Proud of NZ’s stance

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. AP picture

LETTER

Re: UN vote won’t be in NZ’s best interests, December 29 letter.

Unlike your respondent Sally Cobb, for once I am actually proud of Murray McCully and the brave independent stance taken by New Zealand in sponsoring, with Senegal, a vote against the illegal occupation of Palestine.

In the last several years we seem to have forgotten our bravery against apartheid and the nuclear ban. The United Nations may not be the rulers of the world but it is an intergovernmental organisation set up to promote international cooperation.

The UN conventions have been agreed by many countries in the world so why should one renegade country be allowed to flout international agreements?

We need to enforce international conventions including Article 49 of the Geneva Convention on the protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. This prohibits the forced removal of citizens from land gained by war, precisely the thing that is occurring in the settlement areas as Palestinians are shunted out of their homes to make way for Israeli apartment blocks. These are huge urban structures and when fighting breaks out they just take more.

Ethnic cleansing and ghettoisation is not OK anywhere. It’s hard to see what sanctions Israel can place on NZ and it seems inappropriate that Netanyahu makes these threats together with berating all 14 ambassadors of the members of the security council on Christmas day. It’s time the bully was sanctioned.

Mary-Ann de Kort

Re: UN vote won’t be in NZ’s best interests, December 29 letter.

Unlike your respondent Sally Cobb, for once I am actually proud of Murray McCully and the brave independent stance taken by New Zealand in sponsoring, with Senegal, a vote against the illegal occupation of Palestine.

In the last several years we seem to have forgotten our bravery against apartheid and the nuclear ban. The United Nations may not be the rulers of the world but it is an intergovernmental organisation set up to promote international cooperation.

The UN conventions have been agreed by many countries in the world so why should one renegade country be allowed to flout international agreements?

We need to enforce international conventions including Article 49 of the Geneva Convention on the protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. This prohibits the forced removal of citizens from land gained by war, precisely the thing that is occurring in the settlement areas as Palestinians are shunted out of their homes to make way for Israeli apartment blocks. These are huge urban structures and when fighting breaks out they just take more.

Ethnic cleansing and ghettoisation is not OK anywhere. It’s hard to see what sanctions Israel can place on NZ and it seems inappropriate that Netanyahu makes these threats together with berating all 14 ambassadors of the members of the security council on Christmas day. It’s time the bully was sanctioned.

Mary-Ann de Kort

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Eric Wadham, USA - 2 months ago
Yes, a land grab is exactly what it is ... the spoils of war !
I encourage all to be informed. Everybody should read Alison Weir's 'Against Our Better Judgement', web site: If Americans Knew.org. We Americans give Israel $10 mil. a day to build settlements.

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