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New Zealand, Cyprus to also boycott Durban IV conference | JPost — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

New Zealand and Cyprus are the latest countries added to the list of those that will not take part in this month’s event marking 20 years since the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, which identified Israel alone as a racist state. The conference was studded with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiments.“ New Zealand remains strongly…

via New Zealand, Cyprus to also boycott Durban IV conference | JPost — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Juliet Moses and the Anti-Terrorism Hui Controversy | Zoom Meeting — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

You may have heard of the controversy surrounding the comments of Juliet Moses, the spokesperson for the NZ Jewish Council, at the recent anti-terrorism hui. Here is the transcript of her address, so you can judge for yourself as to whether her remarks conflated terrorism with Islam as members of the Islamic community have asserted. …

via Juliet Moses and the Anti-Terrorism Hui Controversy | Zoom Meeting — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Green Party’s motion to declare Palestine a state fails in Parliament | Stuff — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman The Green Party motion asking MPs to recognise Palestine as a state has failed in the House, with National and ACT MPs objecting to the effort. Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman​ on Wednesday afternoon sought leave of the House to debate a motion asking MPs to recognise “the state of…

via Green Party’s motion to declare Palestine a state fails in Parliament | Stuff — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

AIR New Zealand: Super Fund move raises BDS questions | AIJAC — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Questions over just how much influence the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has in New Zealand are being voiced following the NZ Super Fund’s recent divestment from five Israeli banks. In March, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, an autonomous crown entity and manager of the NZ$50 billion NZ Super Fund, announced it was…

via AIR New Zealand: Super Fund move raises BDS questions | AIJAC — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Jewish organizations slam ICC decision to open war-crimes investigation against Israel | JNS — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Fatou Bensouda, ICC Prosecutor Jewish groups and legal experts are directing harsh criticism at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague over its ruling on Friday that it has jurisdiction to investigate Israel for war crimes. A three-judge panel ruled that Judea and Samaria, the Gaza Strip and eastern Jerusalem are within its jurisdiction, as “Palestine…

via Jewish organizations slam ICC decision to open war-crimes investigation against Israel | JNS — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

South Africa: Chief Justice Mogoeng given 10 days to apologize for pro-Israel comment| MSN — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng Cape Town – Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has a few days left before he should make an apology over his pro-Israel comment following the finding of the Judicial Conduct Committee. One party came to his defence on Saturday, but other parties have called for him to step up to the plate.…

via South Africa: Chief Justice Mogoeng given 10 days to apologize for pro-Israel comment| MSN — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Court rules: Recognize Reform, Conservative conversions done in Israel for citizenship | JPost — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

An expanded justice panel of nine of the High Court of Justice ruled on Monday to recognize conversions by the Reform and Masorti (Conservative) movements in Israel for the purposes of citizenship, ending a 15-year legal saga. Eight of the nine justices agreed with all aspects of the landmark ruling, while Justice Noam Sohlberg preferred to delay…

via Court rules: Recognize Reform, Conservative conversions done in Israel for citizenship | JPost — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

3 players suspended from Argentina’s rugby team after anti-Semitic tweets discovered, but reinstated days later | JTA — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 21: Pablo Matera of the Pumas looks on during the 2020 Tri-Nations match between the Australian Wallabies and the Argentina Pumas at McDonald Jones Stadium on November 21, 2020 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)NZFOI: When this story broke, curiously, NZ mainstream media made no mention that anti-Semitism was…

via 3 players suspended from Argentina’s rugby team after anti-Semitic tweets discovered, but reinstated days later | JTA — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

NZFOI deeply troubled by Ngarewa-Parker’s use of the Holocaust — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Maori Party co-leader, Debbie Ngarewa-ParkerMaori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Parker’s claim to be a holocaust survivor diminishes the Nazi Holocaust and causes further pain to those who have lost loved ones in that attempted genocide. In Parliament, newly elected Maori Party MP, Debbie Ngarewa-Parker said: “I stand here as a descendant of a people who survived…

via NZFOI deeply troubled by Ngarewa-Parker’s use of the Holocaust — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Outrage Greets Danish Lutheran Group’s Rewrite of Bible to Omit Word ‘Israel’ | Algemeiner — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

NZFOI: Disturbing… The news that a Danish Lutheran group had rewritten the Bible in order to omit the word “Israel” has been greeted by outrage, with critics calling it a “surreal revision” and a gift to “Jew-haters and Israel-bashers.” The Danish Bible Society’s translation of the New Testament refrains from using the word “Israel” and…

via Outrage Greets Danish Lutheran Group’s Rewrite of Bible to Omit Word ‘Israel’ | Algemeiner — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Poll: 75% among Arab sector define themselves as Israeli | Israel HaYom — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

