Byron shire’s supporters of Palestine are ramping up their protest against ‘apartheid Israel’ with planned actions against federal MPs on the north coast in coming weeks.
ABC News offices around the states also will be targeted by the Byron Friends of Palestine in the face of what they say is a lack of coverage by Australian media of the Palestinian struggle against Jewish state occupation.
The group will also lobby for the release of 6,300 Palestinian political prisoners via a petition to the federal government at a street stall outside Byron Bay post office on Saturday, February 3.
Friends spokesman Gareth Smith said they would lobby for the release of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi, her mother and aunt, who were arrested by Israeli military after the girl slapped and punched Israeli soldiers who had injured her brother with a rubber bullet.
‘Since 1948 about 1 million have been imprisoned,’ Mr Smith told Echonetdaily.
‘Currently, there are about 400 Palestinian children incarcerated mainly in the Ofer and Megiddo prisons and many of these have been tortured.’
Much of the issue of young prisoners is documented under the US campaign ‘No Way To Treat A Child’ (nwttac.dci-palestine.org).
He said details would soon be announced about the actions against Lismore’s and other statewide ABC offices ‘given the dearth of coverage of the Palestinian struggle by our media’.
‘The Turnbull government and the Shorten opposition do not seem overly concerned about Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land so therefore they ought not to be too upset about the occupation of federal MPs’ offices by Palestinian supporters,’ Mr Smith said.
‘It is proposed to occupy Justine Elliot and Kevin Hogan’s offices in the near future. Details to be announced.
‘We will also be regularly parking our Palestinian flag festooned Palestinemobile at Byron’s Main Beach and other parking spots in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Ballina and Nimbin.
‘Maxine and I would welcome any comments or suggestions regarding these proposed actions and whether you would be prepared to join us.’
See related letter: ‘Israel not an apartheid state‘