Archive for April, 2018

Israel must address excessive use of force, Zeid says

Press Release – UNHCHR

GENEVA (27 April 2018) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein on Friday called on Israel to ensure that its security forces do not resort to the use of excessive force, following the many deaths and injuries sustained by … Read more »

On why France could become our closest ally in Europe

Article – Gordon Campbell

As PM Jacinda Ardern returns from a triumphant tour to Britain and the capitals of Europe, her officials have probably begun to assess what the more substantive gains from the trip might have been. Most of the chatter has been about potential trade … Read more »

Military and media missiles

Article – David Cooke

President Trump’s speech on the US-led missile strike on Syria will no doubt resonate enthusiastically with his base in the US, and to judge from letters to the editor, with his supporters in NZ. But there are good reasons for not getting too dewy-eyed … Read more »

UN human rights experts condemn killings of Palestinians

Press Release – UNHCHR

UN human rights experts condemn killings of Palestinians near Gaza fence by Israeli security forces Read more »

Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance in Palestine By Ramzy Baroud Why did Israel kill many unarmed Gaza protesters and wound over 2,000 on Friday, March 30 and on the following days, when they clearly posed no threat to Israeli soldiers? … Read more »

The Great March of Return – GAZA

Press Release – Palestine Solidarity Network

The Great March of Return – GAZA Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa – New Zealand 10th April 2018 Read more »

Euro-Med on targeting of Palestinian journalists

Press Release – Euro-Med Monitor

Euro-Med sends urgent letter to UN Rapporteur on targeting of Palestinian journalists Geneva – An urgent letter was sent by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor on Sunday to Mr. David Kay, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection … Read more »

PLO on attacks against unarmed Palestinian protestors

Press Release – PLO

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on Israels deliberate and violent attacks against unarmed Palestinian protestors in Gaza Read more »

UN Human Rights on Gaza and Guatemala

Press Release – UNHCHR

Given the deplorable killing of 16 people and the injuring of reportedly more than 1,000 others during protests in Gaza, mostly on 30 March, we are gravely concerned that further violence could occur during demonstrations today and in the coming weeks. Read more »

UN rights experts condemn Israel’s response

Press Release – UNHCHR

GENEVA (6 April 2018) – UN human rights experts have condemned the killings by Israeli security forces of at least 16 Palestinian protesters near the Gaza fence, and urged the international community to ensure accountability through an independent and impartial … Read more »

NZ Muslims condemn Israeli attacks

Press Release – Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand

New Zealand Muslims are calling on the Government to censure Israel for their attacks on Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border in the past week. Read more »

UN envoy calls for restraint ahead of new Gaza protests

Press Release – United Nations

Ahead of tomorrows planned protests at the Gaza-Israel border, the United Nations envoy on the Middle East peace process has called on Israeli forces to exercise maximum restraint and on the Palestinians to avoid friction at the Gaza fence, which was … Read more »

Gaza: “We eat our bread with blood”

Julie Webb-Pullman


In Gaza the funeral tents have all come down – although new ones go up almost daily as another victim of Israeli war crimes succumbs to their injuries received in last Friday’s March of Return.

“We eat our bread with blood,” Omar Samour’s mother told me – Omar, the young farmer who was killed by tank fire as he worked in the field scratching out 28 shekels a day to feed his family.

His 25 year-old wife barely has the time to grieve among the demands of a four month old baby and a toddler, let alone figure out how she is now going to raise her kids in a territory under siege, with women’s unemployment at 80%…

Shattered families are slowly putting back the pieces, knowing that this Friday yet another member may well be lost, leaving the crazy jigsaw of their lives with yet another gaping hole to emphasise its terminal incompleteness.

Hospitals and emergency workers are counting their stocks: not enough medicines, not enough hospital beds, not enough petrol to get ambulances to and from the crime scenes.

Not enough specialised surgeons to repair the massive vascular damage created each time an Israeli prohibited weapon tears through the flesh of people whose only sin is to have been born Palestinian.

Not enough international response to the blatant war crimes and crimes against humanity yet again being carried out by the rogue state of Israel against the original – and legitimate – owners of the land: the Palestinians.

Not enough justice: UN Resolution 194, guaranteeing Palestinians the right to return to the homes from which they were expelled in 1948, remains unimplemented and ignored by the international community.

It will NOT be ignored by Palestinians, however many fall each Friday.

Each death is a dragons’ tooth that will rise as an army of warriors until, like the Golden Fleece, Palestine is liberated.

Although Palestinians are being forced to eat their bread with blood, they chew it with the teeth of dragons.

Statement on the shooting of protesters in Gaza

Press Release – ANZASW

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) condemns in the strongest terms the shooting of protesters in Gaza, Palestine last week. Read more »

Rim Banna and the Cultural War that Palestinians Must Win

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Rim Banna and the Cultural War that Palestinians Must Win By Ramzy Baroud Rim Banna passed away at the age of 51. Her death on March 24, after a decade-long battle with cancer, brought grief to Palestinians everywhere. Rim, a Palestinian Christian from … Read more »

PLO on Israel’s massacre in Gaza

Press Release – PLO

“We condemn Israel’s brutal murder of 16 unarmed Palestinian protestors in Gaza yesterday, as well as the injury of around 1,700 Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territory in protests marking the 42nd anniversary of Land Day and affirming … Read more »