NZ Government covering for Israel – again!

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Promotion of the idea that direct negotiations could result in Israel abandoning the expansionist Zionist project ignores reality.

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Promotion of the idea that direct negotiations could result in Israel abandoning the expansionist Zionist project ignores reality.

New Zealand’s draft resolution on Israel/Palestine, prepared for the United Nations Security Council, seeks to protect Israel from the consequences of its violations of international law by persuading Palestine to desist from taking action at the International Criminal Court (ICC). In exchange, all that is offered to the Palestinians is a resumption of the requirement that they renew the already tragically failed so-called ‘peace process’ talks. The draft assumes that the defenceless Palestinian people should negotiate their liberty directly with an aggressive, occupying power, without recourse to international law. Amnesty International has described the proposal as misguided. That’s putting it mildly.

Fearful of justice
Earlier this year, the ICC announced plans to launch an inquiry into allegations of widespread human rights abuses by Israel during its 2014 blitz on Gaza. On 30 November 2015, new evidence was handed to the International Criminal Court by four human rights organisations: Al-Haq, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Al-Mezan and Al-Dameer. The Palestinian submissions to the ICC certainly reinforce United Nations’ allegations of Israeli war crimes during its assault on Gaza last year.

Israel’s vulnerability under international law is the one thing that terrifies Zionists and their Western allies. The so-called ‘peace process’ is a device for normalising Israel’s inhumanities; it is a public façade that reduces the enormity of war crimes to matters merely of dispute. This sidelining of the provisions of international law enables Israel to go on increasing and consolidating its ill-gotten gains. Instead of welcoming the Palestinian petition to the ICC as a way to clear Israel’s name, Western leaders join with Israel in arguing that the Palestinian people are not entitled to petition the ICC. Israel’s claim that international investigation into its alleged human rights abuses will undermine ‘peace talks’ is tacit recognition that the UN’s allegations have weight. Israel seems to believe that its only secure option is to obstruct the course of justice altogether. The shameful failure of the Security Council members to uphold international law, by bringing Israel to account, continues to afford the Zionist state impunity to pursue its ideologically-driven racism and discrimination.

Al-Hadidiya: two days in the development of the Zionist project
At 7:30 on the morning of 26 November 2015, the Israeli Army of Occupation invaded the Jordan Valley community of al-Hadidiya for yet another onslaught of destruction. Israel’s fury was directed at the people for daring to spread gravel on the rough road that links their village to the outside world in order to prepare it for the rainy winter months ahead. Homes and livestock shelters were destroyed and the pregnant daughter of the head of the community, Abu Saqer, was assaulted by Israeli soldiers. She was admitted to hospital, in danger of losing her baby. The resilient community, however, began to rebuild homes and other shelters after the Israeli rampage and, on 28 November, the Red Crescent tried also to assist. The Israeli military came immediately and either destroyed, or confiscated, every kind of shelter. The troops even took away plastic sheeting, under which people were trying to shelter from the rain.

The Zionist determination to annex Palestinian land is what drives Israel to deny the Palestinian community access to its drinking water and strictly limit freedom of movement. The goal is forcible population transfer (revealed in the Knesset Subcommittee on the Judea and Samaria Area transcripts) and exploitation. Israel has already allocated generous tracts of land and water resources exclusively to Jewish-only Israeli settlements.

Occupation and the Fourth Geneva Convention
Promotion of the idea that direct negotiations could result in Israel abandoning the expansionist Zionist project ignores reality. Israel’s leaders, who already lay claim to what they call Judea and Samaria, are relying upon their allies to shield them from the requirements of international law. Israel’s settlements contravene Article 49, the sixth paragraph of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV, provides: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” Also Article 85(4)(a) of the 1977 Additional Protocol I, provides that “the transfer by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies” is a grave breach of the protocol.

Refugees and forcible removals
Regarding the creation of refugees and the forcible removal of native populations, Israel is in breach of article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilians in time of war: “Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.” The Convention does allow temporary removal in order to protect the population from violence during conflict but “persons thus evacuated shall be transferred back to their homes as soon as hostilities in the area in question have ceased.”

Negotiations: evidence of bad faith
A study by the Knesset’s Research and Information Centre on Israel’s policy towards native Bedouin, reported in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, quotes Yaron Ben Ezra, director-general of the Jewish Agency’s settlement division, as follows:

“The goal of the plan is to grab the last remaining piece of land and thereby prevent further Bedouin incursion into any more state land and the development of an Arab belt from the south of Mount Hebron toward Arad and approaching Dimona and Yeruham, and the area extending toward Be’er Sheva.”

