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“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”

It’s astonishing that the deep-seated racists in the pro-Israel lobby can have the media and MPs rushing around to see which ones will or won’t use the chant “From the river to the sea Palestine will be free”. 

For heaven’s sake – more than 10,000 Palestinians have been slaughtered in Gaza including 3,900 children but instead of Labour and National calling for a ceasefire they get embroiled in a pathetic sideshow while the genocidal slaughter continues. 

It’s time for Labour and National to grow some spine and condemn Israeli war crimes as roundly as it condemned the killing of Israeli civilians. 

PSNA supporters will be chanting “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” at rallies and marches up and down the country this coming weekend.

This chant has been used for at least 50 years in protests for Palestinian human rights in New Zealand – long before the formation of Hamas.

It’s deeply worrying that the level of media engagement on Palestine/Israel is so low that irresponsible statements by Act leader David Seymour and the pro-Israel lobby – statements which have been debunked again and again over many years – continue to be repeated and amplified in the media. 

Instead of asking MPs whether they will use this chant the media should be asking politicians why they won’t make a stand to stop the slaughter and call for a ceasefire. If it were European kids being slaughtered in their thousands the media would be demanding why Luxon says he hasn’t seen advice there have been breaches of international humanitarian law in Gaza. 

They would never accept the rubbish responses Labour and National are giving for not condemning Israeli war crimes. 

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The simple fact is Labour and National have condemned the killing of Israeli civilians but refuse to condemn the genocidal massacres of Palestinians playing our every day. 

The priority of our spineless major parties is not to offend Israel and the tiny, right-wing racist cabal in the pro-Israel lobby who throw around false smears of anti-semitism like confetti to stifle criticism of Israeli war crimes.

Israel is a racist, apartheid state “from the river to the sea” – as declared by every credible human rights organisation such as Amnesty Internationaland Human Rights Watch. Palestinians, no matter where they live in historic Palestine, face discrimination and oppression. The largest and most respected human rights group in Israel, B’Tselem, refers to Israel as “A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid

All Palestinians deserve equal rights in their colonised homeland “from the river to the sea” and attempts by the pro-Israel lobby to “police” the public debate to ultimately suggest some peoples’ rights are inherently more important than others are a needless distraction.

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