A recent study has found a substantial shift in the perception of identity in the Arab sector, as [nearly] three of every four Arabs – 75% – living in Israel define themselves as Israeli. According to the 2020 Pluralism Index composed by the Jewish people’s Policy Institute, 23% of the Arab sector’s members define themselves…

via Poll: 75% among Arab sector define themselves as Israeli | Israel HaYom — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

COVID-19: UN envoy hails strong Israel-Palestine cooperation | UN — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Nikolay Mladenov Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, has praised the coordination between the Israeli and Palestine authorities in reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Mladenov’s comments were made during a telephone conversation with the other members of the Middle East Quartet, a body set up to mediate the…

via COVID-19: UN envoy hails strong Israel-Palestine cooperation | UN — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Netanyahu rival Gantz chosen to form new Israeli government | AP — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Blue and White Party Leader, Benny GantzJERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz will be given the first opportunity to form a new government after an inconclusive national election this month, the country’s president said Sunday, raising questions about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future. The decision by President Reuven Rivlin was announced by…

via Netanyahu rival Gantz chosen to form new Israeli government | AP — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Nazi Resurgence on Open Display | Trumpet — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Lent Parade in Aalst Belgium included Anti-Semitic FloatsThis week saw two public displays of anti-Semitism within Europe. These events only add to a growing pattern of anti-Semitism and disregard for recent history that is becoming more evident and more overt with each passing day. One of these displays occurred in Aalst, Belgium, during its annual…

via Nazi Resurgence on Open Display | Trumpet — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Marilyn Garson omits key facts to paint a 1-dimensional narrative that casts Israel as the evil oppressor| NZFOI — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Marilyn GarsonI was intrigued to attend an address by Marilyn Garson as a guest of the NZ Institute of International Affairs on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 at the University of Canterbury. A number of our members had contacted me and drawn my attention to the event. The invitation included a resume and she looked like…

via Marilyn Garson omits key facts to paint a 1-dimensional narrative that casts Israel as the evil oppressor| NZFOI — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

UN Releases Anti-Israel Blacklist, Fueling Global Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Campaign | UN Watch — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights The office of UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet today released an unprecedented blacklist of companies doing business with Israelis living in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem and other areas over the 1949 Green line claimed by Israelis and Palestinians. Bachelet’s office had postponed release of the list, acknowledging “legal, methodological and…

via UN Releases Anti-Israel Blacklist, Fueling Global Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Campaign | UN Watch — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

WHY SUCH A SURGE OF WORLDWIDE ANTI-SEMITISM | Israel Seen — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Alan Dershowitz Why are so many of the grandchildren of Nazis and Nazi collaborators who brought us the Holocaust once again declaring war on the Jews? Why have we seen such an increase in anti-Semitism and irrationally virulent anti-Zionism in western Europe? To answer these questions, a myth must first be exposed. That myth is…

via WHY SUCH A SURGE OF WORLDWIDE ANTI-SEMITISM | Israel Seen — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Iran launches missiles at two Iraqi air bases housing US troops, in revenge for killing of top general | TVNZ — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani The Pentagon is confirming that Iran has launched “more than a dozen ballistic missiles” at two targets hosting against US military and coalition forces in Iraq. ‘More than a dozen’ ballistic missiles were fired from Iran at two US bases in Iraq, according to the Pentagon. Source: Associated Press Defense Department…

via Iran launches missiles at two Iraqi air bases housing US troops, in revenge for killing of top general | TVNZ — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

What the killing of the top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani means for Jews, the US and Israel | JTA — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Crowds gather for Suleimani’s Funeral Procession A U.S. strike on a vehicle near Baghdad airport early Friday morning killed Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most influential military commander. Soleimani was the leader of the Iranian Quds Force, which had ties to American and Israeli enemies such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and was directly responsible for some of…

via What the killing of the top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani means for Jews, the US and Israel | JTA — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

SEVENTY Labour whistleblowers condemn Jeremy Corbyn over Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis as 53-page report claims ‘officials objected to Jewish people joining the party and asked to inspect their HOMES’ | Daily Mail — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is currently investigating Labour It is probing the way in which the party has handled allegations of anti-Semitism The Jewish Labour Movement has now handed the EHRC its formal submission Document contains sworn statements from 70 serving and ex-Labour officials The submission concludes…

via SEVENTY Labour whistleblowers condemn Jeremy Corbyn over Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis as 53-page report claims ‘officials objected to Jewish people joining the party and asked to inspect their HOMES’ | Daily Mail — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

