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Protesters to bang empty pots as thousands starve in Gaza – Justice for Palestine

Against the horrific backdrop of over 30,000 Palestinian deaths since Israel’s war on Gaza began, the humanitarian situation in Gaza has become increasingly desperate with reports of Israeli forces attacking aid convoys and killing dozens of people seeking aid and at least 16 children having died of malnutrition. New Zealanders are urgently calling on the Government to intensify its response to Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights and international law.

An immediate and permanent ceasefire is urgently needed to allow adequate humanitarian aid into Gaza to save the lives of thousands of children and their families. A new expert report projects excess deaths of more than 74,000 over the next six months if the conflict escalates.

Rights organisation, Justice for Palestine, is organising a noisy demonstration on the Parliament lawn, to disrupt our political leaders as they go about business-as-usual, in this moment that demands urgent and courageous leadership. This event is set for lunchtime (1pm) on Wednesday, 6 March, aiming to draw attention to the dire need for immediate action. Protesters will bang empty pots and pans, symbolic of the unfolding hunger crisis in Gaza.

Samira Zaiton, a spokesperson for Justice for Palestine, said: “We won’t be silent in the face of the ongoing crisis and genocide in Gaza. The death of children from dehydration and malnutrition are the result of Israel’s actions and meaningful action that meets these exceptionally dire circumstances is required. Our voices and noise will amplify the call for urgent action. And we will continue to demonstrate, urging our government to do all it can for the people of Palestine and stand on the right side of history.”

Justice for Palestine acknowledges the recent joint statement made by the Prime Ministers of New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. However, the group emphasises that tangible measures should follow this statement. They advocate for the New Zealand government to:

Take concrete action on calls for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, including severing all diplomatic and commercial relationships with Israel until they end the bombardment and comply with international law

Advocate for the reinstatement of essential humanitarian aid and ensure ongoing funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

Back South Africa’s case to the ICJ and Israel’s compliance with the ICJ’s orders to take all steps within its power to ensure genocidal acts are not being committed in its war on Gaza.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, 6 March

Time: 1pm – 1:45pm

Location: Parliament lawn

 

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