Nakba Day Resources

Here is a bunch of free resources you can print and use on Nakba day! (Just click on the text link under the picture.)

Decorate the street, your office, home etc… and show your solidarity with Palestine and the #GreatReturnMarch on #Nakba70 from #AotearoaToPalestine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gaza will be free poster, Palestinian Village names and Posters of Palestinians who have been killed in the #GreatReturnMarch* were sourced from the Jewish Voice for Peace > https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/nakba-at-70/

*There are now sadly many more names to add to this list

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Palestine Events in Wellington in May!

Show solidarity with Palestine this May! #FromAotearoaToPalestine.

Join us to support the Cultural Boycott of Israel May 14th 8.15pm at the Roxy.

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Ben Gurion, Epilouge

Help call out the Doc Edge Festival for supporting Israel!

In contravention of the Palestinian Cultural Boycott, Doc Edge Festival has taken sponsorship from the Israeli Embassy for a screening of Ben-Gurion, Epilogue.

This film screening also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence on 14 May that preceded the Nakba (‘the Catastrophe’, 15 May) where Palestinian people were ethnically cleansed from Palestine.

You can:
1) Write to the Doc Edge Fest and tell them why they shouldn’t break the boycott by showing this film, and taking money from Israel. Their email is info@docedge.nz – if you want some tips on what to write, check out the letter we sent.

2) Join us outside the Roxy at 8:15pm on Monday 14th to protest in solidarity with Palestinian people and  tell Doc Edge that it’s not ok to support apartheid. BYO own sign, warm clothes. We will have hot drinks, tunes and it’d be great to meet and talk about whats happening in Palestine.

nakba_day70Nakba Day – Tuesday May 15th

Nakba Day 2018 will mark the culmination of the ‘The Great March of Return‘ – six weeks of protest by the Palestinian people. The Israeli military has cracked down extremely hard on people during this time of protest, particularly those in Gaza, where unarmed people and people who weren’t even protesting have been shot and killed. Thousands have been injured by live fire, tear gas and rubber bullets.

Tensions will also be particularly high as the US Embassy is set to be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv on the 14th May. According to Palestinian officials, this is “siding totally with Israeli annexation and Israeli cleansing of our people from Jerusalem”.

Come and say salaam aleikum to us on Tuesday for a casual lunch time solidarity action – we’ll be having some kōrero about Palestine, putting up posters, handing out zines, chalking and flying some Palestinian flags at these times:
– Cuba Mall at 12.30-1pm
– Midland Park 1.30-2pm

Wellington welcomes Palestinian author Dr. Ramzy Baroud

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Wellington Palestine are hosting Gaza-born Palestinian author Dr. Ramzy Baroud, who is visiting Wellington as part of a world tour to launch his new book: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story.
There is a book reading and signing, at VicBooks Kelburn Campus bookstore on May 22nd at 12pm. Then later that same day at 7pm a book launch at St Andrews on the Terrace where the author will discuss the background to the book and his views on contemporary issues facing the Palestinian liberation movement.

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Peace groups remembered civilians at Anzac day events

Peace Action Wellington and friends joined Anzac day events in Wellington to remember civilian casualties of war. We called for an end to war, and honoured all civilians casualties with a respectful presence at the dawn service at Pukeahu and at the Wellington Citizens’ Wreath-laying Service at the Cenotaph.

“We laid a wreath for civilian casualties of war because all loss of life in war is abhorrent.” said spokesperson, Alex Davies. Peace Action Wellington laid a wreath alongside other peace groups who laid wreaths for conscientious objectors, the Afghan people killed in Operation Burnham, and the people killed by ANZAC soldiers in the Surafend Massacre in Palestine, 1918.

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“In the past four years we have seen an increasing obsession with Anzac day. This came to a head around the First World War centenary. Anzacs continue to be heavily romanticised as heroes and the protagonists of the historical New Zealand war narrative. However, selective commemoration can alter our view of history, and whose lives we deem to be important. On this day of remembrance it’s important we remember all aspects of war, including the civilian casualties and those that opposed it.”, said spokesperson, Alex Davies.

