Remembering the Nakba, present day Zionist settler colonialism and apartheid, and calling for Justice for Shireen Abu Akleh

People at the Nakba commemorations at Aotea Square on 15 May 2022

May 15 is Nakba Day – this is the day marking the ethnic cleansing of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and off their land by Israeli militias in 1948. For 74 years Israel has refused to allow them to return to their homes and land in Palestine despite dozens of U.N. resolutions requiring them to do so. The Nakba has continued every day since 1948 as Israel seizes more Palestinian land and creates more Palestinian refugees every day.

Tameem Shaltoni wrote this essay about the Nakba, past and present. The Sunday Essay: A Palestinian catastrophe

To learn about some of Palestines recent history of colonisation by zionist Israel, have read through this beautiful website Decolonise Palestine.

Read the open letter by Justice For Palestine, Palestine Youth Association and Alternative Jewish Voiced NZ calling on the Government of Aotearoa New Zealand to hold Israel to account for the murder of Palestinian journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh.

Palestine Youth Aotearoa set up this shrine.

On the 15th of May there was a gathering in Aotea Sq, in remembrance of the Nakba, and in solidarity with Palestine. Organised by Palestinian Youth Association and Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa. It was a deeply moving event.

Hear Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman’s speech in the video below:

The Nakba hasn’t ended. If you ever wanted to see settler colonialism unfolding in real-time, here it is:

We are thankful to Amnesty for all their work they do, have a look at the information and resources about Palestine on their website and contact them to get ask for a Palestine advocacy pack to use your freedom to free Palestine.

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