We must preserve tolerance and peace in debate over Israel-Gaza conflict


The 7th of November marked one month since an attack on Israel reignited bloody conflict in Gaza. This ongoing and devastating situation has continued to fuel intense emotions overseas and in New Zealand.

The cause is complex, and so is knowing the appropriate response.
We do not pretend to have the perfect answer.

But no matter which side we are on, if we strike at the basic democratic principles in our outrage, we will all be poorer.

One side can’t have the right to have their say without the other receiving the same. The opportunity to listen and provide counter-speech must exist, otherwise this wouldn’t be a democracy.

Would you sign this public letter, regardless of which side you come from on this issue, working with us to preserve open debate and civil discourse?



Together, we sign this letter whilst disagreeing on many things.

We disagree about a way forward in the Middle East, and we disagree about much to do with the Arab-Israeli conflict.

We all agree, however, on the basic principles of democracy and are united against violence.

We are appalled that a Member of Parliament required Police protection to leave a protest in Auckland Domain because he expressed an unpopular opinion. We condemn intimidation, violence, and intolerance. 

We are saddened by the unprecedented levels of both antisemitic and Islamophobic actions occurring around New Zealand associated with events overseas. Our common desire is that New Zealand would be a peaceful and free nation, where all people can speak freely and share their story.

We encourage all New Zealanders to use their voices to call out intolerance and hate, and to speak up for peace.

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  • malcolm downer
    signed 2023-11-11 08:12:09 +1300
    I am not antisemitic or Islamophobic. I am anti Zionist. I am sympathetic to the cause of the Palestinians.
  • Al Hanline
    signed 2023-11-11 08:12:04 +1300
  • Chris Hall
    signed 2023-11-11 08:11:59 +1300
  • Dane Giraud Giraud
    signed 2023-11-11 08:11:30 +1300
  • Debbie Hayes
    signed 2023-11-11 08:11:24 +1300
  • Paul Simpson
    signed 2023-11-11 08:11:22 +1300
  • Kenny Pee
    signed 2023-11-11 08:11:21 +1300
  • Phil garside
    signed 2023-11-11 08:11:05 +1300
  • Peter Broughton
    signed 2023-11-11 08:10:59 +1300
    I stand for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem. Naturally they have the right to defend themselves.
  • Jonathan Twyman
    signed 2023-11-11 08:10:50 +1300
  • Michael Roberts
    signed 2023-11-11 08:10:46 +1300
  • Ann Anderson
    signed 2023-11-11 08:10:38 +1300
  • Kerry Burrell
    signed 2023-11-11 08:10:28 +1300
  • Hannah Taylor
    signed 2023-11-11 08:10:12 +1300
  • jeff matthews
    signed 2023-11-11 08:10:01 +1300
    Debate of opposing views is the cornerstone of democracy
  • Janette Martin
    signed 2023-11-11 08:09:58 +1300
  • Alan Pitt
    signed 2023-11-11 08:09:55 +1300
  • laurie tuff
    signed 2023-11-11 08:09:52 +1300
  • Elaine Booker
    signed 2023-11-11 08:09:42 +1300
  • Belinda Cranswick
    signed 2023-11-11 08:09:40 +1300
  • Stephen Lavers
    signed 2023-11-11 08:09:39 +1300
  • Sam Mukhtar
    signed 2023-11-11 08:09:23 +1300
    Our humanity is broken. Its a shame we as people have decended to this level of conduct where kids men and woman are exterminated mercilessly.
  • Julie Forrow
    signed 2023-11-11 08:08:56 +1300
  • julian young
    signed 2023-11-11 08:08:20 +1300
  • lilly briggs
    signed 2023-11-11 08:08:17 +1300
    I don’t like any fighting, it has to stop.
  • Judith Rotherham
    signed 2023-11-11 08:08:16 +1300
  • Josephine Fitzgerald
    signed 2023-11-11 08:08:13 +1300
    I am 100% in agreement that there is NOTHING right about the Israel/Palestine conflict and I also believe that if people from either country have settled in New Zealand for a better life they should leave their warring behind and that ALL New Zealanders should be on the side of peaceful resolution.
  • tim harrison
    signed 2023-11-11 08:08:12 +1300
  • Edwrd Newborn
    signed 2023-11-11 08:08:06 +1300
  • Anne Tantrum
    signed 2023-11-11 08:08:06 +1300