Press Release – AU Students for Justice in Palestine AUSJP
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.
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Press Release – Global Peace And Justice Auckland – November 15
Global Peace and Justice Auckland is organising a march this Saturday (17th) to protest against Israel’s assassination of a Palestinian leader in the Gaza strip and the deadly rocket attacks in which many Palestinians have lost their lives.
The protest will gather at Aotea Square from 2pm and march to the US Consulate in Customs Street where a protest rally, including the throwing of old shoes will take place. (Throwing shoes is a traditional way of showing disgust at US/Israeli policies in the Middle East following the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at the then US President George Bush in a 2008 media conference)
These latest Israeli attacks continue the brutal victimisation of the Palestinian people of Gaza who are effectively locked in the largest open air prison in the world and treated like animals through an inhuman Israeli blockade.
Israeli justifications for the attacks are hollow. It is Israel’s racist policies and vicious mistreatment of Palestinians which are at the heart of this conflict. Israel policies alone pose the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East and in the world.
As well and blockading Palestinians in Gaza Israel maintain a military occupation of the West Bank while destroying Palestinian homes and farms to make way for Jewish-only settlements – all in defiance of international law and numerous UN resolutions.
Israel still tries to use the Holocaust as some sort of justification for their brutal treatment of the Palestinian people and in doing so the Palestinian people have become the second victims of the Holocaust.
GPJA applauds the Palestinian fighters who organise to resist the destruction of their right to self determination.
Saturday’s protest will focus on the US consulate because the US has supported Israel every step of the way in its brutality towards Palestinians.