A pilgrim to the Holy Land is missing after having a mystical experience.
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. Israel swapped the blood of the paschal lamb this Passover for the blood of Palestinians but there was no staying of the Angel of Death.
Israel is the only country in the world which arraigns kids before military courts denying them family access and legal representation.
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. Dr Abramovich et al have a difficult time deodorising the moral stench emanating from apartheid Israel which extends back to Zionism’s collaboration with anti-Semitic regimes, including Hitler’s.
Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman, Anti-Defamation Commission. We write in response to the article “Palestine friends to target north coast MPs, ABC offices” that appeared in the Echonetdaily on January 19th. https://www.echo.net.au/2018/01/palestine-friends-target-north-coast-mps-abc-offices/ The report begins with the following statement: Byron shire’s... Read More →
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. Ahed Tamimi is a 16 year old Palestinian girl from Nabi Saleh, a small village in the West Bank which doggedly resists Israel's theft of their lands and water. Recently, when the soldiers invaded the Tamimi backyard and shot her cousin Mohammed in the head with a rubber bullet at point blank range, Ahed slapped their faces.
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. Israel has managed to transcend even its own levels of inhumanity when an Israeli sniper shot double amputee Ibrahim Abu Thuraya through the head on December 15.
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. Thank you Donald Trump for having the brazen effrontery and stupidity to reveal the American Emperor in all his naked glory.
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. In 2012 there was a re-enactment of the charge of the Light Horse Brigade displaying Australian and Israeli flags, even though Israel was not established until 1948.
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. Byron Friends of Palestine celebrate the initiative of Palestinian Civil Society which has referred Israel directly to the International Criminal Court.
The serene and peaceful Mullum2Bruns Paddle Event last week appears to have descended into scuffles and threats over the contentious relationship between Palestine and Israel. Byron Friends of Palestine member Gareth Smith told Echonetdaily that their placards and banners were... Read More →
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. About 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners have refused food since April 17, Palestinian Prisoners' Day, they are calling for an end to ongoing collective punishment, administrative detention, continued denial of fair trial, and illegal transfer and deportation of detainees.
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. Byron Friends of Palestine has joined the international Israeli Apartheid Week protest which is marked in scores of cities and more than 150 university campuses around the world.
Jenny Bush, Wilsons Creek. Gareth Smith's letters on the Israeli occupation of Palestine is a political statement, not a racist or misogynist one. It says nothing about Jews, but highlights only the terrible oppression of the Palestinians.
Rick Molloy, Goonengerry. So many people are horrified by the illegal occupation of Palestine by the Israeli state, that's why it is important that this brutal gross injustice is constantly brought to attention.
The first week of 2017 was dominated by the distraction of Australia’s spat with Indonesia – or more properly Indonesia’s spat with Australia.
Israel has not just committed unspeakable acts of genocide but done so with absolute transparency.
Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay. It's not just the government of Nauru who block visitors including those from Australia whose tax dollars maintain the refugee gulags. Israel similarly is not keen for witnesses to its demolition of Australian NGO ActionAid and EU funded structures.
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. Queensland teenager Oliver Bridgeman has been in Syria since 2015 allegedly doing humanitarian work but he is regarded as such a threat to national security that his passport has been cancelled and a warrant for his arrest issued.
Vic Alhadeff, CEO, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. In response to Gareth Smith, I certainly do not accept the claim that Israel ‘confiscated’ the land on which the Israeli suburb of Gilo is located. Nor do I accept that this area was a part of ‘Bethlehem’s northern lands’. Gilo is located on a hilltop in the southern part of Jerusalem. Bethlehem lies further to the south.
Marianne McCormack, Billinudgel. I refer to the letter from Bassam and Anne Shomali (January 12). Their claim that their family has lived in ‘the Bethlehem area’ since ‘before the birth of Christ’ strains credulity.
John Nemesh, Sylvania. Gareth Smith should speak to more Christians in Israel. And he should try to privately speak with Palestinian Christians when they are not in fear of death from the Palestinian security service.
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. Vic Alhadeff, CEO NSW Board of Jewish Deputies, who recently visited our schools, newspapers and churches tweeted Christmas and New Year greetings to 'all our Christian friends and colleagues'. However, apologies for Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine which includes destruction of churches and mosques would be more appropriate.
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. On Wednesday Byron Friends of Palestine held a stall on Jonson Street outside Fundies supporting the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the apartheid Israeli state.
M Mizzi , Ocean Shores. It’s always fascinating to read the often misguided notions of people like Gareth Smith as they assert the existence of this fictional place called Palestine.