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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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Israeli military exercises force families from their homes and threaten lives

By   /  July 29, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The military forces of most UN member states conduct their training exercises away from heavily-populated areas and civilians are prohibited, for their own safety, from entering such areas. Israel is an exception to this norm. Where Israel has chosen to rule over a captive population, its military exercises are held in civilian areas.

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Open questions on Middle East policy for Gerry Brownlee and the National Party

By   /  July 15, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Mr Brownlee – please demonstrate the National Government’s commitment and take action to end Israel’s impunity.

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Lost childhood – growing up under Zionist terror

By   /  July 2, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

On 15 June 2017, a gang of Zionist fanatics from the Itamar Occupation settlement, near Jenin, assaulted a handicapped eight-year-old Palestinian boy, Bashar Abdel-Latif Ghazal Malitat, and abducted him to their settlement. There, they tortured him, smearing his handcuffed body with hot molten plastic.

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Whale Oil confounded by history

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  57 Comments

Israel’s imposition of illegal settlements outside its borders and brutal military control of the Palestinian people are war crimes. They are violations of international law that demand the urgent imposition of UN sanctions designed to bring Israel to account.

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Aftermath of Israel’s 1967 war

By   /  June 17, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

On 8 June 2017, Amnesty International launched an urgent appeal to the international community to support BDS and fully boycott Israel. Amnesty’s Secretary-General, Salil Shetty, commented: “States that continue to help [illegal Israeli] settlements flourish economically are blatantly undermining their international obligations and the very policies they have pledged to uphold.” Failure to uphold the […]

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Israel’s Six-Day War objective

By   /  June 3, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

On 5 June 1967, Israel launched its Six-Day War for territorial expansion and population-control in what was left of Palestine following the Nakba and the Zionist State’s unilateral ‘declaration of independence’. The result has been 50 years of belligerent military Occupation – the longest in modern history.

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