Aotearoa New Zealand’s government and media must own up to their part in the cold-blooded killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

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The absolute impunity which the Aotearoa New Zealand government has given to Israel’s racist apartheid regime over many decades and the cowering of the Aotearoa New Zealand media in the face of threats of false smears of anti-semitism from the racist pro-Israel lobby are the key factors in the daily murder and mayhem conducted by Israeli troops in Palestine.

The latest killing is of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh which was described yesterday by Al Jazeera and eyewitnesses as an “assassination in cold-blood”.

This veteran journalist has been the “voice of the voiceless” as she has fearlessly reported on Israel’s military occupation of Palestine over many decades.

Her fearlessness is in sharp contrast to Aotearoa New Zealand media reporting on Israel/Palestine which includes multiple, repeated inaccuracies which reinforce Israel’s “justifications” for its brutality. Most New Zealanders do not even know Israel runs a military occupation over the entire area of historic Palestine.

With rare exceptions our media simply provide a safe portal for Israeli propaganda. 

Meanwhile our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, if they say anything at all about Israel’s occupation or unbridled brutality are much more likely to criticise Palestinians than they are to criticise Israel. If they spoke out about the Russian invasion of Ukraine like they do the situation in the Middle East they would be blaming Ukrainians for “provocations against Russian troops” and ask Ukrainians to exercise “maximum restraint” in the face of Russian brutality. 

It’s hypocrisy on a grand scale.

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We call out human rights abuses to a US agenda. We condemn Russia and China but look the other way with Israeli or Indonesian brutality. 

None of this has changed under the current minister Nanaia Mahuta who been silent for over 18 months on the Palestinian struggle. 

Silence is never an option when it comes to human rights. It is the position of cowards.

Until Israel is called out for its racist apartheid policies and the consequences which flow from that, it will continue to murder with impunity.

We have yet again asked the minister to speak out and demand an independent investigation and accountability for Shireen Abu Akleh’s assassination.

23 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah the local media could, with its vast resources and international connections and standing, prevent any government in the world doing anything wrong by holding them to account … Na. They can barely do that locally …

    You might want more media focus on this issue, and that might have some impact on popular opinion (to the extent people were activated) and even the government’s position in terms of criticism of Israeli actions.

    “Most New Zealanders do not even know Israel runs a military occupation over the entire area of historic Palestine”.

    Well historic Palestine includes the territory awarded for a Jewish majority state and also Gaza which is not under military occupation. And it was the rockets fired out of Gaza that killed off the disengagement policy (withdrawal from West Bank areas without a peace settlement) – a deliberate act of sabotage by Hamas or a reduced occupation of the West Bank.

  2. Exactly John. Nanaia Mahuta is happy to attack the decolonization of Hong Kong, but the brutal occupation of Palestine, the murders of thousands of innocents, the desecration of Christian and Muslim holy sites?

    These neoliberal rats couldn’t care less.

  3. The desecration of Christian and Muslim holy sites would have been reported and governments would have condemned that if it had happened.

    • For sure the desecration of any Muslim sites would have been reported and condemned SPC but as there is complete silence in relation to the ongoing desecration of churches in Europe and many African countries, most notably Nigeria, media would only report on the desecration of churches in Israel if it were Infidels who were involved.

  4. ‘Aotearoa New Zealand’s government and media must own up to their part in the cold-blooded killing of Shireen Abu Akleh’ We didn’t even stand up to Saudi Arabia for the killing of Khashoggi someone very rich and powerful got away with murder and we didn’t even blink sic!

  5. ‘Aotearoa New Zealand’s government and media must own up to their part in the cold-blooded killing of Shireen Abu Akleh’ We didn’t even stand up to Saudi Arabia for the killing of Khashoggi someone very rich and powerful got away with murder and we didn’t even blink sic!

  6. ‘Aotearoa New Zealand’s government and media must own up to their part in the cold-blooded killing of Shireen Abu Akleh’ We didn’t even stand up to Saudi Arabia for the killing of Khashoggi someone very rich and powerful got away with murder and we didn’t even blink sic!

      • Even more more Amazing ,,, Anne justifies Israel land theft and use of the WORST terrorists https://youtu.be/8clMNOmX_kk?t=180

        Blowback ,,,, “A week of violent Islamist extremist attacks in Israel beginning on March 22, 2022, left 11 people dead and many more wounded. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for two of the attacks, and released a video of two of the terrorists” ,,,”ISIS has historical and logistical reasons for not focusing on Israel, so the recent violence may be rooted in opportunism,”

        “For years, al-Qaeda has denounced Hamas as non-believers” ,,, “ISIS, comes from the same ideological strain as al-Qaeda”,..