The Zionist regime, which views indigenous native populations as infiltrators and invaders of land coveted by Israel, is obviously never going to voluntarily give up land that it regards as irretrievably annexed. On 29 November 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that there are no plans to deliver any land from West Bank Area C to Palestinians. In a meeting for Likud ministers, Netanyahu stressed that there will be no transfer of land to the Palestinian Authority, “not 40 thousand dunams, not 10 thousand, not one metre.”

Profiting from oppression
The NZ Government-owned New Zealand Super Fund invests in, and profits from, a number of Israeli companies that variously benefit illegal settlements and the Israeli arms industry. Israel profits from sales of the population control techniques and weapons it has evolved in the Occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip. A documentary called The Lab unveils the truth about Israel’s arms industry. Captive Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are being subjected to profitable military experiments that enrich Israeli arms dealers, entrepreneurs and former generals. Israel is ranked as one of the world’s largest arms exporters, which is hardly surprising given the country’s militaristic founding ideology and massive US tax-payer contributions. Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, a former Israeli Defence Minister, now Industry Minister, attributes Israel’s burgeoning arms sales to the fact that “people like to buy things that have been tested.” This thriving export industry is based upon armaments and techniques of coercion that are refined and tested upon real communities and showcased to the world as such. Israel can demonstrate that it has the techniques and proven ability to control the lives of subject people, down to the finest detail.

Complicity – or ignorance?
Over the past few months Israel has stepped up the rate at which it destroys Palestinian homes, a form of collective punishment that strikes at the very heart of family life and, in particular, the well-being of children. While the process of settlement establishment and consolidation goes on in flagrant disregard of international law, the Israeli Occupation has destroyed more than 30,000 Palestinian homes, 3,000 of which were in East Jerusalem. While Israel has killed United Nations personnel and destroyed UN facilities in Gaza, not one member of the Security Council has raised the possibility of sanctions against the Zionist state.

Israel’s conduct must not be allowed to legitimise itself through intimidation masquerading as ‘negotiations’. The demand that the Occupying power’s victims deal directly with their oppressor runs counter to international law, and is a direct threat to peace and global stability. As a High Contracting Party to the Geneva Conventions, New Zealand has an obligation to protect and uphold Palestinian human rights. Prime Minister John Key, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and the National Party as whole, must be called upon to declare whether or not they believe in international law and explain their support for Israel’s attempts to evade facing the ICC.

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About the author

Leslie Bravery

Leslie Bravery is a Londoner with vivid World War Two memories of the Nazi blitz on his home town. In 1947/1948 His father explained to him what was happening to the Palestinians thus: “Any ideology or political movement that creates refugees in the process of realising its ambitions must be inhuman and should be opposed and condemned as unacceptable.” What followed confirmed this assessment of the Zionist entity a hundredfold. Now a retired flamenco guitarist, with a lifelong interest in the tragedy of what happened to the Palestinian people, he tries to publicise their plight. Because the daily injustices they suffer barely get a mention in the mainstream news media, Leslie edits/compiles a daily newsletter, In Occupied Palestine, for the Palestine Human Rights Campaign. These days, to preserve his sanity, he enjoys taking part in a drama group whenever possible!

26 Comments

  1. countryboy says:

    To me, It’s this simple.

    Engage imagination.

    Population of Israel . 8.056 million.

    Land area compared to NZ .

    http://www.iris.org.il/sizemaps/new_zealand.htm

    cameron slater. Been invited to Israeli twice.

    Prime Minister John Key and his on-going connections and communications with cameron slater.

    Israel ? Surrounded by extremely pissed off Arabs.

    If one were Israeli with close connections to jonky, who’s the prime minister of a country that’s all but empty but hugely wealthy, particularly given the spectre of on-coming horrors as a consequence of global warming with its mass extinctions and starving hoards of climate refugees coming on-line any day now where would you want to go to continue the push for world dominance ?

    And we want to move away from England and go it alone do we ?

    We wouldn’t last five minutes.

  2. saveNZ says:

    Nothing to fear nothing to hide.

    Yes, you have to wonder why Israel and some of the international community are against an investigation into illegal action and war crimes by Israel.

    If they are unfounded then they can be cleared. Unfortunately most people know they are completely founded and the international community have turned a blind eye for years, allowed terrorism and counter terrorism to flourish and are really seeking to protect illegal and criminal action and deny international justice via the ICC.

