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Tel Aviv’s War Fair

By   /  March 11, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

“In war, truth is the first casualty”, so wrote the Greek dramatist Aeschylus around 500 BC. Experience has shown us that lies precede wars in order to facilitate them. As war rages, misleading propaganda accompanies the slaughter to render it tolerable and after, when war is won, lost or in abeyance, there are fresh lies to cover the criminal acts of the perpetrators.

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Incitement and provocation

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

While issuing statements affirming the unacceptability of Israeli settlement expansion, it has become fashionable for governments and UN institutions to also condemn what they describe as Palestinian ‘incitement’.

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Zionist myths

By   /  February 11, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Zionist sympathisers make use of ideological myths and unjustifiable assumptions that attempt to exempt Israel from its obligations under international humanitarian law.

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After Aljazeera exclusive investigation into how Israeli Lobby Groups had infiltrated Labour – what about NZ?

By   /  January 28, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

A recently-aired documentary by Al Jazeera, ‘The Lobby’, reveals the Israeli Embassy’s furtive dealings with British parliamentarians and political parties. It took a Middle East news channel to expose the extraordinary lengths to which Israel and its supporters will go to bury the truth and control minds, when neither the British security services nor news media were onto it.

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Juliet Moses does NOT speak for ALL New Zealanders

By   /  January 15, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The assertion by Juliet Moses on 6 January in the New Zealand Herald article, Israel vote was an affront to all New Zealanders, echoes the arrogance of Zionism’s unjustifiable claim to speak and act on behalf of all Jews.

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Justice requires accountability

By   /  January 2, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

On Saturday, 24 December 2016, the New Zealand Government issued a Press Release, NZ welcomes UN resolution on Middle East Peace Process, in which Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced that, “New Zealand voted for and co-sponsored the resolution because it is consistent with long-held New Zealand policy positions on the Palestinian question”.

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Israel’s racist cruelty towards Palestinian children

By   /  December 10, 2016  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

UNICEF frequently reports widespread, systematic and institutionalised ill-treatment of Palestinian children by the Israeli Army, with armed soldiers seizing children as young as 11 years and taking them prisoner. Palestinian homes, even in UN refugee camps, can offer no security for terrified children, who are dragged from their homes, often in the middle of the night.

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Security Council members leave Gaza to bleed

By   /  November 27, 2016  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

As Israeli Gaza ceasefire violations this year top 1,000, the International Criminal Court (ICC) exposes the “scope and degree of control” that the military Occupation exercises over Gaza.

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Why there should be no business with Israel

By   /  November 13, 2016  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

From 29 May 29 to 1 June 2016, more than 50 New Zealand business people, led by Spark CEO Simon Moutter, were guests at a trade mission in Israel, organised by the Israel Trade Commission and Trans-Tasman Business Circle. Described as the ‘innovation mission’, the purpose was to encourage collaboration between the governments of Israel and New Zealand and their respective business interests.

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New Zealand’s future role

By   /  November 5, 2016  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

New Zealand has historically tended to follow in the footsteps of Britain, the US and other Western powers (the best and most honourable exception being our anti-nuclear policy) and it is no surprise, therefore, that our country supported the imposition of Zionist control over the Palestinian homeland through partitioning and colonisation.

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Aiding Israel’s profitable expansionism

By   /  October 23, 2016  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Next month, from 14-20 November the USS Sampson will attend the Royal New Zealand Navy’s International Naval Review, which just happens to coincide with a Weapons Conference & Expo sponsored by the NZ Defence Industry Association (NZDIA), 16-20 November.

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Response to Dr Paul Moon on Women’s Boat to Gaza

By   /  October 8, 2016  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

In an article published on 7 October, Dr Paul Moon, Auckland University of Technology, called the women whose vessel was hijacked in international waters by the Israeli Navy, “fools”. Astonishingly, he accused Green MP Marama Davidson of having “little understanding of the geopolitical situation in the region”. Dr Moon called the courageous expedition “a ship of fools” and a “cheap media stunt”.

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Israeli hijacking of Women’s Boat to Gaza – An open letter to Murray McCully

By   /  October 6, 2016  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  43 Comments

We ask you to strongly condemn the illegal Israeli hijacking of the Women’s Boat to Gaza, Zaytouna-Oliva, in international waters, 70 kilometres from the Gaza shore.

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Comment on Govt Press Release regarding Education Minister’s visit to Israel

By   /  October 3, 2016  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The New Zealand Government issued a Press Release on 1 October 2016 concerning what it called Education Minister Hekia Parata’s significant visit to Israel in which she extended her education visit in order to represent New Zealand at the state funeral for Shimon Peres.

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UN Security Council fails to demand accountability

By   /  October 1, 2016  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

In an address to the University of Otago’s 50th annual Foreign Policy School in June 2015, New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, spoke of this country’s intentions regarding its present term at the UN Security Council.

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UN Human Rights Council debate: New Zealand’s voice absent

By   /  September 29, 2016  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on UN Human Rights Council debate: New Zealand’s voice absent

“All victims of human rights abuses should be able to look to the Human Rights Council as a forum and a springboard for action.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, 12 March 2007 On the 23 September more than 37 nations were represented at a Human Rights Council general debate on human rights in Palestine and […]

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