Are you a Gaza-loving-Greenie? Then it’s time for school

Shalom.Kiwi posts about the nine things that Marama Davidson needs to learn or understand before she makes her “stand”.

Green Party MP, Marama Davidson, is soon to depart on the “women’s peace boat” in an attempt to breach Israel’s legal maritime blockade of Gaza and raise awareness of the Palestinian cause. However, press releases from the Green Party and Ms Davidson seem to lack awareness of some fundamental facts, so we thought we would help them become better acquainted with the truth.

1. Jews are indigenous to Israel

In the Green Party press statement, Ms Davidson said she is joining the boat “as an indigenous woman” to support the women of Gaza. However she appears unaware of the Jewish people’s 3,000 year historical connection with the land of Israel, which expulsion and dispersal failed to destroy. Since the most recent expulsion by the Romans 2,000 years ago, faithful Jews have prayed three times daily, and annually on special festivals for a return to their maunga (sacred mountains), their whenua (ancestral land). This is the longing of an indigenous people.

The Jewish state of Israel is considered by many to be the role model for indigenous peoplesseeking a return to their ancient homelands. While most were dispersed to foreign lands, Israel hasalways retained a small number of Jews, keeping the fires burning (ahi kaa) for an eventual return to land over which they had mana whenua. Jews, like many other indigenous peoples, were under occupation, a minority in their own land for many centuries. The revitalisation of the indigenous language (Hebrew) is an inspiration to indigenous language advocates worldwide, including Måori.

If there is a people group that knows and understands discrimination, persecution, dispossession, expulsion, occupation and genocide, it is the Jewish people. The re-establishment of the Jewish state was an existential necessity that was internationally recognised and ultimately granted by the United Nations. In the face of an alarming rise in anti-Semitism worldwide, the state of Israel as the Jewish homeland, continues to be a necessity.

A very good point and one missed by many. In fact, Jews have a longer claim to lands in Israel than Maori do in New Zealand.

2. Gaza is ruled by Hamas, a fundamentalist terror organisation with a genocidal purpose

Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005. Since 2007, Gaza has been ruled by Hamas, a sunni-Islamic fundamentalist organisation that took control of Gaza in a bloody battle (against Fatah) that cost 116 Palestinian lives. The armed wing of Hamas, Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, is designated by New Zealand as a terror group, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1373. Hamas does not recognise Israel and its charter calls for genocide.

The Green party seems to support terrorism.

3. Human rights are not high on Hamas’ agenda

Ms Davidson thinks that “as a woman” she is able to help the women of Gaza and yet refuses to speak out about the treatment of women within Gazan society. The rights of women in Gaza, under Hamas rule, are severely restricted; they are prohibited from walking in public unaccompanied by a male relative. Shockingly, 63% of women in Gaza suffer from domestic abuseand many of these women believe they deserve the abuse. According to the Director of Women’s Affairs Center, Amal Syam,

Within Palestinian society, women have limited participation in political life. Existing discriminatory legislations, social norms, growing conservative attitudes, prevailing gender stereotypes, and socio-economic hardship hinder women’s political role.”Amal Syam, Director of Women’s Affairs Center

The treatment of women in Palestinian society is exemplified by the upcoming municipality elections; instead of referring to the female candidates by name and publishing their pictures, the electoral lists are using the terms “the wife of” or “sister”.

It’s not only women who suffer greatly under Palestinian rule: homosexuals are persecuted and sometimes killed and political opponents are assassinated. Hamas uses its own citizens as human shields, including children, while Hamas leaders shelter in the safety of bomb shelters or the luxury of five star hotels in Qatar. Children are exploited as labourers to build terror tunnels and boys and girls are recruited to be ‘martyrs’.

Freedom of religion in Gaza is also restricted by Hamas. Just like in the West Bank and many Arab states, Jews are not allowed to own land. While there are no Jews living in Gaza anymore, there are some Christians. They have recently expressed great concern about the destruction of an ancient Byzantine church by Hamas.

Hamas has an appalling human rights record against their own people and not just against women, but also the LGBT community.

5. The blockade is legal and attempting to breach it is reckless: UN

There was no blockade in 2005, when Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza. After Hamas took control, Israel and “The Quartet on the Middle East” (US, Russia, UN, EU) imposed economic sanctions and restrictions on Gaza. The naval blockade and land crossing policies were instituted as a response to rocket attacks and expressly for the purpose of stemming the flow of weapons into Gaza.

After months examining international law, the United Nations Security Council Panel deemed Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza legal and a necessary step to protect its citizens from the onslaught of rocket attacks from Gaza. In order to maintain the legal blockade, Israel must stop any boat attempting to breach it. That is why the previous attempts have ended with the Israeli navyinterceptions and arrests. It is also why the UNSC report considers attempts to breach the blockade “a dangerous and reckless act” and stated

Where a State becomes aware that its citizens or flag vessels intend to breach a naval blockade, it has a responsibility to take pro-active steps compatible with democratic rights and freedoms to warn them of the risks involved and to endeavour to dissuade them from doing so”United Nations Security Council Report

It seems that almost everyone forgets that the blockade is legal, and NZ’s own Sir Geoffrey Palmer said so.

The Green party seems intent on cuddling up to terrorists. It will be hilarious to watch Israel arrest her on the high seas then deport her. I’d love to go to Israel and be on the IDF ship that intercepts them so I can do a doorstep while she is in handcuffs.


– Shalom.Kiwi

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