Protesters call on NZ Govt to oppose Gaza attacks – Over 1000 Palestinian supporters marched through central Wellington today in protest against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. They were protesting against Israel’s air and ground offensive in Gaza and called on the New Zealand Government… [NZ Herald Politics]
So protesters want the government to condemn Gaza attacks. I think Murray McCully will be able to oblige them. It’ll read something like this;
The New Zealand government is saddened by events in Israel and the Gaza Strip. It condemns terrorist activity and supports the right of sovereign nations to protect themselves from terrorist atrocities.
The New Zealand government calls on Hamas to control and to disband their terror cells and to repudiate terrorism, and contemperaneously repudiate Articles 14, 15, 22, 28 and 32 of the Hamas Charter. Hamas must cease sending rockets and mortar shells into Israel, immediately.
Of course we will never see a statement like that, more likely there will be some weasel words. Right now though it appears that Hamas only understands violence and thus Israel practices the “Malone Doctrine” as the only means with which to get the message across.
“They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That’s* the *Chicago* way!”