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Protest against NZ's role in UNSC vote

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/12/2016
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Two busloads of people from the Flaxmere Christian Fellowship and other churches in Hawke's Bay have held a pro-Israel rally at parliament in Wellington.

They protested against a UN Security Council resolution, co-sponsored by New Zealand and passed on December 23, which said Israel's continuing establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory "constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution".

Israel has recalled its ambassador from New Zealand because of the resolution.

It has led to a diplomatic spat between Israel and US President Barack Obama, after the US abstained from the vote instead of using its veto power.

The protesters in Wellington said they were ashamed of the resolution and wanted to publicly condemn it.

They did so during the summer holiday period when most parliamentarians are away and parliament is in recess.

"We are protesting the outrageous resolution put forward by our government and passed at the UN last week outlawing the rights of the Jewish people to live on their own historical homeland in the land of Israel," the group said.

One held a sign saying Israel please forgive us.

Also 858 people have signed a letter to Prime Minister Bill English condemning the resolution and the New Zealand government's involvement in it, organisers say.

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