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December 22, 2009

Thank you once again for the ad in the NZ herald. I can't still understand why NZers cannot see through the anti Israel propaganda generated by the Western Media. The palestinians (more like the arab migrants to Israel) desire to destroy Israel has not stopped Israel helping them. If the Israelis weren't there, there wouldn't be a democratic country for the arabs.

What hurts me more is that some of the so called christians (replacement theology teachers & believers) hate Israel and stand with the palestinians. Don't they read the Bible to understand the prophecies. I am a follower of Yahshua and I pray that Elohim bless you as you fight this battle for Israel. LONG LIVE ISRAEL ... ISRAEL ZINDABAD.

I suggest that people read this book ‘FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL by JOAN PETERS’


December 17, 2009

Appalled by the missing truth in your advert in the Weekend Dominion Post. As an ex member of military intelligence who has also lived in the Middle East I hope (but do not expect based on previous experience) that you will credit me with knowing what I am talking about.

Only a blind, deaf and stupid person would not understand why the Dominion Post did not accept your highly coloured account of events in Gaza as a ‘news’ article. In fact I am suprised they even agreed to publish it as a paid advertisement, because it must breach all sorts of advertising codes in which at least a modicom of truth is required.

Lets look at the whole story/real facts rather tham outrageous Israeli propoganda intended to justify unimaginable acts of violence and brutality against largely innocent civilians in Gaza (and previously Lebannon). Its true Southern Israel has been subject to a large number of rocket attacks from inside Gaza over recent years. However, these rockets were home made and despite a number of tragic casulties, overall largely ineffectual. Contrast this with the hundreds of modern combat aircraft and sophisticated air to ground weapons used by Israel in response and the thousands of casualties. Where is the balance. The bible may say an eye for an eye (only in the old testament — ie the Jewish bit), but nowhere it does not say 1000 gentile eyes for each Jewish one.

Even Israel's most staunchest supporters condemmed Israel for over reacting to this situation. Not that they should have been suprised becuase Israel has been getting away with this sort of behavious for years.

When will the world wake up to the fact that Israel is a rougue state that is the cause of its own problems. It's constitution is based on apartied principles and it continues to follow policies that fly in the face of world opinion and UN mandates dating back to 1948. The only reason there is a ‘refugee problem ’ in Gaza and Southern Lebannon is becuase the Palestians have been robbed of their heritage and inheritance inside what is currently Israel.

Further, during the 1980's Israel was the only state to breach the UN embargo against South Africa supplying it with an extensive range of miltary hardward and even nuclear (bomb) technology. Thank God South Africa eventually came to its senses.

Israel must learn to live with its neighbours and stop playing the holcaust factor to curry sympathy with the western world. Its problems (and even so called miltant Islam) are largely a consequence of its own actions and until this 'fact' is recognised and addressed I doubt whether there will be peace. I hope and pray for no more bloodshed but wait in dread for the next excuse to slaughter the innocent.

Would glady support a movement by Kiwis for Balanced reporting in the Mideast but not one that is simply a mouthpiece for Israel propoganda.


December 16, 2009
A KBRM member who has published letters to the editor has received a number of grossly anti-Semitic letters in the past. Perhaps this is why some people are reluctant to send pro-Israel letters to newspapers. Following is a typical example, written in block letters on the back of an envelope:

SOME OF OUR FRIENDS HAVE SUGGESTED JEWISH PIGS AND CRUSADER DOGS HAVING SOWN THE WIND WILL REAP THE HURRICANE, OF COURSE, WE COULDN'T POSSIBLY COMMENT.


December 15, 2009

In past, I sometimes felt I was the only Kiwi who thought Israel was being screwed by so-called ‘international news media’. Thinking there must be some kind of global conspiracy to shaft the Israelis, I felt concerned because I saw this tiny nation surrounded on all sides by untold millions of hate-filled, belligerent, hostile Arabs hell-bent on Israel's destruction.

As a New Zealander, I can relate to the Israelis; they're a small country like us. They love Peace, Liberty and Justice; so do we. They are tough, proud and resourceful people; we share similar characteristics. They will never lie down and roll over for anyone; nor would we.

Whenever I see television news stories depicting Israelis as blood-thirsty monsters, savages perpetrating genocide against the Palestinians, I feel quite annoyed because, even as a layman with no knowledge or experience in journalism, I discern gross unfairness, bias and a complete lack of balance in the way international news media often portray Israel.

I wrote letters of protest to newspapers and television stations complaining about anti-Israel prejudice evident in many news reports. At times I felt as though I was the only Kiwi prepared to speak out against this injustice, a feeble voice crying forlornly in the wilderness, so to speak.

So when I saw KBRM's advertisements in our local Auckland newspaper I felt somewhat vindicated, happy and relieved to discover there are like-minded people here in Godzone who also support Israel's right to exist, kindred spirits united in a search for Truth and Justice.
Thank you KBRM for giving me a voice. I remain....


December 14, 2009

KBRM,
Thanks for your articles that I routinely see in the paper. I am neither a Jew nor a Palestinian and religiously neither Jew nor Muslim. I have lived in Israel via my work having taken me there on two separate occasions over more than two decades, and I feel that there is ample factual basis for the claim that both sides are victims of the other, and there is plenty of wrong, and right, to be apportioned to the claims of each. Each side has extremists in sufficiency. What is lacking is balanced coverage in the international community. Most articles that I read seem to be little more than thinly veiled anti-Semitism, evocative of the stance that the world would be better off if every last Jew had become a lampshade. Not that a credible effort was not made of that - when I first lived in Israel I had coworkers that had tattoos on their arms from German concentration camps, and in that generation of survivors it was difficult not to meet one. The vast preponderance of Jewish population in Israel today exists, in one sense or the other, because of failures, over centuries, and particularly during the period spanning the end of the Ottoman empire to the end of WWII, for the West to do as it should. Maybe that is it in the end. If all Jews could be made to disappear from the world tomorrow (and conveniently, for once, by an agency that is not of the West), we would not have to contemplate facing the centuries long stigma of our own combined persecution and neglect. Whatever the underlying issues of this complex problem, thank you for introducing a balance of simple fact.
Kind regards, .....


November 14, 2009

I saw your advertisement titled ‘UN Report on Gaza: The Missing Truth’, paid for by KBRM. Just recently I wrote to the ‘Friends of Israel’ here in Auckland who sent my letter on to the Israeli Embassy in Canberra. Also wrote a letter of protest to TV3's ‘60 Minutes’ to complain about their recent item, screened recently — the one where a white Australian reporter went to Palestine and criticised the Israeli settlements being built on the West Bank. Talk about ‘people living in glass houses throwing stones’ — that tall lanky Australian moron is a hypocrite, a ‘white Australian’ over in Palestine preaching to the Israelis about stealing land from the Palestinians! Ha! That's a good one.

I pointed out that reliable independent scientific research has revealed that historical and archaeological evidence demonstrates one fact clearly and the fact is this — the Jewish nation lived in Palestine, the Jordan Valley, all of Israel long before the Arabs arrived. The archaeological evidence I saw in an American magazine showed how at every major archaeological site the very bottom layers of civilization were actually Semites — Jewish peoples, with layers of later cultures superimposed on top of them, showing that the Jews were there long before the Arabs who overran Jewish civilization many times throughout history.

I'm of the opinion that Israel really needs to publicise these facts to the peoples in the Western democracies to (a) establish the irrefutable undeniable truth and, (b) counter propaganda lies disseminated by Islamic academics, terrorists and politicians.

There needs to be strong, direct publicity in mainstream media, good quality documentaries produced by reputable Western interests and of the highest scientific standard. The need for direct action in this regard cannot and should not be underestimated. The Muslim liars need to be countered in every Western nation at every level, in schools especially.

The truth about Israel needs to be told. Now. Today.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.


November 5, 2009

I have just learned that kbrm is not a Jewish organisation, which should, in the eyes of the bigot, take their focus off Jewish or Palestinian prejudices and concentrate on balanced reporting.

Our family supports Israel wholeheartedly, having read widely about her background, and its true entitlement to the land. The facts about this entitlement have been fuzzied and twisted over the last 30-40 years, and, along with the media's very unbalanced reporting, have blinded many right around the world. I have been appalled when listening to clergy who seem to have developed a kind of hatred for the Jews, and sympathy for the Palestinians — along with whole congregations who really have never looked into the true background or question the biased reporting that appears in newspapers and TV, and are content to swallow what is fed to them. It is an appalling situation.

Israel is an amazing little nation — one only needs to look at the 1967 war, and many other events where Israelis have accomplished amazing feats, perhaps supernaturally.

Thank you for the newspaper articles which give a clear and true view of events in the Middle East. We cannot support you financially, so all we can do is to let you know that there are people who support you wholeheartedly and appreciate truth.
Dunedin family, NZ


November 3, 2009

Hi There,
Love your website, well done. If you have a email newsletter put me on.


November 3, 2009

As an admirer of all things Jewish I'd just like you to know what a disservice you do to your country and religion.
For a start, blatant propaganda like yours just never works, ever.
The advertisement in the Dominion is so inaccurate in so many ways that it actually hinders your point rather than helps.
Check out http://www.medialens.org/ at least if not changing your rather silly view on media bias, it may show you how to do it properly.
Finally, I should be reporting you to the Trade Description people with regards your name. (Kiwis for Balanced Reporting) your having a laugh aren't you?


November 2, 2009

Thank you -—you are doing invaluable work — I will send you $10 very soon — sorry it just cannot be $20 at this point as I'm not in paid work at moment but looking hard.
I'm so conscious of the pro-Arab agenda of the UN — hardly surprising when you consider the voting block of the Organisation of Islamic Countries — around 51 of them and just how venomous are Muhammad's words describing the Jews in the Quran.
You should have read the wonderful address of Israel's PM to the UN (where he pointed out how many times the UN has criticised Israel with never a mention of the ongoing onslaught it receives) and just how little was mentioned in the NZ mainstream media.


November 2, 2009

Israel gets away with murder literally in the middle east, with the help and backing of the USA. The fact that you now try to rubbish the present and past U. N. Investigations with your tawdry advertisements is testimony to your blinkered and bigoted perspective.
The funny thing is that during the 60.s my thoughts were what a remarkable little State Israel was, repelling attackers and carrying out other venturesome activities. However, those thoughts have long since been replaced with disgust and revulsion at the atrocities committed against the Palestinians. I have no doubt that there is some pandering to the news media, but what other weapons does Palestine have against Israels overwhelming superiority in money weaponry and backing?
How would you fancy your establishments being attacked with phosphorous and cluster bombs apart from your other loathsome activities??
Eternal shame on you.

Thank you for your reply. You may want to consider a few facts regarding U.N. investigations, especially ones focused on Israel.

You may want to consider that one of the U.N. members involved in the investigation had condemned Israel in a published letter even before the conclusion of the incursion or the beginning of the investigation.

You may want to consider that Judge Goldstone refused to watch videotapes, easily accessible on the Internet, that show conclusively that Hamas terrorists routinely fired rockets from behind human shields. Judge Goldstone refused to credit eyewitness reports published by reputable newspapers, and even admissions by Hamas leaders. He willfully refused to listen to the testimony of one of the world's leading experts on how democratic militaries fight asymmetrical wars against terrorists who hide behind civilians.

When asked why Colonel Kemp was not allowed to testify, this is what Goldstone shamefully said: ‘... there was no reliance on Col. Kemp mainly because in our Report we did not deal with the issues he raised regarding the problems of conducting military operations in civilian areas and second-guessing decisions made by soldiers and their commanding officers 'in the fog of war.'’ (see http://cgis.jpost.com/Blogs/dershowitz/entry/goldstone_report_is_an_ad )

You may also want to consider which nations support and direct these UN investigations and which nations abstain. You may be surprised. The fact that you have not considered these issues (and there are a lot more ) tells me more about your motives for so wholeheartedly supporting the findings of this UN investigation than anything about KBRM's motives that are purely to present the missing facts.

If you have any issues with specific facts we have presented in our advertisement, please feel free to email us and we will make appropriate corrections.


November 2, 2009

Hi KBRM team,
I just want to pass on hearty thanks for your efforts in seeking objectivity and righteousness, or at least provoking people to dig for truth. Nowadays the media is so good at manipulating and distorting truth. It is even sad many people choose to believe what the media want them to believe, or they themselves want to believe. Saying that, I am really glad to see many New Zealanders are conscious and conscientious, for I am neither a Kiwi nor a Jew. I myself don't want to be an object of subjectiveness.
Blessings,


November 2, 2009

Hi all,
Thanks for putting the truth out there re Israel & Gaza, as in today's Herald.
I have been getting posts from other sources, and have been frustrated at the media's lack of interest in balanced reporting, and love affair with the terrorists of Hamas and Fatah (neither of whom wish to ‘recognise’ Israel's right to exist).
Keep up the good work, may the God who protects the apple of His eye bless you, as you bless those He loves.


November 1, 2009

Hello.
I saw just a mere few minutes ago an (expectedly) one biased report on ‘Palestinian’ houses being demolished on the ‘Sunday’ programme. there was a solitary voice in support of Israel who mentioned this website if I heard correctly.
I would like to support your cause if I can. I have no money to offer, but I do have some skill in graphic design if ever the need arose to create imagery, logos or anything graphic in nature.


A letter was received that, under the heading ‘Examples of Hate Speech’ consisted of 28 quotes attributed to various Jewish and Israeli leaders. In keeping with our policy of not posting extensive material from outside sources, only three of these are listed:

September 24, 2009

‘We will have a world government whether you like it or not. The only question is whether that government will be achieved by conquest or consent.’ (Jewish Banker Paul Warburg, February 17, 1950, as he testified before the U.S. Senate).
‘We will establish ourselves in Palestine whether you like it or not... You can hasten our arrival or you can equally retard it. It is however better for you to help us so as to avoid our constructive powers being turned into a destructive power which will overthrow the world.’ (Chaim Weizmann, Published in ‘Judische Rundschau,’ No. 4, 1920)
‘Our race is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves.’ - Israeli prime Minister Menachem Begin in a speech to the Knesset [Israeli Parliament] quoted by Amnon Kapeliouk, ‘Begin and the Beasts,’ New Statesman, June 25, 1982

This was answered by the KBRM spokesperson as follows (also shortened to avoid reproducing outside sources):

Thank you for your reply. To the extent that these quotes are true, I, as KBRM spokesperson, agree that these quotes are examples of hate speech. I say ‘to the extent they are true’ because I checked a few and quickly found that many of these quotes are complete fabrications. [This was followed by quotes from camera.org dissecting the last of the quotes, plus several other websites:
example # 1 and example # 2.]

These are just a few examples of how the media and individuals with specific interests can distort the truth and the true reality of the situation.

But the more important point is that while some Jews and Israelis have undoubtedly said deplorable things, this is not and never has been Israeli policy. The war in 1948 was started by Arabs who tried to destroy the new-born state of Israel. Israel was forced to fight for its survival. Today, Israel does not attack its neighbours except as an act of self-defence against continuing attacks by Arabs. Today it is Israel that has embraced an Arab population of 1.4 million and given them full citizenship rights, in stark contrast with the unwillingness of the Palestinians to tolerate even one Jew in their midst. These are facts, not words.


August 19, 2009

This anonymous message was handprinted on a postcard, apparently by the same person who sent the July 5 card. Misspellings are retained, as is the relative print size. The anti-Semitism is apparent from the address alone, which reads ‘NZ JEWS FOR BULLSHIT’. (KBRM is not a Jewish organisation.)

GUESS WHAT, THE ISRAELIS HAVE FINALLY TOLD THE TRUTH THAT THEY WON'T LET THE PALESTINIANS HAVE THEIR OWN STATE. THAT EXPLAINS THE OPPRESSIVE REGIME THEY HAVE IMPOSSED ON THEM & DAILY HUMAN RIGHTS KILLINGS.
FORMER ISRAELI PRIMINISTER E. OLMERT & BARAK ARE GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES & WILL BE TREATED JUST AS THE SS WERE. HUNG BY THE NECK. UNTILL DEAD. A FITTING END TO SH*T.