“We cannot separate commemorations of the past from the contemporary wars we participate in. Anzac day is a day to remember and reflect, we should be able to think critically and question how as a country we can be actively working towards peace.”, said Davies.

The government has finally begun an inquiry into the SAS lead Operation Burnham in Afghanistan and commemorations of the New Zealand Land Wars, both of which have only happened because citizens have stood up and requested it. Peace Action Wellington hopes that this reflection means we can move forward and actively work towards full demilitarisation.

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“When we laid our wreath we also remembered the more than 100,000 civilians that have died in Syria. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern misspoke when she said that New Zealand ‘accepted’ the bombing of Syria by the US, UK and France. Many New Zealanders would prefer that our country took a stand for peace and led the way on international demilitarisation and non-violent diplomacy.”, Davies said.

During her first foreign policy speech in February this year Ardern said that New Zealand, “Must recommit ourselves to the cause of non-proliferation and disarmament, and to the norms and rules which support those endeavours.” Actions speak louder than words, however. Peace Action Wellington calls on our government to end all New Zealand support and involvement in foreign conflicts including Afghanistan.

“When we say ‘Never again’, we should mean it.”, said Davies.

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How can we support peace in Syria?

There has been a lot of debate on the civil war in Syria.
Here is a statement on Peace Action Wellington’s position:

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Be actively pro-civilian
Recognise the right to self-determination – the war began as an uprising to overthrow Assad’s oppressive regime.
Support refugees in your communities! 5.5 million people have fled to find safety from the war in Syria and 6.3 million people are internally displaced.
Civilians account for 85% of people killed by explosive weapons in Syria.

Stay anti-Assad
The civil war began in 2011 as a popular uprising to overthrow the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. He has done some h*ckin bad stuff and if you can’t find it, you can’t internet.

Oppose external/Western military intervention
The US, UK, France, Russia, Israel, Iran and Turkey have all been involved in the war in Syria – this has not helped to stabilise the situation for the Syrian people.
If other countries want to effect positive change they should focus on international demilitarisation and non-violent diplomacy.

It is important to acknowledge there is a diversity of opinions on the war both from within Syria as well as from the outside. There is also a h*ckload of misinformation out there which our media is doing little to dispel. Hold tight to your principles. #Peace

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Rally for Climate Justice!

On 26-28 March 2018 the oil and gas industry held its annual business conference. Where government ministers are lobbied, businesses network and oil and gas exploration permits are announced – even though we can’t use the oil we already know about. The main rally took place on Tuesday 27th March.

We joined Oil Free Wellington and a broad range of groups who’ve came from all over Aotearoa to protest the expansion of oil and gas in Aotearoa: Climate Justice Taranaki, Te Ara Whatu, Pacific Panthers, 350 Aotearoa, Auckland Peace Action, People Against Prisons Aotearoa, Oil Free Otago, Berrigan House, Coal Action Network Aotearoa, It’s Our Future Manawatu, Unite Union, Our Climate Declaration, Frack Free, Oil Free Otautahi, and Unions Wellington.

The Rally for Climate Justice called for the following:

1: To the government: Commit to no new permits, and stop all drilling and prospecting for oil and gas as part of a just transition for workers and communities.

2: To the oil and gas industries: Stop drilling and prospecting; clean up the damage you have caused and make amends to the communities you’ve harmed.

3: To the people: Join with us to stand up for climate justice – demand that global solutions to climate change centre on and support those who bear the brunt of it.

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Reza Barati remembered in Wellington

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A bench in Wellington’s Katherine Mansfield Park (next to the Australian High Commission) was today dedicated to Reza Barati, an Iranian-Kurdish refugee murdered on Manus Island in 2014. Australia’s racist border policy is responsible for his death. We demand justice for Reza, and for all the refugees and asylum seekers still in Australian offshore detention.

 

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The Best of 2017

2017 the year in which we got the Wellington Mayor to deny the Weapons Expo a venue, went to court far too many times and won nearly all the cases, sparked controversy on Anzac Day, organised a massive two days resistance against the Weapons Expo and stood in solidarity with refugees on Manus among other things. Here are the highlights.

