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Gaza reporter speaking in NZ, 3-7 Feb

15 Jan

Wellington event: Hungry for Freedom

13 May

Kia Ora Gaza challenges New Zealand MPs to visit Gaza

10 May

Will New Zealand’s parliamentary delegation to Israel also visit Gaza to see the ruins of Parliament bombed to bits by Israel?

 

Kia Ora Gaza
 media release

10 May 2012

Kia Ora Gaza is challenging a New Zealand parliamentary delegation to visit Gaza and other trouble spots in its forthcoming visit to the Middle East.

What the Israeli ambassador to New Zealand is calling a “New Zealand-Israel Parliamentary Group” is leaving next week for Israel to meet with officials and politicians, in the wake of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week.

But Kia Ora Gaza says Israel is desperate to bring in foreign delegations to try to break out of the international boycott and disinvestment campaign against serious and protracted violations of human rights by Israel.

Kia Ora Gaza spokesperson Tali Williams says Israel will present a sophisticated public relations display to delegations from New Zealand, and this needs to be balanced by meeting Palestinians and finding out what life under occupation is really like.

Williams says there is limited value in any possibility that New Zealand visitors might meet with leaders of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank.

“For anyone to appreciate how devastating the Israeli occupation really is, they need to get up close and personal. They should demand to visit the Palestinian political prisoners illegally held by Israel in Israel without charges, and who are now driven to mass hunger strikes.

“Our MPs need to visit the Bedouin villages Israel is destroying, such as el Araqib, see the Palestinian olive plantations Israel is ripping out at Wadi Qana and go to the illegal Israeli settlements Israeli is building, like Givat Hamdos.

“But above all, New Zealand politicians need to see the disgusting mess Israel has made out of Gaza and the suffering of a population under constant attack and siege. I am sure Israel has every security excuse or lack of time excuse for not permitting such a visit.

“Without going there, however, our parliamentarians are getting only the sanitized Israeli version of the conflict. It is far too important an issue to permit that to happen”, Williams concluded.

Kia Ora Gaza in the media

24 Aug

*Chris van Ryn, vice captain of the Kia Ora Gaza team, was interviewed on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report. To listen: Morning report interview with Chris van Ryn, 9 Aug.

*Roger Fowler, team captain, was interviewed by Marcus Lush on Radio Live (9 Aug). Click here.

*Kia Ora Gaza was the subject of TV One News story. Go to the TV One website to view. Click here.

*NZPA article: Six Kiwis join Gaza aid flotilla.

*Chris van Ryn on American Freedom Radio (just over half way into programme).

*View Roger Fowler’s interview on TV3’s ‘The Nation’ with Sean Plunket here.

*Interview with Roger Fowler on Auckland’s bfm radio station.

Six-person Kiwi Team to join Gaza aid convoy

3 Aug

Media release
3 August 2010

The UN inquiry into Israel’s military seizure of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla has been greeted cautiously by Kia Ora Gaza, the New Zealand coalition now fund-raising for a Kiwi Team that will join an international aid convoy setting off for Gaza in several months time.

“We cannot know in advance exactly what might come out of the UN inquiry being headed by former NZ prime minister Geoffrey Palmer,” said Grant Morgan, co-organiser of Kia Ora Gaza.

“There are, however, two things that we do know for sure. First, Israel has reluctantly agreed to cooperate with the UN inquiry only because of a tipping point in world public opinion following the killing of nine civilians on a humanitarian aid ship.”

“And second, land and sea convoys will soon set off in a coordinated campaign to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza and break the Israeli siege which continues to this day.”

Kia Ora Gaza has selected a six-person Kiwi Team to join the land convoy leaving London on 18 September and joining two other convoys from Casablanca and Doha in a 500-vehicle column.

“Kia Ora Gaza will announce the names of our six courageous Kiwis in a few days time, along with our team song and logo,” said Grant Morgan.

“Our fund-raising drive has got off to a good start. Counting cash and pledges, we’re over one-third of the way towards our target of $100,000 since our public launch on 7 July. Yet we still need a lot of donations over the next month so we can finance our full Kiwi Team on their gutsy mission.”

People wanting to know how to donate towards Kiwi aid to Gaza are being directed towards the website kiaoragaza.net.

For more information, contact:

Grant Morgan

Co-organiser of Kia Ora Gaza
021 2544 515
grantmorgan@paradise.net.nz

Interview with Stuff on Kia Ora Gaza

14 Jul

Adrian Hatwell of Fairfax Media’s net outlet Stuff has interviewed Grant Morgan, co-organiser of Kia Ora Gaza.

How did the public meeting on Wednesday go?  Can you tell me about the mass aid convoy leaving from London on September 18? And how much money will you need to raise for the project?

Kia Ora Gaza was only one week old when we held our first public meeting on 7th July in Auckland. The meeting was a solid success. 80-plus people turned out on a freezing evening to support a Kiwi contribution to the international land and sea convoys setting off for Gaza on 18th September.

As co-organiser of Kia Ora Gaza, I gave an introduction which stressed the enormity and significance of these mass convoys.

There will be three land convoys, originating from London, North Africa and Doha, which are being coordinated by Viva Palestina in England. A sea convoy, coordinated by the Turkish humanitarian relief foundation IHH, will originate in London and travel port-by-port around the Mediterranean, picking up more ships, aid and volunteers along the way.

The three land convoys will converge on the Rafah crossing from Egypt into Gaza on the same day, at the very time that the sea flotilla is approaching the coast of Gaza.

The world will have seen nothing like this international grassroots campaign to deliver humanitarian aid and breach the inhumane Israeli siege of Gaza. Following the murderous hijack of the Freedom Flotilla on 31st May, when nine civilian aid workers were shot to death by Israeli commandos on the open sea, there has been a sea change in world public opinion.

Now the majority of people on all continents understand that the state of Israel has imprisoned 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza after stealing their homeland. The mass aid convoys setting off for Gaza in September, staffed by volunteers from scores of different countries, will enjoy the sympathy of the global majority. With that level of planetary support there is every chance the Israeli siege of Gaza can be broken forever, or at least fatally weakened. And that, of course, will ripple onto other good happenings. We may well help to bring about some world historic changes.

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