Needless to say, the charges are false. What is unusual is that a note was attached from the Post Office manager that read, ‘I have been instructed by NZ Post to bring this to your attention. This mail may be offensive. If you have any concerns please contact the police.’


August 3, 2009

Hiya. One of the vile slime balls of the Nazi regime was Joseph Goebels. He was the propaganda chief; the paradox of Goebels is that he stumbled over a great truth; the truth is is you repeat a lie often enough, in the end, it becomes accepted as the truth. Indeed so true that nobody questions it yet in reality it is a ‘Great Lie’.

Now switch to the modern day; indeed to a news bulletin bouncing around the world now as I type this. The ‘news’ story begins with the words ‘There has been widespread condemnation of Israel for ..............’ (X). Now just for the moment forget what the "X" is; for this study it does not matter. What does matter is the opening words; they vary a bit from time to time.............maybe something like ...so and so organisation ‘has condemned Israel for ’........ .

I am not Jewish but any one of us belongs to a group and once we get into unchallenged group condemnation we begin to tread a very dangerous path indeed.
Before the BBC was taken over by Lefty liberals the BBC news department did try to abide by the BBC Charter which says that news is to be presented in a NEUTRAL WAY so as ‘to allow the individual viewer/listener to make up his own mind on any particular issue’.
If ‘X’ happens in Israel then it should be reported in a neutral way that ‘X’ happened in Israel. It could also be stated that so and so is for ‘X’ but so and so else is against ‘X’. This is neutral news reporting.
But to begin a news report with ‘There has been widespread condemnation of Israel for’ is propaganda pure and simple. Those alleged to be doing the condemning are not identified. Goebels rides again.
It seems to me that these words were written even before any kind of reaction by anybody to the event ‘X’.
More fairness and neutrality please in reporting events in Israel.
PLEASE whenever the above words are used we,the people, need to challenge them and their writer and the news organisation that broadcast them. So get challenging folks. We don't want ‘Big Lies’.


August 5, 2009

I have seen and read the news about the eviction of Palestinians from their homes in east jerusalem to settle in jews instead. This is the true face of israel. The gays who have just been killed in their night club over the weekend, again these were encouraged by extremist rabbis to rid the nation of those they consider ‘morally corrupt’... This is the real face of israel. Coincidentally I have also read a report over the weekend that most settlements in the zionist state are funded by the proceeds of gambling in the u.s, This is the real face of israel. The more I read and learn about you the more I hate your nation, and the more I become committed to exposing you in every forum and group I possibly can. Just to let you know, I was on a trip to wellington recently and was sitting next to a prominent member in the legal fraternity, and I was surprised when he confided in me his deep hatred to the jewish state, and how he believed it was the root of all evil in the world. You are racists, you are fascists, and you will face the natural end to every racist and fascist this world ever knew.. complete failure and destruction. Mind you, my issue isn't with ‘jews’ as such, judaism is a religion, and like in every religion there are the good and there are the bad.. but the zionist israelis are a separate group who're committed to the destruction of the world, and humanity should not, and will not allow this to happen.
You support israel, therefore I hate you, and your state and everything you stand for, and will dedicate my life and money and time to expose you.
may you live to see the day israel crumbles and its people swallowed by the sand and sea.

Response:

It is mind-boggling that you can take an Israeli court decision about a real estate dispute, a nightclub shooting involving Israelis, and rumours about the use of gambling funds and see them as reasons to go ballistic in your hatred for Israel. Such things happen in all countries. On the other hand, you seem to ignore (or perhaps condone) rocket attacks, suicide bombings and other acts of hatred and destruction committed by Arabs against Jews every day. This says a lot more about you than it does about Israel. Arabs are treated far better in Israel than Jews are treated in Arab nations (if any are allowed there). Israel's standards of democracy and tolerance shine like a beacon compared to the racism and fascism that exist in most Arab countries. Yet you channel your hatred onto Israel. One can only wonder why.


August 3, 2009

Hiya. One of the vile slime balls of the Nazi regime was Joseph Goebels. He was the propaganda chief; the paradox of Goebels is that he stumbled over a great truth; the truth is that if you repeat a lie often enough, in the end, it becomes accepted as the truth. Indeed so true that nobody questions it yet in reality it is a ‘Great Lie’.

Now switch to the modern day; indeed to a news bulletin bouncing around the world now as I type this. The ‘news’ story begins with the words ‘There has been widespread condemnation of Israel for ................’ (X). Now just for the moment forget what the ‘X’ is; for this study it does not matter. What does matter is the opening words; they vary a bit from time to time.............maybe something like ...so and so organisation ‘has condemned Israel for’ ........ .

I am not Jewish but any one of us belongs to a group and once we get into unchallenged group condemnation we begin to tread a very dangerous path indeed.
Before the BBC was taken over by Lefty liberals the BBC news department did try to abide by the BBC Charter which says that news is to be presented in a NEUTRAL WAY so as ‘to allow the individual viewer/listener to make up his own mind on any particular issue’.
If ‘X’ happens in Israel then it should be reported in a neutral way that ‘X’ happened in Israel. It could also be stated that so and so is for ‘X’ but so and so else is against ‘X’. This is neutral news reporting.
But to begin a news report with ‘There has been widespread condemnation of Israel for’ is propaganda pure and simple. Those alleged to be doing the condemning are not identified. Goebels rides again.
It seems to me that these words were written even before any kind of reaction by anybody to the event ‘X’.
More fairness and neutrality please in reporting events in Israel.

PLEASE whenever the above words are used we,the people, need to challenge them and their writer and the news organisation that broadcast them. So get challenging folks. We don't want ‘Big Lies’.


July 15, 2009

How can I make a contribution to KBRM (from abroad)?
Thanks very much!


July 5, 2009

(hand-printed in capitals on a post card)

JUST AS SADDAM HUSSIEN WAS EXECUTED FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES SO THIS FATE WILL FALL ON E. OLMERT, THE FORMER ISRAELI PM. THE DESTRUCTION OF GAZA ONLY PROVES THAT THE ISRAELIS REALLY ARE A SHIT PEOPLE.
SORRY MOSES, THE DAYS WHEN JEWS COULD GET AWAY WITH MURDER ARE OVER. THANK GOODNESS.
MAYBE HERR HITLER WAS RIGHT AFTER ALL.!!
(no signature)


July 2, 2009

Kudos for the excellent ad in today's Herald. It is very sad, I must stay, that KBRM has to pay in order to expose dishonest reporting. Why do they hate us so much?
I have been made refugee because I was Jewish. First my ancestors were forced to leave the land of Israel after the destruction of the second temple by the Romans. They found a new home in the welcoming Iberian peninsula, where they flourished in art, science and commerce. But then King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, under pressure from the Catholic Church and their inquisitors drove my family out of Spain in what is known as the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal at the end of the 15 th century.

They managed to get out alive and settled in North Africa, in Casablanca precisely where I was born. Life was good, but the ‘euphoria’ was short lived. The French Colonialism ended in 1956 and Morocco declared its independence. As soon as the last French officer left, the Arabs turned their anger towards the Jews of Morocco. We were forced to leave everything behind us and emigrated to Israel to start a new life. For my family , as for hundred of thousands of other Jewish families, it meant closure! It meant returning to our homeland after being abused, rejected, persecuted and expelled from every other country. We joined an extended family already residing in Jerusalem. They were there in Israel. They've always been there, a part of that land, long before Muslims came and claimed any rights. Long before Rome changed my country's name into Palestine, long before the western world got blinded by the petrodollars and dropped its moral values. I served in the army to defend my country against daily Arab aggression. Against prejudice. Against anti-Semitism. I helped build a modern and prosperous country- The new State of Israel, on what used to be the kingdom of Judah and Israel. I contributed to the ungrateful world, in science and medicine. In arts and music. In Biotechnology and Hi-tech. In humanitarian efforts, desalinisation of water, agriculture and the list goes on. In fact we Jews and Israelis account for 1/3 of all intellectual property and patents in the world. Yet we represent only 1/4 of a percent (0.25%) of the entire population on this planet. Me thinks; Can you please tell me why they hate me so much?
Please let us know how can this household help KBRM in any way?
Best regards


July 2, 2009

I see that ‘KBRM has no constitution, but we have over 50 members from Whangarei to Invercargill and a 14 member Board who communicate by email.’ I don't believe numbers are everything, far from it. Nonetheless it's interesting to see how few New Zealanders agree with you sufficiently to join you.

Would it be worth your considering that a more open and honest and less blatantly propagandist approach to issues in Palestine/Israel might not only benefit the world generally, it might earn KBRM respect and the right to be heard it seeks? One cannot question your passion, but your claim to objectivity is repeatedly, demonstrably false.

As Obama has indicated, It may be that American uncritical support for Israel cannot always be counted on. What would happen if you genuinely took the moral high ground? You haven't tried it yet.

Response: Dear Mr. ____,

I'm afraid you have a misunderstanding of KBRM's mission. We are not a news service. As our website clearly states, our mission is to correct inaccuracies and provide relevant truths about Israel missing from most news reports and newspapers. If you see presenting truth as ‘propaganda’, it says more about your point of view than ours.

If you have any complaints about the accuracy of what we present, please let us know. We value our objectivity and honesty very highly, and any errors will be corrected.

As for the number of our members (now over 60), given that we are a relatively new organization, we are thrilled that so many people have found us and become members. We are also heartened by the number of people who have taken time to mail us expressions of support. There are over 100 letters on our Feedback Archive page; 73% of them express strong support of our work, while about half of the negative ones are obscene anti-Semitic rants sent anonymously (see Bigotry Box). We think it is remarkable that so many Kiwis are able to see through the media bias that presents Israel as the oppressor of Arabs, rather than as a country that is forced to defend itself against attacks by its neighbours who want to annihilate it. These people agree with us that New Zealanders deserve to get a fair and accurate picture of world events. We are sorry that you don't.


July 2, 2009

Kudos for the excellent ad in today's Herald. It is very sad, I must stay, that KBRM has to pay in order to expose dishonest reporting. Why do they hate us so much?
I have been made refugee because I was Jewish. First my ancestors were forced to leave the land of Israel after the destruction of the second temple by the Romans. They found a new home in the welcoming Iberian peninsula, where they flourished in art, science and commerce. But then King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, under pressure from the Catholic Church and their inquisitors drove my family out of Spain in what is known as the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal at the end of the 15 th century.

They managed to get out alive and settled in North Africa, in Casablanca precisely where I was born. Life was good, but the ‘euphoria’ was short lived. The French Colonialism ended in 1956 and Morocco declared its independence. As soon as the last French officer left, the Arabs turned their anger towards the Jews of Morocco. We were forced to leave everything behind us and emigrated to Israel to start a new life. For my family , as for hundred of thousands of other Jewish families, it meant closure! It meant returning to our homeland after being abused, rejected, persecuted and expelled from every other country. We joined an extended family already residing in Jerusalem. They were there in Israel. They've always been there, a part of that land, long before Muslims came and claimed any rights. Long before Rome changed my country's name into Palestine, long before the western world got blinded by the petrodollars and dropped its moral values. I served in the army to defend my country against daily Arab aggression. Against prejudice. Against anti-Semitism. I helped build a modern and prosperous country- The new State of Israel, on what used to be the kingdom of Judah and Israel. I contributed to the ungrateful world, in science and medicine. In arts and music. In Biotechnology and Hi-tech. In humanitarian efforts, desalinisation of water, agriculture and the list goes on. In fact we Jews and Israelis account for 1/3 of all intellectual property and patents in the world. Yet we represent only 1/4 of a percent (0.25%) of the entire population on this planet. Me thinks; Can you please tell me why they hate me so much?
Please let us know how can this household help KBRM in any way?
Best regards


(hand-written, name withheld

July 1, 2009

The question is are the jews getting worried? Why then have they spent thousands on advertising in the papers, trying to convince none jews that they are really good guys?
With the new american president worried they should be. From now on he said there will be no blank check, and america will not be dictatered to on foreign policy.
Its the best news read in years. The jews in palestine are well overdue for taking down a peg or three.
The days of Jack-Boot jews have seen their Sun-Set, and its not before time. Never again will jews kill young boys and pregnant women and get away with murder.
The next thing america should do is cut the dollars and weapons because hey are only used to TERRORISE their neighbours!!!
Put that in your fat nose and sniff it, moses!!!!


June 13, 2009

I'm glad that I've found your website. I saw your ad in the NZ Herald a while ago, saved it and promised myself I'd check your website. I'll forward your link to many of my friends. Cheers.


June 12, 2009

Dear KBRM, I and my husband congradulate you on your dedication to place articles at your own expense in the paper. As christians we understand the importance of the land of Israel and the Jewish people. We appreciate that God also wants Arab Muslims saved. If you would give us your account details we would like to set up and AP to support you financially. We look forward to reading more of your advertisements.


June 11, 2009

I am so happy to discover that there is a group in our fair land that want to see fair play in our news media regarding the Middle East. I have been a supporter of Israel for many years and lead a Prayer For Israel group in our church. I was informed about your site by my friend _______________. I say go for it .


June 4, 2009

Dear KBRM,
I have emailed a copy of A KIWI'S EXPERIENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST by Dorothy Finlay to a Muslim doctor friend here in Palmerston North, inviting his comments.
KBRM is a great ministry.
Thanks


June 3, 2009

Hello to KBRM Team,
Have just discovered your site, and am delighted the team has established this medium to disseminate a balanced and honest reportage of matters relating to Israel and the Middle East in general. Reading the letters page alongside the ‘bigotry box’ highlights the venom and hatred that is evident on the BB as averse to the balanced and reasonable attitude from the opposite. I am not an Israeli nor as far as I know a Jew, but I support Israel's right to exist in peace and security behind borders that were originally assigned to her, not the truncated strip of land treachery has left her defending. I am interested in supporting the work of KBRM and would like to join the organization. I will await a response should you wish.


June 2, 2009

This is the group I've been waiting for! I'm not Jewish, but believe that the minuscule country of Israel has a right to exist and should be defended by the free world. The gigantic middle east provides so much space for those calling themselves ‘Palestinians’ — if only other Arabs were prepared to share it, instead of funding the ongoing anti-Semitism and supremacist islamism.
What do I do to join and help out?


June 2, 2009, 2009

Keep going...The ‘politically correct’ NZ Govt (particularly the last one) cannot see past its nose in terms of what is happening in the Middle East. Imagine if 10 to 20 rockets were aimed at Auckland City every week...there would be an uproar, and immediate action taken against the aggressors...yet when Israel takes defensive action...all hell breaks loose, and no one is willing to print the truth...just as your attempts at having balancing information published so vividly demonstrate.. And yes...I have personally visited Israel and seen what is going on, (unlike many commentators). The rules of life are simple..you don't hit me and I wont hit you...something the Arabs seem to have forgotten. Regards.


