A ‘moment of moral clarity’ in Israel/Palestine

20 Jan
Israeli soldiers monitor a demonstration by Palestinian and foreign activists against the construction of the Israeli separation barrier in the village of Maasarah near the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem [File: Abed Hashlamoun/EPA]

A “moment of moral clarity” in Israel – The Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa calls for Government action:


From PSNA newsletter 19 January 2021

The New Year began with a political bang when the largest and most respected Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, released a report on 12 January which clearly and unambiguously labels the situation in Israel/Palestine as apartheid.

The landmark report entitled “A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid” lays bare the reality of life across the entire area of historic Palestine – all of which is occupied and/or controlled by Israel.

You can read the short eight-page report at the link above and the opinion piece from B’Tselem Executive Director, Hagai El-Ad, here.
B’Tselem calls this a “moment of moral clarity”Hagai Al-Ad, Executive Director of B’Tselem

In five minutes: how can you help amplify the impact of this critically important report?

  1. Read the eight-page report at the link above.
  2. Put links to the report on social media and encourage friends and family to read it and
  3. Send a note to the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs drawing their attention to this report and insisting New Zealand get off the fence, publicly condemn Israel’s apartheid policies and take action to bring effective pressure on Israel just as New Zealand did against South African apartheid.

Here is a draft note you could email to j.ardern@ministers.govt.nz and n.mahuta@ministers.govt.nz – or you can write your own note – and copy in your local MP.

Draft letter:

Kia ora Ms Ardern and Ms Mahuta,

A moment of moral clarity in Israel/Palestine
Last week the largest and most respected Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, released a report which clearly and unambiguously labelled the situation in Israel/Palestine as apartheid.

The landmark report entitled “A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid” lays bare the reality of life across the entire area of historic Palestine – all of which is occupied and/or controlled by Israel.

The Executive Director of B’Tselem calls this a “moment of moral clarity”. I agree.

It is high time the New Zealand government also recognised Israeli policies as “apartheid” and took steps to isolate Israel just as New Zealand governments did to isolate South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s.

Just as staying silent on apartheid in South Africa was unacceptable then, so is staying silent on apartheid in Israel/Palestine today.

There will be those who try to smear criticism of Israel as anti-semitic. We expect the New Zealand government to have the political leadership and courage to face down such abusive behaviour and stand with the people of Palestine for self-determination and human rights. 

Please respond quickly to my request for you to take meaningful action on this important report.

Regards,

(Your Name)

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