Palestine Solidarity Network – Auckland Events – September & October

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Auckland – Tamaki Makarau

September Newsletter

13 September, 2019

Kia ora Mike

We have a lot going on over the next two months. This email is to let you know of the upcoming events in Auckland:

  • Auckland Planning Meeting – Tuesday 17 September – Next week at Unite in Kingsland
  • Public debate – John Minto (PSNA) – David Cumin (IINZ) – Thursday 3 October
  • Julie Webb-Pullman Auckland Talks – October Wednesday 9 & Saturday 12
  • Dr Abu Sitta Auckland Lecture – Thursday October 17

Scroll down for details and maps of access to venues.

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Auckland Planning Meeting

  • Visits to MP’s – Booklets and scripts
  • John Minto – David Cumin public debate
  • Julie Webb-Pullman Auckland talks
  • Dr Abu Sitta Auckland Lecture

Date and time

  • 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 17th September (next Tuesday)
  • Unite Building
  • 6A Western Springs Rd, Kingsland, Auckland
Public Debate – John Minto (PSNA) – David Cumin (IINZ)

“Differing Perspectives on Israel”

It is incredibly rare for a public debate on Palestine/Israel to occur and this is a unique opportunity for both sides to front and argue the issue.

The debate topic is “Different Perspectives on Israel”.

The debate came about after John challenged Dr Cumin to a debate (via the letters section in the Christchurch Press newspaper) after Cumin claimed the Middle East situation was very complicated. It is common for Zionist supporters of Israel to claim the situation is complex – it’s a key tactic used to discourage legitimate criticism of Israel.

Please come … your support on the night is welcomed and bring a friend !

The debate is on:

  • 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 3 October
  • Owen Glenn Building – University of Auckland
  • Parking in car park under building, $6.00 after 5:00 pm – Access off Grafton Road
  • Room 051 – Take elevator to level “0” and go to Lecture Theatre 051 – there will be signage to assist finding its location
Julie Webb-Pullman Auckland Talks
Kiwi war crime investigator and journalist Julie Webb-Pullman has been working in Gaza since 2011 and investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity committed there since 2014.

Julie will talk about attacks on health facilities and personnel in Gaza, and local attempts to seek justice through the International Criminal Court. She will screen a 12-minute documentary interviewing patients, staff, victims and

refuge-seekers about the 2014 attack on Al Aqsa Hospital, and discuss some of the issues and difficulties in seeking and obtaining justice at the international level.

The issues faced include from the obtaining and preservation of evidence to its progress through the ICC system in The Hague, where she recently met with officers from the Victims and Prosecutor’s sections to discuss the Gaza situation, including the Great March of Return.

Julie Webb-Pullman is a New Zealander who has been writing from Gaza since 2011. Her work has appeared in Gaza SCOOP, Palestine Chronicle, Global Research, Havana Times, Prensa Latina, Dissident Voice, Tortilla Con Sal, Al Jazeera and Green Left Weekly.

Julie Webb-Pullman talk no 1- Auckland

  • 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9 October
  • Venue to be advised

Julie Webb-Pullman talk no 2- Auckland

  • 7:00 pm
  • Saturday 12 October
  • Venue to be advised

Other centers – FYI
South Island

  • Monday September 23 – Nelson
  • Tuesday September 24 – Christchurch
  • Wednesday September 25 – Dunedin
  • Thursday September 26 – Invercargill

North Island

  • Monday October 7 – Napier
  • Tuesday October 8 – Hamilton
  • Thursday October 10 – Whangarei (Proposed)
Dr Abu Sitta Lecture
We are delighted to announce the visit to New Zealand of Dr Abu Sitta in mid October.
Dr Abu Sitta is a well-respected academic, author and member of the Palestine National Council.

He is giving the Edward Said Memorial Lecture in Adelaide, Australia and visiting New Zealand afterwards.

He will meet with some MPs and government officials in Wellington and will deliver a lecture in Auckland.

Auckland Lecture

  • 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 17 October
  • Building “105S” – Clock Tower on Princes Street, University of Auckland
  • Room “039” – Accessed down the slope between the Clock Tower building 105S and the building to the South 103 and through the gate. Turn left to get to room 039
If you would like to contribute to covering the costs of bringing Dr Sitta to New Zealand for these events, please donate here:

  • Bank account name: Palestine Solidarity Network
  • Account Number: 38 9015 0849542 00

(Note PSNA is not a charity and donations are not tax deductible, however if you would like your donation receipted please email the secretary and advise donation date etc)

Are you able to donate a cup of coffee a month to the campaign?
Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa will need some serious money to make our campaign as effective as possible. For example, we will need somewhere in the vicinity of $25,000 to bring speakers to New Zealand over the next year and organise large public meetings to help spread the message.

You can help. Are you able to donate a cup of coffee a month to the campaign? In other words, can you afford to make an automatic payment of $5 per month to support the Palestinian struggle? (If you can afford more that would be great!)
Our account details are:

Account name: Palestine Solidarity Network
Account number: 38-9015-0849542-00

Or Pay Pal account: admin

We are happy to provide a receipt upon request (however, we are not a registered charity so this is not tax-deductible)

Ways you can get involved

  • Forward this Newsletter – If you know people who may be interested in this movement, please forward this Newsletter to them.
  • Join in our monthly Rally in Auckland. PSN-Auckland holds a monthly Protest Rally at 2.00 pm on the first Saturday of every month in Aotearoa Square. Contact Secretary if you would like to know where and how to get your own Flags and Banners.
  • Help set up a Students for Justice in Palestine groups on your campus
  • Tell Your MP your opinions on Divestment and Sanctions of Israel.
  • Write Letters to Newspapers – Call Talkback Radio
  • Keep in touch with the campaign on social media
    • Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa website: Secretary
  • Keep Updated on our Facebook pages and websites (listed below)
Whangarei Palestine Solidarity Network Whangarei
Auckland Palestine Solidarity Network – Auckland (PSN-Auckland)
Hamilton Palestine Human Rights Campaign Waikato
Tauranga Tauranga Moana 4 Palestine
Napier Aotearoa Standing with Palestine
Wellington Wellington Palestine
Nelson Te Tau Ihu (Nelson) Palestine
Christchurch PSNA Christchurch
Dunedin Dunedin for Justice in Palestine
New Zealand Affiliates The New Zealand Palestine Human Rights Campaign
Kia Ora Gaza
Letters for Palestine
Boycott Divestment and Sanctions NZ
Auckland Peace Action
Global Peace and Justice Auckland
Nga mihi




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