Rallies and protests around the country will take place tomorrow to mark Nakba Day (Nakba is Arabic for “catastrophe”) which remembers the ethnic cleansing of up to a million Palestinians from their land and homes by Israeli militias in 1948.
This ethnic cleansing has continued every day since. Within the last two weeks an Israeli court has given the go ahead for further ethnic cleansing and the continuing building of illegal Jewish-only settlements on stolen Palestinian land.
The protest will also focus on this week’s murder of Shireen Abu Akleh and the barely believable attack on pall-bearers and mourners at her funeral yesterday.
The New Zealand government is complicit in this murder and mayhem against Palestinians through their wall of silence.
Auckland: Aotea Square at 2pm. Facebook event page here
New Plymouth: Puke Ariki Landing 2pm to 3pm. Facebook event page here
Christchurch: Bridge of Remembrance 12 noon, Facebook event page here
Palestinian students Shams Elhanafy and Rawaa Elhanafy
Anglican Bishop of Christchurch Peter Carroll
Press columnist Donna Miles-Mojab
Christchurch Central MP Duncan Webb
A minute’s silence will be held for Shireen Abu Akleh and everyone who has been killed in the struggle for Palestinian human rights this year.
Protests in Nelson and Napier are taking place today and the Dunedin protest took place last weekend. In Wellington Justice for Palestine is holding a Palestinian cultural event at the Thistle Hall in Cuba Street from 1pm to 3pm. Further details on the poster below. Facebook event is here
Media are invited to attend and report on these events.