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

HEADLINES for 05, 06 & 07 September 2013: Israeli Army opens fire on workers in al-Ramadin – 2 wounded Israeli Navy opens fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Beit Lahiya Occupation forces fire live rounds and tear gas grenades at Jerusalem residents Israeli Army checkpoint troops open fire on residents 3 Israeli Army assaults with […]

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Tear-gassing dissent

Riot control agents, including tear gas and pepper-spray are banned in international warfare under both the 1925 Geneva Protocol and Article 1 of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)[1]. The Convention does however allow governments to use tear gas and pepper spray when confronting dissent or policing their own citizens. With the recent growth of […]

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

HEADLINES for 04 September 2013: 10-year-old boy wounded in hail of Israeli Army rubber-coated bullets 3 Israeli Navy attacks on Palestinian fishing boats Occupation settler stops Palestinian woman from working her farmland Israeli troops abduct 17-year-old Palestinian farm worker on his way to work Night peace disruption in 4 towns and villages 3 attacks – […]

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

HEADLINES for 03 September 2013: Zionist fanatics in Hebron assault and hospitalise 12-year-old girl – Israeli Army complicity Israeli Navy twice opens fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Beit Lahiya Israeli soldiers seize and hold captive 12-year-old child on his way home from school Israeli Army invades Palestinian homes – 1 youngster assaulted and 3 […]

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

HEADLINES for 01 & 02 September 2013: Israeli soldiers assault five-months pregnant woman while destroying home Gaza incursion: homes under Israeli Army fire Gaza incursions: crops bulldozed in 3 districts Israeli Army night home invasions – beating – injury – abduction Hebron: Israeli troops open fire on school students 5:30am home invasions: resident assaulted and […]

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

HEADLINES for 30 & 31 August 2013: Critically wounded Palestinian youth dies of injuries Hijacking – Israeli gunboats attack Palestinian fishing boats Israeli Navy opens fire again on fishing boats off Beit Lahiya Israeli Army opens fire in al-Ram – injury and hospitalisation Israeli Army position behind Green Line opens fire on Jabalya farmers – […]

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

HEADLINES for 28 August 2013: Israeli Navy opens fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Rafah Tear gas casualties trapped in their home Israeli Army issues orders for destruction of 8 Palestinian wells Israeli Army home invasions and surveillance photography Israeli Army stun grenade sets fire to Palestinian home Settler militants invade Palestinian farmland – uprooting […]

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Syria – remember Guernica and Iraq

No one yet knows who was responsible for the horrific chemical attack in Syria, yet our political leaders and politicians have already found the Syrian government guilty. Missile strikes by Western nations on an already terrorised population will only add to the misery, will solve nothing and, without irrefutable evidence, would be irresponsible. Add to […]

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

HEADLINES for 25 August 2013: 10-year-old boy injured in Israeli Army assault with rubber-coated bullets Home invasions: Israeli troops injure 4 residents – assault student and steal his mobile phone Hebron: Israeli Army rubber-coated bullets, tear gas and stun grenades injure 3 residents – 16-year-old youth abducted Occupation settler racist vandalism Israeli Army uproots Palestinian […]

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

HEADLINES for 24 August 2013: Deaths and injuries as Israeli Army invades refugee camp homes – UNRWA staff member among those killed and another wounded Schoolchildren beaten and abducted by Israeli soldiers 15-year-old boy in refugee camp terrorised by Israeli troops Israeli soldiers abduct two 16-year-old boys in Beit Ummar Children under Israeli Army fire […]

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

HEADLINES for 22, 23 & 24 August 2013: 3 Israeli Navy attacks on Palestinian fishing boats in Northern and Central Gaza Israeli Army opens fire on Jabalya residents Israeli Army opens fire on Khan Yunis farms 1:40am home invasion: Israeli soldiers make off with private property Israeli Army rubber-coated bullet assaults on residents in 2 […]

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

HEADLINES for 21 August 2013: More stolen Palestinian land sacrificed for settlement development Israeli troops, firing tear gas grenades, assist Occupation settlers to invade Palestinian farmland Occupation archaeologists plunder historic Palestinian artefacts Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in refugee camp and 10 towns and villages 19 raids including home invasions 2 acts of agricultural/economic […]

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To the BBC – please allow freedom of speech: Open letter to Janice Hadlow | Controller BBC Four – From Leslie Bravery | 21 August 2013.

