Nanaia – This is your moment – take it!

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Once again we urge you to speak out condemning Israel’s brutal aggression against the Palestinian people which is escalating in East Jerusalem, Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories.

In the last few days Israeli troops have attacked Palestinians at prayer in the Al Aqsa mosque injuring over 200 worshippers, have launched numerous attacks against Palestinians resisting the ethnic cleansing policies of the Israeli regime in East Jerusalem and are now conducting a massive bombing campaign against the people of the besieged Gaza strip killing dozens of Palestinian civilians.

If attacks such as this were being made against Jews anywhere in the world the government would condemn them unequivocally. There is no excuse for silence.

As we said to you in our letter of 8 October:

The Palestinian people deserve the New Zealand government’s voice on their side rather than our “complicity through silence” which usually accompanies Israeli racism and systematic brutality against Palestinians.

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In speaking out we urge you not to use anaemic language such as “calling for calm” or “urging restraint on both sides” because those statements in effect mean New Zealand siding with Israel’s racist, ethnic cleansing policies. 

Please intervene with a strong, clear voice which condemns both Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the indigenous people of Palestine and the brutality meted out against them by the Israeli police and armed forces. New Zealand should be demanding equal rights and equal treatment for all people living under Israeli occupation and control.

As this situation is critical, please speak out now.

As well as condemning Israel’s actions it is critical you also address the underlying causes which are Israel’s racist, apartheid policies towards Palestinians which are backed up by unbridled brutality – just as the same polices as were used to back up South Africa’s apartheid regime in earlier decades.

And please do not use the “rockets from Gaza” as any excuse for Israel or as any reason not to speak out clearly and unambiguously. The rockets are a micro issue and simply a response to the savage brutality of the Israeli regime.

Nanaia, you have been in the role of Minister of Foreign Affairs for over six months now and not a word of support for Palestinians. This is your moment – take it!

18 COMMENTS

  1. Cowardice reigns supreme in all areas of government.

    As we slip a few more rungs down the ladder, someone is going to have to do something.

    Probably resign ‘for family reasons’.

    If you’re expecting strong moral principles or economic sanity or environmental sanity, you will continue to be disappointed, John.

  2. MFAT is just checking with the Usa to see what our position is ,,,, and here it is https://youtu.be/ymgPSHunK2g?t=925

    The Nz Rugby union is wanting to re-visit their south African apartheid glory days ,,,, Massacre?? , lets send a tour to Israel .

    Anyway doesn’t Mr Minto who wants a genocide towards jews ( Dr cumins revealed that important information), have more important things to attend to ,,,, Such as Juliet Moses and a Cartoon that we NEED to talk about ,,, NOW.

    Also how come Mr Minto never complains about all the bombs China is dropping and houses it is bulldozing against the Uyghurs ??

    Thankfully our 5 right eyed media will help Israel out in her hour of need ,, they excel in propaganda of silence and censorship ,,,, Dirty Politics for a just cause ,,, friend of the right ,,Israel..

    “Twenty-four people, including nine children, were killed in Gaza overnight, most of them in Israeli strikes,” reads a new report from AP.

    Nine children, killed with the help of United States funding to the tune of $3.8 billion a year.

    Remember kids, the US loves Muslims and just wants to protect their human rights”.
    https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2021/05/11/the-israel-narrative-is-crumbling-because-of-phone-cameras-and-the-internet/

    #DemocracyNow
    Israel Kills Dozens in Gaza While Imposing “Constant War” on Palestinian Residents of Jerusalem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg-iWi47Cc4

    Israel’s Barbarism Against Palestinians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3YkO3XPRe4&t=208s

    Give Israel Weapons NO MATTER WHAT They Do – US Congress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knhDOAEKWwU

    The Far Right Applauds Andrew Yang for Defending Israel’s War Crimes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYYVXwYwJsM

    • Reason – such a skewed name.

      Anyway doesn’t Mr Minto who wants a genocide towards jews ( Dr cumins revealed that important information), have more important things to attend to ,,,, Such as Juliet Moses and a Cartoon that we NEED to talk about ,,, NOW.

