A stand on Is­rael

Sunday Star-Times - - FOCUS | OPINION -

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,

Grey­town

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

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