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Boker Tov, Eliyahu...writes Michael Kuttner

November 20, 2015
Literally, this is translated as “good morning” Eliyahu. However in colloquial Israeli usage it actually means “you were incredibly stupid but finally you get it!rdquo;

The trouble is that despite ominous warning signs stretching back over many years the rest of the world did not “get it” and still does not. Even when the effluent hits the proverbial fan and sprays its deadly foul-smelling contents all over those targeted, there are still far too many who cannot and will not acknowledge what actually hits them in the face. More

The Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference

November 20, 2015 by Michael Kuttner
The conference was held this week and attended by the diplomatic corps as well as foreign and local media. J-Wire's Michael Kuttner was there and has filed this report: An interesting line up of speakers guaranteed an interesting day and so it proved. More

Back to 1938?

In an exquisite sort of supreme irony, the European Union announced on the anniversary of Kristallnacht the implementation of labeling food and goods manufactured in Judea, Samaria, half of our Capital and the Golan.


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Submitted to the NZ Herald on November 19, 2015

Your opinion writer Robert Patman, commenting on the Paris atrocities, links the attacks to the Israel Palestinian troubles and tries to place at least part of the blame on the Israelis. But through ignorance or prejudice he overlooks the Islamist terror and violence and destruction in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, China, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Russia as well as the Islamist horrendous brutalities in Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, and human rights violations in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf States.
And now the Islamist attacks on France which mirror the previous terrorist deaths in Madrid, London and the US.
Amazing how such a wilfully-ignorant or biased man can be an ‘expert’ and can comment with such irrelevance. What sort of University employs such a person?

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Israeli doctors saving Palestinian Arab babies

Hadassah Hospital's “Heart for Peace” that has saved the lives of over 600 Palestinian Arab children..... More

Israeli elephant donates money for Thai elephants

The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo donated $1,500 for an elephant hospital in Lampang. The check was delivered to the Thai Ambassador to Israel by a Biblical Zoo elephant named Tamar, who presented it to the Ambassador in her trunk..... More

Jerusalem's giant interactive flowers

Israeli design group HQ Architects has brought Jerusalem’s city center to life with fantastical flower sculptures that blossom and move, as people walk by. .... More

Life continues

Israeli Moran Zur's father passed away in 2002 and missed Moran's wedding. It gave Moran the idea for giving absent relatives the ability to leave video messages to their loved ones. In 2012, Moran's wife was diagnosed with advanced brain cancer, prompting Moran to develop SafeBeyond. .... More

Riding around with armed Arabs

Don't worry - this is an article about Arabs who are serving in the IDF.... More

A co-existence discount

The restaurant Hummus Bar at the M Mall in Kfar Vitkin near Netanya is offering a free refill of each plate of the chickpea paste at tables seating Jews and Arabs together. The restaurant is kosher, meaning that observant Jews and Muslims can also take advantage of the offer.... More

Solar power for Ethiopia

Israel's Aora Solar is to install a “Tulip” solar energy field in Ethiopia - helping the African country to achieve its aim of being carbon-neutral by 2025. The modular system collects reflected sunlight on a solar concentrator tower shaped like a yellow tulip that generates electricity for day or night use.... More

Ex-Kuwaiti Muslim is advocate for Israel

Mumtaz Halawa's journey from Kuwaiti Muslim to Israeli Jew. Together with StandWithUs, Mumtaz (now Mark) has since developed an Arabic-language YouTube video series. It aims to dispel spurious anti-Semitic notions among the Arabs in the Middle East and start conversations about a free and democratic Israel. ... More

More female speakers

A national campaign to increase the representation of women speakers to 50%. ... More

Buzz Aldrin touches down in Israel

The second man to ever walk on the moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, 85, talked to an enthusiastic audience at the International Astronautical Conference in Jerusalem. Buzz recounted his personal history and technical issues in space. ... More

Jews and Arabs rescue injured pelican

Amir, Sunny and Muhammad Riad Hamed from the Arab-Israeli village of Muqeible found a pelican with a broken wing and other injuries in their yard. They contacted the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and the bird is now receiving treatment at its wildlife hospital. ... More

