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GAZA – Death and destruction

Palestine Human Rights Campaign horrifed by death and destruction in GAZA

GAZA – Death and destruction

Israel has begun an aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip which has killed over 200 Palestinians and left hundreds wounded. Speaking menacingly on Israeli Army radio, military spokesman, Avi Benayahu, said that the massive bombardment was only a beginning.

The Palestine Human Rights Campaign is horrifed that the people of Gaza are in the front line of what amounts to a war against the rule of international law, human rights and the Geneva Conventions. This latest, merciless assault on a defenceless and captive people demonstrates the nature of a state driven by a hateful ideology. Spokesperson Janfrie Wakim says 'encouraged by largely sycophantic world leaders and corporate news media, Israel is heaping more death and destruction on a people already suffering under an unprecedented blockade. Israel demonstrating yet again its intention to continue defying UN Resolutions and international humanitarian law; appeasement will serve only to feed its ambition'.

Generations of Palestinians have suffered ethnic cleansing, military occupation, brutality and daily cruelties that range from gross excess to petty spite. "Have people become, so blinded by rhetoric and propaganda, that the difference between occupation and resistance cannot be seen" she asks?

The PHRC calls upon the NZ government to condemn Israel's human rights violations against the Palestinian people and to demand a cessation of this military offensive. Israel's persistent unilateral attempts to change by force the situation of some 1.5 million Palestinians blatantly contravene international humanitarian law and all human rights conventions.

The PHRC urges Aucklanders to join a rally outside the US Embassy, Quay St 4pm Tuesday to protest this slaughter of a population which, with the unconditional support of the USA, has been under siege by Israel for 18 months.

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