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Opinion: Nanaia's first Foreign Affairs challenge
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Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: Nanaia faces her first challenge as Foreign Minister with the Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank.

This week the Israeli Army destroyed a Bedouin village, displacing 73 Palestinians including 41 children, as part of Israel's campaign to demolish Palestinian homes to replace them with Israeli settlements.

It's nothing short of cultural cleansing.

Nanaia's appointment as Foreign Minister is not only a first for Māori and for women, it is a reset of our commitment to stand for human rights and the promotion of Democracy.

Nanaia's unique relationships with many of our Pacific Island neighbours means she has an advantage New Zealand is blessed to possess diplomatically and she makes an important statement about inclusion and the type of values we wish to advance as a Nation.

While our criticism of Palestinians being forcibly removed from their own land will be welcome, to truly stamp our moral authority on this, Nanaia should push to have a Palestinian embassy open here in NZ.

Such a bold move would emphasize that Nania's appointment really is transformative.


Martyn Bradbury

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