Mayor of Bethlehem – Vera Baboun – speaks in Sydney

by Stewart Mills
6 May 2016

This week Sydney has had a special visitor from the Middle East.  Just a month ago, Premier of NSW, Mike Baird was in Bethlehem as part of a week’s visit to Palestine and Israel.  During that time he met the Mayor of Bethlehem, Dr Vera Babuon.

This morning, the Premier, returned the favour and hosted the Mayor of Bethlehem for a breakfast and sight seeing around Manly’s beautiful beaches.

Mayor Baboun visited Bankstown, where she met amongst other dignitaries, Jihad Dib MLA.   Mr Dib is the first Muslim member of the NSW lower house.  He is a former principal of Punchbowls High School.

Mayor Baboun was then invited to speak to community representatives from the Marrickville area, as part of Marrickville’s sister city relationship with Bethlehem.  This sister city relationship had been inspired by Clr Sam Iskander (who was then and) now Mayor of Marrickville.

This is Mayor Baboun’s first visit to Australia.  She is a guest of the Department of Foreign Affairs.  Her meetings have included with the Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.




Mayor of Bethlehem, Vera Baboun, Petersham Town Hall, Sydney


Peter Jennings (Friends of Bethlehem) and Vera Baboun


Anthony Albanese (Federal Member for Grayndler), Issa Shaweesh, Vera Baboun


Clr Sam Iskandar (Mayor of Marrickville), Vera Baboun, Brendan ‘Japangardi’ Kerin (Yidaki player)


Friends of Bethlehem members: Peter Jennings, Louise Asfoura and Peter Manning; with the Mayor of Bethlehem, Vera Baboun


Clr Sam Iskandar (Mayor of Marrickville)

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See also

Bethlehem Municipal Council has a new mayor: Ms Vera Baboun
Posted on November 29, 2012

Vera Baboun, Mayor of Bethlehem: a request for international support
Posted on July 21, 2013


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