Israel Institute of New Zealand.

NZ “aids terror” at UN as US-led resolution condemning Hamas fails.

New Zealand voted for a historic United States-led resolution against Hamas terror at the United Nations, along with 87 other countries.  There were 36 abstentions and 57 nations voted against the resolution. Despite a majority in favour of the resolution, it was not adopted because the general assembly voted to …

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The Hypocrisy of Hanukkah at the United Nations.

Hanukkah (or Chanukah, or other spellings) is a Hebrew word meaning ‘rededication’.  The festival commemorates the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom from the Greek-Syrians more than 2,000 years ago (c160BCE). Jewish practice was outlawed by King Antiochus and the Temple (on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem) was turned into an …

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New Zealand participates in “planned assault on Israel” at UN.

Last week, the United Nations General Assembly’s decolonization committee, which includes all 193 member states, adopted nine resolutions against Israel, and zero on the rest of the world. New Zealand voted for 8 and abstained on one. In contrast, Australia voted no to 6 of the resolutions and abstained on …

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Straight talk from the Heart of Ramallah.

The first instalment of a conversation on the street outside the Presidential Compound, Ramallah. Earlier this year I visited Ramallah for the first time, accompanied by a German journalist and guide. As we were returning to our vehicle, having visited Arafat’s tomb, a Palestinian lawyer began to chat with our …

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Baroness Tonge implies discussing persecution of Jews is antisemitic.

In a Facebook post yesterday, Baroness Jenny Tonge stated “…We would all like a safe haven to run to when the going gets tough, but we stay on and ask why it is getting tough. Why have the Jewish people been persecuted over and over again throughout history. Why? I …

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New Zealand “got it wrong” over 2334 – Simon Bridges

National Party leader, Simon Bridges, has acknowledged that New Zealand “got it wrong” by co-sponsoring United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 alongside Malaysia, Senegal, and Venezuela. Though New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, challenged the process at the time – that the decision was not put to cabinet – Mr …

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NZ groups respond to US exit from UN ‘cesspool of political bias’.

This week US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced the US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). Haley stated that after a year of seeking to bring reform to the ‘deeply flawed’ institution that unfairly targets Israel while ignoring the behaviour of rogue states with ‘awful …

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NZ continues one-sided condemnation of Israel at UN.

New Zealand has yet again supported a one-sided, biased United Nations General Assembly resolution that censured Israel, while ignoring the role of terrorist organisation Hamas. Another emergency session against Israel was held to condemn Israel (while systematically turning a blind eye to the world’s worst perpetrators of gross and systematic …

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