Aotearoa BDS Network
Two Israeli soldiers who participated in Israel’s 2014 attacks on Gaza have been given a platform to speak at Victoria University on 29/9/2015. Student groups and academics have been concerned about this for various reasons, and have raised a number of points.
When the current Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon came to New Zealand in 2006, a warrant was issued for his arrest on allegations of war crimes in Gaza. The New Zealand government intervened and Ya’alon skipped the country.
Our visitors from the Israeli Defence Forces would do well to consider how much culpability they might have for Palestinian blood on their hands before they come here preach about how the IDF is the most moral army in the world.
Just before the invasion, Col. Ofer Winter of the elite Givati Brigade urged Israeli soldiers to ‘wipe out’ the “enemies of God”.
During the previous 2009 Israeli attack on Gaza, Avichai Rontzki stated that troops who showed mercy to the Palestinians would be damned.
The Israeli attack on Gaza last year left primarily civilian casualties. Entire neighbourhoods were wiped out. Some 273,000 Palestinians were displaced. Israeli bombardment over 51 days put basic services, such as hospitals, sewerage treatments plants and electricity facilities were put out of action. Such widespread and indiscriminate destruction constitutes war crimes. Reconstruction has been negligible due to the ongoing and illegal Israeli blockade. Read more »