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Taqueria in Byron celebrates four years

Chupacabra Mexican restaurant in Suffolk Park is turning four this week! Through the ups and downs of the past...

Other News

Locals take points in first all-female surf event

Ross Kendall The Le-Ba Ladybirds won the final event of the inaugural, and Australian first, All Women’s Surf Series held...

Tweed Council to sponsor community events

With disasters like fires, floods and pandemics, still smouldering in our recent memory, Tweed Shire Council wants to know if you have an event that will help the Tweed community reconnect and celebrate after tough times?

Lismore Lantern Parade – Vale John Lush

Once again the community of Lismore came together to celebrate with the Lantern Parade on June 25.

The politics of gentrification and ‘holding the line’

Who are the visionary architects and planners that will protect and enhance this ramshackle surf town’s social fabric and built environment of Byron Bay?

The ‘Court of Public Opinion’

The corona investigative committee is moving forward. Time is needed to assimilate the proceedings of this very important investigation,...

First Nations Voice in Council moves closer

Byron Council will aim to give local First Nations people a role in its decision-making process by September 2024, echoing the newly-elected federal government’s pledge to honour the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Danny Wakil demonstrates as much knowledge of the facts on the ground in Palestine/Israel as a duck knows of the moon. He really needs to ponder the life story of Bassim Shomaly and explain why Bassim cannot return to his family’s land while a Jew without any connection with Palestine would be welcome with open arms (People With Peace in Their Hearts, Echo 15 June). 

Why, Danny, did an Israeli sniper gun down Aljazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and then fire on those trying to help her, and then, more recently, kill Ghufran Hamed Warasneh, a young woman who was only three days into her job as a radio journalist – leaving her to bleed to death? 

Also begging explanation is the Israeli court’s guilty verdict for World Vision’s Mohammad El-Halabi, charged with funnelling $50 million in aid to Hamas when World Vision’s total budget was only $22m! Tim Costello and Coony Lenneberg state, ‘Contrary to the Israeli government claims of respect for the rule of law, it demonstrates a disregard for the principle of a fair trial and the overarching political objective, which is to strictly control humanitarian aid to Gaza. El-Halabi was detained without charge and interrogated for 50 days without access to legal representation, and allegedly subject to torture in an effort to extract a confession.’ (Sydney Morning Herald, 17 June).

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay

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