Israel-Hamas conflict: Pro-Palestine group douses National, ACT offices in red paint

A pro-Palestinian group has splatted red paint across the offices of politicians in Auckland for their stance on the Gaza conflict overnight.

Tāmaki for Palestine targeted seven politicians including incoming Prime Minister Christopher Luxon's Botany office and ACT leader David Seymour's Epsom office, saying the red paint represents the blood of over 14,000 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.

Five other National MPs were also targeted including Judith Collins, Simon Watts, Dan Bidois, Paul Goldsmith and Melissa Lee.

Tāmaki for Palestine splashed red paint on the buildings overnight.
Tāmaki for Palestine splashed red paint on the buildings overnight. Photo credit: Supplied

"The coalition of complicity has blood on its hands," the group said.

It claims the seven politicians have "refused to call for a ceasefire or condemn Israeli atrocities in the war on Gaza".

The paint on ACT leader David Seymour's office.
The paint on ACT leader David Seymour's office. Photo credit: Supplied

It's the second time Tamaki for Palestine has taken responsibility for such vandalism, with one person facing charges for previously dousing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the US Consulate.

Tāmaki for Palestine has a list of demands which includes calling for National, ACT and NZ First to call for a ceasefire in Gaza. The group also want economic and diplomatic sanctions including the expulsion of the Israeli and US ambassador from New Zealand.

"Labour called for a ceasefire on the 37th day of this genocide. National must follow suit. Every child killed today is a child who would have been alive if there was a ceasefire yesterday," the group said.

The paint on National leader Christopher Luxon's office.
The paint on National leader Christopher Luxon's office. Photo credit: Supplied

On Sunday, Labour leader Chris Hipkins called for an urgent ceasefire in Gaza. Hipkins added he is "particularly concerned" the actions of Israel's defence forces are "disproportionate and indiscriminate".

However, National's foreign affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee said Hipkins' actions go against a long-standing bipartisan approach to foreign policy.

Brownlee told RNZ National was not in favour of calling for an absolute ceasefire, "because there needs to be some degree of desire on both parties in the current conflict to go into that ... and both parties [to meet] a number of conditions."

National has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for advice leading to a reconsideration on its position, subject to certain conditions being met, such as the release of the Israeli hostages and a five-day ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to reach Gaza, which would be aligning New Zealand's position with that of Australia and Canada.

On Wednesday (local time) Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire in Gaza for at least four days, to let in aid and free at least 50 hostages held by militants in the Palestinian enclave in exchange for at least 150 Palestinians jailed in Israel.

Israel said the ceasefire could be extended further if more hostages were freed.