February: We went to court and all 15 people charged with obstruction, trespass or disorderly behaviour from the 2015 Weapons Expo protest were dismissed or found not guilty due to lack of evidence. We also handed in a petition to parliament to Stop the Weapons Expo! and jointly held a Vigil for Reza Berati with Doing Our Bit outside the Australian High Commission.

March: We won our case against the police to retrieve some costs of the trial after successfully defending charges in February. Then we traveled up to Taranaki with Oil Free Wellington to attend The People’s Climate Rally, a protest in response to the Petroleum Conference. (It’s back in Wellington on March 26 this year so we will be joining Oil Free Wellington again for the Rally for Climate Justice.)

April: We were lucky enough to co-host Rafeef Ziadah’s show ‘We Teach Life’ with Poetry in Motion. Then we caught PM Bill English and Chief of Defence Tim Keating sweeping some classified documents pertaining to the deadly NZ SAS raid on a village in Afghanistan under the rug. And then on Anzac day at the public wreath laying ceremony in Wellington we laid a wreath for those killed allegedly by the NZ SAS in Operation Burnham in Afghanistan and to commemorate all civilian lives lost during war. Thanks to one upset young man the wreath laying sparked numerous comments, opinions pieces and polls about whether it’s appropriate to protest on Anzac day despite it being done so since the Vietnam War. We are still waiting for that independent inquiry!

May: Gee whiz some good citizens put Palestinian flags up around Wellington on Nakba day. May 15, 2017 marked the 69th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland. We put together a zine about Al Nakba that provides some historical background and present context which you can check out here.

June: We helped unwelcome the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson to Wellington with a Donald Trump effigy at 350 Aotearoa’s Unwelcoming Party at Parliament. Then back to court we went for another charge of trespass from a protest at the Ministry of Defence in April 2016 against increased military spending and the controversial US ship visit. After the judge heard the police prosecution’s case they decided there was no case to answer.

July: We launched our campaign of resistance to the Weapons Expo, at the Westpac Stadium on 10-11th October with a sculpture of an unexploded ordnance like Wellington was under attack. It aimed to make people stop and question how comfortable they really are with the presence of weapons of war in their city. Oh and we built a dedicated website on the arms trade in NZ. www.stopthearmstrade.nz

August: We spoke at the Hiroshima and Nagasaki day commemoration about the role the arms trade plays in driving war. Oops somebody threw blood on the Australian High Commission. This was after another refugee died whilst being held in detention by the Australian government on Manus Island. Some posters found themselves at Wilson’s car parks later in the month highlighting the fact Wilson’s held the security contract on Manus. And then we were back in court again. This time one activist had their charge dropped whilst the other was found guilty in a h*ckin heavy handed judgement.

September: We cranked up the campaign against the Weapons Expo and after meeting Mayor Justin Lester secured his guarantee that the Weapons Expo would not be held in WCC controlled venues whilst he is mayor. We had a public meeting and the po-po turned up. We held workshops, produced memes, videos, props, banners and merchandise galore! We met with the Westpac Stadium CEO who said he respected our right to protest but that the Weapons Expo would still be held there.

October: Then the Weapons Expo came to town and we shut it down again and prevented hundreds of arms dealing delegates from getting in for hours with the help of many groups and people from all over Aotearoa. The blockade was a success despite violent policing, arrests and a vast venue with many possible entrances. There was also a walking touring of local arms companies, a peace picnic and dance party over the two days of resistance.

November: We started a petition asking the government to urgently welcome 700+ refugees in danger on Manus Island. Then we had a vigil at parliament, dropped a banner, filled 700 cups of water, had an emergency demo outside the Australian High Commission where we locked on to the gates, drove a lifeboat around Wellington and along with others around the country occupied our local Labour office to keep highlighting the crisis situation for refugees on Manus.

December: We wrapped up the year by dropping off the rat chewed Trump effigy outside the Israeli embassy to protest the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, held a  bbq blockade outside the Australian High Commission for refugees on Manus and celebrated Lorde hearing the call to boycott Israel and cancelling her concert in Tel Aviv.

Thanks to all who supported us in 2017. Join us in 2018 for more direct action!

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