May 28, 2009

Having read several of your advertisements in various newspapers, I feel compelled to put pen to paper (or whatever substitutes these days).
First and foremost, I must be honest — I find your ‘reporting’ to be highly selective to say the least, and find that it conveniently sidesteps any issues of direct evidence — a staple of any serious journalism — in favour of dangerously one-sided views. One would assume that is why your articles are published as ‘advertisements’ rather than factual reports or even op-ed.
I find your comment in your 11 May 2009 article: ‘...During her most recent stay, one of the patients treated was a close relative of a senior Hamas leader, even while Hamas was raining rockets on Israel...’ This is a very interesting statement; you appear to be implying that simply being related to an enemy of Israel a person loses their human right to medical attention. If so, this is an extremely dangerous and biased view. As a medical professional, your friend has shouldered a commitment to all human beings, regardless of race, religion or family ties. She should be neither surprised nor concerned that medical help was provided, although your statement suggests she brings a personal bias to her professional work that questions such a balanced approach. By this logic, one should also question providing medical help to the families of US soldiers, as they too are prosecuting a war in contravention of international law.
That being said, this is not intended as a letter of abuse or attack; I believe that only through open and honest dialog can we collectively begin to address the many issues involved in both the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the many other similarly appalling situations around the world. I would welcome the introduction of reputable external references to some of the facts claimed in your advertisements, as this would enable those of us interested in this area to more quickly verify the accuracy of any statements or claims made, and also to further investigate for ourselves these same facts, as you quite rightly assert that there is not a lot of balance, or variety of views, in the information we in NZ receive from any source.
The provision of such reliable external references would also help to bring together some of the disparate viewpoints, whilst enabling a direct comparison of the various versions of events you report.
Lastly, I highly recommend that you add the following sites to your ‘Related Organisations’ list, as both provide excellent and demonstrably even-handed analysis of, and commentary on, media coverage of current events:

Response:

Our articles and advertisements are not meant to be ‘reporting’, but are intended to supply ‘the missing truth’ omitted from most news reports (see FAQ). The fact that our articles are sometimes not accepted by newspapers says nothing about the integrity of the articles, but says more about the interests and motivations behind the newspapers in New Zealand that consistently omit important facts from their articles.
The description of how a child related to a Hamas leader was treated was meant to counter the current PR that says Israel wants to destroy the Palestinian people. While UNHCR, EU, et al., publicise charges that Israel killed indiscriminately in Gaza, and suggest they have no heart, the author wanted to show that this was not true in her experience. Israel is not an apartheid state that commits genocide against the Palestinians.
The writer was provided with appropriate references relating to the last advertisement.


May 28, 2009

Shalom to you all, it is great to see truth about all the good things that are done for the people of Gaza by Israel. Keep it up. We belong to Prayer for Israel and also I.C.E.J. and it is good to know that we are all trying to get the truth out particularly to the churches.


May 18, 2009

Why not print on your feedback page the letters you receive which are not mindlessly anti or pro Israel?
The ones which might support your claim to integrity and thoughtfulness.
it might help to mitigate the presently inevitable conclusion that you are engaged merely in Israeli state propaganda, and don't actually seek understanding and solutiions.

Response:

We think it is important that people see the overtly anti-Semitic letters (Bigotry Box) because anti-Semitism is clearly a factor among the anti-Israel crowd. The Selected Letters box includes both supportive and critical letters, selected for the quality and interest of the points made. ‘Mindless’ letters are not selected. All letters are posted on the Letters Archive page, and we are developing a FAQ page where many of the objections and criticisms are presented.
As for the ‘inevitable conclusion’ that we are ‘engaged merely in Israeli state propaganda’, we make every effort to ensure that statements in our advertisements and articles are correct. Most people recognise this. If you want to call facts favourable to Israel ‘propaganda’, that says more about you than about us. You are correct that KBRM is not in the business of finding solutions. Our mission — our only mission — is to see that New Zealanders know all the facts so they can have informed opinions. We're sorry that you object to that.


May 18, 2009

Why not print on your feedback page the letters you receive which are not mindlessly anti or pro Israel?
The ones which might support your claim to integrity and thoughtfulness.
it might help to mitigate the presently inevitable conclusion that you are engaged merely in Israeli state propaganda, and don't actually seek understanding and solutiions.

Response:

We think it is important that people see the overtly anti-Semitic letters (Bigotry Box) because anti-Semitism is clearly a factor among the anti-Israel crowd. The Selected Letters box includes both supportive and critical letters, selected for the quality and interest of the points made. ‘Mindless’ letters are not selected. All letters are posted on the Letters Archive page, and we are developing a FAQ page where many of the objections and criticisms are presented.
As for the ‘inevitable conclusion’ that we are ‘engaged merely in Israeli state propaganda’, we make every effort to ensure that statements in our advertisements and articles are correct. Most people recognise this. If you want to call facts favourable to Israel ‘propaganda’, that says more about you than about us. You are correct that KBRM is not in the business of finding solutions. Our mission — our only mission — is to see that New Zealanders know all the facts so they can have informed opinions. We're sorry that you object to that.


May 17, 2009

Good afternoon,
Just to let you know I absolutely agree with KBRM and the concerns you have recently been pointing out in newspaper adverts.
Go Israel. They are dominant now, but not so long ago they were the smaller, weaker nation pounced upon as soon as it was born by larger neighbours — trounced them, incredibly — and grew and prospered.
Why is Isreal so successful now while the neighbours have remained pretty much as they were economically and socially in 1948? — they are obsessively hateful of and angry with Israel and this obsession has locked them in poverty, while Isreal, also a nation of the displaced, has moved from similar backwarness to the cutting edge of nations. They are an example to the world, not a tyrant as we would be had to believe.
Kind Regards,


May 13, 2009

On this Anzac Day we veterans remember all our fallen comrades of past wars. We remember how ancestors of the Israelis financed the Germans of World War 1 and how most of the leaders of the Russian Revolution were Jewish and that the present Foreign Minister of Israel was a Russian Red Army member. There are many today who know little of what people did in previous wars to give us the freedom we now enjoy today. The problems of the Middle East will never go away as long as Israel exists in its present form.

This printed message was sent anonymously, accompanied by a separate printed page ‘Israel was founded on terrorism’ that lists supposed terrorist acts by Jews. One of the items listed was that 92 people were killed when the King David Hotel was bombed in 1946, without mentioning that a telephone warning had been given so the building could be evacuated. (Some terrorism!) Another item was the ‘massacre of the Arab population’ of Deir Yassin, an armed Arab village near the road to Jerusalem, which was under siege at the time. Here too there had been a loudspeaker warning to evacuate. There was a bloody battle, but it is not true that the population was massacred (google ‘You Tube - Deir Yassin — what really happened’). There was no mention on the list of any terrorist acts or atrocities committed by Arabs. It seems that the memory of these ‘veterans’ is very selective.


May 11, 2009

Thank you for your very welcome email. I return the compliment as I admire your letters too; very balanced and so obviously lacking in the hatred and venom expressed by those who demonise Israel. Of course the hatred, and sadly all too often abuse, is clear evidence of the dearth of rational or convincing argument.
I would indeed like to become a member of KBRM. Thank you also for the attached article. Such first-hand testimony is invaluable.
I have pondered for a long time the reasons for antisemitism. I believe human beings have an innate need to scapegoat and I also believe Jews are hated because they're smart. The ultimate tall poppy syndrome.
The popular trend of equating Israelis to the Nazis I find particularly repugnant.
Hope to hear from you again soon.
Kind regards,


May 11, 2009

...I admire your letters... very balanced and so obviously lacking in the hatred and venom expressed by those who demonise Israel. Of course the hatred, and sadly all too often abuse, is clear evidence of the dearth of rational or convincing argument. I would indeed like to become a member of KBRM...
I have pondered for a long time the reasons for antisemitism. I believe human beings have an innate need to scapegoat and I also believe Jews are hated because they're smart. The ultimate tall poppy syndrome. The popular trend of equating Israelis to the Nazis I find particularly repugnant.
Kind regards,


May 6, 2009

I have been and remain sympathetic to the people of Israel for many years. I am glad to have found this source of information and support.
It was a very revealing Advertisement in the Dominion Post documenting the stark differences between the inspired Islamic hatred and the heartfelt call to peace by the various Israeli leaders. I note that on the same page the madman Iranian President was on the same page complete with photo spouting his dangerous propaganda and all this for free via the sensationalist media.
The Jewish/Israeli people have had to endure millenniums of persecution and suffering, pay huge sums for their homeland, dig it out of the desert, defend it in war from the first and every day since.
Fairs fair give them a go!
If you are or have formed a support group for the support of the Jewish people I would be glad to join up.
Regards,
Raumati.


May 1, 2009

I joined KBRM a few weeks ago and have been watching its progress with increasing interest. I have yet to do anything even mildly heroic but, now I am ‘getting the drift’ of the way things are panning out, I feel the best way I can help is via Letters to the Editor (The NZ Herald which I buy only on Thursday for the TV programmes ! ).

I am writing to thank ________ for all the work she has put into the KBRM website — great job L____ — and also to acknowledge R______ tremendous efforts as The Driving Force — seeming to me to be carrying the whole organisation on his back like Atlas ! Thanks to the tireless efforts of folk like these KBRM is beginning to be noticed by the New Zealand public. Kiwis are mostly tolerant by nature and prepared to give others a fair go but they can be misled by carefully crafted misinformation (like the Exxon Mobil propaganda denying anthropogenic climate change). KBRM is countering the blatantly biased reporting of Israel with calmly stated truthful information. Definitely no firebrand posturing. I think you will be surprised at the depth of support there is out there for Israel (from people like me). It is perhaps not fashionable to declare such opinions openly with so much criticism of Israel swirling around, but that doesn't stop discerning folk noticing the anomolies.

Some ideas: The reality of antisemitism should not be played down. There are vicious people out there in the world who are inspired by the fabricated Protocols of The Elders of Zion (which is taught as fact in Arab countries and Islamic madrassas). I prefer to call it ‘Jew Hatred’ — often referred to as ‘the oldest hatred’ and which has its origins firmly embedded in the early days of Christianity when the church set out to try and cover up its background in Judaism and to demonise the Jews. Not a lot of Christians are aware of the church's role in this shameful and long standing prejudice.

I suggest that copies of the most objectionable anti-semitic letters be forwarded to the press for comment. Turn the hatred back on the haters!
Jew hatred is alive and kicking in the world. The Nazi Party is being resurrected all round Europe — not surprisingly in countries with large Islamic ‘minorities’ where half a dozen offspring are the family norm.

KBRM should urge everyone to go and see the film The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas. Be warned. It's a shocker.

Do not apologise for Gaza. Israel's robust military actions since 1948 have been predicated by the German gas chambers where Jews marched docilely into the showers. Israelis said in 1948 ‘Never again’. Important for everyone to understand this. It accounts for the firm determination of the IDF to resist all attempts at undermining the State of Israel. They are prepared to face up to the challenge. Europe - and the UN in particular - appear to have forgotten how to.
Islamic extremists killed 52 people in London in July 2005. I am not aware of any of my countrymen being killed by Jewish terrorists.
Britain is well on its way to becoming the first Islamic country in Europe since The Balkans and Spain. A recent newspaper questionnaire asked ‘What does it mean to be British?’ Britons no longer know. It's a vastly different place to the one I left behind in the early 60's.
Keep up the good work.
Regards
From one of our gentile KBRM members


April 30, 2009

The fact that you relay on the spouting of politicians ,in your defense of the indefensable says much to me ,was not Ben Gurion a member of a terrorist gang who murdered British soldiers in the time just after W W 2 .

Pherhaps you might explaine to the nz publice how it was that 54 % of the land was handed over to 34 % of the population in 1947 , the latter I understand had only title to about 8 % at that time,
Then at the point of guns in the middle of the night in 1948 some Palestinian familys were ordered out of their homes ,driven off & the villages distroyed ,so they could not return ,this & other similar incidents is why the two people have been in a perpetual state of War & was the basice source of those ghastly camps that the disposed Palestinians have lived in for years ,understandable a hot bed of discontent .

The claim that Isrealis are simply defending them selves from rockets is interesting ,given that from 2002 when these attacks started ,just 3 people have been killed by 2008 ,satisticaly I suspect more Israelis from misshaps with dentures , so to counter this the the jewish people sent their army to Gaza & in the process murderd hundreds of children & woman ,what was that final tally ? well we do not know because the miiltary controlled who was reporting amp;& what , we do have some # think its in the region of 1100 to 15 ,which speaks volumes .
My understanding is that the rocket fireing started in an effort to stop jews from building on land they did not own,

An American Proffesor who study the middle east conflicts ,discover that 74 % of hostiliys were re started after Israelis hard killed Palestinians ,this was published in the Dominion ,about the time of the last Gaza conflict ,so with these kind of statistics one can well understand why you would wish to ajust the story line ,being old enough to remember Gobbles means I understand propergander when I see it
Will just add one more thought ,suspect you lot are not likly to be Kiwis ,the term mid east is very much an American ism ,are you realy who you proport to be? cheers


April 29, 2009

When I first saw your ad in the Press I did a double-take----people actually defending Israel! Of course, the haters and venom spewers are apoplectic with rage. Delicious!
I've been fighting a lone battle through the Press pages for years against people like G A van Meurs and J Honore for example, so it's wonderful to see people like Rodney Brooks writing as well. I've had hate mail, phone abuse and nasty put downs from colleagues, but they don't deter me. I've spent time in Israel and seen the situation first hand and I will always root for the underdog. I've read volumes of history about the ME too.
There's a website called FLAME which also has excellent articles on the Middle East. You can subscribe for free.
Keep up the great work!


April 29, 2009

I am pleased to see KBRM's campaign, and saddened but not at all surprised to see the attacks on it listed on your website. Opposition to Israel seems to be a mandatory part of the ‘new-Left’ package.
I am concerned by what seems to be a campaign in some parts of the media to ‘normalise’ the idea that the state of Israel should be destroyed by violent means, without regard for what happens to its people. So-called ‘advocacy journalists’ such as Robert Fisk (thankfully no longer much reported in NZ, but probably still spreading his poison elsewhere) and Gwynne Dyer spring to mind. It's vital that the other, rational, side is presented. Your advert on 27 April (NZ Herald) was most effective, but I would like to see KBRM quoted as a source of views in news articles dealing with Israel/Palestinian relations.
You could perhaps also stress that many Arabs live peaceably in Israel and form political parties — a freedom which one could never imagine being allowed to Jews in Arab states, if they were allowed to live at all. You might also make the point that the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, supposed to defuse tensions, was followed by the triumph of the extremist Palestinian faction and the spread of attacks to Israel proper — therefore it's absurd to demand that Israel make further unilateral concessions. I see you have done this in reply to one of your correspondents.
I would consider supporting you further — are you a registered charity?
regards,


April 29, 2009

DEAR SIR, I FULLY APPRECIATE WHAT I BELIEVE THE WORLD MEDIA IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY BIAS TOWARDS ISRAEL. I AM A BIBLE BELIEVING CHRISTIAN, AND THE BIBLE MAKES IT VERY CLEAR THAT WHOEVER GOES AGAINST ISRAEL OR THE JEWISH PEOPLE WILL MOST DEFINETLY COME UNDER THE WRATH OF JESUS CHRIST. SHALOM,


April 28, 2009

May I congratulate you on your excellent articles/advertisements in the daily newspapers. You clearly underline Israel's status as a Western-style democracy surrounded as it is in the Middle East by countries chronically biased against consensus and social equality.
A modest donation is enclosed.


April 28, 2009

We have read the advertisement in The Dominion Post. It is good.
We would like to make a donation, but we can not find your account number. Could you please e-mail it.
Kind regards


April 28, 2009

I'm not Jewish or Palestinian, I grew up in a country that leans toward the islamic way of doing things and in my work have dealt with many muslim professionals and have befriended many of them too in my home country. It worries me when I see people who are willing to do outrageous things to support a cause they have little understanding about. Those same people who scream anti-Israel sentiments, have been silent on the same situation in other countries. Ireland also has a wall running through it separating it's communities. These activists don't call for the English occupation of Ireland to end with the same passion they support the muslim plight. They are following a fashionable cause. Where is the pressure on government and activism for Tibet? Is it not as fashionable? These are the same people who cried for the victims of Bali or 9/11 but it's ok if the dead lie on what's left of an Israeli school bus?
Both sides have committed atrocities, don't blindly defend the actions of a group because they scream foul.
Thank you KBRM, for your balanced views on this matter, I read the article in the Herald today.


