This interview with Roger Fowler was recorded on Monday May 8th 2018.
Many more have now died in protests not only in Gaza but in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
At the time of the interview 54 Palestinians had been killed and well over 1,000 injured by Israeli forces since the ‘Great March of Return’ protests began
on March 30 2018.
The rallies are part of a six-week protest to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba" or "catastrophe" - a reference to Israel's establishment in
1948 and when 750,000 Arabs were forcibly removed from Palestine.
On May 15, which is Nakba Day, and the Israeli Declaration of Independence, there were also protests going on about the US opening its embassy in Jerusalem.
A further 60 people dies and the numbers of injured reached 2,700.
Roger will be covering a number of topics that include:
- Israel’s continuing lethal attacks of unarmed citizens gathering in Gaza
- Political prisoners, detention of children
- House demolitions on the West Bank
- Author Dr Ramzy Baroud’s speaking tour of NZ talking about his new book “The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story”
- The upcoming 2018 international Freedom Flotilla to Gaza which will again include a prominent human rights advocate from NZ
Roger Fowler is a veteran activist & community organizer, and played a prominent role in building the local protest movement against the war on Vietnam
and South African Apartheid in the late 1960s & 70s.
He was manager of Auckland’s Resistance Bookshop and coordinator of the inner-city People’s Union community organization throughout the 1970s, an active
supporter of the protest occupation at Bastion Point, and union delegate in the car assembly industry.
Roger is director of the Mangere East Community Centre, and organizer of Kia Ora Gaza which has sponsored NZ involvement in several international solidarity
convoys to break Israel’s inhumane siege of Gaza.
He has led two Kiwi humanitarian convoys to Gaza which was featured in an interview on GreenplanetFM in 2016.
Roger wrote the lyrics and the music featured at the end of the interview:
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This interview was sponsored by The Awareness Party.