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Source: Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa

The prospect of coronavirus ripping through the two million people crammed in an intensely overcrowded area where 97% of the water is undrinkable and medical facilities are primitive at best is a recipe for a human catastrophe.

The United Nations is warning of frightening consequences of coronavirus taking hold in Gaza. 


Under International law Israel is responsible for the health services in GAZA but the Israeli government will not act without intense international pressure.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Palestinians are “an existential threat” to Israel and that “the only way to treat Palestinians is to beat them up, not once but repeatedly, beat them up until its unbearable”


Netanyahu’s race hatred must not be allowed to condemn tens of thousands of Palestinians to death.


Prominent New Zealanders are calling on the government to act. The “combined organisations” letter and some key signatories can be read here


Signatories so far include:


Cardinal John Dew 
Catholic Archbishop of Wellington 


Philip Richardson
Bishop, Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki
Archbishop and Primate 
Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia


Jennifer Ward-Lealand
President Equity New Zealand
New Zealander of the Year 2020 


Jeremy Rose, Marilyn Garson and Fred Albert 
Members of Sh’ma Koleinu – Alternative Jewish Voices 
(Marilyn worked in Gaza 2011 to 2015) 


Anjum Rahman 
Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand


Julie Webb-Pullman 
(Julie is a Kiwi who has lived and worked in Gaza since 2011)


Mike Treen 
National Director Unite Union 
Convenor Global Peace and Justice Aotearoa 


Syd Keepa 
Maori Vice-President of the Council of Trade Unions


Kevin McBride

Pax Christi


John Minto

National Chair

Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa