INDEPENDENT NEWS

Request government cancel multi-million purchase from Israel

Published: Thu 23 May 2019 04:17 PM
The Palestine Solidarity Network has written to Minister of Defence Ron Mark asking him to urgently cancel a reported New Zealand Defence Force multi-million-dollar purchase of military equipment from an Israeli company.
The report from the Jerusalem Post is here:
https://www.jpost.com/Jpost-Tech/Tel-Aviv-company-to-supply-robots-to-New-Zealand-Defense-Force-590394
Military equipment from Israel is tested on the civilian population of occupied Palestine by a brutal Israeli regime which murders unarmed civilians – particularly young boys – with impunity.
The government will be complicit with this ruthless occupation and associated war crimes should the deal go ahead.
We have requested an urgent meeting with the minister to discuss the proposed purchase.
Palestinian groups have repeatedly called for BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against the Israeli regime which across the world is seen as an apartheid state. New Zealand gave support to the struggle against apartheid South Africa through boycotts and we should do the same to help isolate apartheid Israel.

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