Arab and Israeli neuroscientists work together

Ahmed El Hady is a 31-year-old Egyptian postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Neuroscience Institute. His decision to co-chair the NeuroBridges 2015 Conference - a scientific meeting of the minds between Arabs and Israelis - was a no-brainer. ... More

The best place to surf

Roni Eshel, winner of the 2011 Israeli Women’s Surfing Championships, has designed goFlow – a crowdsourcing app to identify the best surfing locations. Users report beach conditions and the app automatically updates the goFlow server to inform friends or the whole surfing community. ... More

Israelis rescue Syrian migrants

Israelis aboard an Israeli yacht rescued 11 Syrian and Iraqi migrants whose boat capsized overnight near the Greek island of Kastellorizo. The yacht, from Ashdod, was on a routine training activity in the area when its occupants noticed boat wreckage. Please read what else the Israelis did. ... More

Israeli sailors rescue Syrian, Iraqi refugees after boat capsizes

In dramatic operation, Ashdod sailing club members pull Syrian and Iraqi refugees out of Mediterranean Sea. More

Israel's Pegasus Society

Pegasus is an Israeli non-profit organization working to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned, abused or neglected horses and donkeys in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. More

Purrfection on the catwalk

Despite the current troubles in Israel, dozens of pedigree felines will compete in international cat beauty pageant in Tel Aviv. More

‘I Clown You‘ turns lens on Israel's medical clowns

Two Russian-Israeli filmmakers are documenting four therapeutic clowns in Israel, who work as an integral part of the healing team at hospitals. More


Video of Lucy Aharish criticizing Palestinians for inciting violence and Arab Israeli leaders for insincere gestures garners 1.5 million shares on Facebook. More

Israeli satellite to bring Africa online

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced that an Israeli-made AMOS-6 satellite will be launched in 2016 to bring the Internet to the poorest parts of the world. More

Israeli Jews answer with love

Article by Lebanese-born, Canadian Arab Fred Maroun. He writes “Why do the overwhelming majority of Israelis respond to hate with love? I believe that Judaism teaches love because love is effective while hate is not.” More

The largest desalination facility in North America

In a few weeks, San Diego will open the Carlsbad desalination plant, piping around 50 million gallons of water a day to households across the San Diego area. It was designed by Israel’s IDE and one of 400 desalination facilities it has designed in 40 countries. More

18-country delegation to fight BDS

A delegation of 22 parliamentarians from 18 different countries is in Israel as part of the Israel Allies Foundation's annual Jerusalem Chairman’s Conference. They will sign a resolution declaring support for Israel and vowing to take a stance against anti-Israel movements such as BDS. More

New center for Jewish and Arab hearing impaired children

The Jerusalem Foundation has opened a home in Abu Tor, for Jewish and Arab children with hearing impairments. The MICHA (Society for Deaf Children in Israel) center contains 4 pre-school classes and an audiology institute with clinics and advanced technology. More

Keeping West Point cadets in shape

West Point Military Academy and numerous NBA teams in the US are turning to Israeli start-up PhysiMax, which, using 3D cameras, provides cloud-based analytics of how players are performing. One of the main aims of the system is to prevent injuries from inefficient movement. More

1500-year-old mosaic unveiled

At Kiryat Gat’s “Factories from Within” festival, Israeli archaeologists will reveal an ancient mosaic discovered during local excavations. The mosaic depicts scenes of ancient Egypt. More

“They will all come to celebrate Tabernacles in Jerusalem”

Thousands of evangelical Christians from more than 80 countries descended upon Jerusalem this week to show their support for the Jewish State. More

High-pressure Oxygen to treat fibromyalgia

A study by 13 Israeli researchers has proved that the high-pressure Oxygen treatment reduces or eliminates medication needed for sufferers of the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia. More

Calming autistic children

Israel's Association for Children at Risk has developed an Autism and Resiliency Program aimed at soothing frayed nerves of the 1,000 Israeli children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The program relieved trauma during Operation Protective Edge but is now being adapted to everyday needs. More

Employment for Bedouin women

Israel's Economy Ministry and the Joint Distribution Committee-Israel (JDC) have opened 19 Arab-run Rayan Employment Centers serving 63 municipalities in northern and southern Israel. Since 2012 they have placed 9,100 Arabs, including many Bedouin women, in local jobs. More

