A stand on Israel
Pauline Alexander (Letters, June 3) is disingenuous in her depiction of Israel as democratic because it once offered 100,000 Palestinians citizenship. The 1948 war, or Nakba, forced over 700,000 Palestinians from their historic homeland. Israel prevents their return while continuing to grant Israeli citizenship to Jews born elsewhere regardless of other citizenship held.
Palestinians who accepted
citizenship (in the country where they were born and were already residing) were subject to curfews, administrative detentions and expulsions.
Over 50 laws continue to systematically discriminate against Arab citizens whose nationality, based on ethnic identity, marks them as inferior to Jewish citizens.
Unlike Alexander, I encourage New Zealand to be independent, and to stand on the right side of history. Just like we did with apartheid South Africa. Francesca Jane Hilbron,
Israel claims it did not deliberately target the young woman paramedic Razan Al-Najjar who was killed on June 1.
However, in a video released by the Palestinian Health Ministry and said to have been taken just before the shooting, a team of paramedics including Najjar can be seen approaching the Gaza boundary fence. All are wearing white coats and have their hands in the air, as they move towards wounded demonstrators.
In mid-May Dr Tarek Loubani, a Canadian, was shot in both legs when he was a considerable distance away from the protest area. On the day he was wounded 19
paramedics were shot, one of them killed.
Surely these are war crimes and our Government should call Israel out on them. Maire Leadbeater, Auckland