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Fresh from the killing fields of Gaza…

6 August 2014

Fresh from the killing fields of Gaza…

This morning the Palestine Solidarity Network sent Prime Minister John Key the following message:

Kia ora Mr Key,

Request to cancel working-holiday visas for young Israeli soldiers

In light of the genocidal practices of the Israeli military towards the Palestinian people over the past month the Palestine Solidarity Network calls on your government to cancel the working-holiday visa scheme for young Israelis fresh out of military action.

Cancellation of this scheme would send a strong message that New Zealand abhors the calculated murder of Palestinian men, women and children by the Israeli Defence Force.

Instead of giving succour and support to Israeli soldiers fresh from the killing fields of Gaza New Zealand should be extending the hand of friendship towards Palestinian families who have suffered unimaginable terror, death and destruction over recent weeks.

And yet there are no such working visa arrangements for young Palestinians.

We propose you transfer these working holiday visas to Palestinians. This would be a practical step to replace the ineffectual government statements we have seen over the past month which have given great comfort to IsraeIi butchers.

We look forward to hearing from you.

John Minto
For the Palestine Solidarity Network


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