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Holocaust black hole

February 5, 2016 by Michael Kuttner
As the number of Shoah survivors able to personally bear witness to the horrors they experienced decreases, the challenge is to ensure that future generations will be educated and informed of what happened during the years 1933 to 1945. With deniers and revisionists increasing, as time progresses it is more imperative than ever for the lessons of this unique catastrophe to be internalized. Failing to do so will result in the present generation being blissfully ignorant of what led to the murder of six million Jews plus others designated as subhuman by citizens of Europe. It will also mean that students in today's schools and institutes of higher learning will graduate totally ignorant of the subject. As these pupils are future politicians and decision makers the potential for them being infected with the same virus of Judeophobia is fairly high. Moreover as we can already see the mutation to hatred for the Jewish State is an inevitable progression.

The logical antidote is obviously education preferably as soon as possible or at an age when the lessons can be understood. That is why Holocaust studies have become an essential and critical component of history and social studies ... More

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Kiwi Amy Clague to get MS stem cell transplant in Israel

MEGAN GATTEY - January 25 2016
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Martin Tasker - ONE News Sport Reporter
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By Kate Shuttleworth
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An ANZAC message from Australia's ambassador to Israel

Dave and Michael

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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.
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Australians harassed at Temple Mount

By Michael Kuttner - March 13, 2015

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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

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Jan 29, 2015

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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”
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.
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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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