      The above is complete nonsense.

      I suspect the more important things he is attending to right now is trying to get our government to actually defend the rights of Palestinians. I have read Juliet Moses article where she says we have a right to criticise Israel, but frankly when we do we are written of by Moses and others as anti-semitic.

      As someone who follows much of what Minto does, I am curious as to how you think you know Minto has never spoken out about: all the bombs China is dropping and houses it is bulldozing against the Uyghurs

      Minto has always stood up for indigenous people, the poor, dispossessed and those who are having their rights trampled on including those having their land stolen: Western Sahara, West Papua, Palestine.

      To suggest, as I think you have, that he take up the cudgels about every injustice around the world is ridiculous. Do tell me what you are doing to change the world. When did you lasts organise a demonstration, Picket a business for not paying their workers properly, write to an MP, write a letter to the paper……………….. Minto has done all of these and more, many times.

      • Sorry Michal ,,,, I was mocking Juliet Moses and David Cumins,,,, both of who John Minto has interacted with ,,,,

        David Cumins actually did say “minto thinks he’s better than Mandela” in the debate they had ,, and he did bring up Genocide with anti-racists like Minto bring it about somehow.

        Juliet Moses stood by the racist slander and lie against Palastinian parents that Cumins spewed out during the debate ,,, The human shield lie / propaganda that Israel uses ,,

        Israels IDF has a long history of being a serial repeated user of Palestinian civilians for Human shields ,,, Yet when Israel bombs and kills civilians , or shoots them with snipers,,, it falsely claims Palestinians are responsible for the children and civilians that Israel kills ,,, with racist propaganda accusing Palestinians of doing Israels Human shield actions ,,,, on their own children.

        John Minto put up with the lies, slurs abd bullshit Dr Cumins said about him ,,,, but he objected to that racist slur and lie being used against Palestinians,,, Juliet Moses stood behind Cumins and for his nasty racism which presumably she agrees with ,,, https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2021/02/09/the-deep-seated-racism-at-the-heart-of-the-new-zealand-jewish-council/ .

        I was being sarcastic about our Media who censor the news in Israels favor ,,,

        And I was mocking / contrasting the large amount of pressure ,,, both in NZ and from the 5 eyes club ,,, to condemn China ,,, for it’s treatment of Muslims.

        I appreciate John Minto’s life long efforts against racism and injustice ,,, which is why I brought up South Africa ,,, plus the similarity of a violent Apartheid state committing massacres.

        Sorry I gave you the wrong impression and I won’t mention any activism I have done ,,, because it pales in the shadow of the huge amount of work and effort that John Minto has put in on our behalf for the betterment of NZ and against injustice all over the world.

        Anyway you’ve prompted me to contact my local mp …

        Here’s some informed news from a local on the ground in Jerusalem
        Jerusalem, Gaza Violence – Why This Is Happening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drY5dGIhC6k

  3. Israeli Forces Kill Dozens in Gaza, Including 9 Children
    https://truthout.org/video/israel-kills-dozens-in-gaza-including-nine-children/

    Amy Goodman &
    Juan González,
    Democracy Now!

    Israeli airstrikes in Gaza have killed at least 26 Palestinians, including nine children, as tension in the region has escalated sharply. Hundreds were also injured by Israeli forces Monday when they stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam. Hamas responded by firing hundreds of rockets into Israel, which reportedly caused dozens of injuries but no deaths. The tension in Jerusalem has been mounting for weeks as Palestinians have been organizing to block Israel from forcibly evicting dozens of Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to give their homes to Jewish settlers. The United Nations has described the planned eviction as a possible war crime. Raji Sourani, award-winning human rights lawyer and director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, says Israel’s latest assault is compounding the suffering of people in the besieged territory. “We have the occupation. We have the blockade for the last 14 years, which paralyzed our entire lives. We have the pandemic, and now we have this fourth war against Gaza,” he says.
    https://truthout.org/video/israel-kills-dozens-in-gaza-including-nine-children/

  4. Establishment Media Ignore Israeli High Crimes

    by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

    There’s no ambiguity about life in Occupied Palestine.

