Has Apartheid Israel committed war crimes?

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Last week 29 of the UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members voted to set up an inquiry into possible war crimes committed by Apartheid Israel during it’s latest bloody purge of the Palestinian people. It’s interesting to note the only member who voted against setting up a war crimes investigation was John Key’s mate America. 

But that was a week ago and since then Apartheid Israel has destroyed a dozen medical centres, killed  500 extra civilians, targeted a UN school, shot unarmed civilians, bombed power stations and bombed a market killing 17 today.

Sadly however when Israel can get away with using chemical weapon attacks as it did with their last intrusion into Gaza, hopes of of holding Israel to account seem faint. If NZ wanted to hold its head up high, we would expel the Apartheid Israeli embassy as a statement that such disproportionate warfare is simply unacceptable and that it is Israel’s continued illegal occupation of Palestinian land that is generating the response by Hamas.

The sophistication of the propaganda war defending Israel’s actions in the media have been shaped by the same PR guru who helped the Tobacco Industry and the Climate Denial movement. Frank Luntz’s  “The Israel project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary” has helped Apartheid Israeli apologists sell their violence via the news and social media. 

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There is a list of words and phrases to be used and a list of those to be avoided. Schmaltz is at a premium: “The best way, the only way, to achieve lasting peace is to achieve mutual respect.” Above all, Israel’s desire for peace with the Palestinians should be emphasised at all times because this what Americans overwhelmingly want to happen. But any pressure on Israel to actually make peace can be reduced by saying “one step at a time, one day at a time”, which will be accepted as “a commonsense approach to the land-for-peace equation”.

Dr Luntz cites as an example of an “effective Israeli sound bite” one which reads: “I particularly want to reach out to Palestinian mothers who have lost their children. No parent should have to bury their child.”

The study admits that the Israeli government does not really want a two-state solution, but says this should be masked because 78 per cent of Americans do. Hopes for the economic betterment of Palestinians should be emphasised.

NZ took a stand against Apartheid South Africa, we have the same moral duty to stand against Apartheid Israel. MANA have said they will expel the Israeli embassy if they are in a position to impact the next Government, they deserve your vote if you want NZ to make a stand against this brutal occupation.

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  1. It’s a pity the West doesn’t have the guts to place strong sanctions on Israel. War crimes are obviously being committed, while a blind eye is turned by the rest of the Western world to Israel’s atrocities against Palestinians.

    I can only imagine what Palestinian families are going through at the moment, losing children to rogue state Israel’s vicious onslaught! I look at the children on TV each night and my heart aches for their pain. When was the last time these children smiled? Their lives are a living hell.

    Yet fear of offending Jews (world’s financial controllers) allows this God awful carnage to continue!

    Even talkback radio in NZ I have noticed, is being censored when this topic is discussed. Callers are warned to be very careful about what they are about to say, when discussing Gaza! One night this week I listened in to a talkback radio station. Although no callers I heard made derogatory comments about Israel, instead speaking out about the need for urgent aid to get to Gaza and the facts of history of the area, the host of the show, kept interrupting, telling them to watch what they are saying. On two occasions, after the callers had finished, the host apologized for any offence caused, when in my opinion there was no offence whatsoever, only that perhaps of the host censoring people speaking out about the awful situation in Gaza!

    This is what we are coming down to, broadcasting and communications censorship on Gaza, to appease Jews and Israel!

    Time for action against Israel has long passed. The state needs to be brought into line and held accountable for atrocious war crimes committed against humanity!

  2. I am writing to support your present views against the way in which the Israeli government action is taking place in Gaza. It is most clearly not a legal proportionate response to the weapons that are being put to them as they have a fine defence to be able to block those missiles been sent to the country. I in no way support the Hamas way of operating in placing Israelis under threat. Nevertheless it is quite blatantly clear that Israel is committing war crimes against a captive and desperate people. I acknowledge that they, Israelis, are victims of war crimes too.
    Even so, The way in which Israel has contrived to place the Palestinians in Gaza into an enormous prison camp or even one might say ghetto under blockade is something that can be seen to have been repeated from the Second World War from their own sad history.
    Furthermore from that same Second World War there was a philosophy of killing many in order to have revenge for the death of a few. The extreme irony of the Israeli government following a path which was horrific during the Second World War is actually a point of dismay.
    The Israeli people deserve better from their government. They deserve creative responses and proper peaceful negotiations. Blocking such negotiations is the obvious crime of land grab mentality in the form of illegal Israeli settlements. Once again this philosophy of Lebensraum from during the Second World War being used by the Israeli government is quite ironic.

    Israel deserves to exist, however not at the expense of another disenfranchised people.
    I therefore support the call for Mr Netanyahu to be indicted as a war criminal and any others from both sides that may be found culpable for such appalling behaviour as we have seen in the last few weeks

  3. Love the maps. 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973. All dates representing Arab aggression against the sovereign of nation of Israel. If the Palestinians want their land back, stop the rockets. Stop using civilians as shields. Stop the hate. Simple.

    • How can the Arab Palestinians ever acknowledge the state of Israel when the state of Israel has no intension of ever acknowledging them.

        • Egypt and Jordan are not blockaded by Israel’s military; their economy controlled by Israel; and nor are they having to put up with Israeli expansion into their territory.

    • Wow, all the bloodshed, misery and brutal slaughter of civilians and apparently the solution is ‘simple’. It’s ‘simple’ if you either wilfully or ignorantly ignore any context around the situation, like what the Palestinians have had to endure since 1948, and how that may spawn resistance.

    • Anonymous ACT Supporter Intrinsicvalue – ” If the Palestinians want their land back, stop the rockets. Stop using civilians as shields. Stop the hate. Simple. ”

      More of your disingenuous crap.

      Israel has been expanding it’s territory regardless of whether Palestinians have been fighting back with their rockets.

      In fact, Israel has pointedly ignored UN resolutions to withdraw from occupied territory; the Oslo Accords; the Camp David Agreement; etc, etc, which they signed.

    • Typical rubbish. Israel was stealing land and murdering Palestinian kids long before Hamas and long before any rockets.

  4. Israel will not give any stolen land back and do not want peace.

    Killing woman, children and innocents is fine by them as we can see by their slaughter of such .

    They would kill every Palestinian man, woman and child …..As long as they don’t have to give any stolen land back ………

  5. Another point is this. Let’s not forget the militant Palestinian wing Hamas, is NOT the cause of the aggression in the region.

    Hamas is the RESULT of over sixty years of oppression and bullying by Israel!

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