Students for Justice in Palestine challenge AUSA’s complicity in israeli apartheid

Today, members of Auckland University Students for Justice in Palestine demonstrated outside the AUSA house to highlight the student union’s complicity in israeli apartheid. Since the recent bombardment of Gaza and the ongoing regime of genocide and settler colonialism have further displaced Palestinian families from their homes, SJP have been pushing our student union to endorse Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycotts Divestments and Sanctions (BDS).


Students sprinkled white flour to symbolise white phosphorus that has been continuously used on Palestinians during israeli incursions. White phosphorus is a chemical that eats through skin, flesh and to the bone. The New Zealand Super(annuation) fund has investments in israel Chemicals which produces this white phosphorus. We want to draw attention to New Zealand’s complicity in israel’s settler colonial violence within public institutions such as the University of Auckland. We need to take action to divest from such companies as we are all currently complicit in israeli war crimes and subsequent Palestinian suffering.

Students and academic staff spoke of their support for the BDS campaign and the university’s complicity and tacit support for Israel’s colonial violence in Palestine. Three days ago, a 5 year old Palestinian girl died after she and another girl were deliberately run over by settlers in the West Bank. There are over 500,000 israelis living in settlements in the occupied West Bank in contravention of International Law which states it is illegal for them to do so under the Geneva Convention. The number of settlers is growing and this ongoing settler colonialism continues to suffocate the occupied and already smothered Palestinian people of the West Bank. These crucial and fundamental human rights issues can only be dealt with through endorsing and supporting the BDS movement and as students we would like that to start on campus. AUSA should follow suit the countless student unions all over the world who have taken initiative to pass motions and endorse BDS on their campus.


On 20th August, a motion was passed at student forum requesting AUSA to support the BDS campaign, and especially take a stand on an academic boycott of Israeli institutions until: Israel withdraws from all the lands occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem; removes all its colonies in those lands; agrees to United Nations resolutions relevant to the restitution of Palestinian refugees rights; and dismantles its system of apartheid.

The executive members provided a statement for not passing this motion. The given statement shows disdain and disregard towards student’s democracy and the Palestinian people living under an illegal occupation, and for those in Gaza, a siege. The BDS motion was passed and on a separate date defended from being overturned. In contrast the executives at AUSA held their meetings in private. AUSA claim that “Student Forum does not give us any real indication of the views of the student body at large”. Yet we are supposed to accept that this series of secret meetings do?
The public debate at student forum was and is the most reliable measure of student attitude towards BDS. AUSA are suggesting that they are more representative of students than students themselves. They claim to be “reluctant to speak on behalf of students without sufficient information.” AUSA have already spoken on behalf of students. On issues of genocide and apartheid, silence and neutrality equals complicity. AUSA has “come down on one side of the conflict”. AUSA has come down on the side of colonialism, genocide, house demolitions, illegal sieges, the militarisation of academia and the side of apartheid. AUSA has sided with Israel. By refusing to condemn the causes of violence against Palestinians’ they tacitly condone it.

Students and academic staff in universities all over the world are supporting the BDS movement, we need to make this happen on our campus and every campus until Palestine is free.20141022_125931

Harry Fear speaking in Auckland

Harry Fear will be touring New Zealand as part of his world talking tour ‘reporting aggression’. This New Zealand tour has been organized by Kia Ora Gaza in which Harry will visit Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and possibly Hamilton. In Auckland his report will be hosted by Kia Ora Gaza and SJP and he will be speaking at the University of Auckland on the 7th of February at 7pm in room LibB28. There are also possibilities of workshops and other various events. Watch this space for more updates closer to the time.

Harry Fear is a documentary maker, activist and a journalist who reported to the world live from Gaza during the most recent Israeli raids of aggression on Gaza – operation pillar of cloud, in which over 100 Palestinians were killed and over 900 were injured. He will be sharing his first hand experiences of this with us. More information can be found on his website:

Information is also available on the Kia Ora Gaza website and the Harry Fear website as well as Facebook.

Spread the word – all are welcome!



Press release:

Auckland University Students for Justice in Palestine (AUSJP) are calling for a protest this Saturday 24th of November at 2pm in Aotea Square to protest the ongoing Israeli aggression and air strikes on the Gaza Strip that have left 92 dead so far and over 750 people injured. One of the deadliest attacks over the last 6 days has killed 12 members from one single family.

Israeli forces continue to pound the Gaza Strip for the sixth consecutive day, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to expand and escalate the attacks. The Israeli army has deployed 75,000 troops on Gaza’s border ready for a ground invasion.

The 1.5 million people of Gaza are defensless against the brute force of the Israeli government, and the international community cannot stand by and let the massacre of 2008 happen again while we remain silent. The New Zealand government should be at the forefront of an international call for an end to the violent and illegal attacks from the Israeli state.

We urge all New Zealanders to join us. Our very own Roger Fowler of Kia Ora Gaza has only just managed to escape the onslaught and exited through the Rafah crossing last Thursday.

This protest is supported by the Unite Union, Socialist Aotearoa, Global Peace and Justice Auckland, Kia Ora Gaza, the Mana Movement and Palestine Human Rights Campaign.

The protest will gather at Aotea Square from 2 pm and march to the US Consulate in Customs Street, possibly making a few stops along the way. Bring along your Palestinian flags, t-shirts, banners and signs of solidarity as well as your friends and family.

Kia Kaha,

Auckland University Students for Justice in Palestine

For more information contact SJP: 021 022 17607 or visit
Twitter: @aucklandsjp

Facebook event page:

Palestinian Flag raised over Auckland’s US consulate by protestors in solidarity with the Palestinians

One hundred people marched in central Auckland yesterday in a show of solidarity with the people of Gaza, and to voice anger at the continued aggression by Israeli forces against defenseless women and children.

The march began in Aotea Square, and headed towards the US Consulate building on Customs St, where the Palestinian flag was raised in place of the US one.

John Minto from the Mana party headed the march, and spoke at the consulate.  He was joined by Hone Fowler from Kia Ora Gaza, Joe Carolan from Socialist Aotearoa, Janfrie Wakim and Billy Hania from Palestinian Human Rights Campaign, and Faisal Al-Asaad and Hala Nasr from SJP. They called on the New Zealand Government to break its silence and speak out against the ongoing aerial strikes on civilians in Gaza, which have entered their third consecutive day, numbering over 77 air strikes. The protest concluded with a song “in our thousands, in our millions, we are all Palestinians”

As Israel continues to escalate its bombing raids, the death toll has climbed to 40, with hundreds injured and over a million people left without power. The Prime Minister’s office has been bombed to the ground, as well as a police station and a textile factory. Re

ports from the Israeli army say 75,000 troops have been mobilised outside the Gazan border as it prepares for what could be a full scale ground invasion.

Yesterday, US President Barack Obama reiterated his support for Israel’s attacks in a telephone conversation with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. The European Union made similar statements.

Egyptian PM Hishan Qandeel, as well as Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem, visited Gaza within the last day to show support for the Palestinians, and to condemn the Israeli aggression. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi warned Israel about continuing its attacks, saying there will be a “high price to pay”.

If the situation escalates further this week we plan to call for another protest next Saturday 2pm at Aotea Square. Our hearts are with those in Palestine suffering under Israel’s continuing aggression.