Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


NZ Welcomes Int. Court Ruling on Israeli Wall


NZ welcomes International Court ruling on Israeli wall

New Zealand has welcomed a strong ruling by the International Court of Justice that Israel’s West Bank barrier is illegal and that construction of it should be stopped immediately.

Foreign Minister Phil Goff said the International Court, by an overwhelming 14-1 majority, had found that the barrier’s construction was “tantamount to annexation” and impeded the Palestinians’ right to self-determination.

“This decision comes on top of a recent Israeli High Court decision requiring the Israeli Defence Force to look again at the route of part of the wall,” Mr Goff said.

“Israel needs to take serious note of the court’s ruling, and of international opinion. While it has a valid right to protect its people from suicide bombings, the construction of any wall should be on its legal 1967 border.

“A combination of the wall built deep into occupied territory and the continued building of Israeli settlements on land it does not have rights to under international law, makes Israel’s action look like de facto annexation.

“I have personally seen the impact that the wall has had on Palestinian people; isolating towns, separating farmers from their land, and dividing families.

“Even the Israeli High Court has ruled that the hardships experienced by Palestinians because of the wall were disproportionate to any benefit Israel received through protection of its citizens.

The wall is a barrier to the concept of a two-state solution and to implementing the Roadmap promoted by the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia, which New Zealand supports.

“New Zealand reiterates its own call for Israel to cease construction of the wall, in line with the International Court’s ruling. Both sides must come back to the negotiating table, which is the only path for achieving a sustainable peace,” Mr Goff said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news