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Free Gaza Flotilla
contact details and information links
Updates on the Israeli military assault on ships in the flotilla, and reactions to it, are available on the Free Gaza Movement and Electronic Intifada sites.
Please scroll down this page for: contact details for Palestine support groups in Aotearoa New Zealand, NZ government politicians and the Israeli Ambassador to NZ; links to some online petitions, and a selection of recent statements and reports by United Nations bodies and the ICRC.
Contact details for Palestine support groups in Aotearoa New Zealand
Contact details for NZ government politicians
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, has made two statements:
NZ condemns Gaza flotilla incident and Israeli Ambassador called in. If you would like to contact the NZ government about their response and what else they might do, the relevant politicians are:
- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, email, tel (04) 817 6810, or fax (04) 817 6510
- Prime Minister, John Key, email, tel (04) 817 6800 or fax (04) 473 3689
Letters should be posted to Freepost Parliament, Private Bag 18-888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160.
Contact details for the Israeli Ambassador to NZ
The Israeli Ambassador, Mr Shemi Tzur, can be reached at the Israeli Embassy in Wellington: general email address, tel (04) 471 0079, fax (04) 498 2959, or by post - PO Box 5771, Wellington 6011.
Some online petitions
A petition calling "for an immediate, independent investigation into the flotilla assault, full accountability for those responsible, and the lifting of the Gaza blockade" is available here.
A petition calling on the British government to "immediately recall Britain's ambassador to Israel, expel Israel's ambassador to Britain, end UK arms sales to Israel, suspend the EU-Israel Trade Agreement, withdraw Israel's membership of the OECD, ban the import of goods from illegal Israeli settlements into the UK, and demand an end to Israel's siege of Gaza" is available here.
A petition calling for calling on US President Obama "to join other Nobel Prize laureates in condemning the killing of the international humanitarian activists taking much needed humanitarian aid to Gaza. Your statement so far expressing regret is positive but insufficient. We urge you to immediately condemn the assault and halt all aid to Israel while you examine how US military aid has contributed to this and other human rights abuses. It is time to show true leadership by upholding the values of human rights and international law." is available here.
A selection of recent statements and reports by United Nations bodies
and the ICRC
- Gaza closure: not another year! International Committee of the Red Cross, 14 June 2010 - "The serious incidents that took place on 31 May between Israeli forces and activists on a flotilla heading for Gaza once again put the spotlight on the acute hardship faced by the population in the Gaza Strip. As the ICRC has stressed repeatedly, the dire situation in Gaza cannot be resolved by providing humanitarian aid. The closure imposed on the Gaza Strip is about to enter its fourth year, choking off any real possibility of economic development. Gazans continue to suffer from unemployment, poverty and warfare, while the quality of Gaza's health care system has reached an all-time low. The whole of Gaza's civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law." The full statement is available here.
- New UN report highlights bleak economic situation for Palestinians, UN News, 10 June 2010 - the ILO report, 'The situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories' is available here.
- UN rights body votes to dispatch probe into attack on Gaza aid convoy, 2 June 2010
- Security Council calls for prompt, impartial probe into deadly Gaza convoy incident, 1 June 2010
- Human Rights Council holds urgent debate on raid by Israeli Defence Forces on the flotilla carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza, 1 June 2010
- UN human rights chief condemns violent interception of Gaza aid flotilla, 31 May 2010
- Security Council condemns acts resulting in civilian deaths during Israeli operation against Gaza-bound aid convoy, calls for investigation, in presidential statement: Also briefed by United Nations political official, who says bloodshed would have been avoided if Israel had lifted unacceptable, counterproductive blockade, 31 May 2010
- Secretary-General 'shocked' by deadly raid on Gaza aid flotilla, 31 May 2010
- Joint Statement of Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency, 31 May 2010
- Gaza still awaiting reconstruction over a year after Israeli offensive, UN report finds, 23 May 2010
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