Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


FTC Calls for Rational Dialogue Regarding Gaza

FTC Calls for Rational Dialogue Regarding Gaza

Auckland, 19 July 2014 - The Free Thinking Coalition (FTC) urges New Zealanders who are engaged in dialogue regarding the situation in Israel and Palestine to think rationally about issues confronting the Middle East.

This comes in the wake of a demonstration in Auckland Central during which a number of participants threw projectiles at the Consulate of the United States and in which participants displayed banners likening to the fascist NAZI regime.

Members of Auckland’s Muslim communities together with the Jewish community were highly offended by such incidents, primarily because they take attention away from an important issue that need to be discussed.

“Regardless of ones views on the situation in Gaza, the comparison of Israel to a regime that systematically murdered six million of our people is uncalled for and transfers attention from the issues immediately at hand to the reactionaries who caused this offence” said a member of Auckland’s Jewish community who asked not to be identified.

The FTC is committed to encouraging dialogue on issues of peace and justice but is concerned that attempts at such have been significantly hampered by elements of extremism. This view was reflected by members of both the Jewish and Muslim community.

“While the majority of people who attended the Kiwis for Gaza demonstration were peaceful, the [Muslim] Community is worried that a small but highly vocal group of individuals attended the protest to cause calamity and not to engage in meaningful demonstration of our views.” said Mohammed Abbasi, a speaker at the demonstration.

Regarding the current situation in the Middle East, the FTC is encouraged by much of the high level dialogue and reporting that has been visible in New Zealand.

“To ensure that discourse remains informed, we urge all people interested in the current conflict to learn about both Israel and Hamas, and to form their own views on the situation in Gaza taking account of facts going beyond the shock-propaganda used by both sides. We also encourage New Zealanders not to confuse the Palestinian people with Hamas – neither represents the other,” said Dr Aroha Mahara, President of FTC New Zealand.

About the Free Thinking Coalition
FTC is about transparency, open dialogue and promoting equality. FTC is a secular organisation that is guided by a Te Tiriti kaupapa.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Syriza Winning Greek Election: The Rumblings Of The Left

Binoy Kampmark: The left – and by this, the genuine, progressive, unmanagerial left – is getting noisy. The Greek elections are upon us, with the similar challenges being played out from 2012. There are fears of Grexit – a heavy breathing departure from the eurozone that will do everything to rattle the central currency mechanism that has been taking a battering...

Much of this has been triggered by the moral outrage and political response of the left grouping centred on Syriza of Greece. The movement has been said to have similarities to a new constellation of power in Spain, led by Podemos. Syriza, led by Alexis Tsipras, has promised to renegotiate the terms of Greece’s 240 billion euro international bailout arrangements. Both parties point out to the distance between elector and the elected, a creeping death of democratic accountability in favour of market propriety. More>>

 

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Similarities Between John Key And David Cameron

For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available thing to a mentor/analogue to our Prime Minister, such that Key watchers could be interested in an analysis of Cameron that appeared in the British press over the Christmas break. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ian Fletcher Resignation & GCSB’s New Role

It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in Queensland for the GCSB job, three years of living in Wellington has been enough for Fletcher and his family, given that the pending review of the GCSB would have required an even longer commitment from him. Three years of Wellington’s weather is enough for anyone... More>>

ALSO:

Ian Apperley: $10m Or $100m For New Wellington Council IT System?

I feel a Tui Billboard coming on. I commented the other day that it looked like the Council’s Ninth big project was a potential $100 million plus... The Mayor has responded: “I am reassured by the Chief Executive and by Anthony Wilson that the proposed budget is in the region of $10 million.” More>>

ALSO:

Southern Ocean:
Navy Intercepts Illegal Fishing Vessels

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today put illegal fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean on notice and vowed to take action against their owners. “As part of a multi-agency operation, the HMNZS WELLINGTON has intercepted two vessels claiming to be flagged to Equatorial Guinea, fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.” Mr McCully says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news