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Fax to Phil Goff and Helen Clark
8th April 2002
To Helen Clark, Prime Minister, fax 473 3579
Dear Helen and Phil,
I am writing to you to express my horror at what is happening in Palestine. I am so shocked by the state terrorism being perpetrated by the Israeli government, precisely because as a state they have the responsibility and obligation to adhere to international law and human rights conventions - and they are not. This statement does not imply support for suicide bombings or violence by any other individual or group.
I am asking you to pay attention to what Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General is saying "I must tell the Council candidly that I see no prospect of breaking the current downward spiral - and recreating the possibility of peace and security for both sides - unless we address the core problems in the Middle East - occupation; violence, including terrorism; and the economic plight of the Palestinian people," ...
I am asking you to pay attention to the people inside and outside the region who are calling for the deployment of international observers to protect the Palestinians;
I am asking you to support the NZ government in expressing to the Israeli government in the strongest possible language that they must respect international law and human rights conventions, that they must withdraw immediately from Palestinian territory and stop military violence in all Palestinian towns, villages and refugee camps as the first step towards peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians; and stop shooting at civilians, unarmed medical personnel, foreign observers and journalists;
I am asking you to support the NZ government in seriously considering stopping trade, economic and diplomatic links with Israel until this is done; and until there is visible evidence that the Israeli government is moving towards genuine negotiations for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Over the past two years the NZ government has imposed sanctions on governments whose violations of international law and human rights conventions are significantly less severe than those of the Israeli government.
To Phil Goff, Minister of Foreign Affairs, fax 495 8444
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