April 28, 2009

Hi,
I was having a coffee in McDonald's today & I saw your ad #7 Israel the Missing Truth in the Dominion Post. Wow. I was amazed. You've contrasted such incredibly opposing views. The ad was well read judging by the coffee stains around it. I've posted your web link onto an internet forum I'm part of. I hope other countries will take up the challenge to do as you have done & get a balance out there in the secular media.
Blessings,


April 28, 2009

Congratulations to you all at the Kiwis for balanced reporting in the Middle East. For too long our media have been reporting the biased views of overseas news agencies. Agencies that seem to have an agenda against Israel.
Reports that show damage to civilian areas and people after an Israeli military response are one sided. What isnŐt shown is that from the very same location rockets have recently and at times repeatedly been launched into civilian areas in Israel.
Israel is not an aggressor. It is a peaceful nation that is surrounded by powerful enemies that are on record as saying they want the destruction of Israel. IsraelŐs response is simply to get on with itŐs own business and only responds to threats and reluctantly on a need to basis.
God bless your organisation.
Yours faithfully


April 28, 2009

Good Morning
I am 66 years of age, born during the 2nd world war. My family fought as soldiers. My father was traumatised at Dunkirk and my uncles tortured by the Japanese. When I was about 14 I was exposed to the atrocities that took place during the War throough a programme on television that chronicled the Second world War. The programme covered the rise and fall of Germany from around 1936 to 1945. The Programme was a series of films and were very graphic and did not pull any punches as there was no real censorship in those days. The worst experience for me was the brutal and criminally insane attack on innocent defenceless civilians, the children and especially the Jewish people . The graphic pictures of the inhuman treatment of these poor people was beyond my capacity to comprehend and has left me right up to today with the question? ‘What manner of person would deliberately harm another human being in such a manner’. It is unforgivable. I was brought up in the Christian faith as a child attending church regularly and was a choir boy. I lost my belief in God through those actions as I believed that no father would allow any hurt to come to his family.

I just want to say that Israel and the Jewish people should and deserve to be left in peace. I believe that all they want is to live in harmony with the rest of the World. You have my sympathy and understanding a to what you are trying to achieve ‘Peace’. I do not believe that Israel has overstated any of the events that have taken place and certainly Israel has not looked for sympathy from the rest of the world, there response to the terrorist actions in my opinion has been unavoidable.
I apologise if I have rambled on but I am not a very good letter writer
Shalom


April 27, 2009

I would like to say how delighted I am to see at last a voice of balance in the issues relating to the Middle East.
I have been a contributor to Honest Reporting for many years and have spent nearly 35 years of my life in the Middle East, and am literate in Arabic and can communicate in Hebrew and Russian. I am a nurse who has lived among Arab and Jewish peoples and know the situation in Gaza, Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Israel for 11 - 12 years in the past 20 years.
I am in Tauranga and follow all the news from the local newspapers both BOP and the Free papers. I have written to both papers on a number of occasions.
I have close friends among Arabs and Jews and as a Christian believe that issues related to Israel are always inflammatory to those who have prejudice both religious and political.
I would be interested in regular contact with KBRM Team . I have recently returned from Jerusalem where I have been part of a expat. team helping Arab children with congenital heart disease who received life saving surgery from Israeli pediatric cardiac surgeons as part of the NGO Save a Child's Heart (SACH). My experience in Israel has included nursing in the Christian Arab sector of the Old city, in St.John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and Nasir Eye Hospital in Gaza in 1999. I have worked in Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem Jerusalem and taught in the Arab Bethlehem University.
I will be referring friends to this website now I have found it.
Shalom and thank you for standing for the truth and balance,giving a genuine opportunity for Israel to be heard in New Zealand.


April 27, 2009

Where do you get your money from? Not from the embassy of a genocidal little middle eastern slum,I hope.

Response:

No. It comes from the pockets of Kiwis who believe that the truth should be told. Thanks for your enquiry.


April 27, 2009

Congratulations on the superb half-page advertisement in the Herald today! I can feel spirits rising all over the place!
I'm doing what I can to encourage donations and will, of course, contribute personally.
I wonder if you have time to consider something that puzzles me greatly.
It strikes me as remarkable, as I look at the Herald web-site tonight, to see what's happening in Sri Lanka with the Tamils, to find that the item does not appear at all. About 30 foreign news items are listed, but apparently this desperate situation just doesn't rate.
One would have thought parallels could be drawn between two situations where a Government force is trying to overcome a strong, separatist movement which uses terrorist tactics; where hundreds of thousands of civilians are caught in a small, sea-bordered strip of land; where medical services are unavailable; where artillery battles are raging; where the death toll is mounting; where news services are kept out; where an aid agency describes it as a humanitarian catastrophe.

But one situation prompts massive condemnation, world-wide activism, incessant headlines, demonization of the national authority and its army, and urgent demands for the army to withdraw, while the other garners a few tepid expressions of concern and then vanishes from sight. Insofar as there is news coverage, the tone of much comment is of understanding that the authority wishes, perhaps justifiably, to deal once and for all with the separatists.
What can explain the difference? Is it that Israelis/Jews are vastly more deserving of hatred than Sri Lankans? Or that Palestinians are vastly more endearing than Tamils? Or...?
Actually, I'm not being smart and rhetorical here. I just do not know. I can't account for it.
With kind regards,


April 27, 2009

I support you with all my heart, you are doing holy job, it;s great and refreshing to have a balance reporting, and not to feel like the under dog. on behalf of all of us in Auckland KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. please send details of kbrm bank a/c.
thanks Auckland


April 27, 2009

I was surprised by the ad you place in today's NZ Herald. You say you are after creating a balanced view, however what you wrote is a classic example of crude media manipulation. A group with a certain interest band together and take out an ad in a newspaper to put their own version of events across. Somehow you want to convince us that all these reporters from around the world just hate jews and want to report falsehoods. I find this very offensive to the intelligence of any average kiwi. So the BBC, Reuters, AFP, IPS and their reporters all secretly back the Palestinians and have a hidden agenda to put israel in bad light? Of course. And the the NZ news reporters too? hmm, what about the israeli journalists who reported in the jerusalem post that what israel is doing to the Palestinians is in effect genocide worse than the south african apartheid? and the journalists from the Washington post who reported the israeli atrocities in Gaza? they're ALL anti-semites? you remind me of those who persecuted Galileo because he said the earth isn't flat. If all these are anti-semites, then count me in with them too!!! I used to think there's a difference between jews and israelis, and that what israel is doing doesn't represent all jews, thanks to you I am starting to think most of you are the same conniving evil race of people. I won't say you're all like that, because I came across real jews who tell the truth: www.jewsagainstzionism.com(I hope you do publish this site and not delete my e-mail). Listen, bottom line, israel is a cancer state and will be destroyed, this is a fact and the proof is that no other state has had that much support from powerful nations, media, lobby groups and private financiers.. and its citizens STILL live in so much fear from nations surrounding them who are much weaker than them. This says one thing, the Palestinians may be weak physically but strong spiritually because they believe they have truth on their side. A thief and a liar is ALWAYS afraid of being exposed, and so will do ANYTHING to cover to truth.. and your group is living proof of this fear of the truth. It's funny how the Palestinians who don't have any of your media savvy resources have so many grassroots supporters around the world, while you have to spend millions around the world to get your message across. Apartheid in south africa lasted for over 200 years, you're only 60 years old or so and already worried about extermination. Word of advice.. be prepared, because your nation will perish, your people will be dispersed, and NO ONE will have mercy on them.. and I don't think anyone should, because you don't deserve it.

Response:

Dear _ _ _ _ _
Thank you for your reply. KBRM does not believe that the world media is anti-semitic. KBRM believes that certain facts are not presented by the world media, facts that shed important light on the complex situation in the Middle East. Your claim regading apartheid would be a surprise to the 1.4 million Arab citizens who live in Israel with full civil rights and representatives in the Israeli parliament. The truth is with the Palestinians? Does this truth involve glorifying suicide bombers and the Palestinian leaders keeping their own people in poverty despite all the aid they have recieved to create a flourishing state, including money from Israel. Does this truth include Israel uprooting its own citizens and giving back the Gaza Strip and the Palestinians returning this act of goodwill by firing rockets on Israel towns and cities ever since#63; Your words of hatred and prejudice speak much of your motivations for writing to KBRM.
If you have any specific issues with any of the facts we have presented in any of our advertisements, please free to tell us and we will make corrections.
Regards
KBRM spokesperson


April 27, 2009

...I used to think there's a difference between jews and israelis, and that what israel is doing doesn't represent all jews, thanks to you I am starting to think most of you are the same conniving evil race of people... Listen, bottom line, israel is a cancer state and will be destroyed, this is a fact and the proof is that no other state has had that much support from powerful nations, media, lobby groups and private financiers.. A thief and a liar is ALWAYS afraid of being exposed, and so will do ANYTHING to cover to truth.. and your group is living proof of this fear of the truth. It's funny how the Palestinians who don't have any of your media savvy resources have so many grassroots supporters around the world, while you have to spend millions around the world to get your message across. Apartheid in south africa lasted for over 200 years, you're only 60 years old or so and already worried about extermination. Word of advice.. be prepared, because your nation will perish, your people will be dispersed, and NO ONE will have mercy on them.. and I don't think anyone should, because you don't deserve it.


April 25, 2009

A friend of mine showed me your advertisement that was supposed to look like an article, this is very deceiving! Some would say this is not a balanced way of telling people information. Do you have morals? I showed this to my friends,
nobody will trust you if you try to deceive us like this.
Israel is the problem, they are doing most of the killing, they are stealing the land, they have all the power.
Of course there should be an Israeli state, but not at the expense of other peoples lives.
I'm guessing you are christian? I'm not, but grew up in a christian family, and respect the faith.
You miss the message of Jesus. (this line was repeated 7 times — web manager)
Love not killing.
If you forget about god for a minute and take the people involved as people only, Israel is in the wrong. I spent time in India, met loads of Israeli people straight out of the army. They are not proud of what they done, they may have gained some land, but they have had their spirit broken for the rest of their lives. The Israelis I met there changed my view of them, have you been to Palestine? they are people too, dying and hungry.

Response:

Dear _ _ _ _ _ _
Thank you for your reply. You might consider that sinces 1967, all Israel has done is give back land. All Israel has been doing since its creation is facilitate Palestinian self-determination (e.g. land, economic aid that could have been used to create a flourishing state) and all Israel has received in response is suicide bombings and death. You might also consider that the majority of Israelis I personally have met over the years are proud of having been in the most moral army in the world, an army that fights under the most difficult of conditions, fighting terrorists who hide behind their own innocent people. Finally, Israel accepts thousands of Palestinians a year to its hospitals, Israel promotes peace programmes between Israeli and Palestinian youth, the Palestinian Authority deletes Israel from maps of their official geography school curriculum, and the Palestinian Authority keeps its own people in the squalor of refugee camps despite Israel's offer to house these people in propr housing.

>However, all this is not a concern of KBRM. Our only mission is to present the missing truth. If you have any specific arguments with any of the facts stated in our advertisements or elsewhere, please let us know.
Kind regards
_______, KBRM spokesperson

Added comment:

There is no intent to deceive anyone with our advertisements. They are designed to look like news items because their function is to present the missing truth not found in most news items. However they are clearly labelled as advertisements, with attribution, and we doubt that any intelligent person would confuse the two.


April 24, 2009

As a strong supporter of Israel, I sent a letter to the Dominion Post recently about the so-called ‘war crimes’ Israel committed in Gaza. It was not published. However, a day or two after my letter was ‘points noted’, your large advertisement appeared. Praise the Lord! It said all I had said, plus a lot more — 200 words isn't long enough to put all I'd wanted to say.
I have used your advertisement on my weekly Christian radio programme (Community Radio) in my slot From the Papers. I also regularly speak about the situation in Israel from first-hand information received weekly from Out of Zion ministries.
I congratulate you on what you are doing and the fair way you answer your critics. Hopefully, if they're honest, intelligent people, they'll take notice and change their viewpoints.
Keep up the good work.


April 23, 2009

Been on holiday so only just read your advertisement of 16 April.
Well done.
I had felt The Press (CHC) had started a slightly more balanced approach to Israel but when the Editorial took a swipe at Israel I wrote this letter which was printed and several responded against my comments!
When I am a bit more financial i will send some money but in the meantime keep up the good work.
Do you have anyone monitoring The Press?


April 23, 2009

Nothing can change the fact that upwards of 1300 women, children and men were murdered in Gaza recently by the Israeli cowards. The people of Gaza in Palestine are stuck in a prison, that being a wall around every part of Gaza. They are only allowed in or out by Israel. Imagine if this were the case for the people of Israel. How would they feel? First all four sides of the walls must be taken down (and the ridiculous one in the West Bank.) This is a simple solution to this joke of a situation that Israel controls. There is a timeline to this situation, and Israel and the USA must back off. Give the people of Palestine back their dignity. Growing numbers of people in the world are seeing this situation very clearly now. It would be great to see if Israel had the guts to take all of the walls down and talk to the Palestinians. I like everybody that I meet in this world including the Israelis, but mine and other people's patience is wearing thin. I have no respect for Israel if they do not take the walls down.
P.S. It would also be great if the Israelis could see that what they are doing to the Palestinians, is exactly what Hitler did to them in WW2. Think about it....
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Timaru

Response:

Dear _ _ _ _ _
Thank you for your reply. You might consider that to ‘get back their dignity’ and to see ‘the walls come down’, all the Palestinians have to do is stop attacking Israel and allow it to exist. However, this is not a concern of KBRM. Our mission is to present the missing truth. If you have any specific arguments with any of the facts stated in our advertisements or elsewhere, please let us know.
Kind regards
---------------, KBRM Spokesperson


April 21, 2009

Hi there!
i read in the dominion post recently you're advertisement about the biased reporting on the isreali-arab conflict. I say job well done! you guys are doing a great job!!!!
I'm curious to know if there is an organisation that deals with local biased media reporting in the ways you guys do? id very much like to help out a local organisation doing that kind of work. Please get in touch if you know of anything and keep up the good work!!!!


April 21, 2009

I would like to applaud your efforts at a more balanced reporting. My partner and myself both felt the media was getting very one sided in their reporting of the ongoing conflict with the palestinians. I must admit we are both pro Israel, i hope not blindly, but even allowing for a bit of bias it was hard to see why the media backed the hamas ‘all the time’. Nobody seems to deny that hundreds [actually thousands, ed.] of rockets have been fired into Israel, over a prolonged period, but it seems that we are to see this as something other than provocation, almost as a recreational thing.
That is how our conversations went and we still ponder the same thing today, so it was good to see your article in the paper.
Go hard.


April 18, 2009

Thank you for today's advertisement in the Dominion Post. I shall look forward to reading your material now that I have access to your website.
Wellington


April 17, 2009

Sir/Madam
I am currently on holiday with my Kiwi girlfriend, visiting her home town of Christchurch. I read with interest your advertisment in the Christchurch edition of ‘The Press’ regarding the disproportionate criticism of Israel and its role in the middle east. I feel I must write you a quick e mail just to congratulate you on your efforts to inject some kind of impartiality and objectivity regarding this issue into the public arena. As an Englishman, I am accustomed to seeing the mainstream press demonise, slander and poison the reputation of the only modern, functioning democracy in that region. It appears that in the minds of the European media (and from what I gather, the New Zealand media is similar), any attempt by Israel to protect its civilians and land from Palestinian terrorism is deemed as completely out of line, or genocide, or the current phrase of choice, ‘war crimes’. Never mind the wars of aggression waged against Israel by the Arabs, Palestinian support for the Nazis in WW2, the overtly anti semetic charters of the PLO and later Hamas (democratically elected by Palestinians, no less!), the continual and deliberate targetting of civilians by Palestinian terrorists, or the rejectionist nature of Palestinian leaders. All these actions pale in comparison compared to Israels attempts to secure a safe and peaceful life for civilians of all races within its borders. A more cynical man may claim that the fact all this is all but ignored in favour of slating Israel for its attempts to protect its populace smacks of underlying anti semetism in the media!
Anyway, keep up the good work, I was impressed to see someone actually speaking from a common sense perspective regarding this issue for once!
Regards


April 17, 2009

At last, someone treating Israel with the justice that we would get for our own nation. Thank you.
I will be reading your advertisements and web site with great interest and relief. A genuine discussion.


April 16, 2009

We have just read your latest ‘advertisement’ in The Press (we have also read some of your earlier ones). Your comments agree with what we have read from many other sources regarding Israel and the so-called ‘Palestinians’.


