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(UN) limited obsessions continue...

First published in jWire

June 26, 2015

By Michael Kuttner

Another week and more obsessive, unmitigated outpourings of condemnation issue forth from groups which are dedicated to slandering the Jewish State.

It's not just outright bias and hate that spews forth from United Nations sanctioned bodies; it is also the spectacle of those who should know better, pontificating about things of which they are blissfully ignorant. Ignorance comes in various forms ranging from genuine lack of knowledge through to willful distortion and deliberate fudging of facts. This week has produced a bumper crop of biased bloopers. Dissecting them should provide an illuminating illustration of how deliberate dissemination of untruths and half-truths with the help of a willing media contributes to the ever-growing delegitimizing of Israel in particular and Jews in general. As mentioned in my previous op-ed, generous funding from European sources fuels these continual torrents of destructive accusations. More

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Iran Nuclear Deal
This week the Iranian Parliament while chanting death to America voted almost unanimously against allowing UN inspectors into its nuclear program. Obviously dealing with Iran will require more wisdom than was shown by Neville Chamberlain pre WW2. But this desire for a deal at any cost will bring us war, and it won't be just Israel and the US who will suffer, it will be the Iranian people.

During the 1980's Iran threw waves of young boys against fortified positions with fatal consequences. Later in an attempt to break the deadlock nine year old boys were tasked with clearing mine fields by walking through them hand in hand. So striking a good deal with a nation that commits mass murder against its own people and funds more than 25 terrorists groups world wide, second only to Saudi Arabia, will require another Winston Churchill and much more wisdom than President Obama is currently showing.

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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”. ..

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

Bumbling Jihadi Reveals Location on Twitter

Mark John Taylor - aka Abu Abdul Rahman - of New Zealand, has said 'people might call me stupid and dumb.'

By Arutz Sheva
An Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist from New Zealand has suspended his Twitter account after mistakenly tweeting his location from Syria, reports The Independent.

Taylor posted a video three months ago, in which he said he was in Syria and that his "commitment is for jihad."

In September 2011, he appeared on British TV3's 60 Minutes, and claimed his life had been ruined after he previously traveled to Pakistan in 2009 and tried to enter the Al-Qaeda stronghold of Wana.

Mark John Taylor, who now goes by the name of Mohammad Daniel or Abu Abdul Rahman, failed to turn off the location service on his Twitter account, thereby identifying his whereabouts every time he tweeted. Read More

Egypt starts work on Gaza buffer zone

October 30 2014. Read at

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
Full article with comnments beloiw


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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