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Author Archive | Leslie Bravery

Get thee glass eyes . . .

Get thee glass eyes and, like a scurvy politician, seem to see the things thou dost not. — Shakespeare: King Lear: Act IV, Scene 6. An announcement by the New Zealand Government on its NZUN website[1] states: “New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the […]

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Cheering up David Zwartz – an invitation

In a May 14 interview with Dan Goldberg, published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, David Zwartz, a former president of the New Zealand Jewish Council, described the outlook for the Jewish community in New Zealand as qualified gloom. (The Haaretz article incorrectly reported him as calling it “qualified doom”.) Reflecting on the 66th anniversary of […]

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Gaza reporting: the importance of balance and timing

The New Zealand Herald (14 March) published two stories of violence over Gaza with the headlines ‘Israeli warplanes strike back in Gaza’ and ‘Rockets strike Israel, jeopardising truce talk’. Those headlines and the general tone of reporting gave the impression that the Israeli military action was simply a response to unprovoked Palestinian aggression. The actual […]

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Palestinian refugees deserve justice

In Syria, the plight of the 570,000 Palestinians exiled from their homeland by Israel raises yet again the responsibility of the world community for the safety and human rights of a people who, for over sixty years, have been denied justice. The predicament in which Palestinian refugees find themselves is directly attributable to decisions taken […]

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Batsheva, the Auckland Jewish Council and BDS

The Auckland Jewish Council is quoted in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, saying that the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) call to keep the Batsheva Dance Company out of New Zealand is “a cheap publicity stunt that should be exposed for its sinister agenda.” What the Auckland Jewish Council is anxious to hide from the public, […]

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Kerry: special pleading and avoiding responsibility

The Times of Israel reports US Secretary of State John Kerry saying on Friday that “a permanent peace agreement must ultimately involve the full withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian territories, and warned that the failure of the current round of talks to yield an accord would be catastrophic for both parties.” Having admitted that […]

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Simon Schama – ideology versus truth and reason

In the third part of his BBC history documentary The Story of the Jews Simon Schama announced “I am a Zionist and quite unapologetic about it.[1]” That honest but blunt admission advises us that when the subject of Israel/Palestine is under discussion, whatever opinion or evidence Schama may contribute to it will be constrained within […]

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Who was Key really representing at the UN?

In his speech[1] to the United Nations General Assembly on 26 September, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key made the following reference to the Syrian conflict: The Secretary-General has advised the Council and the General Assembly, “The United Nations Mission has now confirmed, unequivocally and objectively, that chemical weapons have been used in Syria.” The […]

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In Occupied Palestine: Zionism in practice – Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

HEADLINES for 19 & 20 September 2013: Armed settler terrorists open fire on Palestinian shepherds 3 people wounded in Israeli Army attacks Israeli forces fire tear gas grenades at children Settler mob beats up and hospitalises special needs patient 2 people injured by Israeli Army rubber-coated bullets Israeli Army opens fire with rubber-coated bullets in […]

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In Occupied Palestine: Zionism in practice – Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

HEADLINES for 18 September 2013: Israeli Army prevents families (made homeless by its destruction of their homes) from erecting tents donated by the International Red Cross Gaza incursion: Israeli Army bulldozes crops Israeli Army position opens fire on Gaza refugee camp farmland Israeli forces, firing stun and tear gas grenades at schoolchildren, seize and hold […]

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In Occupied Palestine: Zionism in practice – Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

HEADLINES for 16 &17 September 2013: Jenin home invasions: Israeli troops shoot and wound Palestinian man in his bed and later shoot him dead Jenin home invasions: 3 children and youth (17) critically wounded Israeli Army prevents Red Cross, medics and journalists from entering another newly-created scene of destroyed homes, devastation and homelessness Israeli Navy […]

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In Occupied Palestine: Zionism in practice – Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

HEADLINES for 15 September 2013: Residents of 25 homes forced into caves during night home invasions More night home invasions: 10-year-old girl seized – 2 minors (17) abducted – injury Israeli Army explodes stun grenade inside workers’ vehicle – injuries Settler militants uproot Palestinian fruit trees Israeli troops abduct 2 children (14 and 15) Israeli […]

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In Occupied Palestine: Zionism in practice – Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

HEADLINES for 12, 13 and 14 September 2013: Israeli Navy opens fire on fishing boats in 2 Gaza districts Armed settler terrorists and Israeli Army day-long rampage: agricultural sabotage – arson – injury and hospitalisation Settler militants assault and rob 16-year-old Palestinian girl Gaza incursion: Israeli Army opens fire as it bulldozes crops Jerusalem: Israeli […]

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In Occupied Palestine: Zionism in practice – Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

HEADLINES for 11 September 2013: Israeli Army abducts youth (16) and injures 7 people in over 7 hours of night home invasion violence Israeli Army plunders 70 Palestinian olive trees Israeli Army orders removal of Palestinian electrical generators funded by UNFAO Israeli Army assaults funeral gathering – 2 children injured Settler fanatics set fire to […]

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In Occupied Palestine: Zionism in practice – Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

HEADLINES for 10 September 2013: Night home invasions: Israeli soldiers abduct two Palestinian youngsters Israeli troops, raiding farmland, abduct 2 more Palestinian youngsters Settler mob slashes the tyres of 3 buses and spray-paints racist graffiti Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 7 towns and villages 15 raids including home invasions 2 acts of agricultural/economic […]

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In Occupied Palestine: Zionism in practice – Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

HEADLINES for 08 & 09 September 2013: Israeli Navy opens fire on and hijacks Palestinian fishing boats Gaza: Israeli Army position behind Green Line opens fire on Palestinian farmers Israeli Navy opens fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Beit Lahiya Home invasions – explosives, injury and hospitalisation Burin village: Settler militants drive farmers and shepherds […]

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