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“Mr McCully’s actions and the government’s condonation of them have seriously prejudiced this country’s international relations”
During Question and Answer time in the House he asked “Is it not a fact, Foreign Minister, that the resolution was not in line with longstanding NZ policy; second, that it did not go to cabinet as required by the manual because of the denunciation aspects; and third, that’s why he’s trying to backtrack on it now?” and in a supplementary question, he asked “is it not a fact … that the resolution was not in line with longstanding NZ policy; … that it did not go to Cabinet as required by the Manual because of the denunciation aspects.”
JULIE ANNE GENTER
KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI
At an Auckland Public Library event: She spoke highly of her shipmates, without acknowledging any of the controversies. “I had 9 days on the Mediterranean, basically, of global education on the state of the world… Israel needs to stop occupying Palestinian land and Israel needs to lift the blockade. I’m very clear about that. I want enduring peace for both Israel and Palestine and that will not come from oppressing Palestine and that will not come with the blockade in place.”
Marama has also hosted a screening of ‘5 Broken Cameras’ in parliament. The invitation stated that “New Zealand policy-makers have identified that most of our news from the [Occupied Palestinian Territories] is sourced from Israel and reports only Israelis as victims while failing to mention Palestinian grievances or a huge groundswell of non-violent rallies”
Ms Davidson also participated in University of Auckland discussion entitled “Gaza: Settler Colonialism, Apartheid and Resistance”, saying “…apartheid is not just about separate laws and different laws for different groups of people but those laws proactively seek to subjugate and undermine particular groups. We can have, as we know here in Aotearoa, we can have differences that apply to different groups of people – as we do have, for example, Maori representation in government. But those seats do not subjugate or deny the rights of other people to have a vote, to participate in democracy, to participate in government. So we need to be quite distinct that apartheid separation laws are clearly about denying another group of people basic and civil human liberties….We should be taking the absolute strongest stand we possibly can as a country against Israel’s assault on civilians. It is the word ‘civilians’ which is particularly important. We should absolutely be exhausting whatever avenues are available to us as a global state to totally condemn all violence against civilians but be the reverse of what Obama has said – stand against all violent acts toward civilians but highlight the disproportionate military use by the Israeli government toward the Palestinian people. That should absolutely be our lowest position possible. We should start from that point. We should absolutely be investigating economic sanctions as a country. We should absolutely be calling on the Israeli ambassador here to call for a halt to a cease-fire [sic]. We should absolutely be doing everything we can as a state but we will not because we are in the back pockets of the USA – exactly as Jane [Kelsey] has pointed out…”
TE URUROA FLAVELL
He has also said “Israel has always been a friend of New Zealand, and for good reason. We share basic but vital values of democracy and individual freedom, … As Israel knows all too well, these values must be defended, and part of that means strengthening alliances with strong diplomatic ties. The recent damage done to these ties was (a) misstep from our Government. The reinstatement of our respective ambassadors will be especially welcomed by the New Zealand Israeli community and Kiwi expats in Israel, two groups that should never have been punished for our Government’s diplomatic indiscretion.”
Parker has also said Brownlee’s comments were ‘ill-considered…That is not a good start for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to effectively resile from one of the most important steps New Zealand took after many years of efforts to get on the Security Council.’
THE GREEN PARTY RESPONSE
Above all, we call upon both sides to respect the rule of international law including acceptance of the judgements and opinions of the International Court of Justice, and membership of the International Criminal Court. The naval blockade of Gaza continues to erode the prospects for peace in the region, and we have called on the Government of Israel to allow crucial humanitarian supplies through to Gaza. The Green Party also stands against the expansion of further Israeli settlements into Palestine and have called on Israel to respond positively to UN Security Council resolution 2234(sic). We recognise Israel’s right to exist within the territorial status recognised in Security Council resolutions. We remain always ready to meet with Israeli official representatives to discuss the situation in the Middle East.”
THE GREEN PARTY VIEWS ON 2334
THE GREEN PARTY VIEWS ON PALESTINIAN TERRORISM
THE GREEN PARTY VIEWS ON A NEGOTIATED SOLUTION
THE GREEN PARTY VIEWS ON NZ-ISRAEL TIES
THE GREEN PARTY UNDERSTANDING
However, The Green Party’ s comments on Gaza show their lack of knowledge about the situation. In one day (16 Aug, 2017) 2,050 tons of goods entered Gaza in 628 trucks. A daily tally is kept of supplies entering Gaza, crossings and permits issued. It is not the naval blockade that erodes the prospects for peace, but the unwillingness of Hamas to recognise Israel, and cease from rocket attacks on Israel’s civilian population.
THE MAORI PARTY RESPONSE
THE MAORI PARTY VIEWS ON 2334
THE MAORI PARTY VIEWS ON PALESTINIAN TERRORISM
THE MAORI PARTY VIEWS ON A NEGOTIATED SOLUTION
THE MAORI PARTY VIEWS ON NZ-ISRAEL TIES
THE MAORI PARTY UNDERSTANDING
*Mana whenua refers to the authority held by local people over land.
NZ FIRST VIEWS ON 2334
NZ FIRST VIEWS ON PALESTINIAN TERRORISM
NZ FIRST VIEWS ON A NEGOTIATED SOLUTION
NZ FIRST VIEWS ON NZ-ISRAEL TIES
NZ FIRST UNDERSTANDING
THE LABOUR PARTY RESPONSE
Labour has said “It has long been New Zealand’s position that the West Bank settlements on Palestinian land are a provocative impediment to progressing the two state solution agreed to by both the Israeli government and the Palestinian authority under the Oslo accord.
Labour supports the action taken by the New Zealand Government to advance Resolution 2334.
The resolution is balanced and also recognises the Palestinian authority must also take steps to implement the two state solution and control violence against Israel.”
LABOUR VIEWS ON 2334
LABOUR VIEWS ON PALESTINIAN TERRORISM
LABOUR VIEWS ON A NEGOTIATED SOLUTION
LABOUR VIEWS ON NZ-ISRAEL TIES
Further, suggesting that the two-state solution was agreed by the Palestinians is not correct. if the two state solution had been agreed to by both the Israeli government and the Palestinian authority, there would be no conflict. Any ‘occupation’ by Israel, is not considered illegal under international law, but rather a temporary state until final status issues are resolved.