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Source: Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa

Tomorrow, 4 July, will see protests in at least nine centres around New Zealand against Israeli plans to steal more Palestinian land (Details are at the end of this media release)

“Virtually the entire international community is standing together to oppose this theft of Palestinian land which would be a blatant breach of international law and countless United Nations resolutions”.

Last week New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters expressed “serious concern” at these Israeli plans which would amount to a war crime under Fourth Geneva Convention. The Fourth Geneva Convention relates to annexation of land seized through war.

Meanwhile Christchurch Central MP Duncan Webb has put a video statement online which encourages other MPs to speak out against Israel’s annexation plans and to attend these nationwide protests if they are able.

In the video pasted on the Facebook page “Aotearoa Standing with Palestine” Duncan Webb says:

“I can’t make any of the protests this weekend, but would have liked to be there.  I made this short video in support of the protests and opposing the annexation of Palestinian territory.  I encourage other MP’s from all parties to send similar messages of support.  The position of the New Zealand government has been consistently supportive of Palestine and regardless of which parties have been in government.

I encourage you to tag your local MP and ask whether they also oppose the Israeli settlements and the proposed annexation.”

The video itself is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEeTyzMnUpk

Today we have written to all MPs asking them to endorse Foreign Minister Winston Peters’ statement, send messages of support to the protest and to attend them if they are able.

Here is the list of locations, timing and locations:

Auckland

Date:                     July 4

Time:                     2:00 – 3:00 pm

Location:              Aotea Square, 291-297 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Hamilton

Date:                     July 4

Time:                     2:00 – 3:00 pm

Location:             Corner Wairere drive and Cambridge Road/Naylor Street, Hamilton 3216 (by Flynn Park) 

Palmerston North

Date:                     July 4

Time:                     1:00 pm

Location:             Outside the City Council Building by the roundabout on Main Street & The Square, Palmerston North

Napier/Hastings 

Date:                     July 4

Time:                     11:00 – 12:00

Location:              Corner Marine Parade & Tennyson Street (seaward side) Napier

 

New Plymouth – Yes

Date:                     July 4

Time:                    2:00 – 3:00 pm

Location:             The Landing in front of Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth

Wellington

Date:                     July 4

Time:                     12:00 Mid-Day

Location:              Cuba Mall Stage (near the Bucket Fountain), Cuba Mall – 97 Cuba Street, Wellington

Nelson

Date:                     July 4

Time:                     11:00 am

Location:              Corner Trafalgar Street and Selwyn Place, Nelson 7010

Christchurch

Date:                     July 4

Time:                     12:00 noon

Location:              Bridge of Remembrance, Cashel Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011

Dunedin 

Date:                     July 4

Time:                     2:00 – 3:00 pm

Location:             Museum Reserve – Bounded by Great King, Albany and Cumberland Streets, Dunedin.

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