The Stop the Wall rally organized by the Melbourne Palestine Solidarity Network kicked off the international Week against the Apartheid Wall as the 9th of November started in Australia.
Australians for Palestine contributed to the mobilization with an amazing mock wall. The wall was assembled before the rally began and attracted many curious onlookers who soon learned that this wall was only a third of the height of the actual wall being illegally built by Israel in the West Bank.
The 3 metre-high wall was designed and constructed by three Palestinian brothers and then re-assembled with the help of Australian activists. The wall was built weeks before, using cardboard boxes which were ingenuously held together with rope and attached to specially-built wooden stands. The boxes had then been sprayed with concrete-coloured paint creating a perfect backdrop for photos of the actual wall as well as fact sheets about its size, length, how it
encroaches on Palestinian land and how it divides and destroys Palestinian communities and neighbourhoods. These facts were also available in the information brochure that was handed out to passers-by in the busy lunchtime traffic in the heart of Melbourne.
Australians for Palestine planned this wall as part of a multi-pronged awareness-raising campaign for Palestine in Australia. Its other activities involve a concentrated media campaign, lobbying members of parliament and
public education programs.