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“Olive branch” march to protest Israeli brutality in Gaza

“Olive branch” march to protest Israeli brutality in Gaza

Palestine Human Rights March – this Saturday 19th July, 2pm, Aotea Square.

Palestine solidarity groups have organised an “olive branch” march in Auckland this Saturday to protest the never-ending brutality against the people of Gaza by the Israeli military.

Olive branches are a sign of peace but there will never be peace without justice for Palestinians.

We will be pointing out that the problem is NOT rockets being fired from Gaza against but Israel’s brutal military occupation of the West Bank; its medieval siege of Gaza; ongoing theft of Palestinian land; detention without trial of thousands of Palestinians and the refusal of Israel to allow the return of Palestinian refugees who were driven from their land and homes when Israel was formed.

The march will be promoting a boycott of Israel as the best way to bring pressure on this rogue state. Just as pressure from an international boycott brought an end to the apartheid regime in South Africa we must do the same to bring an end to Israeli apartheid against Palestinians.

The march will also visit Television New Zealand and The New Zealand Herald to protest the on-going biased reporting of the conflict. For example Palestinian fighters are frequently referred to as “militants” “Islamic militants” or “terrorists” while Israeli fighters are “soldiers”.

On average one Palestinian youngster has been killed every 3 days for the past 13 years and yet you’d have no idea of this from the New Zealand media. One Israeli death gets greater coverage than hundreds of Palestinian deaths.

The march will end outside the US Consulate in Customs Street because American support allows Israel to continue its brutality against the Palestinian people. The US has just approved another $3.1 billion in “assistance” to Israel.

At the Consulate the list of names of Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks will be read out and olive branches laid.

The rally and march begins at Aotea Square from 2pm.

ENDS

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