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Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is seeking expressions of interest from community members to join health advisory groups.

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Here’s another reason for millennials to be marching on the street. We found out last week that on census day 2021, 15 per cent of the dwellings in the Byron Shire were unoccupied (2,348 places to be precise). That figure was 30 per cent in Byron Bay itself, three times the national average. 

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 6 July, 2022

Now showing at HOTA (Home of the Arts), Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada, that welcomed them all.

Council advertising

Thanks Council, for the advertisement on page 5 letting us know that you co-hosted a conference. It is good...

In reference to the full page advertisement (it clearly states that it is an advertisement, and really is nothing more than that) in last week’s Echo, it makes me happy that Bassim Shomaly and his family had a good life in Palestine before his family decided to leave, but makes me very, very sad that there are so many anti-Israel untruths in his content. 

My family were also indigenous Palestinians, but they were Jewish, and lived in the Jewish majority areas of Palestine. Bassim claims to be Christian, therefore he would know that THE ONLY place in the entire Middle East where the Christian community is growing and flourishing, and not oppressed, is Israel.

Unlike Bassim’s family, my family DID NOT have such a good life, simply due to the fact that they were Jewish. They were incredibly poor, and starving most of the time. My mother remembers being constantly hungry and crying regularly because there was simply nothing to eat. They lived in fear of the local Arabs (before the establishment of the state of Israel, the local Arabs referred to themselves as Arabs, Southern Syrians, Northern Egyptians; anything but Palestinian).

Let’s be very clear. When the UN voted to partition Palestine into Jewish and non-Jewish areas, the Jews agreed, and wanted peace, but the Arabs had no intention of allowing the Jews to have one bit of the land, and Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon then immediately invaded Israel with the full intention of her complete and utter destruction. 

Importantly, they never planned on creating a Palestinian state, and had pre-planned the dividing up of the land. The Egyptian border was to be moved northward to meet the expanded border of Syria after they took northern Israel, and Jordan was taking land to the west.

The following is a brief summary of the major massacres against Jews by Arabs in the region of Palestine (Palestine was never in history a country and was simply a region, including all of Jordan and beyond, so modern day Israel, is but a small portion of the land). The following does not include the murder of small numbers of Jews, as murdering small groups of defenceless Jews was common.

1517: 1st Safed Pogrom, Ottoman Palestine

1517: 1st Hebron Pogrom, Ottoman Palestine and

1577: Passover Massacre, Ottoman empire

1660:  2nd Safed Pogrom, Ottoman Palestine

1834: Safed Pogrom, Ottoman Palestine

1847: Ethnic cleansing of the Jews in Jerusalem, Ottoman Palestine

1920: Irbid Massacres: British mandate Palestine

1920: 1930: Arab riots, British mandate Palestine

1921: 1st Jaffa riots, British mandate Palestine

1928: Ikhwan Masacres, Egypt, and British mandate Palestine.

1929: 3rd Hebron Pogrom British mandate Palestine.

1929: 3rd Safed Pogrom, British mandate Palestine.

1933: 2nd Jaffa riots, British mandate Palestine.

1936: 3rd Jaffa riots, British mandate Palestine

1942: Jerusalem Mufti collaboration with the Nazis. plays a part in the final solution

1948: 1st Arab Israeli war (1 out of every 100 Jews was killed)

Danny Wakil, Billinudgel

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  1. It still doesn’t justify removing people who can trace back their home many generations and the application of an apartheid still regime on these same people. I don’t understand how people who have suffered oppression and genocide can be so uncaring and shortsighted in their treatment of others,like chanting death to arabs or burn them.

  2. Enough of the Israeli propaganda. Let’s take an independent look at the people who are really obstructing peace.
    The United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, first report – June, 2022, key finding:
    “ending the continued Israeli occupation and discrimination against Palestinians is essential to stopping the conflict and halting the persistent cycle of violence, while a culture ‘of impunity’ feeds resentment and fuels recurrent tensions, instability, and protraction of conflict.”
    Chair of the Commission, Navanethem Pillay, said “the findings and recommendations relevant to the underlying root causes were overwhelmingly directed towards Israel, which we have taken as an indicator of the asymmetrical nature of the conflict and the reality of one State occupying the other.” Ms Pillay also noted that the numerous recommendations of Commissions previously undertaken had not been implemented by Israel, that there was clear evidence that Israel has no intention of ending the occupation, dispossession and the persistent discrimination and violence against Palestinians.
    Commissioner Chris Sidoti added that “Israel has established clear policies to ensure complete permanent control over the Occupied Palestinian Territory. This includes altering the demography of these territories through the maintenance of a repressive environment for Palestinians and a favourable environment for Israelis.” Added to this is the numerous acts of Parliament and the Nation State Laws actively discriminating against Palestinians in the occupied territories.


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