If the NZ government wanted to do something about Israel’s actions what could we, a tin pot little country on the other side of the world, do?
It’s hard to know what we could do, it’s easy to understand why the government’s response is vagueÂ wafflings (although a statement that we think its wrong wouldn’t go amiss), and I’ve struggled to come up with any options, but here are my thoughts
- A public statement that Israel’s action is disproportionate, unacceptable and should stop. That seems like the easy one, but I’m sure someone with a foreign affairs background might explain it’s not without cost.
- We could go to the UNHCR and offer to take Palestinian refugees in addition to our existing quota. It’s not a public high profile measure, but it would make a real difference to some real lives.Â
- Working for a UN statement. We might never get one, but it would keep up the international pressure
- A travel ban on government and military officials and families? I was scraping the barrel to come up with this one, it seems like something we could actually do and, again, it’s a sign to the international community.