April 16, 2009

David Hirst's book describes how and why organisations such as your own are formed to become apologists for Israeli (in general).
Perhaps you should advocate the reading of his book via your website or in your crass and ridiculous newspaper advertisements. But of course you will not! For the well presented and highly factual material contained within Hirst's book would be sufficient to allow the few who side with you to contemplate their positions and realise that they are victims of Zionist propaganda.

Response

Dear _ _ _ _ _
Thank you for your reply. If you have any specific issues with any of the facts that were presented in our advertisement, please feel free to inform us.
Simon, KBRM spokesperson.


The following letter exhibits a common misunderstanding of KBRM's mission. We are not here to defend Israel or to predict what Israel will do. Our sole mission is to see that New Zealanders have the whole truth so they can form their own opinions.

April 14, 2009

Dear Sirs
I have seen your advertisement in the paper over the long weekend and have a number of comments /questions.

  1. Can the invasion of Gaza be justified as a response to Hamas rockets when the sum total of human damage suffered by innocent Israeli civilians amounts to less than one week's road traffic fatalities?
  2. Will Israel make reparations for the damage done to civilian property during the invasion of Gaza?
  3. Will Israel continue with its policy of extra-territorial state sponsored murder?
  4. Will Israel endorse and accept United Nations resolutions?
  5. Will Israel ever join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and will it accept inspections of IAEC?
  6. Will Israel ever accept independent investigation of its alleged war crimes?
  7. Will Israel ever endorse and accept the ‘two state’ solution?
  8. Will the policy of araberrein as espoused by Lieberman become part of the present Israeli government's policy?
  9. Will Lieberman be required to move from his home in the illegal settlement of Lokdim?
  10. When will full civil rights be provided to the Israeli Arab community?
  11. Will illegal West Bank settlements be dismantled?
  12. Will the policy of Lebensraum continue to be a mainstream Israeli government policy?
  13. Will orthodox women ever have equal rights with their menfolk?
  14. Why is Israel surprised at the actions of Hamas and Hezbollah when the Bantustans of the West Bank and Gaza have to endure Israeli state sponsored squalor?
  15. Why should the world treat Israel differently from any other failed state like N. Korea or Zimbabwe.?

There are wrongs on both sides and no one would consider the actions of Hamas and Hezbollah to be laudable but are they materially different from those of Israel and its army?
With kind regards

Response:

Dear _ _ _ _ _ _
Thank you for your reply. First of all, if you have any specific arguments with any of the points raised in our advertisement, please inform us. Secondly, the questions you raise are based on an imbalanced perspective of the Middle East situation and is consistent with the media coverage that also fails to present the whole truth. Comparing Israel to North Korea and Zimbabwe illustrates this gross imbalance and prejudice and could not be further from the truth if you properly examine the situation in Israel. To make just a brief comment, Israel is a democratic country, that includes 1.4 million Arab Israelis, and many other groups such as Bedouin, Druze, Christians, and countless other groups, all with the right to vote. Israel has an Arab high court judge and has had Arab cabinet ministers. Do you think these Arabs would have any say in neighbouring countries? Maybe you are getting confused with the dictatorial states that surround Israel? It would make a bit more sense if you compared them with North Korea and Zimbabwe.
Kind regards
Simon, KBRM spokesperson


April 14, 2009

I guess i must be anti-Semitic for disagreeing with you.
Israel stole land on the basis on a book written thousands of years ago.
The same book orders Israel to slaughter all non-jews who occupy that land.
Give me a break - If i moved into your backyard with the military might of the USA behind me i would expect you to try anything to get your land back.
Wasting my time even writing to you - after-all i must mate jews to offer any alternative to the reality you believe in, but hey — went god smites your miserable arse for disobeying the 9 commandments, well.....

Response:

Dear _ _ _ _ _,
I don't know if you're anti-Semitic or not. However, when someone persists in believing lies about the only Jewish state on earth and closes his mind to the truth, the possibility comes up.
KBRM Chairman


April 14, 2009

So I read your advertisement in today's Herald and took the time to research the three pointers to Google:
‘Kemp discusses IDF’ — well out of the 500 odd feedbacks — most refer to him as a moron.
‘Hamas claims proven false‘ — that was written up in the Israel National News website
‘Case closed on Gaza’ written by the very right wing Jerusalem Post. So where is your claim for balanced reporting when you refer to the truth coming from two Israeli papers.
By the way, reading through your feedback it really kind of smells like you've written most of it yourself under different names.
Sincerely,

Response:

Dear _ _ _ _
Thank you for your reply. Regarding your first point, it is not difficult to find somebody being labelled a ‘moron’ when doing a google search. This does not contradict the fact that he may be telling the truth. Regarding your 2nd and 3rd points, you can find many websites that are not Israeli or right wing that prove the false claims of the UN school bombing and other incidents. Lack of space prevented us from including more links. Lastly, I can assure you that all the feedbacks are authentic.
Kinds regards
Simon, KBRM spokesperson


April 14, 2009

Hi I have read most of your articles in the past and have forward to the Zionist Federation Office I believe they have contact you and had good response.
I would like to congratulate to your article in the N.Z, Herald 13/4/09 War Crimes the missing Truth
Easy to understand and with good questions and answers
thank you again


April 13, 2009

Mazeltov on your brilliant advt. in today's Herald. It is so refreshing and restoring to see portrayed the realties of what Israelis face. Your innovation and bravery are admirable. A donation will follow.
Best wishes


April 13, 2009

Dear friends at Kbrm,
Thank you for trying to fill the gap in the battle between truth and error, facts and distortions thereof.
The Middle East is a complex region of the world, and cannot be passed judgement upon as swiftly as much of the world and the Press does today. Living and working in Israel soon puts a stop to that.

Historical facts have been distorted by the enemies of Israel. The United Nations and Britain, and even many Muslim countries, voted in favour of the establishment, over 50 years ago, of a Jewish State in the land of Israel. For a big surprise, look up the list of nations which voted in the mid-1940s for such a State. Israel is most certainly on her very ‘own soil’; she is not an occupier by any description. Israel did never ask the Arabs to leave, upon commencement of its new State, but rather the leaders of the Arabs stirred the people to ‘lee’, because those Arab nations, which were not in favour, wanted to wage war to wipe out the new State. Golda Meir actually went to the Arab people, leaving from Haifa, and told them that they were welcome to remain in Israel (See Golda Meir's ‘My Life’, amongst other references)) The surrounding Arab countries would not absorb the so-called refugees, despite a Muslim brotherhood. This is all well tabulated, for those who want to get at the facts of history. Israel is a very tiny parcel of land by comparison with its many Muslim neighbours.

It should be noted also, that Israel has, in the Knesset (Parliament), Arabs representing their own people, whereas I defy any scrutineer to discover a Jew in any Parliament of all the Muslim countries in all the Middle East, or farther afield.

My own heart is not only with the Jews, but with the Arabs too, for a human being must be on the side of other humans, no matter their race or colour, but I am against falsehoods and perpetuating wrongs, and therefore am glad to know of this group of persons, seeking to promote the truth in an arena of culpable ignorance and violation of facts.
Yours sincerely,


April 13, 2009

It did my heart good to read your advertisement, and to, at last, get a balanced viewpoint of the Gaza conflict and the charge of war crimes against Israel. I have for many years been trying to get another point of view published in the Herald‘Letters’ column when there were blatantly false statements printed, on a fairly frequent basis, concerning Israel, but never managed to get any of them see the light of day, as was the same for many like-minded people. Thank you for going to this expense and effort to redress this particular aspect of Israel's battle against its enemies.


April 13, 2009

I have just read your article in the NZ Herald of Monday April 13.2009.
For many years I have wondered why so many articles in this paper are so biased against Israel.
Is this a subtle anti-Semitism alive and well in our country? Personally, I believe so.
Recently I wrote a short letter to the Herald when the owner of a café in the South Island refused to serve two Hebrew speaking women. My letter was short and to the point. Needless to say, it was not published.
Congratulations on trying to insure honest reporting,
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _, MA MPhil (Yale)


April 13, 2009

It's too late sweeties, Zionist israel is now seen worldwide for what it really is,a fascist genocidal pariah lap dog of the ameriscumbags.Perhaps you would like to invite a general of the ID(?)F over here so that we can test israel's ‘morality’ in court? Ivan. Northland.
not signed


The following letter drips anti-Semitism from every sentence.

April 13, 2009

Dear sir.
I have known many Jews over the years , and by following what has been happening in the last fifty years my conclusion is that the only people that have rights on this earth are the Jews.
This applies not only for the Jews in Israel but Jews all over the world and the sooner we all wake up to that the better.
A Jew cab not be trusted , a Jew is selfish to the extent that wasting a life is nothing for them.
What has happened in Gaza has been plain murder , the retaliation by the Palestinians is a normal act , let me explain , if you take away any dignity , belongings and land from people the only thing left is to try to kill as many of the people that have done this to you so if Jews are killed they get what they deserve and please do not hide behind a smoke screen , kbrm is as jewish as can be emagined and am sure run by Jews so cut out the crap.
I hope to see the end of the Jewish state in my lifetime as they are the cause of all the problems in the middle east , make no mistake about it.
It is a shame that your organisation tries to defend the indefensable!!!!!!!!!!

Response:

Dear Sir
Thank you for your reply. If you have any specific arguments with the facts we presented in our advertisement, feel free to inform us.
Simon, KBRM spokesperson


April 11, 2009

I am not Jewish (only a follower of the teachings of the Kabbalah) but I totally sympathise with the plight of Israel. As a young man back in the 70's, I fought for 7 years in the Rhodesian war to prevent the occurrence of what is now sadly taking place in Zimbabwe. We Rhodesians fought a bitter guerilla war for 13 years to mainitain high high economic, moral and living standards but we had the the entire world against us and this was clearly due to British political motivations and the terrible lies spread by unethical media reporters. With world support to buy AK47's and landmines to attack and kill tens of thousands of innocent people, they eventually won and are now paying very dearly. Destruction, decay and disaster for all is the price of their victory. You are facing the same crisis. You homeland is being targeted by terrorists who repeatedly rocket and suicide bomb your schools and communities with the intent of destroying it. The world needs to see beyond the lies of the media and the motivations of Hamas and understand that each and every one of us has the right to live in peace and no-one has any right to force their religious or other beliefs or anyone else. These attacks are cowardly and deserve full retribution. The world should not sympathise with people like Hamas who bomb, behead and attack innocent people offensively to further their political and religious aims. The internet is a powerful too. May your website be highly effective for enlightening the ignorant fools who listen to the lies of the media. May God protect and guide you.
Sincerely Auckland

Response:

Dear Sir
Thank you for your reply. If you have any specific arguments with the facts we presented in our advertisement, feel free to inform us.
Simon, KBRM spokesperson


April 9, 2009

I have known many Jews over the years , and by following what has been happening in the last fifty years my conclusion is that the only people that have rights on this earth are the Jews. This applies not only for the Jews in Israel but Jews all over the world and the sooner we all wake up to that the better. A Jew cab not be trusted , a Jew is selfish to the extent that wasting a life is nothing for them.
What has happened in Gaza has been plain murder , the retaliation by the Palestinians is a normal act , let me explain , if you take away any dignity , belongings and land from people the only thing left is to try to kill as many of the people that have done this to you so if Jews are killed they get what they deserve and please do not hide behind a smoke screen , kbrm is as jewish as can be emagined and am sure run by Jews so cut out the crap.
I hope to see the end of the Jewish state in my lifetime as they are the cause of all the problems in the middle east , make no mistake about it.
It is a shame that your organisation tries to defend the indefensable!!!!!!!!


April 8, 2009

Hi, My dad saw your advert (I think in the Herald?) and has asked me to send you a ‘thumbs up’ for what you are doing. It is very difficult to convince people that Israel has any right to do what is necessary for their protection when the media's portrayal is so biased against them. Thank you for getting the truth out there!


April 2, 2009

Hello,
I read your article today regarding Today's Nazis: The missing truth.
Excellent article - I wholeheartedly agree with your comments.
I have been to Israel and seen first hand their difficulties.
Virtually all Israelis I met — simply want to live in peace. Sadly, millions around them are filled with hate.
And the world blames Israel??
The world (and New Zealanders( have very short memories. Hamas was hated just a few years ago — now they are the good guys in many peoples eyes. You would think that anyone linked to terrorism would be widely hated and condemned after 9/11 and other attacks. But no?
Unfortunately people love to hate Jews, almost by default. Well — I for one don't hate the Jews.
I will always support their cause.
Thanks for your balanced reporting stance!!


April 2, 2009

Hi.
What is right and what is wrong??
Right and wrong do not exist ‘out there’ they are only made up in our minds.
But... come on, the news we see on TV is always so one sided in favour of Israel.
The Palestinian's are made out to be "terrorists" and the poor Israel people defending themselvs against the ‘terror’
That is the way I always saw it, because I never took the time to learn the real story.
So... The propoganda worked on me.
Now there is a need to defend Israel army actions by way of publications in the New Zealand Herald!!
Lets face facts. The Israel army is occupying Palestinian land, they are not fighting on their own soil. Is that not an invasion?? Therefore are the Palestinian people not somehow defending themselvs?? So what is true, what I see on TV... The deliberate stopping of aid, bombing of schools, the use of phospherous bombs in city areas?? I don't really know because it's just an article on the news, it's someones opinion.
When did war ever truely solve any problems?? An eye for an eye never worked. Help a brother out.
Auckland, New Zealand

Response:

Dear _ _ _
Thank you for your reply.
Unfortunately, many of the objective facts surrounding the Middle East conflict are either ignored or distorted by much of the media. We believe that if these persistent distortions were addresed and the objective facts were presented, it could go a long way to actually solving some of the conflict in the Middle East by informing the world of the real issues and thus facilitating a more constructive and just solution for both the Israelis and Palestinians.

One site that attempts to present a more balanced perspective is the following:
www.camera.org
If you feel there are any specific inaccuracies or untruths regarding our advertisement, please feel free to tell us. Regarding the white phosphrous claims and bombing of schools, I recommend the following links:

Herald Sun - Andrew Bolt
UNRWA's Omissions Distort Coverage of Jabaliya Tragedy
Human Rights Watch: White (phosphorous) lies
Thank you for your time
Simon, KBRM spokesperson

Added comment:

The writer's charge that Israel is occupying Palestinian land is false. Israel withdrew from Gaza four years ago. Its recent attack was not an attempt to reoccupy, but an attempt to stop the rockets that have been unrelentlessly fired at it ever since.


April 2, 2009

Dear Sirs, I read your advertisment in today's Dompost, I thought it did not go far enough in exposing just who the real Nazis are in the Middle East equation.This wee article accurately allows one to see what is meant by Islamo-fascism.

THE NAZI ROOTS OF PALESTINIAN NATIONALISM AND ISLAMIC JIHAD. DEC 24 2008

The Muslim groups that threaten the West with terrorism, subversion, and insurgency, and in which seek, in their own words, to bring about a global totalitarian empire, not only are fascist in the broad sociological sense, but can trace their historical origins to the Nazi fascism of the Third Reich.... The remainder of this 1347-word essay is devoted to an analysis of the evolution of today's Islamism.
Regards


April 2, 2009

Hi.
I red your article in todays N Z herald.I just can!t make up my mind if you are deliberately biased or you refuse to acknowledge the facts of history. In fact I feel your articles are just plain propagandaÉ Goebles could learn from you..
I will not bother to read any of your articles in future.
Cheers

Response:

Dear _ _ _ _ _ _
Thank you for your reply. If you have any specific claims regarding inaccuracies or untruths in our articles, please feel free to tell us.
Kind regards
Simon, KBRM spokesperson


The following letter is one of the most intelligently-written critical letters to date. KBRM's response is embedded within the letter (in red).

March 31, 2009

Dear Sir,
I have followed your paid advertisements (e.g., Right to Exist, Apartheid), and also your periodic letters to the Editor claiming that Israel does not get fair treatment by NZ media. Actually I would argue the opposite, especially as some articles are from the US media where the balance is very heavily favoured towards Israel. Frankly, it does seem to me that your organization is trying desperately to become a Kiwi version of AIPAC — the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.

