SJPUPDATES#17 Auckland Emergency Protest: Stop the Massacres in Gaza & Help Save Gaza

07/01/09
Kia ora all,
In this update>>>>

A) Auckland Emergency Protest: Stop the Massacres in Gaza

(B) 5 things you can do to help save Gaza

>>>>(A) Auckland Emergency Protest: Stop the Massacres in Gaza>>>>>

Auckland, Saturday, 10 January: mobilisation to protest the latest Israeli outrages against Palestinians living in the Gaza strip, gather at 12 noon, Aotea Square. Organised by the Palestine Human Rights Campaign, contact email, and Global Peace and Justice Auckland, contact email or email.

  1. End the Israeli Military Attacks on the Gaza Strip
  2. End Inhuman Collective Punishments, End the Siege
  3. End Human Rights Violations

As the casualties pile up, the world must act in solidarity with the Palestinians of Gaza who face massacres every day.

UN says 13,000 have been displaced since these attacks, that 20% of the dead are women and children, 70 % are without drinking water.

United Nations representatives in Gaza say the horror unleashed by Israel is “inhuman” and the people are “trapped, traumatised and terrorised”. This is what happens when the world’s fourth most powerful military unleashes its arsenal of terror on a defenceless people trapped in the most densely populated territory in the world.

This Saturday return to the streets in solidarity with Palestinians and to call on our Government to condemn the continuing Israeli massacres of Palestinians.

Our Government continues to refuse to denounce the Israeli barbartity, and the rot cause of the present violence the coninued occupation of the West Bank and the continued seige of the Gaza Strip.

March on Saturday for New Zealand to condemn Israeli genocide of Palestinians and in solidarity with those under attack in Gaza.

Your either with us or with the state terrorists.

>>>>>(B) 5 things you can do to help save Gaza>>>>>

1. Attend the protest on Saturday and let your friends and family know about it.

2. Make a donation to support the Free Gaza movement


The Free Gaza movement have sailed twice to Gaza from Cyprus in large boats delivered medical supplies. Under constant Israeli naval harrasment they are attempting again and again to break the illegal Israeli seige of Gaza and take direct action to make the siege of Gaza impossible to continue.

They need our financial support to continue their efforts in delivering much needed supplies to the Palestinians of Gaza.

“We want to break the siege of Gaza. We want to raise international awareness about the prison-like closure of the Gaza Strip and pressure the international community to review its sanctions policy and end its support for continued Israeli occupation. We want to uphold Palestine’s right to welcome internationals as visitors, human rights observers, humanitarian aid workers, journalists, or otherwise.”

“We will not be deterred by the violence of the Israeli military. We will set out again for Gaza. We are doctors, journalists, members of parliament, and human rights observers trying to reach the people of Gaza to deliver much needed aid and witness the atrocities being committed again the Palestinians there.”

3. Sign the Avazz.org petition – GAZA: STOP THE BLOODSHED

With over 400 Palestinians and 4 Israelis killed and the death toll mounting daily, we urgently need to demand that world leaders take strong diplomatic action to end the violence. An Israeli ground invasion is believed to be imminent and would claim many more lives — we must act fast to demand that our leaders act now.

4. Boycott Israeli goods
the BIG campaign

The Boycott Israeli Goods Campaign of New Zealand derives it’s mandate from a legal judgment passed by the highest judicial body in the world, the International Court of Justice.The Court advised that members of the International community have an obligation:

  • Not to render aid or assistance to maintaining the situation created by the Wall Israel has built on Occupied Palestinian Land.
  • To ensure the Wall’s removal.
  • Ensure Israel’s compliance with International Law.

That was more than four years ago. Today, the Wall has almost been completed, resulting in the confinement of Palestinians in the West Bank into segregated Bantustans, isolating 78 villages.

At the same time, in flagrant violation of International Law, Israel continues to transfer part of its civilian population into the illegally Occupied West Bank.

John Dugard, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories stated :

“Israel’s defiance of international law poses a threat not only to the international legal order but to the international order itself. This is no time for appeasement on the part of the international community”.

In 2005, inspired by the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, Palestinian civil society called for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it fully complies with International Law and recognises the fundamental human rights of the people of Palestine.

A specific call for cultural boycott of Israel was issued a year later, garnering wide support.

Among the many groups and institutions that have heeded the Palestinian boycott calls and started to consider or apply diverse forms of effective pressure on Israel are :

  • the British University and College Union (UCU);
  • the two largest trade unions in the UK; the Church of England;
  • the Presbyterian Church (USA); prominent British architects;
  • the British National Union of Journalists (NUJ);
  • the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU);
  • the South African Council of Churches;
  • the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Ontario;
  • Aosdana, the Irish state-sponsored academy of artists;
  • celebrated authors, artists and intellectuals led by John Berger;
  • and Palme d’Or winner director Ken Loach.

We strongly urge you to uphold the values of freedom, equality and just peace for all by joining this growing boycott against Israeli apartheid

A personal boycott of Israeli products helps remove consumers from complicity with Israeli apartheid. As ethical consumers we can conduct our boycott ‘where we are at’, in whatever town or country.

The BIG campaign aims to promote a consumer boycott and to actively campaign against corporations selling Israeli goods.

5. Send a message to our Prime Minister – Condemn the Israeli bombardment of Gaza

Send the following email to Prime Minister John Key j.key@ministers.govt.nz

Dear Prime Minister,

I wish to relay to you the words of the UN General Assembly President and to urge your Government to take a stand and condemn the continuing Israeli assault on the people of Gaza. The position of your Government to not condemn Israel’s genocidal and apartheid policies bring shame not only to you but to the whole of New Zealand.

“The behavior by Israel in bombarding Gaza is simply the commission of wanton aggression by a very powerful state against a territory that it illegally occupies.

Time has come to take firm action if the United Nations does not want to be rightly accused of complicity by omission.

The Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip represent severe and massive violations of international humanitarian law as defined in the Geneva Conventions, both in regard to the obligations of an Occupying Power and in the requirements of the laws of war.

Those violations include:

Collective punishment – the entire 1.5 million people who live in the crowded Gaza Strip are being punished for the actions of a few militants.

Targeting civilians – the airstrikes were aimed at civilian areas in one of the most crowded stretches of land in the world, certainly the most densely populated area of the Middle East.

Disproportionate military response – the airstrikes have not only destroyed every police and security office of Gaza’s elected government, but have killed and injured hundreds of civilians; at least one strike reportedly hit groups of students attempting to find transportation home from the university.

I remind all member states of the United Nations that the UN continues to be bound to an independent obligation to protect any civilian population facing massive violations of international humanitarian law – regardless of what country may be responsible for those violations. I call on all Member States, as well as officials and every relevant organ of the United Nations system, to move expeditiously not only to condemn Israel’s serious violations, but to develop new approaches to providing real protection for the Palestinian people.”
Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, UN Headquarters, New York, 27 December 2008

Yours Sincerley,


“Remember the solidarity shown to Palestine here and everywhere… and remember also that there is a cause to which many people have committed themselves, difficulties and terrible obstacles notwithstanding. Why? Because it is a just cause, a noble ideal, a moral quest for equality and human rights.” – Edward Said, Palestinian/American historian/political commentator
SJP on the internet: www.ausjp.wordpress.com

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