Tag Archives: New Zealand

It is antisemitic to oppose Israel’s right to exist.

Criticism of Israeli Government policy and actions is not only legitimate but is a vital and important aspect of any democracy. Israel should be challenged and scrutinised in the same way as any other country, yet too often this is not the case. Other countries, no matter how they came …

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Anti-Israel obsessive Malcolm Evans still spreading hate in New Zealand at Northland Age

In 2003 cartoonist Malcolm Evans was sacked from the NZ Herald amidst some controversy.  His single-tracked focus on Israel, and the vitriolic and offensive nature of some of his cartoons, had led to accusations of antisemitism. He was warned by his then editor to temper his fixation on Israel but …

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New Zealand government’s ‘vile abstention’.

Despite a majority in favour of what would have been a historic resolution condemning terror against Israel, it was not adopted because the general assembly voted to require a two-thirds majority. The United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, pointed out that the demand for a two-thirds majority was …

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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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Maori disapproval for the Government’s actions for standing against Israel.

Guest post from Pacific Pearls which is a God Movement in a Christian Maori Movement. Sunday 29th July 2018 will be a day that will be etched in eternity in the hearts of the Maori and Jewish nation. The Aotearoa Israel Powhiri drew Maori from “O Nga Hau e Wha” …

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New Zealand Parliamentary Friends of Israel Launched.

MP Alfred Ngaro launched the New Zealand-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group at the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings,. ​Ambassador Dr. Itzhak Gerberg and Deputy Chief of Mission Kasa Bainesay-Harbor were welcomed to the New Zealand Parliament by Group Chairman Hon. Alfred Ngaro along with a group of Members …

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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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New Zealand called out at UN: ‘Shocking and shameful’.

This week New Zealand’s Prime Minister, yet again, pointed an accusing finger at Israel for the “devastating one-sided loss of life” in the conflict on the Gaza border. Ms Ardern could perhaps be excused for getting it wrong, in speaking so soon after the conflict. However, as the week unfolded …

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New Zealanders Show Support for Israel.

Late in 2016 many New Zealanders were appalled at the stance taken by our government in co-sponsoring UN Resolution 2334, which was seen as a biased, counter-productive and unbalanced censuring of Israel. A large number of Israel supporters responded with actions such as letter writing, a march on Parliament and …

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International law expert: New Zealand made a terrible mistake at the UN.

Professor Alan Dershowitz needs little introduction in legal circles.  A preeminent civil-liberties and constitutional lawyer and recently-retired Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, he has also been described as “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world” after taking on a string of high-profile cases. Professor Dershowitz was in New …

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Gideon Levy’s sell-out tour of New Zealand.

I’m no biblical scholar, but if I was asked to name great Jewish prophets off the top of my head, Moses, Abraham and Jonah would likely get a mention. Gideon Levy, the Israeli commentator, would not. Nevertheless, on Levy’s visit to New Zealand in December, the unctuous RNZ interviewer Wallace …

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I am a Zionist.

 I am a Zionist. If I announced that, on walking into a party in New Zealand, I would quite likely get a worse reaction than if I declared that I am a P-addicted, ISIS sympathising prostitute. It’s not the kind of thing that one can state in polite company, at …

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‘ANZAC’ Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

‘ANZAC’ is the acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac Day is one of Australia and New Zealand’s most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. It further …

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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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Was this McCully’s pay off for stabbing Israel in the back?

On Christmas Eve last year, Murray McCully signed up New Zealand to support despots, dictators and terrorists against the only democratic nation in the Middle East. Now it appears we can get a glimpse of what he was angling for: The resumption of trade ties with Iran appears closer following …

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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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