Byron council singles out Palestine friends

Referring to my previous correspondence on this issue it does appear that Byron Shire Council rangers discriminate against Byron Friends of Palestine (BFOP) because our unattached trailer carrying pro-Palestine messages was very quickly pounced upon with threats that unless it was immediately moved it would be impounded.

The Boot Camp trailer on the other hand has remained unmolested and, as usual, is currently parked on Tennyson Street.

I am therefore going to park our Palestinian support trailer in the near vicinity of Boot Camp’s and I do not expect to be harassed by rangers.  It is intolerable that Council responds with alacrity to any Zionist complaint about our stalls or trailer but then turns a blind eye to the many other infringements of the rules, for example, real estate agency signs on footpaths and nature strip ‘garage sales’.

The brutal occupation of Palestine and the dramatic expansion of Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land is an outrage.

Councillors may be excused for being ignorant of the details of Israel’s colonisation of Palestine because our media and government are complicit in Israel’s crimes.

For example, war criminal General Benny Gantz, the mastermind of Operation Protective Edge which killed 2,310, injured 10,626 and made 100,000 homeless, is currently in Australia having met with no entry problems.

BFOP will continue to speak out against Israel’s infamy and we expect our Rainbow Region/Byron to continue its long tradition of resisting environmental and human rights tyranny and to be 100 per cent supportive of the long suffering Palestinians.

Gareth Smith, Byron Friends of Palestine


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