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To: Hon David Parker, Labour list MP and Minister for Economic Development, Environment, and Trade and Export Growth
Illegal Israeli settlement goods – Make labelling compulsory, not optional
We call on the New Zealand Government to implement the mandatory labelling of Israeli settlement goods imported into New Zealand.
This action will allow for the New Zealand public to make conscious, informed decisions about who and what they support. We ask for Hon David Parker of the Labour Party to accept our petition and present the results to parliament.
Why is this important?
At the expense of Palestinians, Israel continues to expand its presence and control in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) through the establishment of settlements.
Israeli settlements have caused the displacement of thousands of Palestinians from their homes, contributing to the current Palestinian refugee crisis. According to UNRWA, the number of Palestinian refugees was 5.34 million as of January 1, 2017.
The international community (including New Zealand) considers the establishment of Israeli settlements illegal under international law, because the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 prohibits countries from moving population into territories occupied in a war.
Many products are made in Israeli settlements which are exported worldwide. In 2017, New Zealand’s total imports from Israel totalled around 185 million NZD. However, there exists no mandatory bill in New Zealand which states that goods must be labelled indicating their country of origin.
This means that New Zealand consumers may not know or be able to find out where the goods that they purchase were made. We believe that consumers should be able to know if a product was made in Israeli settlements.
Through the mandatory labelling of Israeli settlement consumer goods that are imported into New Zealand, we seek to raise awareness about Israeli settlement goods and subsequently decrease support for Israel’s illegal actions. If New Zealand consumers know where products are made, we believe that they will make more informed choices and can help influence change through their collective power as consumers by boycotting Israeli settlement goods.
If the New Zealand government remains indecisive on this issue, then New Zealand consumers may never receive the information they need to make informed choices and the injustices against Palestinians will continue to worsen. If New Zealand and other nations do not act, Israel will continue its illegal land grab causing severe consequences for peace, stability, and security in the region and abroad.
If you want to see the mandatory labelling of Israeli goods implemented in New Zealand, please add your signature to the petition. We appreciate your support!
We are Massey University BA students working together on a group project for Peace and International Security.
Julia Welsh-Morris, Preston Hiew, Llorne Howell, Callum Huntley, and Michaela Licht
Links to Further Information About the Topic:
Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/Israeli-settlements-good-ban-FAQs-FINAL_0.pdf
The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement: https://bdsmovement.net/
Irish Bill to ban Settlement Goods https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/bills/bill/2018/6/
New Zealand imports by country: https://tradingeconomics.com/new-zealand/imports-by-country
Petition to release medical supplies for Gaza https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/israel-military-must-release-medical-supplies-on-gaza-flotilla?bucket&source=facebook-share-email-button&time=1535557559
UNRWA Palestinian Refugees Jan 1 2017 https://www.unrwa.org/resources/about-unrwa/unrwa-figures-2017
How it will be delivered
If this petition exceeds 200 signatures, we will email Hon David Parker and/or a supportive MP.