by Daphna Whitmore
Several hundred people turned out yesterday in Auckland to rally in solidarity with the people of Gaza. The vicious response of the Israeli army to the mass demonstrations at the Gaza prison fence has created a sense of urgency that the situation demands action. The rally turned into a spontaneous march to the US Consulate.
Speakers called for boycotts and divestment and noted the NZ Super Fund is still investing public money in companies that finance the Israeli regime. MikeTreen from Unite union spoke of a CTU resolution ten years ago to support the Palestinian struggle. He called for action on that resolution. Tali Williams the Retail secretary from First Union spoke of her experiences visiting Gaza and seeing the extent of the deprivation first hand.
Palestinian author and journalist Dr Ramzy Baroud gave a strong message that Palestinians are not victims they are very resilient people. Those at the Gaza fence are being victimised but they haven’t internalised their victimhood they are still very assertive confident people who will continue to fight until they obtain their freedom. Born in Gaza and raised in Al Nuseirat Refugee Camp he is touring to promote his new book, The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story. Hear him interviewed here on Kim Hill’s radio show .