Outgoing Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has shown support for a humanitarian pause in Gaza and establishing humanitarian corridors to protect civilians.
But advocates say this response is not enough, with more than 60 community organisations and individuals signing an open letter to the caretaker Prime Minister and incoming Prime Minister, calling for New Zealand to take a strong stand appealing for a ceasefire and for Palestinians in Gaza to come under United Nations protection.
Approximately 2.3 million Palestinians have experienced severe shortages of water, food, electricity, medicine, and essential healthcare services, and persistent Israeli attacks for more than two weeks.
The death toll for Palestinians in Gaza is now over 5000, including 2000 children.
News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to academic and Palestinian New Zealander Dr Rand Hazou about New Zealand’s response to what is happening to Palestinians in Gaza.
She started off the interview asking Dr Hazou about his connection to Palestine.