PFLP Solidarity Campaign Press Release:
For immediate release, Wednesday 28th April 2010
The Campaign of Solidarity with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine stands in solidarity with the struggling masses in Palestine, and wishes to make its intentions known that we will actively oppose the newly established Zionist embassy in Wellington. As long as Zionism is politically active and furthering its colonialist ambitions in Palestine any Israeli state institution or embassy here will be targeted for protest action.
The embassy is a logical extension of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is headed by the extreme anti-Arab racist Avigdor Lieberman, who heads the right wing Yisrael Beitenu party in the Israeli Knesset. Lieberman has a long history of Anti-Arab racism calling Arab members of the Knesset “terror collaborators” and calling for their execution. He stated that Palestinian prisoners should be “drowned in the Dead Sea” and as acting transport minister at the time that he would provide the buses to take them there. Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism called Lieberman’s recent election campaign “an outrageous, abominable, hate-filled campaign, brimming with incitement that, if left unchecked, could lead Israel to the gates of hell.”
Not only does the Israeli Embassy provide a mouth piece for Racist Zionist ideology in New Zealand, but it also provides a sanctuary for the far reaching arm of the Israeli Mossad. It should not be forgotten that as recently as 2004 Israeli Mossad agents attempted to obtain New Zealand passports on false grounds under the name of a tetraplegic who had not spoken in years. One can only surmise the intentions of the Mossad agents if they had gained access to New Zealand passports, but as was recently highlighted in Britain, the Mossad carries out the Israeli state’s targeted assassinations of Palestinian political leaders, attempting, as the PFLP describe it, to “eradicate, dispossess and to destroy the Palestinian people and their national movement by any means.”
Recently campaign co-ordinator Mike Walker spoke to PFLP politburo member Leila Khaled who called on the New Zealand government and “all peace lovers in New Zealand”, to “act against opening such an Embassy.” Walker stated that “there will be no peace for representatives of Zionism in New Zealand” and that “the racist state of Israel needs to be isolated internationally, not embraced.”
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine released the following statement:
“The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine calls upon the people of New Zealand to reject the new, proposed Israeli embassy in Wellington. This embassy is far from innocuous - it is the official state representation of the ongoing war crimes being waged against the Palestinian people, a representative institution for land theft, siege, occupation, oppression and racism. Israeli embassies around the world are a center for war crimes, a welcome space for war criminals, and they legitimize the ongoing illegitimate occupation of Palestinian land.
Just as the people of the world demanded the isolation of apartheid South Africa, rejecting diplomatic ties with the apartheid racist regime, it is time to internationally isolate Israel and cut diplomatic ties with this state of racist hatred. The Palestinian people call upon you to act in solidarity with our struggle against oppression and reject the Israeli embassy in New Zealand, following the example provided by Venezuela and Bolivia, in cutting all diplomatic ties with the racist state.
This is a meaningful, powerful and principled expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice, return and liberation. We call upon you today to support the call for justice in Palestine and internationally isolate Israel.”