Kia Ora Gaza

Political Charity loses government funding

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Britain has a charity not dissimilar to New Zealand’s Kia Ora Gaza that is called the War on Want. This month it had state funding pulled because of its backing of anti Israel rallies. Charities should be about helping people with food, education, clothing and shelter. Both the War on Want and Kia ora Gaza are more about political activism than charity so they should not be in possession of state funds or recognised as a charity. Greenpeace is another example of a charity that is really a political organisation.

This comes after a previous application to register Greenpeace as a charity was dismissed because it was found to be too political and its protests could land the organisation on the wrong side of the law.

-A newspaper

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Disgusting anti-semitism on display from Kia Ora Gaza hate group

Kia Ora Gaza is promoting a speaking event from the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network on Facebook.

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Once again Roger Fowler’s group is inciting hatred against Jews.   Read more »

Face of the day

Hate Speech research Scott Poynting

Hate Speech researcher at The University of Auckland, Scott Poynting

Today’s face of the day hate speech researcher Scott Poynting, is guilty of the most disgusting anti-semitism and he makes his living researching hate speech against Muslims. You would think that someone who studies hate for a living would be someone passionate about stopping hate, someone who wants a better world. The thought that a man with anti-semitic views like this is teaching at Auckland University sickens me.

I have never before in my life called for someone to be sacked from their job but for this man I will make an exception. His reference to the German company IG Farben, that manufactured the poison gas used to massacre Jews inside concentration camps, was beneath contempt. His comment that he has nothing against the Germans, while referring to the German company that aided Hitler’s genocide of the Jews is hateful.

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So how much aid was the Maori TV crew delivering to Gaza?

Look at us, we tricked the world and got a free cruise on the Med as well!

Look at us, we tricked the world and got a free cruise on the Med as well!

We were all told by Maori Television that their journalist was part of the Kia Ora Gaza flotilla and they were delivering “aid” to Gaza.

We were also told by the media, acting as useful mouthpieces for Kia Ora Gaza that the aid that was being delivered were “medical equipment and solar panels“.

Marianne’s cargo includes donated medical equipment and solar panels: “The sun cannot be blockaded.”

Sounds admirable doesn’t it?

Well…uhmm..no…it was a lie.

The Washington Post explains:

Pro-Palestinian activists aboard a Swedish vessel tried and failed to punch through Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza this week. Israeli commandos boarded the vessel, searched the ship and brought it to an Israeli port.

The Israeli military called the operation “uneventful.” According to a report, Israel’s Channel 2, one of the activists was zapped with a taser. The foreign activists were detained and are being deported.

In the scope of Middle East confrontations, it was a minor, though publicized, affair.

Afterwards, Israel’s defense minister Moshe Yaalon said, “there was no aid on board” the activist ship.    Read more »

Maori Television reporter deported from Israel

One of the two reporters from Maori Television on board the terror-supporting protest flotilla has been deported from Israel.

Maori Television reporter Ruwani Perera has been deported from Israel after she and cameraman Jacob Bryant were filming a story onboard a flotilla of ships detained by the Israeli military.

Perera contacted relatives on Tuesday morning (New Zealand time) via satellite phone to say she was being deported, her partner Tim Werry said.

Werry said she was safe and that she would be flying back into Auckland on July 1.

It was only a brief message, he said, and he did not hear what had happened to Perera’s colleague Bryant.

“It’s all happening so quickly,” he said.

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Maori TV journalists detained by IDF as they take control of ships

The Maori TV journalists who were aboard the “Marianne av Göteborg” have been detained after the ships were intercepted by Israeli Navy Commandos.

The Times of Israel reports:

Israeli Navy commandos boarded a ship that was headed for the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday-Monday and took control of the vessel.

The interception occurred without incident and there were no injuries, the IDF said.

The Swedish-registered Marianne of Gothenburg will now be taken to Ashdod port, after which the activists on board will likely be deported, as Israeli officials have warned.

“In accordance with international law, the Israeli Navy advised the vessel several times to change course,” the IDF said in a statement.

“Following their refusal, forces visited and searched the vessel in international waters in order to prevent the intended breach of the maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip. The forces have reported that use of force was unnecessary, and that the process was uneventful. The vessel is currently being escorted to Ashdod Port and is expected to arrive within 12-24 hours,” it went on.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the commandos on “their determined and efficient action in detaining the passengers on the ship that tried to reach the Gaza coast in contravention of the law.”

“This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region. Preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General,” Netanyahu said in a statement released to the press.

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When you don't chuck bombs the walls come down

Well now, here is a lesson for the haters of Hamas.

Yesterday, August 15th, the Israeli Police began their work of dismantling the protective concrete structure that was built eight years ago to protect Gilo residents from gunfire and shells fired from the neighboring town of Beit Jala. The decision to dismantle the wall was made by officials of the IDF Central Command as well as other relevant officials in light of the stable security situation in the region.

