NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to halt air strikes
14 July 2014
NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to
halt air strikes
The New Zealand Government must
push for Israel to stop its campaign of terror in Gaza, the
Green Party said today.
Thousands of civilians in Gaza
have fled their homes as Israel has continued an offensive
to destroy Hamas rocket sites located in Gaza. The Israeli
offensive has killed at least 160 people according to
“Israel has ignored calls from
the United Nations for restraint leading to huge numbers of
civilian casualties in Gaza,” Green Party MP Dr Kennedy
Graham said today.
“Both Israel and Hamas have violated
international law with their targeting of civilians and both
“However Israel’s vastly
superior firepower and rocket defence systems mean Israel
has been able to inflict devastation in the Gaza strip while
protecting its own citizens.
“The New Zealand Government
can’t just ignore the situation in Gaza,” Dr Graham
“As every day goes by more innocent civilians will
become collateral damage.
“Israel needs to recognise
that it is part of the international community and must
begin to abide by United Nations’ resolutions that it
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