    In 1948, Palestinians lost 78% of their historic homeland to Israeli aggression, the rest in June 1967.

    From that time to now, they’ve endured brutalizing occupation, colonization and apartheid.

    All of the above breach core international law.

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed self-determination as an essential principle of international law.

    In 1960, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (the Declaration on Colonialism).

    It condemned “colonialism in all its forms and manifestations,” including illegal settlements.

    In 1973, the UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid — the Apartheid Convention. https://stephenlendman.org/2021/05/establishment-media-ignore-israeli-high-crimes/

  5. This most recent attack on the Palestinians , like previous attacks, has nothing to do with diplomacy gone wrong, nothing to do with opposing righteous claims to territory, nothing to do with opposing religious beliefs, nothing to do with opposing morals and nothing to do with opposing values. It’s all about the money.
    Every gun, bullet, bomb, rocket and killer plane used by every pumped up armoured plated short-cock syndrome suffering Israeli bully does one thing well and one thing only. It makes money for the Israeli industrial war machine. ( And by extension, every gutless, cowardly, greedy, down-stream hanger on. I’m thinking international banking for example.) The Israeli war industry’s a massive money printing machine and so by extension every bank in the world will, somehow, be dirty and dripping in Palestinian dirt farmer blood. (To say nothing of their animals. )
    And that’s ALL it is. Pro Israeli puff balls who come here can blout on all they like about their widdle wounded ego’s but that’s the facts, and the facts are the facts. War is profit although what’s happening in Palestine is on another level. It’s not so much a war as a slaughter house. If all you have to do is assault a relatively naive and equally relatively unarmed neighbour after years of Global, high level demonising by a mafioso ‘leader’ in a swish suit with a Wall Street hair cut you’re going to be getting billions coming in, in revenue for shooting fish in a barrel.
    No wonder then that Israel’s such a proud, brave nation of fine and upstanding citizens.
    This might be interesting albeit a little off-topic to some of you.
    The toxin that is [money] is like a disease that’s within an invasive alien wasp species from another fucking planet. As they sting they spread the disease.
    That’s why we MUST have a strong SOCIALIST democracy here in AO/NZ. NOT a fucking dangerous and largely useless capitalist democracy, and by useless I mean useless to everyone except those one or two who’re well in there reaping the profits from every scam going, including poverty, war and disease.
    And on that note ! But wait, there’s more?
    On a more personal note:
    We AO/NZ’ers must be extremely vigilant over the coming months and the more immediate years for any quasi-Palestine / israel-esque overtures shown towards our lands. The biosphere’s climate’s contaminated and is on a failure vector and it’s solely because of the actions of banking scams. Are the bankster scammers going to go to their good night wading through the excrement of their own making or are they simply going to take someones Paradise off them?
    Boingboing.net
    This no-bullshit video perfectly explains why corporations are “embracing” democracy
    https://boingboing.net/2021/04/14/this-no-bullshit-video-perfectly-explains-why-corporations-are-embracing-democracy.html
    The Guardian
    Billionaires’ wealth rises to $10.2 trillion amid Covid crisis

    Super-rich increase fortunes by more than a quarter during market turmoil
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/oct/07/covid-19-crisis-boosts-the-fortunes-of-worlds-billionaires
    Finally.
    Money is Good.
    Stuff.co.nz
    Why have we ignored the biggest KiwiSaver scandal?

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/117895074/why-have-we-ignored-the-biggest-kiwisaver-scandal
    Sorry @ John Minto. I seem to have turned what’s a dreadful horror faced by the people of Palestine into my own vendetta against the monstrous gangster banksters.
    Heads of the same Hydra though I suppose, but still. Apols dear @ JM.

  6. ” Earlier in the morning, 1,000 security forces stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem as worshippers were praying, firing stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets, while snipers took up positions on rooftops, injuring more than 330 Palestinians. More than 700 Palestinians have been injured in just a few days by Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and across the West Bank.