I'm sorry that facts about Israel distress you and that you see them as Israeli propaganda; I would think that fair-minded people would be happy to see good news about a friendly democratic country. In fact, KBRM is not associated with Israel or any other organization; we simply are a group of individuals who want Kiwis to know the whole truth. If there are any statements in our advertisements or letters that are not truthful, please let us know and we will correct them. (By the way, if you think the US media are ‘heavily favoured towards Israel’, you should visit Honest Reporting, CAMERA, Eye on the Post, etc.)

I really wonder at times whether any of your members have visited Israel and Palestine (they have) and experienced the daily indignities and frustrations that Palestinians face when they attempt to go to work, school, university, seek medical care, purchase materials, etc. It all depends on the whim of a young (usually) Israeli soldier with an itchy trigger finger. I spent two years coordinating a USAID animal health project involving Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan. This involved extensive travel throughout all countries. I was fortunate to have a US passport which allowed me to virtually drive anywhere, but if I had Palestinians with me the situation could turn ugly.

I agree that the indignities and frustrations at checkpoints are not easy to bear — nor are those experienced by travelers at airports. Both happen for the same reason — to prevent terrorist attacks. Israel's need for security is actually greater than the airlines', given the much larger number of terrorist attacks. Do you know that Israelis have to undergo security checks daily when they enter shopping malls, restaurants, etc.? The question is, what to do about it, and in this case there is an obvious solution. If the Palestinians would give up their desire to attack Israelis and destroy Israel, the checkpoints would surely come down.

I remember vividly meeting with one tearful Palestinian farmer whose mother had been shot by Israeli soldiers and his flock seized during an attempt to evict him from his land. The Israeli army even demanded an enormous sum of money from the farmer if he wanted his animals back!

Do you know why his mother was shot? What was she doing at the time? Was it an accident? Do you know why Israel ‘seized’ the farmer's flock? Has the farmer appealed to the Israeli courts, which have a good record of seeing that both Jews and Palestinians receive justice? (Incidentally, I found no such incident reported on the web.)

The example in the NZ Herald this week (The Unwanted Tribe of Israel — see attached) is clearly another example of Israel's callous treatment of Bedouin Arab farmers who have lived and farmed in the Negev region for thousands of years. I have visited this area and met with these farmers. Parenthetically we had an excellent workshop here on Foot and Mouth disease assisted by Israeli veterinarians who saw the merit of cooperation rather than confrontation. Please do not try to convince me that apartheid is not alive and well in Israel. Tell me, how many Israeli Arabs work for El Al, the national airline of Israel?

The Bedouin situation in Israel is complex; it would take an entire article to describe it adequately. It is true that Israel would prefer to see the Bedouins settled in permanent villages, rather than in temporary encampments on state land, but this is not apartheid; the Bedouins themselves choose to live apart. (Incidentally, I saw the Bedouin encampment mentioned in the article during a recent visit.)

As for Arabs working for El Al, I suspect the number is small because of security concerns, not prejudice. Can you tell me how many Jews work for Arab airlines? For that matter, how many Jews are allowed to live in Arab countries? Whatever the difficulties of Arabs in Israel (and there are difficulties) they pale into insignificance compared with the difficulties of Jews in Arab countries or territories (the West Bank being a good example). One can't help but wonder why you choose to complain about Israeli discrimination and ignore the much greater discrimination by Arabs.

NOTE: In regard to apartheid, a KBRM member who is presently visiting Israel wrote as follows:

I was shopping Thursday night at our local shopping mall and thought about the charges of ‘apartheid’. The mall was full, very crowded indeed (there is no recession here), but the crowd included very many Arabs — family groups with children, couples, or just young people in groups — shopping or eating or drinking coffee or going to the movies. There was no fuss — the Jews and the Arabs all experienced the same security checks getting into the mall.


March 30, 2009

Dear friends,
I just read your advertisement in today's issue of the New Zealand Herald and I wanted to thank you for your courage to defend the truth in the media. In the specific context of the media reports on Israel, you serve not only Israel but the Muslim people who have difficulties to know what is right and what is wrong because of the everyday use of lies that is accepted culturally in a Muslim society in order to defend what is their most important value that is not to loose the face. As for us, Westerners, who have been educated in trying to discern right from wrong, and love the truth, it is only our personal desire to know the truth and defend it that will push us to search for it and stand for it when we've found it. Unfortunately, today, not many people love the truth and they prefer to swallow any kind of information and misinformation, rather than to use their own judgment and sort out what's right from what's wrong. I love the truth and I have found it in the person of Jesus Christ who says that He is the truth and that He came on earth to bear witness to it. Please count me as your friend since your fight is my fight. I am indeed determined to defend the freedom on which our society is based and fight as you do, with information that are fact-based and verifiable, even if it displeases the listeners or the readers as it seems that people are easily tired when they are faced with them. However, I believe like you certainly do that something stays and that a step is made that will lead to another one when the true fact is conveyed.

So please keep going and keep me informed.
May God bless you.


March 30, 2009

Hello,
Reading the article was a huge relief that there is a group of people who care about accurate reporting on the Middle East.
Thank you. I will definitely be checking out your website.
I am currently doing an educational course on Judaism so that I am not ignorant about history and culture - it seems like many members of the public (and many reporters) need to do the same thing!
Thanks again — you have a new fan and I will be telling my friends about the website too.
Cheers,


March 30, 2009

Hi _______,
I was reading the SST today, and for the first time saw one of your advertisements. My first reaction was anger, I have for a long time been disappointed with Israel's aggressive stance in the region.

I have tonight been browsing your website, and it has been quite thought provoking. I applaud much of your work, which seeks to correct misrepresented facts in the news media, however I fear that I still disagree with some versions of the facts you represent. For example, citing the IDF version of casualty rates appears to be an inherently risky position if you are looking for real facts. I imagine that like me, you would be just as quick to dismiss the claims Hamas has made of the number of Israeli soldiers it has claimed to kill.

It is important to point out that I do not dismiss the IDF claims because they are Israeli. I would be inclined to view as credible any impartial Israeli organisation not aligned with the official propaganda machine, or nationalistic viewpoints. For the time being, I am happy to accept the opinion of John Holmes, the UN's Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency, and his tacit approval of the Palestinian Ministry of Health's contention that ‘most’ of the 1324 fatal casualties in Gaza were civilian.
I take an interest in the Middle East because my family are of Lebanese descent. I take a particular interest in the conflict there because I am ferociously opposed to injustice, and see a great deal of it taking place there. I am most of all dismayed by the continuation of hostilities from all sides — I have as little sympathy for Palestinian terrorists as I do for the Israeli government and IDF.
In your feedback page, you claim that you are ‘trying to restore the missing balance’ in news reporting (presumably) relating to the Israeli conflict. You also suggest that you are trying neither to ‘condone, condemn, or defend’ actions taking place. That unfortunately, is intellectual dishonesty. The parts of the story you illuminate, the facts you choose to dispute, and the overall framing of your discussion is wholly pro-Israeli, and one is left with the impression that you have taken up this cause because of your sympathetic feelings toward Israel.
Please, please, please change course!
I look forward to the day when peace is realised in the Middle East — with the Jewish state safe and intact. Continuing conflict in any form will push peace further and further away into the future. The actions your organisation is taking are part of the problem — take a look at your ‘disputations’ column. You are creating ill-will by pushing people to take sides in an argument.
You would better serve your cause by examining Palestinian and Israeli actions, and critiquing both sides in their ability to achieve peace.
I am generally more critical of Israeli behaviour in the region, because they are a more sophisticated and more educated society, and I believe that because of this they carry more of the responsibility for ending the conflict.
I hope that you can share this idea of peace, and look at ways to restore the missing balance that encourage people together, rather than apart.
Kind regards,

A response was written by the Chairman to the e-mail address but it bounced.

Hi _ _ _ _ _,

Since your letter is addressed to me personally, I'll answer in lieu of _______ our usual spokesperson.

Why did reading ‘missing truths’ about Israel make you angry? Most people would be happy to learn that despicable charges against a friendly democratic nation are not true.

Where did we cite the IDF casualty figures that you refer to? As it happens, I'm in the middle of an analysis of this, and I'm looking at both the IDF figures and the PCHR figures. There are two reasons for thinking the IDF figures are more accurate. First, there is a long track record of Palestinian falsifications, ranging from Deir Yassin to Jenin to the UN school in Gaza. (Google ‘Palywood’ and ‘Pallywood’.) Second, if you look closely at the PCHR list, you see inconsistencies in the gender distribution. Whereas about half of the very young and very old fatalities were male, 92% of those of fighting age (15-59) were male. This suggests, to me at least, that most of them were not ‘innocent civilians’, as the IDF also concluded, in a similar name-by-name analysis.

I'm sorry you feel that I am guilty of intellectual dishonesty in claiming that KBRM ‘neither condones nor condemns Israel's actions’, but it's the truth. I, like most members of KBRM, believe that Israel is sometimes right and sometimes wrong; I do not agree with everything it does. However I, like most members of KBRM, believe that Israel is entitled to have the truth told about it. That is my goal, that is KBRM's goal, and I don't see anything dishonest about it.

Why do you feel we are ‘pushing people to take sides’? We did not solicit the mail that is posted under ‘Disputations’. If the truth provokes people to write disputatious letters, they are free to do so.

As for ‘changing course’ and ‘critiquing both sides in their ability to achieve peace’, I'm afraid that task is beyond us. We will be content with trying to see that Kiwis have a balanced and truthful picture so they can form their own opinions about how to achieve peace.

This is not to say that we don't share your desire for peace in the Mideast. However I don't believe that the more sophisticated and educated society carries more responsibility for ending the conflict. All of Israel's sophistication and education can't end the conflict as long as it remains under attack. It seems obvious to me, if not to you, that the only way to end the conflict is to persuade or force the Palestinians to accept Israel's right to exist.

Other than the above comments, please tell me if you found any statement in our advertisement wrong or untruthful, and I will be happy to look at it.

---------------------, Chairman
Kiwis for Balanced Reporting on the Mideast


March 22, 2009

It was a pleasure to read the ‘advertisement’ regarding apartheid in the Press this last month. We would like to make a financial contribution to the work you do. Please advise how. Thanks.
The _ _ _ _ _ family


March 14, 2009

I am interested in your ad. I too believe the press is biased against Israel. I have read books by Dave Hunt and have a newsletter monthly from a pro-Israel church in Adelaide, South Australia. Apart from that I have no source of anything to do with Israel and the world press. Keep up your great work. As a Christian I know God will bless you all. Remember Abraham. God told him He will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. Bringing the truth of biases in the media is blessing Israel. I hope you have some literature about it or perhaps a newsletter you publish.
_ _ _ _ _
Upper Hutt


March 12, 2009

Dear Sir
I have just finished reading the article in the New Zealand Jewish Chronicle ‘Israels right to Exist’ by Dr Rodney Brooks.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank you but to also say that it is refreshing to say the least to read an article that presents the facts It is rare to read an article that concerns Israel that is so balanced.
Most of the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic articles can at the very best be described as not allowing the facts to influence a good story.
Once again thankyou and also for the refreshingly balanced articles on your web-site
Yours Faithfully


March 11, 2009

Thank you for supporting Israel when the world seems blinded to the wickedness around her. May God bless you. Enclosed is my cheque for xxx. I am sure you will have future need for more printed information in future (unfortunately).
_ _ _ _ _
Renuera, Auckland


March 10, 2009

Having read your advertisement in the Dominion Post and the article printed about your organisation in the NZ Jewish Chronicle I would appreciate receiving from you an application form for membership and a list of your committee. Any other documentation about your organisation would be appreciated.
Raumati Beach


March 8, 2009

The following postal letter reached a depth of anti-Semitism and obscenity that is almost beyond belief. It was written in crude block letters and signed with a swastika. It is posted here because we think Kiwis should be aware of what kind of hate is out there. (Misspellings are retained but the obscenities are modified.)

Addressed to: THE SYNAGOGE OF SHEIIT.

HERR HITLER WAS RIGHT IN SAYING THAT JEWS ARE A S--T RACE. PITY HE DID'NT (sic) FINISH THE C--TS OFF. JEWS ARE BORN OUT OF A DONKEYS ARSE, THATS WHY THE ARE SO STUPID AND STUBBORN.
THE "MEN" F--K THEIR MOTHERS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO BALLS.
THEIR FATHERS F--K THEIR SONS THATS WHY THEY LOOK LIKE POOFTERS
DONKEYS F _ _ K THEIR WOMEN THATS WHY THEY HAVE BIG NOSES.
JEWS TRULY ARE THE CURSED OF GOD.
ARABS WON'T F _ _ K JEWS BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO BE CONTAIMINATED WITH AIDS ! ! ! !


March 6, 2009

Hi there
I would like to say that I support the balanced view in you advertisement in dominion post 6/3/09.
You could also have mentioned that missles continue to be fired on Israel which is not being reported.
I would like to supprt your organisation — probably as a member — please tell me how.


March 5, 2009

LEST WE FORGET. Israel was founded on terrorism, mainly with weapons from Communist Czecho-Slovakia (sic)... There will be no peace in the Middle East as long as Israel exists...
Veterans of World War 2 and Palestine

This is an excerpt from a printed document that reeks of anti-Semitism and was sent anonymously by postal mail with no return address.


March 4, 2009

Hi, there Just a note to say I am thankful for everything you try to do to counteract the obscenities of John Minto and Co. I am a Christian believer who considers the Israelis are the natural inheritors of The Lord's Covenant with the Jews. I try to be a watchman for Jerusalem.
If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.


March 3, 2009

I applaud your efforts to counter the propaganda fed to the New Zealand people and would like to make a donation to the publishing of future articles.
Please advise your postal address.


