Vivienne (Viv) Porszolt is an Australian based New Zealand activist.
Vivienne Porszolt was born in New Zealand in 1941 into a secular Jewish family from Czechoslovakia. They had got out of Prague the day Hitler marched in. From this secular Jewish culture she absorbed the values of social justice and the possibility of building a better world.
1973 October, Porzsolt wrote letter to The Paper . She is TP seller. 1974, named by George Fyson (Socialist Action 26 April 1974 p6) as author of article putting forward the Marxist viewpoint that the family oppresses women in Maoist publication The Paper.(March 74) 1974 March, wrote article in The Paper (p7):"sex discrimination in employment".
Working Womens Alliance
Beneficiaries Action Group
through the 1980s Porszolt was a Collective member, Womens Studies Journal.
1985-89 Porszolt was an editorial adviser on Class for Race Gender Class radical studies forum.
In 1989 Porszolt was an EEO co-ordinator Head Office, Housing Corporation, Wellington
- One of the most fascinating articles is by Viv Porzsolt, a frequent contributor to Green Left Weekly, in which she describes her evolution from early-sixties middle-class wife to university student and antiwar activist, followed by a stint as a worker and union activist in the male-dominated meat industry. .
In 1995 Porszolt wrote an article in GLW No. 175, on meeting with a playwright in Tel Aviv.
Views on Israel
Over the years, Porszolt has been engaged in a range of social justice work: the trade union movement, feminism, anti-racism including anti-apartheid and more recently over the last 20 years, in working for a just peace in Israel- Palestine where Jews and Palestinians can live side by side in mutual respect and equality.
Vivienne says: “I cannot abide what Israel is doing in my name and in that of all Jews. As a Jew I feel a special obligation to oppose it in the traditions of Jewish ethics abandoned by Israel and its Zionist supporters.” “I am sailing on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza to help pose a real challenge to the cruel illegal imprisonment of the people of Gaza and to make it visible to the world. We hope to shame all those governments who are complicit with this injustice and lawlessness. Ordinary people must act when their governments won’t."
In July 2011, Vivienne Porzsolt and a former Australian Greens MP were detained by Israeli authorities.
Jewish activist Porzsolt, a Kiwi who now lives in Sydney, and former New South Wales MP Sylvia Hale flew to Tel Aviv to participate in the "Welcome to Palestine" scheme, but were detained after four hours and now face deportation.
They were among a group of protesters who tried to travel on a flotilla hoping to break the naval blockade in Gaza the week before.
However, when the Freedom Flotilla, which included New Zealand activist Harmeet Sooden, was turned back by the Greek coast guard, Porzsolt and Hale flew to Israel instead.
Porzsolt's son, Alistair Broughton, confirmed his mother and Hale were being held in a detention centre in Tel Aviv and were being well treated.
The two activists had appealed their expulsion and there had been a stay of deportation until the appeal was heard.
The two protesters reportedly planned to visit Palestinian activist Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh in Bethlehem, but were banned from making personal visits due to their political affiliations.
Sooden arrived back to New Zealand, stating he has already started planning another flotilla to Gaza.
In a statement on the Welcome to Palestine website, the pair's lawyer Omer Shatz says the court ruled that the Ministry of Interior (MOI) had overstepped its authority by preventing passage to Palestine.
"The MOI had no authority to deny internationals entry to Palestine and that internationals should not be forced to lie about their intention to travel to the West Bank," he says.
The website also quotes Ms Hale's daughter, Alison Barnes, as saying she is "overwhelmed" at the decision.
Australians for Palestine, another Palestinian advocacy group, says Ms Hale and Ms Porzsolt were among 120 people detained at the airport.
They had both originally intended to travel to Palestine by sea on the Freedom Flotilla 2 (FF2), which was detained in Greece last week.
Michael Coleman, an Australian member of the FF2 detained in Greece last week, arrived back in Sydney on Wednesday.
"Sylvia and Vivienne's detention for trying to visit Palestine by air, like my arrest in Greece for trying to sail to Gaza, shows that Palestine is an imprisoned nation that is at times denied even visitation rights from the outside world," he said in a statement.
- Converge bio, accessed July 14, 2010
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- GLW Write On, May 12, 1993
- GLW 200
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- Converge bio, accessed July 14, 2010
- Stuff, Kiwi activist detained in Israel, 11:13 13/07/2011
- Ex-Green MP released from Israel detention July 14, 2011