The fog of war indeed.
In the same weekend the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor claimed 20 000 Palestinians have been killed in over a month by the Israeli Defence Force…
Geneva – As the war on the Gaza Strip enters its seventh week, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said today that the death toll from Israel’s genocide campaign has likely risen to 20,000 dead Palestinians, including those missing under the rubble with little hope of survival.
Euro-Med Monitor estimated that at least 15,271 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed, including 3,561 women and 6,403 children. Over 32,310 additional people have been injured by the Israeli attacks, many of whom are in critical condition and unable to receive even the bare minimum of medical attention due to the Gazan health system’s collapse.
There are reportedly 4,1500 people missing beneath the debris of buildings hit by Israeli air and artillery strikes, with little chance of their survival. Hundreds of bodies that cannot be recovered remain on the roads, according to Euro-Med Monitor, particularly in areas where the Israeli army has conducted ground incursions.
…after Israel revised down the number of dead from the Hamas October 7th attack to 900 civilians and 300 soldiers (not 1400), after it appears no Palestinian missile strike was committed against a hospital and it was in fact a failed missile from the Iron Dome defence system, after it appears there was no Hamas control centre under the other Hospital the IDF bombed, after America bans Israeli settlers from entering America because of the spike in Israeli Settler attacks against Palestinians on the West Bank, after it turns out an IDF attack helicopter accidentally opened fire on their own people at the Nova dance festival, after Israel has managed to kill more civilians in a month than Russia has managed in almost 2 years.
AFTER ALL THAT.
Chippy finally decides enough is enough and makes the unprecedented move to step aside as the Caretaker PM and speak as the Leader of the Labour Party by denouncing the appalling level of Israeli disproportionate violence and demanded an immediate ceasefire .
Labour Party leader Chris Hipkins has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, saying “the violence and the killing has to stop”.
He has stressed that he has made the announcement as Labour leader, not caretaker Prime Minister.
But Hipkins said it had become “untenable” for him to remain silent.
“It runs against Labour Party values to see the horrific scenes we are witnessing without calling for a ceasefire,” he said.
“Israel and Gaza need to immediately ensure that conditions for a ceasefire be met. We call on all parties to strive to restore calm and restraint.
“We remain very concerned about the humanitarian impact of the conflict.”
Hipkins has called on Israel to allow supplies to be delivered and for Hamas to free its hostages.
“Ultimately we want to see a just and lasting peace.
“The violence and the killing has to stop.”
It is a bold move, it is a humane move, it is a courageous move.
This is what political leadership looks like.
You can’t mourn and weep for Israeli babies while turning a blind eye to dead Palestinain babies!
We know the game now, the NZ Political Right will now try and claim that for standing against Israeli aggression, Chippy is now an antisemite!
Meanwhile the National/ACT/NZF hustle is still frozen in time doing nothing but playing to their venal self interests and egos.
Chippy is crap at bringing us a Capital Gains Tax and Wealth Tax, but he has more moral courage than Winston, David and Luxon combined!
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