The New Zealand government and media in Aotearoa must acknowledge their role in the cold-blooded murder of Shireen Abu Akleh

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The absolute impunity which the government of Aotearoa New Zealand granted to the racist apartheid regime of Israel for many decades and the cowering of the Aotearoa New Zealand media in the face of threats of false libel of antisemitism from the part of the racist pro-Israel lobby are key factors in the daily murder and chaos perpetrated by Israeli troops in Palestine.

The latest murder is that of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, which was described yesterday by Al Jazeera and eyewitnesses as a “cold-blooded murder”.

This seasoned journalist was the “voice of the voiceless” as she fearlessly reported Israel’s military occupation of Palestine for many decades.

His fearlessness contrasts sharply with Aotearoa’s New Zealand media reporting on Israel/Palestine, which includes multiple repeated inaccuracies that bolster Israel’s “justifications” for its brutality. Most New Zealanders don’t even know that Israel has a military occupation of the entire region of historic Palestine.

With rare exceptions, our media simply provide a safe portal for Israeli propaganda.

Meanwhile, our Foreign Ministry, if it says anything about the occupation or Israel’s unbridled brutality, is far more likely to criticize the Palestinians than to criticize Israel. If they talked about the Russian invasion of Ukraine as they do about the situation in the Middle East, they would accuse the Ukrainians of “provocations against Russian troops” and would ask the Ukrainians to show “maximum restraint” in the face of to Russian brutality.

This is hypocrisy on a massive scale.

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We call human rights abuses an American agenda. We condemn Russia and China but look away with Israeli or Indonesian brutality.

None of this has changed under current minister Nanaia Mahuta who has remained silent for more than 18 months on the Palestinian struggle.

Silence is never an option when it comes to human rights. This is the position of cowards.

Until Israel is challenged for its racist policy of apartheid and the resulting consequences, it will continue to murder with impunity.

We have once again called on the Minister to speak out and demand an independent investigation and accountability for the assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh.

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