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May 6, 2021

Lobbying over Gaza atrocities

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Gaza is again in the news because of Israel’s massacre of 32 and injuring of over 1,400 civilian protesters so it is imperative that we have a letter writing campaign and support as much as possible these events.

Please also sign my petition and share widely: ‘Byron Shire Council and the Gaza Interior Ministry: Twin/Sister city status for Byron Bay and Gaza’.

Byron hosts two million tourists each year so twinning with Gaza would really help raise public awareness and funds for the besieged enclave of Gaza.

My goal is to reach 1,000 signatures and I need more support. You can read more and sign the petition at: http://chn.ge/2FPxFto

The Gaza Aid Flotilla will once again be participating in the Mullumbimby to Brunswick Heads Paddle Event on Sunday, May 27 (https://www.mullum2brunspaddle.com.au).

The Big Ride for Palestine: Brisbane to Byron Bay: Cyclists and volunteers are needed for the Big Ride (10-12 August) which raises funds for Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA’s Hebron Children’s Education Project (https://thebigrideaustralia.weebly.com/).

BFOP should be on the street protesting what is happening in Gaza and calling on the Australian government to support an independent investigation into these atrocities.

We could also lobby federal MP Justine Elliot. Let me know your thoughts about this and what you are prepared to do

You can also send an email to the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop MP to say ‘End Israel’s military detention of Palestinian children now’.

Communities of conscience around the world are calling for the freedom of Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian child prisoners.

Add your voice to this call. Your email will also automatically copy to the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Penny Wong, and to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale. (https://afopa.good.do/end-israels-military-detention/email-foreign-minister/)

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre  

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  1. “During the entirety of the 21st century, Israel, Washington’s only ally — as contrasted with the European, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese vassal states of Washington’s empire — has continued with Washington’s support, protection, and encouragement the genocide of the Palestinian people. Essentially, all that is left of Palestine is a ghetto concentration camp known as Gaza which is routinely bombed by Israel using weapons and money supplied by Washington. When a bombing of Gaza is announced, God’s Chosen People take their lawn chairs and picnics up on a hill overlooking Gaza and applaud as the Israeli military murders women and children. This is America’s only ally.”

    Paul Craig Roberts



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