        “In the event of an ISIS takeover, Sharon wrote last month, “There would be no international pressure for Israel to give back the Golan Heights either — and that’s a very good thing. The Golan will remain an important part of Israel forever.” He added that Israel could rely on the West’s so-called anti-ISIS coalition to defeat a victorious ISIS next door, allowing Israel to bask in its newly annexed territory without lifting a finger.”

        The Jerusalem Post’s security correspondent, Yossi Melman, has echoed Golan (the Israeli army’s deputy chief of staff), depicting Syria’s descent into chaos and fragmentation as a strategic boost for Israel. https://electronicintifada.net/content/why-has-israel-embraced-al-qaidas-branch-syria/14619

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        Hamas was the first ‘Arab spring’ truly democratic Govt in the middle east ,, voted into power as the legal political representatives of the Gaza Strip since 2007, after winning fair elections ….. Since then, Gaza has suffered three major Israeli assaults, which killed more than 3,500 Palestinians, and a crippling 10-year-long siege….. Not to mention Israels assassination campaign against their leadership

        A hamas kindergarten teacher or health worker is a terrorist,,according to Zionist english abuse.

      • Plus 20 journalists so far have died in the Ukraine/Russia conflict and none of these outraged people give a toss.

        • Nice of gaby to remind people that he lies about everything ,,,,

          at least 14 civilian journalists and media workers have been killed in the line of duty since the Euro White/Nato Banderite /Ethno-Ukrainians began persecuting and attacking Russian Ukrainians, in their proxy/Civil War, which began in 2014. Six have been Russian, four Ukrainian …

          Anyway thanks for confirming the 2014 start date though gaby ,,, which even wikipedia corroberated with their info regarding the 14 dead journalists ,,,, Fourteen,,,,,

          we all know gaby hates journalists,,,, as he’s repeatedly proven by calling Julian Assange & Nicky Hager “Traitors” ,,, every-time he posts his dishonest smear filled rants against them.

          Like every Zionist gaby hates fair honest reporting ,,,,So he does care about the 6 fictitious dead journalist whose existence he made up in his ’20 dead’ fake fact. ,,,

          ,,,, his ‘never were but are now deceased’, ghosts of reality reporters ,,,, , are good honest fake bullshit ,,, compared with Israels deadly crimes .

          Israels flag is the new butchers apron ,,, passed down to them from the old colonial Brit butchers ,,,

          Poisoned pies and septic sausages ,,, guaranteed to make you violently sick…..

          … The good news is Vaccination with the Truth medicine,,, prevents gabys Zion brain rot ,,, but for him it’s far to late.

          The truth just makes his poisoned mind angry ,,,

  7. Perhaps because the Government for once is going to wait to see the evidence?

    “The Palestinian Authority said it would not let Israeli officials examine the bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh. Israel said that is the only way to determine who fired it.”
    See https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/12/world/middleeast/journalist-killed-palestine-israel-bullet.html

    Why would the Palestinians not allow examination? Who benefits from this killing? Not Israel; but rather Qatar and Al-Jazeera. There’s a reason why the other Arab states boycotted and isolated Qatar.

    • The evidence has been in for ages ,,,, NZ governments allow Israel to kill and maim with impunity year in and year out ,,, ” in 187 of the 189 killings that took place in 2018, protesters did not pose an imminent threat to life and Israel used “neither necessary nor proportional” force.”

      Shireen Abu Akleh’s blood is on the hands of Israel’s “friends” https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/shireen-abu-aklehs-blood-hands-israels-friends

      “As a UN Commission of Inquiry put it, Israeli forces shot at “unarmed protesters, children and disabled persons, and at health workers and journalists performing their duties, knowing who they are.”[40]The commissioners concluded that, while demonstrations were “at times violent,” in 187 of the 189 killings that took place in 2018, protesters did not pose an imminent threat to life and Israel used “neither necessary nor proportional” force..

      Israeli Forces Attacked Mourners During Shireen Abu Akleh’s Funeral Procession https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUEmF0qxhjI

      … and just to spread their war criminal ways around ,,, “On May 11, an unprecedented Israeli attack targeted a network of observation posts and positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the southern Syrian governorate of al-Quneitra. ” ,, ‘the targeted positions were all located within or along the Stolen Golan Heights’ 235 square kilometer buffer zone, which was established under the 1974 separation of forces agreement.’

    • Sean if it was done on purpose what does examining the bullet do? I doubt it’s going to a have little yamacha on it. The Israel’s are not going to use ‘standard issue’ weapons for such a hit. How does Israel not benefit from someone who regularly covers aggression against Palestinians, no longer being there?

  8. I watched her funeral live on AJ last night and I nearly lost my sh1t when Israeli forces steamrolled into the mourners and beat up the pallbearers. fucking unbelievable.

    Where is the international condemnation of Israel? Why is no one holding Israel to account?

    Outrageous

  9. The value of ones life is meaningless if you aren’t on the prevailing right side.

    That’s the true even here in our little neo liberal paradise.

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