March 1, 2009

Hi,
I just wanted to say how pleased I was to finally come across a group who are so dedicated to providing a fair and balanced view of a particular media issue, in your case the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. I have long been disappointed by the largely anti-Israeli sentiments expressed by the NZ media. While I do not see myself as ‘pro-Israel’, I do like to see correct facts presented for and against each side, something that NZ media seem loath to do, instead seemingly preferring to latch onto one side of an issue and pursue that side alone (e.g the 2006/2007 Castle St ‘riots’ in Dunedin, or the 2009 toga parade debacle in the same location). When I saw ytour advertisement in today's Sunday Star Times, I investigated your site and was extremely pleased with what I found there. Once again, many thanks for finally presenting correct and reliable facts to the media in the form of advertisements and letters and keep up the excellent work!
Yours,


March 1, 2009

Hello
I saw your article in the Dompost and thought I'd take time to drop you an email. We feel strongly that the reporting in the media is not as unbiased as it should be when it comes to reporting on happenings in the Middle East. The Arab people are masters of propaganda and they exploit this medium to the fullest, very often at the expense of truth. Good on you for trying to bring balance into what is printed in the media. I viewed just last night the programme ‘Who do you Think you Are’ on Jeremy Springer, and it came home to me with intense impact the horrific suffering of Jewish people at the hands of those who hate them. If ever a race of people has been and still is misunderstood, victimized, wrongly accused, slandered and persecuted it surely must be the Jewish people. Our heart goes out to them when we see them blamed time and time again for things that they haven't done; when we see fabricated reports on ‘so-called’ atrocities which cannot be substantiated, and the unashamed bias of the media against this minority race on a tiny sliver of land they can call home. We applaud your efforts to be ‘a voice for truth’, and encourage you to keep going. I too write letters to the paper to try and bring balance to the reporting on Middle-east happenings. Few are ever published, but the occasional one is.
We are with you all the way
Kind regards


March 1, 2009

Dear Sirs,
While I think the article has shortcomings in the overall weight of the arguments —
for instance, I think more evidence could be provided about: Arab calls for Arab residents to leave (per media articles at the time); the general acceptance by the UN of Jewish Biblical/historical claims and continual Jewish presence; that the Arabs are the colonial occupier; that Israel has never asked Arabs to leave, and in fact has on several occasions begged Arabs to stay; that Israel was NOT created out of sympathy over the Holocaust (per media articles at the time, and in contrast to pervasive revisionist logic); that the term "Palestinian" before 1948 (and even after) was applied to the Jews; that PLO representatives have told media that there is no such people as the Palestinian people, and that the ‘Palestinian’ Arabs are part of the (singular) Arab nation; that under (fanatically violent) Arab pressure, the British had reversed its support for a Jewish state, and had introduced highly restrictive measures against Jews, including regarding buying land and Jewish immigration (per 1939 White Paper), while promoting Arab immigration into ‘Palestine’, largely creating the demographic issues; that because the Arabs rejected the Partition Plan, the Partition Plan is not the basis for Israel's right to exist, but rather remains the League of Nations' 1922 Palestine Mandate, which is not only the extant International Law, but does not advocate a two-state solution, but a single, sovereign Jewish state; that Palestine has never been a sovereign state, and that the very name is one born out of Roman intentions to oppress, dispossess, and disassociate Jews from their land, and has been perpetually used by both Christianity and Islam to continue that dispossession and disassociation (to this very day); that the Green Line is an armistice line, not a final border; that the 67 War (and especially the 73 War) defined legitimate borders under International Law; and that only Britain and Pakistan recognised the 1949-67 Egyptian occupation of Gaza and Jordanian occupation of the so-called West Bank; etc —

I think a key fact that has been overlooked is that under the Partition Plan, Jerusalem was to be under UN control for 10 years, after which there was to be a referendum of Jerusalemites to decide the city's fate. And noting that there had been a Jewish majority in J'lem since at least the 1870's, so then as now, such a referendum would likely result in Jewish sovereignty. (This is a key aspect that the PA seems to conveniently overlook in its recent acceptance of the Partition Plan it has initiated several wars to reject.)
Hope this helps!
Best regards,


March 1, 2009

Sir,
I came across your website after seeing your advertisement in the Dominion Post. This is not a paper that I regularly read — I was just waiting for my coffee order — having long since abandoned mainstream print and broadcast media as a source of impartial news.
I can only applaud your attempt to balance what my casual observation has noted, a near institutional liberal-left bias of NZ's media.
You're probably aware of similar bias in other countries and organisations similar to yours are attempting to address the same problem. One of these, from my native England, is biased-bbc.blogspot.com/
While the un-moderated comments often use robust language, there is a large audience observing and reporting bias in BBC reporting. (such bias being particularly galling as it is funded by a compulsory tax on owning a T.V.) I can only recommend a visit to this site to see if this is a model that you could add to support the commendably proactive and direct campaign you are currently waging.
Kindest regards and best wishes,
Upper Hutt


March 1, 2009

Sir,
I would like to congratulate you all on making a brave stand against the perfidy that passes for journalism coverage of most international news for the NZ audience, it is long overdue and very appreciated. I have tried for years to get through to dompost and local newspapers by writing letters to the editor, unfortunately they choose which ones to publish.
Best of luck ,and very pleased to see the support you are gaining from others recognizing the bias we are bombarded with each and every day masquerading as news coverage.
Best regards
Levin


Feb. 28, 2009

I almost feel sickened to read the ‘advertisements’ full of your very one sided propaganda! Have you not considered the fact that New Zealanders are quite capable of finding out the truth themselves without having to read all this dribble... Sorry but in my eyes Israel are the true terrorist state!

No reply was made. As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, ‘The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it contracts.’


February 22, 2009

Dear KBRM team,
I was sent your website this morning and have spent several hours going through your various articles ever since! I am overjoyed to see a balanced view being presented and hope now New Zealanders will glean the truth through the mire that passes for ‘journalism’ these days. Good for you and keep it up!
Thames


February 21, 2009

My congratulations on the great job you are doing. Incidentally, it used to be done by the NZ Jewish Council — I don't know what's happened to them! I would like to make a (necessarily) small financial contribution to your work. Can you send me a PO Box number please?
Gratefully


February 21, 2009

Dear people,
I sent the letter below to The Press a week or so ago. Of course it was a rhetorical question. It was not printed. Have you noticed how the news media employ so many people of the left. I am staggered that (one would have thought) reasonably intelligent people swallow propaganda without engaging their brains. If there is one thing I have learned in seventy years it is this. If a recession is in the offing or a war of convenience is needed; blame the jews. It goes back to Edward the first when he needed money to fund his crusades.
I have other interesting incidents to recount, but some other time perhaps.
Yours faithfully,

February 21, 2009

Dear Sir,
‘Children recount the horrors of war’ reads your headline.
I was a child in the east end of London at the outbreak of the second world war. We were evacuated to the country out of harms way. We were fed and taken care of by our government. Why did Hamas not evacuate its women and children before it deliberately set out on a collision course with Israel?
Yours faithfully,


February 18, 2009

I appreciate the work and effort that must must be required for your organisation to function so well. I would like to make a donation. Can you tell me how to process this?
Thanks,


February 16, 2009

Greetings.
Can someone please explain to this simple woman, why, after weeks of the Israeli ‘bogeyman’ making the front page of most New Zealand newspapers, the recent report in the Sunday Star times of Hamas butchering its own people, is buried as far back as page 12?
Give it a go. I'm sure someone will come up with something.
Kind regards


February 15, 2009

Just a quick note. Have just found your site and will spend much time studying it. Well done. Truth needs propagation.
Cheers.


February 14, 2009

I agree that there is much bias in reporting today, from every branch of the media. In their rush for political correctness, it is the perceived underdog, right or wrong, moral or immoral, that seems to get the support of our editors and cartoonists.
(‘If you tell a lie big enough, and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it...’ — J Goebbels)
Thank you for attempting to provide Kiwis with the truth about this very worrying part of the world, and for tackling people such as Gwynne Dyer, Tom Scott and Garrick Tremain. I applaud your efforts. Wanaka


February 14, 2009

Dear team,
Congratulations on an excellent article in todays 14th Feb ODT. There is just so much ignorance out there about Israel, in the secular and unfortunately in the church.
I have had 3 trips to Israel in the last 2 years and am hoping to spend 3 months this winter volunteering with Bridges for Peace in Jerusalem.
I am involved leading a study group here in Alexandra. about Israel, it's history, our part in it as christians, and our responsibility towards them, to pray and bless them.
I keep up to date with the news over there every day with ICEJ Bulletins, Jerusalem Post, Carmel Alert, and many other sources.
I am also part of an interdenominational prayer group here in Alexandra and we have a special heart for Israel, plus I have hosted young Israelis under the HIT banner.
I have felt over the last year that God was calling me to teach about Israel it's history, place in the world, and prophetically in the future, I spoke in Roxburgh in December, at the the Alexandra Travel Club this past week and three more invitations have come out of that, 2 of them Probus groups, and I also have two other invitations, so I am doing my best to get the truth out there, and God is opening the doors.
To that end I have recently purchased a Lap Top and projector and have done power point presentations, plus I use various photos I have taken in slide shows
You could say it has become a passion, I returned home from 2007 Feast of Tabernacles, thoroughly challenged by a message from Robert Stearns at the opening at Ein Gedi, that the time has come for us to BE the Shofar, and it began from there.
I would be interested in meeting up with your group sometime.
Keep up the good work,
God Bless you all,
Alexandra.


February 14, 2009

HI Team
Couldn't help but be impressed by the ad in Herald this week and the balanced, restrained manner of presenting missing truth. I am a Lawyer by trade and spend quite a bit of time in my work looking for facts or 'missing truths'. I will make a donation to support your work.
I used to run weekly forums for businessmen at the Salvation Army ‘Faith Factory’ in Henderson — one of the most challenging and interesting sessions I led was a whiteboard depiction of the Holyland's people history from pre-Isarel Abram down to today. It would have been great to have someone like your organisation there and maybe we may run another session some time.
As believers in Jeshua Messiach we place huge value on (as Paul writes) the privilege of being 'branches grafted in to the trunk of the tree of Israel' and being Abraham's offspring, as children of faith. We are puzzled by most of the chosen people missing the visitation of Yahweh's chosen Son, but still have absolute commitment to pray for and support Israel, warts and all, as God outworks His plan for them and for us.
shalom
Waitakere City


February 13, 2009

I lived through the WWII as a youngster and was stunned at the news of the camps after liberation in 1945.
I have seen tattoos on the forearms of young women.
When the persecution of the Jewish Race throughout history by both Europeans and Arabs is viewed and considered, I believe two matters stand out clearly.
a) The Jewish race must have a homeland. (look how few so called Christian countries opened their borders to Jewish people fleeing Hitler's thugs)
b) The Jewish nation must remain very strong and the people must remain undivided in their resolve to stay strong.
The critics of Israel in my opinion lack any depth of history, or have some idealogical problem with the Jewish race.
Critics of Israel have to understand that there is a slice of Islam that will never come to an accomodation with Israel or anything Jewish for that matter. Perhaps those same critics wish for the destruction of the Jewish people. Who knows what is in their minds.
All strength to your organisation and may it prevail.
Remuera, Auckland.


February 13, 2009

I maintain reluctantly that Israel has a need to exist. I regret that because of the mayhem that has resulted from its birth. I deny Israel's *right* to exist, any more than any other constructs by the victors in World Wars I and II such as Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon. Once and for 2,000 years there was a country/province/entity universally known as Palestine. Where is it now?

KBRM response

Why do you, even if reluctantly, maintain that Israel has a need to exist? Is it perhaps because the alternative would be concentrated international anti-semitism's efforts to finish what Hitler didn't manage? What more rights do the Pakeha have in New Zealand than the Jews in Israel? Does France have a right to exist? Does America? Equatorial Guinea? Do you suggest deconstructing all the countries you mention and going back to medieval Europe? India and Pakistan are also UN inventions. Do you challenge their rights to exist? As a famous British and Jewish statesman once said to Lord Balfour ‘Jerusalem was Jewish when London was still a muddy marsh.’
Which Palestine are you looking for? The Jewish one that existed in the time of Jesus 2000 years ago was conquered by the Romans and many of their population either crucified or exiled into slavery.


February 15, 2009

I have come to the conclusion that there is a staggering historical ignorance amongst the general public on how the State of Israel was created. I will therefore commence with a summary of historical events which can be easily found in most reference books and on the internet if one is prepared take the time for it... 1948 May 16 Unilateral proclamation by the Zionist immigrants of the ‘State of Israel’ in defiance of not yet finalised United Nations partition plans and only hours later (sic) backed by the United States (Harry Truman) before stunned UN delegates.

KBRM response

The UN vote for the partition of Palestine into an Arab state took place on November 29th, 1947. Following the expiration of the British Mandate on 14th May, David Ben-Gurion legally declared Israel's independence on May 16th.


February 15, 2009

Modern western democratic societies do embrace all races, cultures and religions based on the rule of law, tolerance and justice for everyone, a prerequisite of for the truly democratic state, which is sadly lacking in Zionist Israel where Arabs are regarded and treated as second class underprivileged people with no rights whatever

KBRM response

Your comments would be a big surprise to the 1.4 million Arab Israeli citizens of Israel. They have full rights and the vote. In any other country, they would not have the right to vote as in Israel. Israel has Arab Knesset members (including the outgoing Minister of Culture, Sport and Science) and Arab Knesset members in other parties including Druze Knesset members in both the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu. Israel has an Arab High Court Judge and other judges in the lower courts. Israel is the only democracy where Arabs have a vote - Gazan, Syrian, Lebanese, Iraqi, Jordanian, Saudi Arabs would like a true vote - how many Jews have the vote in these countries?


February 15, 2009

Your ad from Feb 13th doesn't tell about the mass expulsion of millions of Palestinians out of the land after the partition...the Palestinian exodus involved the organized and deliberate removal of Palestinians from their native homes and villages. Villages were shelled, civilians shot, and other acts of terrorism committed...

KBRM response

A number of massacres occurred during the War for Independence, most of them by Arab forces. Among these was the infamous ‘Hadassah massacre’ on April 14. The Jewish Quarter in the Old City, which had been inhabited continuously by Jews for thousands of years (with the exception of a single interruption after they were all massacred or expelled by the Crusaders in 1099), fell to the Trans-Jordanian Arab Legions, all its buildings were looted and razed and the residents were killed, expelled or taken prisoner. There is no doubt that many Arabs fled the land that was to become Israel, but most of them did so of their own volition, fleeing from a war that they (the Arabs) had started, at the urging of Arab leaders who promised a swift return following an Arab victory.


Feb. 8, 2009

Yes, the New Zealand's media coverage on the Mideast has been unbalanced. Every country has rights to defend its citizens from terrorists and live in peace.
Wellington


Feb. 2, 2009

Good on you for endeavouring to present the other side of the story re Israel.
There is a limit to the amount of anti Israel propaganda we can tolerate being bombarded with on a daily basis.
While the airways were saturated with coverage of Gaza hundreds of thousands were dying in Sri Lanka's bloody war against ‘separatists’ which has been raging virtually unreported for years. Where was the coverage of the Tamil Tiger women soldiers being tortured and killed by Sri Lankan government forces? And what about Darfur? Or any of the hundreds of other hotspots around the world.
Why is it OK to uncritically parrot everything the Palestinians say in the media? Many of their claims do not stand up to scrutiny.
Why do the Palestinians use their children as cannon fodder?
Why have most of the other Arab countries remained silent re Gaza? They don't want a nation of Iran backed Islamic fundamentalists in their midst.
If Hamas had their way all the women would be in burkas.
Why is the leader of Hamas hiding out in Damascus instead of leading his troops from the frontline? Why are Palestinian children being used instead?
Why should Israel continue to be the moral scapegoat of the world????


Feb. 2, 2009

Hi there
Well done for setting up KBRM, for the toxic forces of political correctness and the deliberate dissemination of blatant lies continues unabated from the poisonous left, though I believe the tide is rapidly turning regarding world opinion and Israels absolute right to self defence.

Attached is my response to the pathetically predictable, thoroughly biased and factually-skewed letters to the editor by ‘_. _ _ _ _ _’ of Epsom, Auckland (She happens to be my sister!) — with insult to injury later being added when she, Minto and her vile leftie mates picketed the Israeli tennis player when she was going about her work making a living.

So keep up your good work and — all going well — I should be in a position in the not too distant future to make a healthy contribution to your cause.

In the meantime, I trust you'll enjoy MY letter to the editor (The Herald chose not to print it).

All the best,

p.s. I spotted an excellent comment in one of the BOP weeklies entitled ‘Parting Shot: A Minto Moment: That point in time when you realise the issue you've been making a nuisance of yourself over for many years, has suddenly gone away and you need to find something else to bitch about’.

Spot on!


Feb. 1, 2009

I would like to support you.


Jan. 30, 2009

Have just read your advert in today's Herald. Great stuff. I have written several times to newspapers over the uneveness of press reports about the Middle East. Hardly any letters got published. I have come to the conclusion that Europe is more concerned with not annoying Muslim countries — quite understandable when you consider the very significant numbers of Arabs, Pakistanis, Turks, etc. living in Europe (or ‘Eurabia’) that represent a massive entrenched fifth column in time of war.
Where would Muslims loyalties lie? Have a guess. I am prepared to put some credence on the claims that militant Islam intends to first take over the UK in its march to dominate the secular, democratic countries of Europe.
Please accept my support for your efforts to ‘paint in the other side of the picture’.
If I can join could you please sign me up as a KBRM member and let me know what the annual subscription is.

KBRM response

Be assured that we appreciate what you are doing and we are doing our part here in Feilding NZ to reveal and uphold the truth over the situation.


