New Zealand's small Palestinian community turned out in force at a peaceful protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza.
About 350 people gathered outside the United States consulate in Auckland yesterday evening in a protest organised by veteran activist John Minto.
They were protesting "an unholy massacre" that had turned Palestine into a hellhole, he said.
"This is an appalling abuse of human rights.''
Several Palestinian speakers told the rally that Israel had used the Holocaust to justify its existence but was now imposing a similar fate on Palestinians.
Three police officers watched on.
After protesting outside the closed US consulate in Customhouse Street the protesters then marched up a quiet Queen Street to Aotea Square, where a US flag was burnt. A shoe was also displayed on a fishing rod - a symbol of the shoes thrown at US President George Bush by Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zeidi.
- Fairfax Media