GAZA IS UNDER ATTACK: PROTEST THIS SATURDAY 24th NOVEMBER AOTEA SQUARE at 2pm.

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
justiceinpalestinesjp@gmail.com or visit https://uoasjp.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @aucklandsjp

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/129366790550363/?fref=ts

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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.

Auckland protest against Israeli aggression in Gaza: 2pm, Saturday 17th November, Aotea Square

Auckland University Students for Justice in Palestine deeply condemn the vicious attacks by the Israeli Defence Force on innocent civilians in the Gaza strip, which so far lead to 19 deaths and over 150 casualties.

The Israeli government has launched the most violent assault on Gaza since 2009, and threatens to escalate its attack into a full-scale invasion. Since yesterday, more than 70 aerial strikes have been carried out by Israel, and are still continuing.

A statement from the United States Government expressed, in no uncertain terms, its full support for Israel’s so called “Pillar of Defence” assault on Gaza, instead condemning Hamas’ actions as terrorism, without a hint of irony.

The Gaza Strip has been under continuous land, air and sea blockade since June 2007, largely in response to a democratically elected Hamas taking over government. Access to medical supplies, building materials and humanitarian aid have been refused by Israel, and the Strip has been effectively isolated from the outside world.

In 2008, Israel launched a three-week military invasion of Gaza, resulting in the deaths of over 1400 Palestinian civilians. The IDF bombed schools, UN buildings and hospitals, and extensively deployed illegal white phosphorous bombs, in blatant breach of international law.

Since then, ongoing weekly bombings of various civilian sites have become commonplace for the people of Gaza, who continue to be denied access to basic supplies to rebuild their homes. A UN report released this year says the Gaza Strip will become unliveable by 2020.

While SJP does not support any political groups and condemns any attack on civilian targets from both sides, we maintain that the indiscriminate, disproportionate force of the Israeli army is a clear breach of international law, and the mass killings of 2009 must not be allowed to recur. More importantly, the international community cannot stand by in silence as innocent lives continue to be lost.

We are calling on the New Zealand Government to join an international voice against the illegal bombing of the Gaza Strip, and to send a stern message to the Israeli government that its continued aggression against Gaza will not be tolerated.

A rally will gather in Aotea Square on Saturday 17th November at 2pm in a show of solidarity with the people of Gaza, and to condemn the actions of the Israeli regime, and US complacency in them. We invite everyone to come along and show support.

The rally has been called by Global Peace and Justice and is supported by Kia Ora Gaza, Palestine Human Rights Campaign and Students for Justice in Palestine.

More information here:
http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/auckland-protest-israels-invasion-of-gaza-saturday/
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00224/protest-against-israeli-strikes-on-gaza.htm

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/508976275794311/

Worldwide protests against Israeli aggression in Gaza:
http://mondoweiss.net/2012/11/worldwide-protests-against-israeli-aggression-in-gaza.html