    Police locked hundreds of worshippers inside the mosque, prevented doctors and medical teams from entering the compound and attacked and beat up those who sought to help the injured. They forced their way into the compound’s health clinic, where they sprayed pepper gas and lobbed stun grenades at those receiving treatment there. ”
    Israel kills 24 in Gaza as Netanyahu steps up provocations on Jerusalem Day
    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/05/11/isra-m11.html

  7. An excellent photo and video essay of the current outbreak of one sided violence: A picture ( or photo ) is worth a thousand words.
    Trump blames ‘soft’ Biden for Hamas rocket attacks on Israel as 130 missiles rain down on Tel Aviv and Israeli retaliation attacks destroy Gaza buildings: 28 Palestinians dead, including ten children, and three Israeli women
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump said the country must ‘always support Israel’s right to defend itself’
    It came after the White House said President Biden is being briefed daily on development in Israel and Gaza
    Hamas has vowed to turn Israel into ‘a hell’ after rockets fired from Gaza killed three Israeli women today
    The rockets were launched from suspected Hamas strongholds and struck the southern town of Ashkelon
    Later, Israel’s second largest city – Tel Aviv – came under fire, with a bus being struck in the city’s suburbs
    Comes after Israeli bombardments overnight and today left 28 Palestinians dead – including ten children
    Hamas have fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli cities since clashes in Jerusalem left hundreds wounded
    Israeli PM Netanyahu vowed to ‘step up’ the attacks against Hamas today amid growing international alarm
    ‘Hamas will be hit in ways that it does not expect,’ Netanyahu said. ‘We have eliminated commanders, hit many important targets and we have decided to attack harder and increase the pace of attacks’
    Tensions throughout Ramadan exploded into a riot on Temple Mount on Monday that left hundreds injured
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9565261/Israel-warns-just-begun-unleashes-new-air-strikes-Gaza-overnight-attacks.html

  8. Well, a few years back. Tariana Turia did say ‘something’ about Maori had lived through a holocaust. So, its worth following on in her footsteps to confront the fascist regime of the Israeli government of its slaughtering of the Palestinian people and the stealing of their houses and land.

  9. Where’s Gaby???spewing and dribbling justification for this latest atrocity by the IDF???
    Oh and Well said CountryBoy.

  10. The Israeli government and IDF are preparing for the “Orange Day Parade” march of Jewish nationalists through East Jerusalem – the various right wing groups boast of their intent to remove Arabs from East Jerusalem, suburb by suburb – starting with Sheik Jarrah.

    This is the launch of the ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem – under cover of the Five Eyes/NATO/Quad anti China drive – lets look over there at NW China instead.

  11. TEL AVIV UNDER MISSILE ATTACK AFTER ISRAEL LAUNCHED EIGHTY (80) MILITARY AIRCRAFT FOR STRIKES AGAINST HAMAS AND GAZA https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/breaking-news-israel-launched-eighty-80-military-aircraft-for-strikes-against-hamas-and-gaza
    At the writing of this story 12:09 PM EDT – The Israeli Air Force has, within the past 30 minutes, launched a total of eighty (80) military aircraft for strike operations against HAMAS and the Gaza Strip.

    Fighter jets, surveillance aircraft and airborne refueling tankers took to the skies.

    Whatever operation Israel has planned, it seems it will be MASSIVE.

    Bear in mind that they are using these military aircraft against a CIVILIAN population. They are not warring against a sovereign power.

  12. “How Netanyahu stands to gain from the escalating violence in Palestine
    It is Netanyahu’s go-to move for staying in power: plunge the region into war – or at the very least severe instability – to terrify the Israeli public and show that he is the only one who can save them during this “state of emergency.” However, what makes the situation this time especially noteworthy is the potentially irreversible effects it will have on Israel.”
    https://mondoweiss.net/2021/05/how-netanyahu-stands-to-gain-from-the-escalating-violence-in-palestine/

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