    The Israel/Palestine the OPPOSITE way to handle terrorism and conflict resolution – it will never end and just increase. Instead of learning from this the international community is seeking to replicate it in other countries – and under globalism this will bring the more international insecurity to the average persons lives who have nothing to do with the debacle.

    • Mike says:

      For the same reason we are not allowed to question the “Holocaust”

      It’s only a “fact” because no one is allowed to question the fairy tales. On pain of imprisonment in about 17 countries. It’s a disgrace to all the people who suffered and died in WW2. It’s quite obvious to me, and many, many others, that the so called “Holocaust” did not happen.

      Why do they have to imprison people for questioning and exposing the truth? what are they trying to suppress? Facts? The latest victim just a few weeks ago was a brave 87 year old German lady. Who’ll probably die in prison. What was the point of WW2 if we are not allowed the freedom to question Zionist Lies?

      • Trying to re-write history, Mike?

        Next thing you know, WW1 and WW2 never happened.

        • Mike says:

          I’m surprised you’re so uninformed, shows what propaganda can do. If you’ve always believed in the “official” Holocaust story then I suppose it’s hard to believe otherwise, so I don’t expect to make any conversions.

          But I would like to see people allowed to discuss whether it’s true or not, without being thrown into prison as happens in Europe. I am Not a Nazi or a fascist, so I absolutely despise Zionism and it’s use of the “Holocaust” for political gain.

          What history Frank? The Human skin lampshades! The human fat soap! don’t hear that any more do we? How about the 4 million at Auschwitz? reduced now to 2 million, and always an explanation why! but we’re not allowed to discuss it, cos it’s history! always the magic 6 million who died in the invented Holocaust. Sorry Frank But it’s just ridiculous!

          I am trying to discover history not “reinvent” it, really crass of you to say that! as is our right in a democratic society to hold liars to account.

          http://whatreallyhappened.info/decrypts/ww2decrypts.html

          • Sam Sam says:

            Most Jewish deaths where by firing squad. If Britian hadn’t of bombed Nazi oil refineries in Ukraine and North Africa then industrial genocide would have been more server.

            Not going on about this any more. If the powers that be see fit to put you in jail for your nonsense. You’ll only have yourself to blame

        • Mike says:

          See what you think of this,

          http://whatreallyhappened.info/decrypts/deaths_at_auschwitz_1942_v3.pdf

          More Christians died than Jews, Who’s Lying?

          • Mike, until corroborated, I’ll maintain a healthy scepticism. Alternative history/conspiracy theories are available by the truckload on the ‘net.

            • Mike says:

              How can you maintain a healthy scepticism, when people are being imprisoned for raising well founded doubts about the truth of the “Holocaust” (even the name is ridiculous) Go and look back in history and see how the Holocaust story developed.Have you ever done that?

              You do know about the outrageous Elie Wiesel stories in “Night” don’t you, now classified as fiction,because they are so ridiculous, but at the time meant in deadly I believe.

              There’s nothing healthy about it. This is George Orwell stuff. It’s not a theory, its happening before your eyes, but you’re too blind to see.

              If there is nothing to hide, what are they afraid of?

              It’s already a conspiracy when people are put in prison for asking questions. This is not democracy!

            • Blake says:

              You seem to regularly discredit anything without sources and some sources are to be protected. This does not mean that every assertion is meaningless or not correct just because it does not have your deemed important sources.

              ” Conspiracy theories ” is a term coined by the CIA and Tavistock Inst. FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF discrediting the truth messengers and you are not aware of how often you and many use that term inappropriately.

            • Blake says:

              How is Israel and Saudi Arabia etc. connected with the US and NZ and all of what we talk about that is inappropriately labeled “conspiracy theory” ? Why are the truths being labeled conspiracies to only discredit and dismiss some messengers of the truths? Why will this comment not be allowed through as many are with flimsy excuses – why ?

              Frank, to us, you are beginning to sound like a left gatekeeper.

              Are you interested at all in the real truths and hidden agendas behind every war, yes every one ?
              There seems to be a momentum here that perpetuates the fallacy about the hidden truths vs. conspiracy theories and this is massively connected with the Israel nightmares of governance and its devastation in the Middle East.
              War mongering and greedy big oil corporations and their hold on governments/banks should be a good first start in research. Frank, you are appearing to be someone who is protecting something from being exposed but that’s just our opinion.

