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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  • George Brodie
    signed 2023-11-11 08:08:01 +1300
  • Corina Genet
    signed 2023-11-11 08:08:00 +1300
  • Angela Frost
    signed 2023-11-11 08:07:56 +1300
    The battle in the middle east isn’t ours to fight, especially against ourselves. Innocent people are getting hurt, both in the conflict zone and in countries that are nowhere near it. I implore people to think past their first allegiances and remember that we all have families to go home to, and that we should all be safe to go about our daily lives without threat or consequence.
  • Monique Edlinger
    signed 2023-11-11 08:07:48 +1300
  • Mat Wakelin
    signed 2023-11-11 08:07:47 +1300
    Allow people to live in peace
  • Lance Donald
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  • Diane Barrow
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  • Francis Hape
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  • Noel Minnaar
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  • Gaye Gardner
    signed 2023-11-11 08:07:09 +1300
    Peace is the goal, not who is right or wrong.
  • Anne Macann
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  • Malcolm Macaulay
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  • Peter Joyce
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  • Julie O’Garra
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  • Lorraine Hagen
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  • Lee McAuslan
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  • Tim O'Neill
    signed 2023-11-11 08:06:22 +1300
    “might not agree with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it”
  • Kevin Cudby
    signed 2023-11-11 08:06:17 +1300
  • Gaile para
    signed 2023-11-11 08:06:08 +1300
    Everyone entitled is to their opinion without being punished by a few
  • jeremy westenra
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  • Liza Gordon
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  • Baden Ewart
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  • John Scahill
    signed 2023-11-11 08:05:41 +1300
    I stand for Israel and her right to protect herself
  • Alexandra Robbins
    signed 2023-11-11 08:05:34 +1300
  • Alan Stephenson
    signed 2023-11-11 08:05:33 +1300
    There is far too much hate in the world right now
  • Nick Waldon
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