Get out of Iraq and Afghanistan

 

Activists gathered in Auckland today outside the US consulate to protest the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraqi women condemnig the occupation

Marking the anniversary of the Iraq invasion 7 years ago the protesters demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all foreign troops, including and especially the NZ SAS and other military in Afghanistan.

The Workers Party had a PFLP banner, as part of a solidarity campaign with the Palestinian liberation movement

Workers Party with the PFLP banner

The protested ended on a fitting note, with old shoes being hurled at the Consulate.

From Occupation to Resistance:Interview with an Israeli peace activist

The Spark March 2010

Anti-Zionists in Wellington recently ran an exhibition of Israeli photography, entitled From Occupation to Resistance. Featuring work by photography collective ActiveStills, this exhibition highlighted the affect occupation has on Palestinians. Spark journalist Ian Anderson interviewed Kerem Blumberg, an Israeli peace activist and co-runner of this event.

Spark: How did you have the idea to hold this exhibition?

KB: Well, a lot of the photographers from ActiveStills are friends of mine in Israel. The idea was to show the NZ public images of daily life under occupation in Palestine, alongside resistance by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists.

Spark: Have you had good feedback?

KB: Really good feedback. The photos moved people, and the texts were easy to understand. We raised about $400.

Spark: How did you get involved in peace activism?
KB: I started going to demonstrations in high school, back in Israel. During the first Intifada there were riots throughout the West Bank, Gaza and in Israel. These were severely repressed. As a reaction to the Intifada, Jewish protesters attacked a mosque near my house, throwing stones at it. So I guess it was a time when you had to start figuring out where you stood. [Read more…]

The nature of Israel: A state of all its citizens or a racist state?

The Spark February 2010

“…no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of
Israel on trial” – Ariel Sharon

On May 15th 1948 the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel stated that due to a “natural and historic right” a “Jewish state” would be established in the former British Mandate Palestine.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Current Israeli Prime Minister recently echoed that in order for there to be “peace” Palestinians must recognise Israel as a “Jewish State”. Both were seemingly ignorant of an ever increasing Israeli Arab population.

In 1948 Zionist leaders attempted to cleanse their soon to be “Jewish State” of its indigenous population through a campaign of terror that triggered the flight of over 700,000 Palestinians from their land and homes, making them refugees. Yosef Weitz , a high official of the Jewish National Fund, explained that the solution was “the land of Israel without Arabs”, continuing “they must be completely removed…leaving not one village, not one tribe”. The ethnic cleansing campaign was only partially successful and when the State of Israel was established it included 180,000 Palestinian Arabs within its borders. New laws were passed, such as the Absentee Property Law of 1950 and the Land Acquisition Law of 1953, which enabled the Israeli state to take land without the consent of its owners for “security, settlement or essential development purposes.” This land was then expropriated by the state and handed over to organisations such as the Jewish National Fund for settlement by new Jewish immigrants. [Read more…]

Sport and politics mix

John Edmundson

The arrests of activists attempting to disrupt the appearance of Israeli Tennis player Shahar Peer has brought the issue of politics and sport back into the public eye.

At the time of the anti-apartheid struggle, the issue was of great importance in New Zealand because here, it was sporting contact with racist South Africa that became the focus of protest action. New Zealand and South Africa had longstanding sporting rivalries, particularly in rugby, so attempting to end sporting contact between the Springboks and the All Blacks became a major part of the New Zealand anti-apartheid movement’s work throughout its history.

During the 1981 Springbok tour, a major thrust of the pro-tour lobby was that sport and politics should not mix, that the purity of sport should not be sullied by its being immersed in the murky business of politics, and that sports people should be left to get on with the serious business of playing their sport and entertaining the spectators. Often, such arguments were simply a disingenuous attempt by apologists for the racist South African regime to weaken the campaign against the white South African state. [Read more…]

70,000 celebrate 42 years of PFLP Resistance

 

On December the 11th 1967, in the wake of the Arab defeat in the 6 day war, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) was founded with the catch cry “Resistance until Victory”. On the 42nd anniversary of its founding the PFLP released a statement calling for an official announcement from the Palestinian Leadership to declare the “utter failure of the ‘negotiations’ and the entire Oslo process, the reliance on the United States and the so-called roadmap”. Recent opinion polls would indicate that this position is supported by over 70 percent of the population in the West Bank and Gaza, who believe that OSLO has either harmed, or made no difference to the Palestinian cause. A clear condemnation, from Palestinians, of over a decade of negotiation with the occupier.

[Read more…]

“Cast Lead” – A Proportionate Response in Palestine?

Mike Walker

On September the 29th of this year Richard Goldstone, a Jewish South African, presented the findings of a UN Fact Finding mission to the Council of Human Rights in Geneva. The Mission’s Mandate was to investigate; “all violations of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law” during the December/January Israeli offensive in Gaza, codenamed “Cast Lead”.

Even before the investigation started the Israeli Government refused to co-operate with the UN Mission or to allow them access to Israel, The West Bank or Gaza. Eventually the Mission sought “and obtained the assistance of the Government of Egypt to enable it to enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing”. In contrast to the obstructive position of the Israeli Government the report states that, “the Mission held meetings with senior members of the Gaza Authorities and they extended their full cooperation and support.” [Read more…]

PFLP Solidarity Campaign – Outrage at ethnic cleansing

The Workers in New Zealand Campaign of Solidarity with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) expresses outrage at the ongoing ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Israeli state against the people of Palestine. The campaign provides an opportunity for New Zealanders to support the PFLP in resisting the racist state of Israel and its policy of house demolitions and settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The “Peace Process” which has seen the conditions for the Palestinian population in the occupied territories deteriorate dramatically, while ignoring the right of return of 5 million Palestinian refugees and the plight of Palestinians living within the racist state of Israel. The “Peace Process” has seen them forced into Bantustans, oppressed by the Palestinian Authority’s co-operation with the occupier, enclosed behind an annexation wall and the continuing lose of land via colonisation through settlement building and forced population transfer. [Read more…]

PFLP campaign update

Mike Walker and Paul Hopkinson

The Workers Party’s ongoing solidarity campaign with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is a concrete campaign through which progressive New Zealanders can support the people of Palestine and participate in the struggle against imperialism. Imperialist countries continue to seek to dominate resources in the developing world, extracting super profits at the expense of people. [Read more…]

Christchurch Film Screening: Leila Khaled – Hijacker

Leila Khaled Hijacker Due to popular demand the Workers Party will be holding another screening of the documentry ‘Lelia Khaled: Hijacker’ about the “poster girl of Palestinian liberation.”

‘Resistance is ot Terrorism’ T-shirts will available for $30 with all profits being donated to the PFLP.

Time: 7:00pm, Monday the 28th of September

Location: Workers Educational Association (WEA) 59 Gloucester St (map)

Spark Audio: Mike Walker on the PFLP Solidarity Campaign

Joel and Alastair interview Mike Walker for VBC Radio about the solidarity campaign “Resistance is not Terrorism” that the WP is running in support of the PFLP’s struggle for the liberation of the Palestinian people.
The file can be streamed or downloaded here.