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.
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