New Zealand: Activist ire over IHRA

Australia/Israel Review     Miriam Bell   3 October 2022 Joining the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) could be an important step forward in New Zealand’s battle against the rise of antisemitism, but anti-Israel lobbyists are already trying to undermine any such plans. New Zealand has been slow to join the 44-member alliance, which works to promote…

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Social Cohesion

In respomnse to the Ministry of Social Development’s request for feed back on social cohesion the following submission was made.

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Terrorist attacks in Israel

Terrorist attacks in Israel – 11 murdered in one week We are deeply distressed by the attack overnight in Israel in which five people have been murdered by a Palestinian with terrorist affiliations. In the last week, 11 Israelis have been murdered in three separate attacks, the previous two being ISIS-inspired. The murder of anyone…

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Race Relations Commissioner – Antisemitism concerns

27 February 2022 Tēnā koutou, Shalom, I hope this finds you and your families well. I am writing to let you know how concerned I am by the recent examples of anti-semitisim and to let you know we stand in solidarity with you.  I have raised my concerns on social media and continue to advocate…

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Welligton Protests

NZ Herald – OpEd – 23 February – Juliet Moses There has been talk recently about the anti-Semitism present at the Wellington protest. Experts in extremism, media, and politicians have discussed it. I have not been to the protest and even if I had, I am not sure if I, or anyone else, would be able…

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Antisemitism in protest at parliament

The Jewish Council of New Zealand condemns the antisemitic language that it has witnessed at the protests at Parliament. It is important to remember that while not all protestors agree with the sentiment, standing by and staying silent alongside such abhorrent sentiment gives it legitimacy and oxygen. Conspiratorial politics is a fertile breeding ground for…

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Texas Synagogue Attack

The New Zealand Jewish community, like communities around the world, has been very shaken by the Texas synagogue hostage saga, which comes on top of years of increasing antisemitic hate crimes in America and elsewhere, including murderous attacks on Jews while at prayer. We are of course relieved that, after a long terrifying ordeal, the…

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Against Racism Consultation (HRC)

Request for public input against racism 25 August 2021 Antisemitism = Racism Yesterday the Human Rights Commission issued a press release, copied below, as part of “an initiative to gather Aotearoa New Zealand’s thoughts on how to address racism”.  Antisemitism is racism.  It is important to have a Jewish input. We are asking you to…

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