The Palestinian Solidarity Network Aotearoa said the Prime Minister should implement the ‘Middle East sniff test’ again. This time for the New Zealand government’s military dealings with Israel.
It follows that Air New Zealand is repairing equipment for the Saudi Arabian navy, while Saudi Arabia attacks civilians in Yemen, triggering a severe humanitarian crisis.
PSNA chairman John Minto said the Prime Minister should sniff out the purchase of New Zealand Defense Force military equipment from Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems Limited.
“The Elbit system acts illegally under international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. ‘
“This is too much for the New Zealand Superfund, which withdrew investment from Elbit Systems in 2012.”
The Superfund found Elbit was helping build Israel’s so-called “security wall” inside the Israeli-occupied West Bank. In 2003, the International Court of Justice declared the wall illegal under international law.
John Minto said the Elbit System offers its weapons “battle tested” in Palestine.
“However, despite the stance taken by Superfund, and the ACC as well, the Ministry of Defense ignored the requirements of New Zealand and international law, not to say basic morality, and continued to purchase military equipment from the Elbit System.”
“Previous Defense Minister Ron Mark ignored international law and the brutal persecution of the Palestinian people.”
“The purchase continues,” said John Minto. There is blood on this apparatus.
“The PM must follow his nose and resolve this issue quickly – the office of the new Minister of Defense has not responded to four PSNA communications on the matter since last year’s election.”
“New Zealand’s defense and foreign policy must have an ethical and moral basis in line with international law, United Nations resolutions, and in particular New Zealand’s obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention.”
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