Never lose anything ever again

srael's GetPixie has developed the Location of Things (LoT) platform and produced Pixie points that you stick to your valued objects (keys, wallet, sunglasses etc.) Use your smartphone to find them anytime. Pixie can even alert you if you leave the house without them. More

No more dummies

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat joined sixty children as they inaugurated the city’s first pacifier tree. The children hung their pacifiers on the tree, part of a project to assist children in breaking away from their trusted friend. More

2000-year-old podium found in Jerusalem

Pool to the Temple Mount. Four large stone rectangles form steps up to a platform, commonly used for public announcements in biblical times. More

Go forth and multiply

Six-year-old white rhinoceros Keren Peles has given birth to a female calf at the Ramat Gan Safari. She is the 27th rhino born at the safari, which belongs to an international consortium of zoos working to pull the white rhino back from the verge of extinction. More

Restoring eyesight in Kyrgyzstan

A group of Israeli doctors restored the eyesight of 90 adults and children in Kyrgyzstan thanks to Israeli-Jewish Eye from Zion volunteer organization. The doctors performed cornea surgery, plastic surgery and removed tumors and cataracts. Many patients had been blind for years. More

One of the best places to raise your kids

Israel has been ranked fourth in the world for expat families to bring up their children, according to the Family Life Index carried out by the Inter Nations institute. The index ranks countries in categories such as quality, cost and availability of childcare and education. More

The IDF's humanitarian missions

This new video shows that beyond protecting Israel's citizens, its soldiers embrace another role: serving a source of relief for people all over the world. From Japan to Haiti, from Nepal to the Philippines, Israel's soldiers have worked miracles and saved lives. More

High-speed Jerusalem-Tel Aviv link gets on track

Israel Railways has begun laying the tracks of the high-speed railway line between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv - the first in Israel to run on electricity. The 56km link will have five tunnels, eight bridges and cost around NIS 7 billion (about $1.85 billion). More

Work starts on Tel Aviv light railway

Construction of the Tel Aviv light rail system has officially begun. Workers started excavations near the Allenby Street-Yehuda Halevi Street intersection, where one of the light rail stations will be located. The project is expected to take six years to complete. More

108 Ukrainian Jews fly to freedom

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews brought 108 Jews from war-torn Ukraine to make a new start in the land of their spiritual forefathers. They were welcomed at Ben-Gurion Airport by members of the IDF, with Israeli flags, balloons, and warm greetings. More

A safe and fun place to visit

Julie Bort recently spent a week in Israel and wants everyone to know that it is extremely easy and safe to travel there, even if you're an American non-Jewish woman traveling alone who doesn't speak or read Hebrew. More

From News in NZ +

NZ Herald — Juliet Moses: I'm for peace

Oct 19, 2015
I'm pretty sure most, and probably all, of my friends in New Zealand would say that peace is something to aspire to. And if they turned their minds to it at all, they would probably say that they want peace between Israel and the Palestinians. ... More

McCully pushes for Palestine-Israel peace process

Friday Jun 5, 2015
By Kate Shuttleworth
New Zealand foreign minister Murray McCully arrived in the Middle East in a push to get Israeli and Palestinian leadership back to the negotiation table.
While at a function at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem and asked by the New Zealand Herald how soon peace talks could resume Mr McCully said: “my first preference would be tomorrow morning”. .. www.nzherald.co.nz

An ANZAC message from Australia's ambassador to Israel

Dave and Michael

April 21, 2014 by Michael Kuttner
It is obvious that Dave Sharma enjoys his ambassadorial duties in a country which in his words is so diverse and dynamic. He never ceases to be amazed by the vitality and variety of experiences which makes Israel such a leader in so many fields of endeavor. .. Download a pdf

A Yossele in trouble

Joey taped into Kangaroo

April 21, 2014 by Michael Kuttner
We call them Joeys but perhaps Israelis may refer them to as Yosseles…either way one found himself in trouble in Ramat Gan.
Keren Or of the Zoological Center Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan sends us this report: “The story is that Alex the keeper found the Red kangaroo joey on the ground, hypothermic and dirty. The joey must have fallen from its mother’s pouch during the night or early morning. Alex rushed the joey to the zoo hospital for care.”.. Download a pdf