NZ rugby star apologises for racist slur | J-Wire — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Bryn HallCrusaders halfback Bryn Hall has apologised to the Jewish Council over a comment he made on live television in which he labelled an All Black a “Jew”. Hall made the slur against his teammate Jack Goodhue on TV. In media reports Hall said: “[He] doesn’t want to pay for his wedding, so he’s actually looking…

via NZ rugby star apologises for racist slur | J-Wire — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Being Jewish in New Zealand and the concerning rise of antisemitism | North & South — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Juliet MosesGrowing up in Auckland, I knew I was a bit different. Christmas wasn’t a big deal for me. My family didn’t have a Christmas tree and a wreath on our door, and 25 December was the most boring day of the year. Often, we would travel to a holiday destination on that day. Once,…

via Being Jewish in New Zealand and the concerning rise of antisemitism | North & South — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Abbas: Elections for you but not for me | AIR — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas was elected in January 2005 and is in the fifteenth year of his “four-year” term, so you’d think the last thing his Fatah party would want to do is call more attention to the fact that Palestinians have not had any elections since 2006. But you’d be wrong. Ahead of the…

via Abbas: Elections for you but not for me | AIR — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Cumin v Minto public debate: recording available — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

On October 3, David Cumin (Israel Institute of NZ) and John Minto (Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa), met in a highly anticipated debate over Differing Perspectives of Israel. Held at the University of Auckland, it attracted a full house of some 170; so full that people filled the area around the podium. Well moderated by Rosslyn…

via Cumin v Minto public debate: recording available — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Israel goes back to elections as Netanyahu fails to form coalition | Jerusalem Post — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Benjamin NetanyahuNZFOI: Just a reminder that Israel goes back to the Polls next month… Exactly one month after the 21st Knesset were sworn in, a majority of the Knesset voted late Wednesday (May 29) to disperse themselves and initiate an unprecedented repeat election on September 17. It was the first time in Israeli history that…

via Israel goes back to elections as Netanyahu fails to form coalition | Jerusalem Post — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

An important connection between communities in the wake of terror | Stuff — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

By Juliet Moses and Anwar Ghani Juliet MosesMany New Zealanders have apparently been surprised by the warm and respectful relationship between the Muslim and Jewish communities of Aotearoa New Zealand that has become evident in the wake of the horrific events of March 15. It is understandable that New Zealanders who are neither Muslim nor…

via An important connection between communities in the wake of terror | Stuff — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Hamas political bureau member Fathi Hammad said in a Friday speech at a “March of Return” rally that aired on Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas-Gaza) that Israel has until this Friday (July 19) to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip and implement its understandings with Hamas, lest the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and all over the world use the “many methods and means” that are “up their sleeves” to “powerfully explode” in Israel’s face. He said that contrary to what Israel thinks, Gazans are not rational, and that if they die they will do so honorably while cutting off the heads of Jews and killing them with explosive belts, which he said Hamas has been actively manufacturing. Calling on the 7 million Palestinians abroad, whom he said have been “warming up” and “preparing,” Hammad said: “Enough warming up. … We must attack every Jew on planet Earth and slaughter and kill them.” | JNS — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Fathi HammadHamas political bureau member Fathi Hammad said in a Friday speech at a “March of Return” rally that aired on Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas-Gaza) that Israel has until this Friday (July 19) to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip and implement its understandings with Hamas, lest the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and…

via Hamas political bureau member Fathi Hammad said in a Friday speech at a “March of Return” rally that aired on Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas-Gaza) that Israel has until this Friday (July 19) to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip and implement its understandings with Hamas, lest the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and all over the world use the “many methods and means” that are “up their sleeves” to “powerfully explode” in Israel’s face. He said that contrary to what Israel thinks, Gazans are not rational, and that if they die they will do so honorably while cutting off the heads of Jews and killing them with explosive belts, which he said Hamas has been actively manufacturing. Calling on the 7 million Palestinians abroad, whom he said have been “warming up” and “preparing,” Hammad said: “Enough warming up. … We must attack every Jew on planet Earth and slaughter and kill them.” | JNS — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Green MP Golriz Ghahraman guilty of clumsiness, not racism | Stuff — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Liam HehirOne summer as a teenager I had a temporary job and became friendly with one of my coworkers, with whom I enjoyed talking to about the news. One day this person took me aside and offered to lend me a book but wouldn’t tell me what it was about. I felt a little bit…

via Green MP Golriz Ghahraman guilty of clumsiness, not racism | Stuff — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Jewish donation for Christchurch mosque attack victims aims to ‘restore faith in humanity’ | Stuff — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

Juliet MosesChristchurch terror attack victims will be able to access counselling, education, medical treatment and financial planning advice thanks to a $1.1 million donation. The majority of the money – about $966,000 – was raised by the Jewish community in Pittsburgh in the US, with the rest of the donation coming from New Zealand and Australia. It has been donated to…

via Jewish donation for Christchurch mosque attack victims aims to ‘restore faith in humanity’ | Stuff — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

Petition Platform Unilaterally Withdraws Pro-Israel Poll — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc

 

The Students for Justice in Palestine started a petition to promote the idea that an academic prize offered by the Israeli Government for academic study of the Israeli Democratic system be withdrawn by Victoria University of Wellington. Last week, the Shalom Students Association responded with a petition of their own, asking that the University not…

via Petition Platform Unilaterally Withdraws Pro-Israel Poll — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc