and supports national education and advocacy of the issues.

Bishop Browning’s predecessor was Baptist Minister, the Revd Jim Barr.

The APAN executive includes: Bishop George Browning, retired Anglican Bishop; Dr Ross Burns, former Australian Ambassador to Israel; Professor Bassam Dally, academic and co-founder of Australian Friends of Palestine Association (South Australia);
Associate Professor Peter Slezak, co-founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices; Wendy Turner, Queensland-based unionist; Moukhles Salah, Sydney-based businessman and advocate for Palestine; the Revd Gregor Henderson, Uniting Church minister and former President of the Uniting Church in Australia; Samira Ghabar, academic, social worker and Palestinian community leader; David Forde, served in the military with the UN in the Middle East.

Contact:
Jessica Morrison, APAN Executive Officer
M: 0431 519 577
Bishop George Browning, APAN President
T: (02) 4472-7470.