GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Shireen Abu Akleh

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On the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

The statement we would like to see from the Minister of Foreign Affaires, Nanaia Mahuta;

“The New Zealand Government call on the International Criminal Court to investigate the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh”
Office of the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affaires, Nanaia Mahuta

The statement we are likely to see:

“The New Zealand Government, in line with the statement from US State Department spokesperson Ned Price,  call on the alleged killers of Shireen Abu Akleh to investigate themselves.”
Office of the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affaires, Nanaia Mahuta

 

Pat O’Dea is a unionist and human rights activist.

6 COMMENTS

    • Our government’s silence over the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh is more than shameful and shocking, it is complicit.

      Martin Luther King sums it up best:

      “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
      Martin Luther King, Jr.

      https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/martin_luther_king_jr_103571

      The world reacts to the killing of Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh
      Killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli forces triggers outpouring of condemnation and condolences.

      https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/11/world-reacts-al-jazeera-journalist-shireen-abu-akleh-killed-by-israeli-forces

      But our government has so far not put out any statement at all either offering condolences or condemnation of the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh, nothing.

      The EU, the UK, the US, China, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and many other governments have all made statements condemning the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh. And offered their condolences.

      But our Minister for foreign affairs has kept her mouth firmly shut.

      What does this ugly silence tell us about the Minister?

      What grim truth does it tell us about this government?

      What does it tell us about This government?

  1. In the end we have had no statement at all.

    The only way the government can attempt to recover this situation now, is to issue a statement backing the Palestine Authority’s call for the ICC to conduct the investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing. As allowed by international law under the Rome Statute with permission of the recognised legal authority in the West Bank. (which is not israel).

  2. The government through the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nanaia Mahuta, has finally put out a tweet on the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh.

    And gets taken to bits by Newshub not just for being belated, but also for not condemning the murder of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh when so many other countries have done so. Newshub then asks why, when they didn’t hesitate to “condemn” the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Kashoggi?

    To make their point, Newshub then gave a list of all the countries that ‘had’ condemned the killing:

    The United States ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield “strongly condemned” Abu Akleh’s death on Twitter.

    “I strongly condemn the death of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh – who I had the chance to meet in Ramallah last November, and I send my deepest condolences to her family.”

    US State Department spokesperson Ned Price condemned her death too.

    “We are heartbroken by and strongly condemn the killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank.”

    Foreign Ministries in Egypt, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Pakistan have also condemned her killing.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2022/05/nanaia-mahuta-s-statement-on-death-of-shireen-abu-akleh-criticised-as-too-passive.html

    Newshub also questioned the Minister’s use of the word “violence”, that she was saddened to see at the funeral. Such mealy mouthed use of words gives the impression that the “violence” was on both sides, not the fact that this was a one sided unprovoked attack on the mourners. by the Israeli authorities.

    Newshub asked Mahuta’s office if she would go further and condemn Abu Akleh’s killing, but were referred to the minister’s tweet.

    So that’s it?

    I may have been wrong, this belated tweet is more shameful than the government’s earlier silence.

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