Open letter to Winston Peters

13 May

This video posted on Youtube by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s office on 27 January 2019 shows Netanyahu’s “warm welcome” for NZ Defence Minister Ron Marks. The NZ delegation included National MP and Associate Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tim Macindoe.

By John Minto, The Daily Blog, 10 May, 2019 

Open letter to Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs

On 30 April pro-Zionist lobbyist Mark Jennings wrote an opinion piece on the Newsroom website in which he says:

“The new relationship comes as New Zealand and Israeli governments look close to signing an innovation agreement which will formalise the developing relationship”

We are appalled the government appears to be considering an even closer relationship with Israel despite the ongoing theft of Palestinian land, the ongoing brutal Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and the siege of Gaza while Israel continues to thumb its nose at international law and United Nations resolutions.

On top of this the recent, and ongoing, murders of young unarmed Palestinians by Israeli army snipers should surely rule out any such agreement as signalled by Mark Jennings.

We would welcome your assurance the New Zealand government will not sign up to any “innovation agreement” with the Israeli government. The Palestinian people deserve to have our support for the boycott of Israel rather than our implied support for racism and brutality as embodied in the policies and practices of Israel’s Netanyahu regime.

We look forward to hearing from you shortly.


John Minto,

Christchurch human rights activist and writer.

3 Responses to “Open letter to Winston Peters”

  1. laptoplounge May 13, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    Reblogged this on laptoplounge's Blog.

  2. Pat Reesby May 13, 2019 at 4:38 pm #

    It’s disgusting.

  3. Alethea May 13, 2019 at 11:25 pm #

    I am totally against what Israel is doing to the Palestinian people. In today’s world it is so hard to believe this happening while the world stands back
    As for the comments from the prime Minister of Israel about New Zealand many of us do not agree with what is happening and nevereill it is totally inhumane.

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