Muslims who saved Jews in WW2 honored at exhibition

A new exhibition launching at Melbourne's Jewish Holocaust Centre will paint a picture of how Muslims saved the lives of many Jewish people in Albania during World War II. ...... Read More

Australians harassed at Temple Mount

By Michael Kuttner - March 13, 2015

Women and youngsters have attacked a group of Australian youth visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem this week. ...... Read More

An ancient metanarrative for
modern Jew hatred

Feb 11, 2015
By Perry Trotter's Blogg - A New Zealand photographer and composer. Perry is the creator of Shadows of Shoah, a unique multidisciplinary touring Holocaust exhibition.
Tonight we remember Europe's decisive action to purge itself once for all of the Jews, and of all that they represent. Advisedly I say Europe acted, not merely Germany....... More at The Times of Israel

An Israeli conductor collapsed and died in the middle of a performance as horrified audience members looked on.

Jan 31, 2015

Internationally renowned conductor drops dead in front of screaming audience and musicians during a symphony in Switzerland .... Read More at NZ Herald

Israel says Hezbollah to pay 'full price' over missile attack

Jan 29, 2015

Israel has warned Lebanon's Hezbollah it will pay the "full price" after missiles killed two Israeli soldiers yesterday in an attack that raised fears of another all-out war. ... Read More at NZ Herald

Kiwi educators at Yad Vashem

January 30, 2015

by Michael Kuttner
A group of twenty New Zealand high school teachers and educators have been attending a course on Holocaust studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Following in the footsteps of a previous group these educators spent an intensive two weeks not only learning about how to more effectively teach about the Holocaust but also seeing some of the sights.

Chris Harris, Onehunga College (Auckland), Anna Chapman Holocaust Centre of NZ (Wellington) and Mike Brady, Porirua College (wellington) Chris Harris, Onehunga College (Auckland), Anna Chapman Holocaust Centre of NZ (Wellington) and Mike Brady, Porirua College (wellington)

J-Wire's correspondent Michael Kuttner took the opportunity to talk to some of them the day before International Holocaust Remembrance commemorations were due to take place and they returned home. Read More

Egypt starts work on Gaza buffer zone

October 30 2014. Read at Stuff.co.nz

The item above was published online in Stuff but not on the NZ Herald web site.
As at October 31 neither appeared in the printed versions of either paper. The photo and article showed about 800 homes raised on the border between Egypt and Gaza and it is intended to stop Militants crossing into Egypt.
Now if it were Israel bulldozing homes.......

Palestinian: Donors wary of funding Hamas-run Gaza

By Karin Laub, Wednesday Sep 10, 2014
The New Zealand Herald

Outrage at “Auckland bishops condemn Gaza violence”

The Auckland Anglican and Catholic bishops published a combined statement which contains many inaccuracies, but fortunately good people are responding.

Anglicans Down Under
Anglicans Down Under

Bishops’ Statement “Arrogant, Ignorant, Smacks of Anti-Semitism”

NZ Catholic
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Tuesday 11 Aug 2014
“Bash the Jews, cut their heads off. cut their f****ing heads off”
See on Whale Oil's Blog

Australian journalist who has no pity for Gaza

Tuesday 9 Aug, 2014
Short UTube video

Ten thousand in Australia rally in support of Israel

August 4, 2014.
SYDNEY — Ten thousand Australians rallied in support of Israel in Sydney on Sunday at a peaceful demonstration in one of the city's suburbs.
Participants at the rally waved signs saying “We stand with Israel!” and “Stop the rockets!” and chanted “Am Yisroel Chai” as they heard communal figures defend the Jewish State. ...See article at WJC


Rally in Auckland with a fine speech by Maori woman, Sheree Trotter.

Sheree Trotter is the interviewer and researcher for Shadows of Shoah. She is a Maori New Zealander. On August 10 2014 a rally was held in central Auckland, NZ, to affirm Israel's right to exist, her right to defend herself against Hamas' agression, and to respond to the worldwide surge of antisemitic expression. The event was attended by about 800 supporters. Sheree was invited to give a speech. See and hear here at Shadows of Shoah or Download transscript in pdf


Tuesday 11 Aug 2014
“Bash the Jews, cut their heads off. cut their f****ing heads off”
See on Whale Oil's Blog

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