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Proportionality and international law

By   /  April 22, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Decades of alien military dictatorship, annexation and racist, colonial settlement have rendered impossible the Palestinian people’s right to lead a normal, decent life. The malevolence is undeniable even though world leaders and the mainstream news media prefer to look away.

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Land Day after three months of escalating Israeli violence in Gaza

By   /  April 7, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

On 30 March 2018, Good Friday, thousands of unarmed Palestinians gathered to take part in a well-publicised, non-violent annual protest, known as the Great March of Return. The event commemorates the day in 1976 when the lives of six Palestinians were taken by Israeli forces for daring to protest in a general strike against 30 years of repression and dispossession.

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Zionism condemned

By   /  March 25, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Zionism is a self-absorbed, racist anachronism. The ideology’s proponents have never been honest and the attempt to engender a ‘negotiated’ settlement has resulted in nothing but inevitable failure and decades of extreme suffering for Zionism’s victims.

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Justice depends upon truth

By   /  March 4, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

On Wednesday, 21 February this year, Israeli Army bulldozers arrived to destroy the the home of Atta Jaber and lay waste to what was left of the land that had been in his family for 800 years.

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Response to Bryce Edwards

By   /  December 31, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

Edwards spent 575 words and provided seven on-line links in presenting the case for boycotting Israel. He devoted 1758 words with 18 links to the Zionist, pro-Israel argument. The case for boycotting Israel is simple but the Zionists desperately need to obscure the truth.

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Trump scores own goal for Zionism

By   /  December 23, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The Gaza Strip has been closed to Israeli journalists for 11 years but globally, the majority of the mainstream news media have themselves chosen to ignore the crimes against humanity committed by Israel, both in Gaza and in the militarily Occupied West Bank. The news media regularly publicise the human stories of individuals caught up in terror attacks and accidents. Except, that is, when it comes to the victims of Israel’s daily violence and oppression against the Palestinian people, struggling to survive in their homeland

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Another month of Israeli oppression – November 2017 in Palestine

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

In the month just ended, one that also marked the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the Palestinian people continued their struggle to survive under Israel’s profitable and cynically-imposed regime of population-control.

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Trump’s move over Jerusalem undermines international law and disgraces the US

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

US President Trump’s surrender to Israel’s territorial ambitions reveals contempt for international law, in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention. Trump’s announcement contradicts even the most recent Security Council Resolution, UNSCR 2334 of December 2016. Israel’s control of East Jerusalem, including the Old City, is illegal because under international law, an Occupying power does not have sovereignty over foreign territory it militarily occupies.

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Is Winston changing tack?

By   /  November 25, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The Israel Institute of New Zealand, in an article entitled Post Election outlook for New Zealand’s relationship with Israel, noted with pleasure that Winston Peters was now in the position of ‘king maker’.

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Beyond Whale oil and accusations of Holocaust denial

By   /  November 11, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

On 31 October 2017, the Whale Oil website posted a Newshub article featuring a photo of the First Secretary of the Iranian Embassy, Hormoz Ghahremani, below the headline: Complaints laid about Iranian hate speech diplomat. Beneath the photo can be seen a video of a meeting at which Ghahremani was the first guest speaker. A casual visitor to the website might be excused for believing that the Iranian Embassy’s First Secretary was guilty of Holocaust denial.

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Balfour’s disastrous legacy

By   /  October 29, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

On 2 November 1917, at the height of the First World War, Britain’s imperial voice expressed itself in a statement of intent from its Foreign Secretary, Lord Balfour, to Lord Rothschild – for passing on to the Zionist Federation. The message is known as the Balfour Declaration. The 30-year-long British occupation of Palestine that followed […]

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Will Winston Peters be Israel Lobby’s Trojan Horse?

By   /  October 25, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

The Israel Institute’s New Zealand co-director Paul Moon was quoted as follows: Whichever party is put into power, the almost inevitable alliance with New Zealand First presents an opportunity for New Zealand to recalibrate its relations with Israel. Effectively, the government could draw a line under its disastrous sponsorship of UN Resolution 2334, and look to strengthen its ties with Israel.

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The inhumanity of Zionism

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Last week saw the 35th anniversary of the Israeli war crime known as the Sabra and Shatila Massacre, when thousands of unarmed Palestinian refugees were slaughtered between 15 and 18 September 1982.

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Steadfastness of Palestinian Bedouin resistance

By   /  September 9, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

In 1965, Israel passed its Planning and Building Law, which caused 100,000 Bedouin to be removed to ‘townships’ where they were forced into poverty. Many others refused to be moved and have struggled to defend their culture and way of life. According to the Institute of Palestine Studies (IPS), there are some 130,000 individuals defiantly […]

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Never mind the harm – so long as Zionism gets its way!

By   /  August 26, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

As sponsors of UNSC Resolution 2334, it is New Zealand’s responsibility to encourage the UN to deal resolutely with Israel’s defiance of international law – the world is watching. Accordingly, we expect and demand of our lawmakers that they unite, with determination, to fight for justice and human rights.

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Zionism’s slow demise

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The silence from Israeli politicians over settler attacks on the Zionist state’s armed forces is but one aspect of profound historic developments that Israel and its founding ideology now face.

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