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10 Questions for Bill English on NZ’s ‘longstanding policy’.

 After months of evasion, the New Zealand Prime Minister, Bill English, has finally admitted, in response to another question from Winston Peters about UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in Parliament earlier this week, that the resolution was not put to cabinet for approval. It did not need to be, English said, …

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How New Zealand pushed a trophy resolution & scored an own goal

Since the passing of anti-Israel UN Resolution 2334 on Christmas Eve last year, co-sponsored by New Zealand, there have been questions about what kind of mandate the Foreign Minister had and the level of prior advice and knowledge of the Government. Questions about New Zealand’s involvement in the passing of …

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Surprising admissions from New Zealand’s permanent UN rep.

For many New Zealanders the anti-Israel UN Resolution 2334, co-sponsored by New Zealand on the Eve of Christmas 2016, came as a shock. It is one thing for a democratic nation to criticise another democratic nation for its policies. It is quite another to lead the charge on a resolution …

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English speaks up on UNSC res. 2334 after Turnbull conversation.

  Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken the opportunity of the Israeli Prime Minister’s historic visit to once again condemn the anti-Israel United Nations Security Council resolution 2334, which New Zealand co-sponsored. Turnbull wrote an opinion piece in The Australian which criticised countries who had ‘‘chastised Israel alone’’, for …

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United Nations agency continues to incite antisemitic violence.

A recent report presented by UN Watch to the United States congress has uncovered more than 40 alarming new cases of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) school teachers in Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria inciting Jihadist terrorism and antisemitism. The 130-page report, titled “Poisoning Palestinian …

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PM defers to Foreign Minister McCully on UNSC resolution questions.

In the last days of 2016, an open letter was sent to Prime Minister Bill English, signed by 28 organisations and 858 Jewish and non-Jewish Kiwis, condemning New Zealand’s decision to co-sponsor and vote for the biased anti-Israel United Nations Security Council resolution 2334. The same letter also attracted over …

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We should be standing up to, not standing over, hate speakers.

There’s an old joke about a Jewish Robinson Crusoe who, when washed ashore on a desert island, built two synagogues just so he could have one that “he never sets foot in“.  This sense of disagreement is a fundamental part of Judaism; the Talmud is essentially a collection of arguments …

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Chris Trotter’s dark reading of Israel’s dilemma.

In one of the most polarizing trials in Israeli army history, 20 year old Sergeant Elor Azaria, who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian terrorist in Hebron, was found guilty of manslaughter. Three judges presiding over the military court ruled that he had violated the ‘Purity of Arms doctrine’ of …

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Are Israeli settlements illegal?

Israeli settlements in the West Bank have been tried in the New Zealand court of public opinion and found to be illegal.  Waikato Professor of Law, Alexander Gillespie, recently declared in the NZ Herald that  “There is no question in international law that these settlements are illegal.”  Similarly, many of …

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New Zealand has an issue with terrorism.

When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Nice last July, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key spoke out against the terror attack.  When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Berlin last December, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English spoke out against the terror attack.  …

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Fairfax false news prompts antisemitic comments.

 Social media, for all its benefits, has allowed all kinds of lies and conspiracy theories to be circulated unchecked.  It is therefore not surprising that antisemitism, which attracts lies and conspiracy theories like moths to a flame, has flourished in this forum.  A false news story published in New Zealand …

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Antisemitic conspiracy theorist in New Zealand media.

New Zealand’s role as a sponsor of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and the resulting spat between New Zealand and Israel has sparked some intense debate in the New Zealand media. It’s also unleashed some particularly nasty and downright weird characters giving voice to their hatred of Israel. For example, Patrick …

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World leaders on biased UNSC resolution; NZ waits.

While the passing of the controversial UNSC Resolution 2334 on the eve of Christmas and Hanukkah went under the radar of many, a number of world leaders have spoken out. Even members of Obama’s own party are appalled at the stance taken by the United States; UK Prime Minister Theresa …

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100s of Kiwis protest NZ’s anti-Israel UNSC vote outside Parliament.

The absence of government representatives in Parliament over this holiday period didn’t stop busloads of Kiwis from travelling to Wellington in order to send them a message. Flaxmere Christian Fellowship Church Pastor, Nigel Woodley, led a two-busload delegation of Kiwis from Hastings to Wellington on Friday supported by Hawkes Bay Friends …

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Kiwis challenge PM on one-sided, anti-Israel UNSC resolution.

In the wake of New Zealand taking a leading role in pushing through United Nations Security Council resolution 2334, which effectively makes it illegal for Jews to pray at their holiest site and blames only Israel for a lack of peace, 858 Jewish and non-Jewish New Zealanders and 27 kiwi …

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McCully secures shameful legacy for New Zealand at UNSC.

As New Zealand prepares to finish its time on the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Murray McCully will be remembered for his complicity in making it illegal for Jews to pray at their holiest site, the Western Wall. In the last United Nations Security Council meeting of the year and …

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Murray McCully & Ban Ki-moon do nothing about UN anti-Israel bias

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has used his final speech at the UN Security Council to admit that the organisation he heads is biased against Israel. He said Decades of political manoeuverings have created a disproportionate volume of resolutions, reports and conferences criticizing Israel. In many …

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Reflections On Israel Part 1: Israel’s Place In The World.

In July I went on a life-changing trip to Israel. This was my fourth trip to Israel, but I had not been there for 17 years. I have written in the past about other aspects and experiences of this trip. But I have not focussed on Israelis themselves, Israeli society, …

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Pirsoul: Warning For New Zealand in rise of extreme form of Islam.

Shalom.Kiwi previously reported on the repeated antisemitic and misogynistic content of sermons given by Sheikh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib. While Sahib was stood down from his prominent role within the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ), the New Zealand Jewish community expressed concern at his continued stewardship of, …

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The BSA And The Terror-tories.

Hey, you didn’t forget about The Occupation for a minute did you? No silly, we are not talking about  Northern Cyprus, Tibet, Crimea, Balochistan, Western Sahara, or any of the other occupations around the world that you never hear about. We are talking, of course, about the Palestinians and their …

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