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Michael Kuttner

Here we go again! ...

First published in jWire January 30, 2015
The year has launched off with a flying start of outrageous terror, political hypocrisy and ramped up rhetoric.
This week was international Holocaust Memorial Day which provided a platform for politicians to prattle their annual quota of platitudes, deplore the rising wave of Judeophobia, memorialize the victims of the Holocaust and generally to appear as though they are taking concrete steps to confront daily hate. Of course, a closer look at exactly what concrete actions to combat the above are actually enforced and how effective they may be reveals an entirely different picture ... Read More

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Published in the Otago Dailey Times on Janary 30

Islamophobia is double speak for don't criticize Islam because you are a racists. But we are right to criticize Radical Islam for its teachings and the murder of thousands of Christians and Jews, and for turning hundreds of neighborhoods into nogo zones across Europe and ambulance staff refuse to go without body armor and police protection. Obviously this land for peace deal is not working at all.

(The following text was not published) But many Kiwis believe that this is just a problem for the rest of the world to deal with because we are far away! The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) organized youth camps across NZ from Auckland to Dunedin, funded by Saudi Arabia. WAMY has close ties with Khaled Mishaal the political head for Hamas. Also producing educational material preaching violent Jihad, and that Islam should be spread via the gun, ... Read More

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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 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”
Israel.co.nz

NZ Catholic
Full article with comnments beloiw


AUCKLAND'S PROTEST THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA DIDN'T WANT YOU TO SEE

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


A MAORI WOMAN STANDS WITH ISRAEL

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


AUCKLAND'S PROTEST THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA DIDN'T WANT YOU TO SEE

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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