  3. Archonblatter says:

    Interesting to note that Douglas Reed’s near forgotten books are being published again.
    Worth reading also is ‘It Can’t Happen Here’ by Sinclair Lewis. The Auckland library has some of Douglas Reed’s and Sinclair Lewis’s books in the stack.

    http://www.fishpond.co.nz/c/Books/q/Douglas+Reed?rid=1476970216

  4. HOWARD SMITH says:

    Consider merely how many Churches, Synagogues and Bahia Temples are permitted in Gaza and surely even the blind can see the roots of the conflict. It is not possible to negotiate with an entity whose constitution openly calls for the death of your population. All you can do is contain the threat and deal with reality. To quote: “Israel uses missiles to protect her population and Gaza uses her population to protect her missiles.”
    We all want peace in GAZA but for both sides.

    • Steve King says:

      Peace on what/whose terms? As to the ‘roots’ of the conflict, they are well documented, but it if Israel genuinely wanted peace, they would stop building settlements on Palestinian land. It’s that simple.
      Your quote is absolutely meaningless. Where did you dredge that up from?

    • Ovicula says:

      Can you quote me the line in the Hamas constitution that calls for the death of all Israelis? Arabic will do. I am reasonably fluent in several languages. Thanks in advance.

      • Robbo says:

        If the usual US and the Saudis gave as many weapons to the Palestinians as they do Isis Isreal will be smoldering in embers.
        But as we know The Us licks the boots of the Zionist party for their cash and gives weapons to Israelis to kill unarmed civilians.
        Just like the Nazis did to their great grandparents

      • Andrew says:

        On the Destruction of Israel:

        —————————–

        ‘Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will

        obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.’ (Preamble)

        The Exclusive Moslem Nature of the Area:

        —————————————-

        ‘The land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf [Holy Possession]

        consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgment Day. No one

        can renounce it or any part, or abandon it or any part of it.’

        (Article 11)

        ‘Palestine is an Islamic land… Since this is the case, the

        Liberation of Palestine is an individual duty for every Moslem

        wherever he may be.’ (Article 13)

        • Source, Andrew?

          You can quote whatever you like, but until you reference it, it’s meaningless.

          • Blake says:

            B.S. – Ones assertions and beliefs are not to be willy-nilly discounted just because they do not have references.
            Most references are biased anyway coming from biased research done by owned and dictated to scientists and researchers. Any link off the net could likely be based on B.S. and untruths as well.

            I get a bit tired of you discounting and discrediting when some sources are to be protected and not divulged.

    • Howard Smith you’re very good at parroting propaganda that attempts to validate the oppression of another people. Until Israel ceases it’s blockade of Gaza; tears down The Wall; and withdraws it’s illegal settlements from the West Bank – it is taking the role of Oppressor.

      Israel’s missiles are fired upon a nearby neighbour that is all but defenceless. This is unfortunately a lesson in history that Israel has forgotten, when it’s own people were imprisoned and killed in the Warsaw Ghetto.

      Shame on Israel. It will not know peace until it stops oppressing it’s neighbour.

  5. Blake says:

    We will try again to get our comment through. Last one was deleted.

    [Blake, as I have constantly reminded right-wing contributors to the Daily Blog, there is no automatic right for anyone’s comments to be published. We reserve the right to publish comments that are on-topic, not abusive, and certainly not repetitive. Many of your 9/11 comments fall into the the categories of being off-topic and repetitive. I allowed your posts and links to be posted on the Daily Chomsky page which was your opportunity to put your case. If that is insufficient, there are other, more appropriate conspiracy websites where your material can be discussed ad nauseum. Remember, NO ONE HAS AN AUTOMATIC RIGHT TO BE PUBLISHED!! Please cease your repetitive posts or I will suspend you for a week. – ScarletMod]

  6. Blake says:

    ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    what do you object to in our comment that you decided
    to reject – Come on ? ?

  7. Blake says:

    [Blake, I have advised you previously that the Daily Blog is not an appropriate forum for you to be posting your 9/11 conspiracy stuff willy-nilly. If you persist, I will give you a week vacation from this site. – ScarletMod]

    • Ed says:

      Mods,
      Why do you remove 9/11 conspiracy theories but leave Holocaust denial posts up?

      [We’ll permit it for the moment, Ed, as it is relevant to the history of Israel. Continual posts of 9/11 conspiracy theories on pages that have nothing to do with any related topic is simply a form of spamming. – ScarletMod]

  8. Blake says:

    COME ON – WHAT GIVES ? ? ? ?
    We respond to your misjudgments and scolding and you deny us the opportunity to speak our minds. What games are you playing ?
    ====>>> Freedom of speech ! ! !

    We wrote a well thought out comment and you choose not to put it up because it had 9/11 in it ? ? ? ? Come on ! !