If you stop chucking rockets and bombs across the border the border gets opened. Perhaps Kia Ora Gaza would be better off explaining that to Hamas.

Unspinning the Kia Ora Gaza liars

The NationI was on the Nation today and due to time constraints I didn’t get to slam into the liars of Kia Ora Gaza. Sean Plunket however did a fair job of trying to expose their lies.

Here is the transcript:

SEAN In the past week you’ve been asked to give again to a group called Kia Ora Gaza.  They tell us they’re a group of Kiwis joining an international aid convoy to deliver humanitarian supplies to the needy of Gaza.  They’ve had some media coverage in the papers and on the tele.  They’ve adapted a Hank Williams song and have a cute little Kiwi cartoon on their website where they’re asking for $100,000 to fund this mercy mission.  But is this really a homegrown handout for the needy of Gaza, or is there something else going on?  To find out we have in the studio Roger Fowler, Team Captain of Kia Ora Gaza, good morning to you, and from the Jewish Council of New Zealand, David Zwartz, he’s in our Wellington studio

SEAN Roger Fowler I want to come to you first, is this about delivering aid, or making a political statement?

ROGER It’s definitely about delivering aid, we’re talking about millions of dollars worth of humanitarian aid which is desperately needed by the people of Gaza.  We’re talking about medical equipment, educational equipment, and building equipment to try and rebuild some normality of life for the people of that desperate nation.

SEAN Alright and to do that the six of you are going to London and then driving to Gaza?

ROGER There’ll be a massive convoy Sean of about 500 vehicles, coming in three legs.  One’s coming down from London and that’s the one that we’ll be joining with the people of Palestine, and there’ll be another leg coming from Dohar, and another one from Morocco, all coming towards Gaza on the same day.

Ok here we have the first lies. That 500 vehicles is a massive convoy to save the embattled Palestinians. They are trying to make out that Israel is starving the people out of their homes through a blockade. It is a lie that “aid” is even needed.

The July Monthly report of border crossings of Civilian and Humaitarian Aid shows the lie of Kia Ora Gaza.
Civilian and Humanitarian Aid to Gaza – Monthly Report – July 2010

A total of 3,665 truckloads and 82,701 tons of general goods, 4.1 million litres of fuel for power stations and another 400,000 litre of other fuels.

This is just for July.

For the first week of August the totals were 1,166 truckloads carrying 23,279 tons of humanitarian aid (including food, goods, and fuel) were transferred into the Gaza Strip , and 324 patients and accompanying individuals left the Strip for medical purposes.

SEAN Can you not buy the supplies, the medicines and the building supplies you want on Cairo and simply send them over the border to Gaza, why the need for this massive road trip?

ROGER Well this is a big international effort once and for all to bring much needed aid to the people of Gaza.

SEAN But as I’ve just explained to you there’s a far logistically simpler and one would presume more economically sustainable way to do that?

ROGER There is but the need to bring this humanitarian aid is because there is a siege on Gaza, which is inflicted by their neighbours, and we have seen a need to break that siege.  So yes there is a physical component to breaking that siege and bringing that aid.

SEAN So are you actually going to physically drive through the lines and sort of confront the Israeli Security Forces?

ROGER Well the Israelis have indicated that they’ve eased the blockade and indicated that it’s easy to get stuff through.  So that will be put to the test.

So this big international aid effort is only going to deliver a sixth of the usual monthly amounts, not even half of the trucks for the first week of August….sounds like they are just trying to make a show for cameras. There is not a siege on Gaza, a siege would not allow anything through. The Israelis have made it quite clear that they will allow anything through so long as it can’t be used for war-making.

SEAN Okay, I’m going to put it to you that actually this is about politics.   You and Grant Morgan who’s the person you send the money to if you want to back Kia Ora Gaza, members of the Social Workers Party people have been involved in what one would call the far reach of left politics in New Zealand for quite some time.

ROGER Sean you probably know that left leading people are often the very first to come to the aid of the underdog in New Zealand, and in fact it’s a good Kiwi tradition.  We come to the side of the underdog whether it’s in sports or its social events.

SEAN So you would agree there’s a political motivation to this?

ROGER No, there are people politically involved, but there’s people from a wide selection of backgrounds come to ….

SEAN Not on the trip there isn’t?

ROGER Yes there is a wide selection of people.

SEAN Well could you just name some people who aren’t politically active on the trip?  Your son perhaps?

ROGER My son has put his hand up and he’s been selected too.

SEAN Okay, politically active?

ROGER He’s involved in community work just as I am.  I’m the manager of a community centre in South Auckland, have been heavily involved in community work all my life.

SEAN Part of the Resident Action Movement that stood for Council?

ROGER Yes I’ve been active in politics.

SEAN Okay, other people on the truck been involved in that movement as well?

ROGER One other one yes.

