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Govt Urged To Speak Out Against Israel’s Ethnic Cleansing Polices & Unbridled Brutality Towards Protesting Palestinians


The Palestine Solidarity Movement Aotearoa has written to
the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta tonight urging
the government to speak out against the imminent ethnic
cleansing of Palestinians from the Occupied East Jerusalem
area of Sheikh Jarrah and the Israeli state violence being
used against Palestinians protesting against these racist,
apartheid policies.

In recent hours there has been
extensive media coverage of Palestinian protests in East
Jerusalem in which over 200 Palestinians have been
injured.

Tensions have been high in East Jerusalem in
recent weeks after Israeli restrictions on Palestinians
around the Damascus Gate and the intervention of extreme
right-wing Israeli politicians, such as Itamar Ben-Gvir who
wants to “Expel the Arab enemy”. Ben-Gvir is stoking the
flames of race-hatred against Palestinians while he enjoys
the protection of the Israeli army.

In our letter to
the Foreign Minister we have argued that

The
Palestinian people deserve the New Zealand government’s
voice on their side rather than our “complicity through
silence” which usually accompanies Israeli racism and
systematic brutality against Palestinians.

In
speaking out we urge you not to use anaemic language such as
“calling for calm” or “urging restraint on both
sides” because those statements in effect mean New Zealand
siding with Israel’s racist, ethnic cleansing
policies.

Please intervene with a strong, clear
voice which condemns both Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the
indigenous people of Palestine and the brutality meted out
against them by the Israeli police and armed forces. New
Zealand should be demanding equal rights and equal treatment
for all people living under Israeli occupation and
control.

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