Members of Suara Bangsamoro, a Moro people’s organisation in Mindanao, hold a picket to support Palestine in Cotabato City.
Auckland Philippines Solidarity will be joining the protest in Auckland this Saturday against the Israeli Defence Force’s (IDF) attack on Gaza, which has cost the lives of at least 192 Palestinians, many of whom were civilians. The IDF has bombed civilian buildings, including a home for the disabled.
The US government provides US $3.1 billion aid annually to the Israeli government, despite the Israeli government’s ongoing violence against the Palestinian people. This has similarities to the huge military assistance provided by the US to the Philippines, despite the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) abysmal human rights record.
Progressive organisations in the Philippines, including the leading human rights organisation Karapatan, have condemned the Israeli government’s bombing of Gaza. Karapatan released a statement supporting the Palestinian people and condemning the assault on Gaza:
We are one with the calls of human rights organizations on the international community to immediately act to stop the Israeli offensive and protect Palestinian civilians. We also call for the prosecution of those who are accountable for their war crimes against Palestinian civilians.
We salute the work of the rally organisers, Kia Ora Gaza, Palestine Human Rights Campaigns, Global Peace and Justice Auckland and Students for Justice in Palestine. These groups have provided practical support to the Palestinian people and work tirelessly to keep the Palestinian struggle on the political agenda in New Zealand.
Details for rallies around New Zealand this weekend
WHEN: Friday 18th July, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
WHERE: Embassy of Israel – Baileys Building, 36 Brandon Street (off Lambton Quay), Wellington
Rally: 2pm Saturday 19 July at the Octagen.
Rally: 2pm Saturday 19 July, Aotea Square, Queen St. Bring your own placards, banners & olive tree branches. Rally will hear brief speeches then march via TVNZ & Herald to the US consulate.
Rally: Saturday 19th July, 2.00pm Cathedral Square, Colombo Street, Christchurch Central