O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
On Tuesday, July 2, in the Tom Foster Hall in Newtown, in the Municipality of Marrickville, Friends of Bethlehem held a Special General Meeting of its membership, who unanimously voted to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israeli goods and services.
Hardly the words of the ancient Christmas Carol, which speaks of peace and joy. Once again the little ‘town’ of Marrickville has reared its head, to show us its ugly side and its hatred of all things Israel, this time as the Friends of Bethlehem. Here:
It might not be within the hallowed halls of the Marrickville Council but never the less, two of the main players in the game, are the same culprits who were heavily involved the first time around. It may not feature the Greens, but on the Management Committee of Friends of Bethlehem, are the two ALP Councillors Sam Iskander and Mary O’Sullivan, both of whom voted in favour of a boycott of Israel by the Marrickville Council. Both were heavily reprimanded by their party for going against Party policies
In the words of the Chair of Friends of Bethlehem, Peter Manning:
“This is the non-violent method to get Israel to listen to the world’s cry to let the Palestinians have their own state”
Streets ahead of these two is the not so charismatic and well-known Father David Smith, Anglican Priest, commonly known as ‘Fighting Father Dave’ – Christian martial arts master.
A man well documented for his blatant outspokenness against the State of Israel , which he claims is not antisemitism. That was not my impression as I sat listening to the hatred he exhibited at the Marrickville Council meetings, month after month, when we were trying to bring down the BDS Motion. He features highly at most pro-Palestinian events, where he loudly proclaims his hatred of Israel. Search for him on YouTube to see him and action!!