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Winston Peter’s Bluff And Bluster At The United Nations Fools Nobody Here


 

Winston Peters’ bluff and bluster in his
General Assembly speech at the United Nations yesterday are
a classic case of doing one thing at home and saying another
for overseas audiences.

Peters’ described the war on
Gaza as an “utter catastrophe” and labelled Gaza a
“wasteland”. He went on to say Israel could “not be
under any misconceptions as to its legal
obligations”.

These were strong words but
meaningless in the context of what the government has failed
to do at home.

Mr Peters did not tell his
international audience that the New Zealand government
has:

  • Refused to stop New Zealand military exports
    which support Israel’s war on Gaza
  • Refused (and
    still refuses) to condemn Israel for any of its war crimes
    such as collective punishment, the mass slaughter of over
    33,000 Palestinians – mostly women and children – the
    targeting of aid workers and deliberate starvation of
    Gaza’s Palestinian population
  • Refused (and still
    refuses) to call for an immediate permanent ceasefire in
    Gaza
  • Refused (and still refuses) to reinstate
    funding for UNRWA (let alone doubling its funding and
    bringing forward payments which the government has been
    urged to do)
  • Refused (and still refuses) to withdraw
    from the US war to target Yemen which is acting to oppose
    Israel’s genocide of Palestinians
  • Refused (and
    still refuses) to support or join South Africa’s genocide
    case against Israel at the International Court of
    Justice
  • Refused (and still refuses) to shut down the
    Israeli Embassy
  • Refused (and still refuses) to grant
    humanitarian visas for Palestinians with family in New
    Zealand

Winston Peters stands with the US/Israel
on Gaza in every important respect but has tried to give a
different impression to the United Nations.

There was
nothing in his speech which holds Israel to account for its
war crimes – not even a single punctuation mark.

It
was a Janus-faced performance at the United
Nations.

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