|Tuesday, 30 December 2008|
PALESTINE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
DEC 30TH 2008
Open Letter to Prime Minister John Key and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully
As a member of the world community, New Zealand has a responsibility to play its part in helping to secure international peace and stability. The present carnage in the Gaza Strip is the latest episode in the State of Israel’s sixty-year history of flagrant violations of international law, the Fourth Geneva Convention and countless UN Resolutions. In her recent newsletter, Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace wrote of the refusal by young Israelis to serve in the Israeli Army, describing them as “our voice of conscience, our tiny flickering hope of building a society that does not willingly participate in controlling, terrorising, and killing the Palestinian people – enforcing the checkpoints, demolishing homes, destroying ancient olive groves, building the Wall, confiscating land, enforcing siege . . .” If Israelis of conscience can speak out, surely the New Zealand Government should also make its voice heard?
New Zealand government must call for:
We have appealed to you on numerous occasions to declare your positions of principle regarding Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian land. Israel defies the UN by transferring its citizens into occupied territory through the constant annexation of land that does not belong to Israel.
New Zealand’s voice must be heard loudly and clearly on behalf of the dispossessed. For humanity’s sake act courageously – and do it now.