Dear Janice, The British Broadcasting Corporation’s silencing of Nigel Kennedy’s voice is deplorable. Please ask the BBC to allow freedom speech – which is, after all, the cornerstone of democratic freedom. There is a growing, uncomfortably Orwellian feel to the BBC’s constant censoring of anything that Israel and its supporters may find disagreeable. Among 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 August 2013: 2:20am: death, critical woundings and beating as refugee camp endures Israeli Army home invasions Israeli Army fire wounds 2 Jabalya youngsters Israeli Navy opens fire on Palestinian fishing boats (3 attacks) More night home invasions: 5 people tear-gassed in their homes Israeli Army partially demolishes home and destroys […]

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

HEADLINES for 18 August 2013: Israeli Army opens fire on vehicle carrying Palestinian workers Israeli Army destroys 11 Palestinian residential apartments Israeli soldiers break the limbs of 2 Palestinian residents Settler fanatics use metal pipes to beat up shepherd and a knife to slaughter his animals Settler arsonists set fire to Palestinian olive trees Settler […]

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

HEADLINES for 17 August 2013: Israeli Navy opens fire on and hijacks Palestinian fishing boat – three men wounded Beit Hanun resident injured in Israeli air strike on his home 1:30am, infant overcome by tear gas and hospitalised during Israeli Army assault Israeli checkpoint troops assault 11-year-old child Armed settler terrorists storm West Bank village […]

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

HEADLINES for 15 August 2013: Israeli Army fire wounds young Palestinian near Ramallah Israel destroys Bedouin village for 54th time Hasbara fiasco – Israeli Army admits alleged ‘Gaza’ shopping mall is actually in Malaysia Egyptian Army solidarity with Israel – Gaza border crossing closed indefinitely See: http://palestine.org.nz/phrc/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1684&Itemid=44

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

HEADLINES for 14 August 2013: Israeli drone hits Gaza Strip in 217th truce violation Israeli Occupation settlers set fire to Palestinian crops and attack residents near Nablus Israeli Navy personnel and settlers invade Al-Aqsa complex 1500 Bedouin awaiting home demolitions Night home invasions – 17-year-old youth abducted See: http://palestine.org.nz/phrc/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1683&Itemid=44

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

HEADLINES for 13 August 2013: Israeli Navy violence – 3 Palestinian fishermen beaten up and hospitalised Israeli Army seeks to evict villagers to expand firing zone Israeli forces invade several houses near Jerusalem with tear gas and stun grenades Occupation settlers seize Palestinian olive groves in Bethlehem See: http://palestine.org.nz/phrc/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1682&Itemid=44

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

HEADLINES for 07 to 11 August 2013: Gaza: 6th fatal shooting is also 213th Israeli ‘ceasefire’ violation Laughing Israeli checkpoint troops delay ambulance access to unconscious, critically injured youngster Tear gas casualties in al-Khader See: http://palestine.org.nz/phrc/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1680&Itemid=44

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

HEADLINES for 02 to 07 August 2013: Dawn: Israeli troops beat up and hospitalise boy (15) as they break into and vandalise Palestinian homes Israeli Army invades Central Gaza refugee camp and bulldozes crops Israeli Army tear gas drives Palestinian families from their homes See: http://palestine.org.nz/phrc/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1679&Itemid=44

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Israel’s Bedouin citizens appeal for protection

Following the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, Palestinian Bedouin villages in the south of Israel were officially categorised as ‘unrecognised’ by the new government. Since then, the people there have been denied water, sanitation, electricity, health care and education.[1] Today, Palestinian Bedouin citizens of Israel face a fresh wave of ethnic cleansing. […]

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