Jan. 29, 2009

I wish to express my sincere appreciation for your website that I have now discovered as a result of your advertisement ‘Gaza: The Missing Truth’ in the NZ Herald today. I have been constantly ringing both the Herald and TVNZ in disgust at all the misrepresentation in their news reporting, but to no avail, they seem hell bent on continuing the false and malicious reporting that continually blames Israel for things that are totally untrue.
Your articles and letters totally reiterate the much needed truth about the problems between Israel and the combined forces of Hamas and other fanatical groups using Gaza as a front for their appalling fanatism and evil intentions, that the public are not receiving from the very sources who should be reporting the full and true story.
I am 65 year old Kiwi granny, and I have been in deep despair and misery over these shockingly biased news items for over a year now, and you give me renewed hope to see the truth being presented and action being taking to rebutt the terrible untruths being fed to our younger generations who sadly seem so ignorant of world history through our education system today.
Please keep up the great work, and please accept a very sincere ‘granny’ hug to all for the hard work and effort.


Jan. 29, 2009

I was reading through todays paper when I noticed your advert/notice. Having myself lived in Israel for the past year and worked as a primary school teacher and in the ambulance service over there, I have been appalled and outraged at the blatantly biased media coverage coming from this country's leading newspapers and our television news networks. I want to applaud what you're doing because it is crucial that the people of New Zealand and the global community understand what is really happening on the other side of the world.


Jan. 29, 2009

Keep it up because its only through these sorts of actions that the truth is every going to be understood.


Jan. 29, 2009

Great to see the work that you are doing. I despair at times at the bias in our papers. Keep it up. Cheers.


Jan. 29, 2009

Israel has a right to defend itself against attack from hostile neighbours. I am not Jewish but feel the media has repeatedly ignored the reasons behind Israel defending itself, and has reported the high Palestinian death toll and ‘only’ 13 etc Israeli deaths. Very biased and ignorant reporting,


Jan. 29, 2009

Thank you very much for the article in the NZ herald today. I was not aware there was an organisation such as this.
It's quite frustrating when people in NZ can only hear about the John Minto's, and Free Gaza movement and not the truth. My family and I always look at other sources for unbiased reporting which is hard to find especially when the world seems to believe the lies of the Palestinians.
I am glad I visited your website and found the links to other sources. Keep up your good work.
God bless Israel,


Jan. 29, 2009

At last I found this one. What a relief, we are crying out for excellence in reporting. Who is trying to achieve what by corrupting journalism in this manner ? Please expose journalism teaching that does so much damage, not only to good journalists but to the population at large.
Bring it on, we want to know, and deal to the warped and indoctrinated thinking machines. I hope you will continue to put the truth in front of us. Only the truth will make us see clearly.
Thanks a million,


Jan. 29, 2009

It is great to see the truth appearing. Israel certainly has a morale right to defend itself. She had to come back to the Gaza Strip having given the land to Palestine because Hamas continued to fire their rockets killing and wounding many families living in Israel.
I believe that Israel has shown remarkable restraint. They didn't continue to stay in the area which they won back Instead they withdrew once they had accomplished the task of showing Palestines Military Forces that they would not tolerate outright terrorism.


Jan. 29, 2009

Keep it up, I am with you, Memri.org and Debka give me further news and info.
Israel must stay strong.


Jan. 29, 2009

Good day,
I saw your ‘advertisement’ in the NZ Herald and thought you might want to point your talons in the direction of this article (link to a grossly anti_israel article in the Gisborne Herald).
go f _ _ k yourselves,
Sincerely,

The obscenity in the above letter speaks for itself:


Jan. 29, 2009

so its moral to kill women and children by the hundreds for no military purpose only domestic political advantage and collective punishment .no KIWI would call this balanced.

No response was sent. The writer would clearly not be able to understand that KBRM's mission is not to judge morality, but to see that the truth is presented in a balanced way, nor would he have been able to see that self defence is quite different from political advantage and collective punishment.


Jan. 29, 2009

The whole Israel Gaza issue is being debated on the false boundary lines that were made up when the British pulled out of Israel after suffering years of terrorism at the hands of the ‘Israelis’ after world war two. Britain had promised the americans (jewish lobbyists) in america that they could have the territory known as Israel if america joined the allies and help out in WW1 (the Balfour Declaration). Considering how old the jewish religion is its strange they never had a homeland before 1948. the wandering jews did just that...wander for whatever reasons. They wandered all over the world and have been persecuted many times before in many countries. This is usally because they concentrate their efforts on money matters and banking and lending, not to mention their partiality for controlling media particularly in the USA.

The first paragraph of the letter reveals its anti-Semitic thrust. No response was made:


Jan. 29, 2009

What a tawdry little advertisement and website. I would have hoped the esteemed government of Israel, who presumably fund and/or endorse this nonsense, would have done much better. After all, just look at the way they manage the news of the South Lebanon War 2 years ago and more recently the Hamas assaults.

This letter also reveals its ‘lunatic fringe’ nature in the first paragraph:

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Jan. 29, 2009

As I understand it Israel did not exist prior to 1948 and the people living in the area now occupied by Israel were Arabic and they have mostly been forced out of their historic lands so Israel could be set up as a Jewish national state. Your article seems to focus on the last 4 years and the present situation. I don't see why one religion needs to be the basis of any state — people should have to learn to live together amicably, especially ‘religious’ people. Why cant Israelgive rights to all religious who have a historic claim to these Holy Lands. I don't see Jewish culture disappearing — that hasn't obviously happened in the past — the challenge is for all religions to learn to accept each other and live in an enlarged ‘Israel’. Of course Hamas appears as a terrorist organization but they could also be seen as freedom fighters depending on a viewers perspective. I think Israel has a vested interest in keeping this conflict going into the indefinite future and claiming it is the victim, not Hamas. By keeping the conflict going Israel can keep on expanding its territories and getting funding from the USA. The real victms in this conflict are Hamas with the huge number of casualties and loss of rights and access to historic lands. As you see I don't think a ‘two state’ solution is the answer — that perpetuates division and conflict. Israel must move away from the idea it is the ‘victim’ in this conflict.

This letter took a more reasonable tone, and merited a response:
KBRM replied

The short answer to your plea for multi-culturalism is that (a) it already exists in Israel, where 1.4 million Muslims, not to mention a number of Christians, live in relative peace and harmony. However (b), multi-culturalism is anathema to Hamas and other extremist groups, who feel that the only good Jew is a dead Jew — and pretty much the same way about Christians. In short, if the Muslim population of your proposed state were to become a majority, as would inevitably happen, it's bye-bye Jews (and Christians).


Jan. 27, 2009
Addressed to: NZ JEWS FOR PROPAGANDA
...With former terrorists as ‘leaders’ it is no wonder jews find themselves knee deep in s--t.
That tough old bitch Golda Mier once said it was not alright for arabs to kill jews. But it was alright for jews to kill Arabs.** That is about as anti-Semetic as one can get.
Oh yes, we know the jews are all heart, that's why they invaded the West Bank and Gaza and built settlements on them, making it impossible for the Palestinians to claim the land for their rightfull Homeland.
What would you do if your country is attacked, lay down and take it like the whore you are. The jews knew where Hamas freedom fighters lived but went ahead anyway and bombed the s--t out of Gaza, not even hospitals, temples, or the United Nations food aid convoy was safe from blood thirsty fat nosed yids.
Quite clearly the Palestinians have had a guts full of being harrest, humiletated, murdered almost every day.
But never mind the jews come-upance is at hand... When Olmert and Barak face the World Court for war crimes and are convicted it will please all arabs to see them hanged by the neck.
Maybe then jews will realise they were not so f--king cleaver after all.
I did'nt give name and address because I didn't want to be swamped by your vomit. Just f--k off.
(Enclosed was a KBRM advert with ‘PURE S--T’ written on it.)

**What Golda Meir actually said was ‘We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.’


Jan. 27, 2009

Until i saw a letter to the editor in the waikato times I thought that I was the only person who felt this way and therefore I must be a crackpot. I am not as generous as you . I am sure that lazy Editors print what they are being fed because it's the easiest way.
The older I get the truer seems that old saying that ‘the only thing that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing’
I will watch your website.


Jan. 27, 2009

...Remember-not everyone is as stupid as israeli apologists... would like to believe. I find the name of you tired little website ‘Kiwis for balanced reporting on the Mideast’ pathetic; you are using the same obnoxious tactic of collectivizing the general public to further your ghastly cause...I presume you are also ‘Kiwi friends of israel’-an even more repellant name. I am a New Zealander, and I feel queasy at your revolting suburban sentimentalism and arrogance, I guess it is an israeli trait.. There is a web site for little types like you called, http://www.israeli-weapons.com, and within it you can pretend to be a man...Otherwise you can try Campus Watch from the US. this latter is a bunch of committed cowards even more revolting than the military masturbaters. Try it-‘...with leather’.


Jan. 26, 2009

Thank you so much for the ad in yesterdays Sunday Star Times. Well done and much appreciated. Keep up the good work.


Jan. 25, 2009

We fully support your advertisement. We will be happy to make a donation to help with your campaign.


Jan. 25, 2009

Firstly...I don't give a s--t what you do with my email address.
Secondly... War criminals are war criminals,and torturers are torturers, no matter what nationality or faith they might be. And no number of newspaper adverts will change that. Livni,et al have joined the long list of subhuman war criminals who are to be hunted down in the same way that the nazi's were. The system works slowly,but it does work (remember Yalon's midnight departure from this country,and the zionist general who was unable to leave his aircraft in London?)


Jan. 27, 2009

Addressed to: NZ JEWS FOR PROPAGANDA
...With former terrorists as ‘leaders’ it is no wonder jews find themselves knee deep in s--t.
That tough old bitch Golda Mier once said it was not alright for arabs to kill jews. But it was alright for jews to kill Arabs.** That is about as anti-Semetic as one can get.
Oh yes, we know the jews are all heart, that's why they invaded the West Bank and Gaza and built settlements on them, making it impossible for the Palestinians to claim the land for their rightfull Homeland.
What would you do if your country is attacked, lay down and take it like the whore you are. The jews knew where Hamas freedom fighters lived but went ahead anyway and bombed the s--t out of Gaza, not even hospitals, temples, or the United Nations food aid convoy was safe from blood thirsty fat nosed yids.
Quite clearly the Palestinians have had a guts full of being harrest, humiletated, murdered almost every day.
But never mind the jews come-upance is at hand... When Olmert and Barak face the World Court for war crimes and are convicted it will please all arabs to see them hanged by the neck.
Maybe then jews will realise they were not so f--king cleaver after all.
I did'nt give name and address because I didn't want to be swamped by your vomit. Just f--k off.
(Enclosed was a KBRM advert with ‘PURE S--T’ written on it.)

**What Golda Meir actually said was ‘We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.’


Jan. 27, 2009

I saw your advertisement in this morning's SST and I guess you will be pleased to see that contraversial Michael Laws is sympathetic to the cause. I am a superannuitant and would like to make a financial contribution, small though it may be, towards your costs. Please advise how to do so.
Israel is an oasis of western democratic values, surrounded by a desert of ignorance and fanaticism and in defending these same values with the lifeblood of their young people. She deserves our every support. Anyone who thinks otherwise should read ‘Infidel’ by that young Somali woman.
I am in possession of a letter from our late P.M. wherein she congratulates me on the quality of my letters to the Press (over forty years) and many of them have been on this very subject — the least that a person of my advanced years can do.
Although not Jewish myself, I am only too aware of what civilisation owes to the Chosen People. One only has to look at the number of Jewish Nobel Prize winners and then compare the list with those who are Muslim - it's no contest as they say.
Hamilton


Jan. 27, 2009

I agree with you wholeheartedly, but I feel your pleas will fall on deaf ears.
Throughout history, as you know, the Jews have been blamed for everything — they get used as punching bags for almost every conflict everywhere and it's been going on for centuries! People are simply not interested in the other ‘view’.
I have lived overseas most of my life and tend to see a different view, if you like, and I intend to go to Israel next year, but kiwis in general will accept anything they read as gospel! When I asked a friend recently why he wouldn't vote for John Key, he said ‘because Key is a Jew’!!
That's the sort of garbage you are up against, but continue with your good work.


Jan. 27, 2009

I am dropping you a line to endorse all you do and tell you how pleased, surprised and delighted I am to discover your existence in New Zealand.
I have lived here for 21 years and struggled to find anyone in New Zealand who is not vehemently anti Israeli. I am an Australian, ( not Jewish ) interested in Israel and after reading and researching its history cannot fathom the depth of virulence and illogical reasoning around people's prejudice. All my liberal educated friends assume the ‘pro-Palestinian’ stance and detest my references to historical facts which undermine their viewpoints. I am that annoying guest at the dinner party who must be tolerated but not listened to, as I single mindedly (and single handedly in Christchurch at least) defend Israel's right to exist. So I am thankful that others agree and wish to let you know you have my full support.


Jan. 25, 2009

Firstly...I don't give a s _ _ t what you do with my email address.
Secondly...War criminals are war criminals,and torturers are torturers, no matter what nationality or faith they might be. And no number of newspaper adverts will change that. Livni,et al have joined the long list of subhuman war criminals who are to be hunted down in the same way that the nazi's were. The system works slowly,but it does work (remember Yalon's midnight departure from this country,and the zionist general who was unable to leave his aircraft in London?)
PS. a small correction to one of the many inaccuracies in your advert. Hamas did not ‘take over’ Gaza, they are the internationally recognised elected government.
Northland

Although this letter was clearly from the ‘lunatic fringe’ (note obscenity), it was answered because of the ridiculous error in the PS. This led to the following exchange:

KBRM: Thanks for your letter. Since KBRM is committed to truth and accuracy, I would appreciate it if you could send me a list of the many inaccuracies in our advert.

I can then take it that you admit that the use of the term ‘Hamas takeover’ was an deliberate attempt by you to subvert the truth?

KBRM: Of course not. Any knowledgeable person knows that was an accurate statement. See, for example: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east...
However I would be very happy if you could send me any other inaccuracies in our advert.

And how long is it since the bbc could be considered a balanced reporter?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/...
http://www.haaretz.com/...
http://www.foxnews.com/...
http://www.iht.com/articles/...
http://www.rsf.org/article...
http://www.todayszaman.com...
http://ccun.org/News/2007/...
http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/...
http://articles.latimes.com/2007/...
http://articles.latimes.com/2007/...
(addresses abbreviated for appearance)
Any other ‘inaccuracies’?

No further response was received.


Jan. 22, 2009

Dear People , I was thrilled to spot your advert in the ODT Jan 22/09 As a regular watcher of HONEST REPORTING I am so very pleased to find some Kiwis dedicated to remedying the bias exhibited by much of the media. Keep up the good work.
Balclutha


Jan. 22, 2009

Hi, We have been following the reports on the situation in Gaza and feel that the press is not telling whole story. We support Israel's action, as they are continually being fired on by Hamas and are only protecting their own position.


Jan. 22, 2009

It was good to read your material — it's a shame that many NZers including some of my family can only criticise the Israelis although they admit that some response to the Hamas rockets was needed. From discussion with my neighbours, I note that there is widespread support for the Israeli action.


Jan. 22, 2009

Hi to the balanced media folk,
Made my day/week/month etc. to come across your advert. in this morning's ( Jan. 22 ) ODT.
Then on to your computer site. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Because of your going public like this, many people who are being ( often unknowingly ) brainwashed, will, hopefully, see the truth.
I'm absolutely sick of this anti-Israel bias. I angrily switch off the BBC when their constant bias is parroted.
Thanks again


Anti-Semitic hate and obscenities spew out of the following letter (see emphasised words in blue):

Jan. 7, 2009

...Remember-not everyone is as stupid as israeli apologists... would like to believe. I find the name of you tired little website ‘Kiwis for balanced reporting on the Mideast’ pathetic; you are using the same obnoxious tactic of collectivizing the general public to further your ghastly cause...I presume you are also ‘Kiwi friends of israel’ -an even more repellant name. I am a New Zealander, and I feel queasy at your revolting suburban sentimentalism and arrogance, I guess it is an israeli trait.. There is a web site for little types like you called, http://www.israeli-weapons.com, and within it you can pretend to be a man...Otherwise you can try Campus Watch from the US. this latter is a bunch of committed cowards even more revolting than the military masturbaters. Try it-‘...with leather’.


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