Kiwi left-wing Activist under the microscope: Nadia Abu-Shanab ?AKA Nadia Filistin

Research by Sally


Nadia Abu-Shanab is also known as Nadia Filistin on Facebook. Her fellow activist Justine also likes to use two names as she is known as both Justine Sachs and Justine Rose.

Having two names isn’t the only thing these two very active Kiwi activists have in common. They both like to use their ethnic identity as a way to make their activism more effective. Justine immigrated to NZ from South Africa in 2005 and claims that she is a Jew and Nadia despite being born in born in the UK in Leeds?claims that she is a Palestinian. Both Justine and Nadia are immigrants to New Zealand.

They both enthusiastically are using the freedom of expression that they enjoy in New Zealand to advance the causes of groups that have no respect for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, gay rights or equal rights for women.

Both Nadia and Justine, the children of immigrants decided to become left-wing activists. It is a trait they share with Green list MP Golriz Gharaham.

Place of current residence: Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Born in: Leeds, UK, 1989

It may surprise you?to learn that although activist Nadia was born in the UK?she can describe herself as a Palestinian refugee and her children and her children’s children. It is a grievance and victimhood?gravy train that goes on and on.

The UN agency defines a Palestinian ?refugee? in a manner that is different from all other refugees worldwide. […]

The UNHRC has a concrete?definition?of what a refugee is: ?A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.?

In other words, the UNHRC defines a refugee as someone who was forced to flee his or her home and cannot return for fear of persecution.

UNRWA, however,?defines?a Palestinian ?refugee? entirely differently. A Palestinian ?refugee? is any person whose ?normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948 and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.? So UNRWA counts as ?refugees? any local Arab who lived in Palestine for as little as two years, knowing that scores of Arabs immigrated to the area during those years in search of employment amid talks of creating a future Jewish state.

UNRWA states that ?Palestine refugees are persons who fulfill the above definition and descendants of fathers fulfilling the definition.? This means that even if original Palestinian ?refugees? long ago immigrated to another country and became citizens of that country, they and their descendants are still considered ?refugees? according to UNRWA.

The definition flies in the face of what a refugee is supposed to be. It is also in direct contrast to the Convention on Refugees, which?dictates?that a person who ?has acquired a new nationality and enjoys the protection of the country of his new nationality? is exempted from the status of refugee.

UNRWA?s definition of a ?refugee? doesn?t mention UNHCR?s ?well-founded fear of being persecuted.? Indeed, the Palestinians have no fear of being persecuted by Israel and would not be considered a ?refugees? under ordinary international criteria.


This is why Nadia calls herself a Palestinian instead of ?English or a New Zealander. The UNRWA definition allows her to.


Nadia is married to another immigrant activist called Ben Peterson who is Co-convenor of Unions Wellington and Union Organiser at PSA Wellington. He was a member of the?Young Socialist Alliance and Resistance in Australia and came to NZ in January 2014 and was?active?in the Mana/IP during the 2014 election.

Ben’s facebook page is full of anti-Israel propaganda, Union, Socialist and Greens related stuff. Activism and Socialism seem to be a shared passion for the two. For a passionate socialist however his fascination with a now?ex-politician?who is the epitome of capitalism is fascinating. Maybe he just has a sense of humour and was trolling.

screenshot-Whaleoil Ben Peterson

screenshot-Whaleoil Ben Peterson

There is also a link to the Daily Blog as TDP writer Chloe King quotes Nadia in her posts on the Daily Blog and Ben has had several?articles published on the Daily Blog.

Below is a video of Nadia talking about forming the BDS movement in NZ in 2013.

Nadia talking about her passion for the politics of social change and resistance.

In summary, Nadia is an English born woman who has a passion for using Socialist activism to fight?a battle for a country that she has never lived in and for a people that she has never lived with. So far her biggest achievement is a letter that she jointly wrote with her Socialist mate Justine that caused Lorde to cancel her tour of Israel. I am sure that all Lorde’s Palestinian fans who live and work in Israel will be grateful to her for her interference just like they would have been thrilled to lose all their well-paid jobs when the BDS movements forced Soda Stream to close the factory that employed them.