This is about politics pure and simple. They are communists and antisemitic and want nothing more than  a conflict with Israeli border troops entering Gaza. they will drive up and expect to drive straight through, that isn’t going to happen, those trucks will be thourghly searched and then allowed to proceed, but this won’t be good enough for these guys, hoping to make a huge deal with some pushing and shoving with Israeli troops.

Plunket is right, why not just buy the goods in Cairo and drive from there. After all one of Gaza’s borer crossings is into Egypt and managed by Egypt. Are they too blockading and laying siege to Gaza. Of course they aren’t, they don’t want bombs flying over their borders just as much as the Israeli don’t want them over theirs.

SEAN Okay, Grant Morgan as I said the man who’s taking the money the last General Secretary of the Communist Party in New Zealand.  Where does that money go and who administers it, are you a charity?

ROGER We’re in the process of setting up a charitable trust.  This has all come together quite quickly and the support has been enormous and is growing.

SEAN Okay, and you would agree that the person Viva Palestinia the group you are linked up with in London, is spearheaded by George Galloway, former Labour MP, virulent anti American, a man who’s said ‘I never met a dictator I didn’t like’ and Viva Palestinia itself was investigated by the British Charities Commission last year.  Two of its directors resigned and questions were asked about direct payment of money to Hamas which is of course listed as a terrorist organisation in Great Britain.

ROGER Yes, I think all those allegations were proved to be false, and yes George Galloway has been a long time campaigner against war.

Right, so the charity isn’t a charity. One other thing that Plunket didn’t cover is the endorsement of these communists by the CTU president Helen Kelly.

ROGER Sean, we all know that there is definitely a siege and a blockage on Gaza, even the Prime Minister of the UK has come out and denounced this inhumane blockade, and demanded that it be stopped.  World leaders …

SEAN No what he’s actually said and I’ve got the direct quote here.  He said that Gaza couldn’t remain a prison camp, and he says progress is being made, and he made that speech in Turkey, he said progress is being made, which is unlike George Galloway, who says that at the end of the day this is all about the fall of the capitalist system, and Grant Morgan says that in some of his political writings as well.

ROGER Well actually anybody making those references to this issue, this is an issue of taking humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, they’re in desperate straits despite what our friend says, and they have been for some time.  Yes there has been an easing, and all that means is there’s a few bits and pieces are getting through.  250 trucks a day is completely inadequate, they’re people in a desperate situation.

Still they lie. Calling Gaza a prison camp and saying the people are in a desperate situation.

Kia Ora Gaza are lying when they call Gaza a prison camp, they too presumably haven’t seen these appalling pictures starv­ing locals try­ing to find scarce food, or basic neces­si­ties at impov­er­ished shops lack­ing stock because of evil Israeli block­ades, or even try­ing to find a cool pool of water to take the edge off of the desert heat in the “prison camp”. This is the only “prison camp” in the world with a flash mall too. Lord only knows how they con­structed all that with a block­ade/siege in place.

Kia Ora Gaza are tricking through lies and obfuscations, Kiwis into believing the mass media lie that Gaza is somehow a place of squalor. If there is squalor the solution for citizens of Gaza is simple. Stop throwing missiles, bombs and bullets over the border, start to live peacefully with your neighbours like Egypt does and they will find that life gets a whole lot simpler and easier. Nothing brings prosperity like peace does. The solution is in the hands of the the citizens of Gaza, that they keep using those hands to make bombs, and voting in Hamas is no ones fault but their own.

David Zwartz, former Honorary Israeli Consul to New Zealand, gives some very sensible advice for people wanting to donate to the needy.

I would say that $100.000 given to the Pakistan Aid Relief will help one million children instead of going to the diesel fuel and trucks to drive 4,000 kilometres from London to deliver aid which can be delivered much more efficiently through the International Red Cross.

Helen Kelly has no idea

Helen Kelly and the CTU are supporting terrorists. Sure they dress it up under the guise of supporting the removal of an alleged blockade, but they deny the simple cold hard facts that is the real Gaza.

I am very pleased to support the solidarity action ‘Kia Ora Gaza’. The people of Gaza have suffered severely from the blockade of Gaza by Israel. This has included not only their inability to get the materials they need to rebuild after the last bombardment of Gaza by the Israeli army but also even the ability to get school supplies. The attack on the most recent flotilla was an act of piracy and the violence displayed was beyond belief. A supply of aid from the people of New Zealand is a way for us to send a real expression both of our disapproval of the blockade but also our solidarity with the people of Gaza. I wish it every success.

Helen Kelly
President
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Te Kauae Kaimahi

She obviously hasn’t seen the starving locals trying to find scarce food, or basic necessities at impoverished shops lacking stock because of evil Israeli blockades, or even trying to find a cool pool of water to take the edge off of the desert heat in the “prison camp”. This is the only “prison camp” in the world with a flash mall too. Lord only knows how they constructed all that with a blockade in place.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.