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Here we present a view presented by the mainstream news media in New Zealand concerning both Israel and the Jewish people.

For an opportunity to read balanced articles which the media does not normally provide. Jerusalem Post


Our analysis of the New Zealand Herald's coverage of Israel shows some inprovement, but all isn't right yet. More

Radio New Zealand does it again

June 22, 2016 by Michael Kuttner from J-Wire
Israel media monitor Honest Reporting has found Radio New Zealand incapable or unwilling to ascertain the veracity of news reports about Israel emanating from well-known suspect sources.

The latest example of repeating blatantly biased news revolves around a news item issued originally by Al Jazeera in which Israel is accused of shutting off water supplies to the “West Bank” and its Palestinian Arab residents. Picked up by the likes of The Independent (UK), International Business Times and the Times of London this modern-day equivalent of the medieval well poisoning libels against Jews soon went viral.

Despite evidence provided by Israeli authorities demonstrating that the accusations were false, Radio NZ decided to air an interview with a Palestinian Arab “expert” who of course recycled this litany of lies. Once again no interview with any Israeli official was aired to counter the falsehoods broadcast.

As a result of representations by many parties Al Jazeera and the Telegraph at least modified their report somewhat in order to present a more balanced perspective. Radio New Zealand however remains deaf and oblivious to facts and instead prefers to continue the drip feed of erroneous reports concerning the Jewish State.

Yarden Frankel of Honest Reporting Down Under told J-Wire: “The Radio New Zealand interview is false and needs to be removed from their website. This is what happens when you rely on a single biased source without further investigation.”

A full report by Honest Reporting on this false story in the international media can be seen here: honestreporting.com/water-apartheid/


Michael Kuttner
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Honest Reporting Down Under has caught Radio New Zealand out yet again.

During their regular morning show they discussed two items relating to Israel and interviewed two so called experts who presented totally one sided and unbalanced perspectives.

The first totally misrepresented what Prime Minister Netanyahu had said relating to the shooting of a terrorist in Hebron.

The second topic concerned the possibility of death penalties for convicted terrorists who have murdered Israelis. In this segment the views expressed by the person interviewed were the usual half truths and twisted versions of reality. In neither case were those interviewed by Radio New Zealand challenged to provide proof of their allegations or questioned as to the veracity of their assertions.

Compounding this travesty was the fact that Radio New Zealand did not feel it necessary to interview anyone who could have presented rebuttals to the distortions broadcast.

One of the fundamental requirements for fair and balanced reporting is the basic need to provide the opportunity for both sides to be heard. Once again, when it comes to Israel, Radio New Zealand has failed to live up to this requirement.

Yarden Frankel's full report (from Honest Reporting) can be read here: honestreporting.com/radio-new-zealands-biased-sources

First New Zealand Innovation Mission flies to Israel

50 business people came to meet leading Israeli innovators and explore collaborations between the two countries. ... More

Kiwi Amy Clague to get MS stem cell transplant in Israel

MEGAN GATTEY - January 25 2016
Amy Clague always felt tired at high school, and those around her simply put it down to being a teenager. But at the age of 20, she found out she had multiple sclerosis..... More Stuff.co.nz

Yachting NZ calls for stand against Malaysian government

December 31, 2015
Martin Tasker - ONE News Sport Reporter
he Malaysian government effectively banned the Israeli team from competing at the Youth Sailing World Champs in Lankawai by refusing to issue them visas. ... More at ONE News Now

Israel sets water lead

Oct 19, 2015 By Aroha Treacher
Ngati Kahungunu is looking to Israel for the latest water innovations and technologies.
Israel is widely regarded as a leader in water technology, a country where a lot is to be learned on how to make the most of the world's most valuable resource.... More at Hawkes Bay Today

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 at the NZ Herald

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.

Coming from many parts of New Zealand and representing a wide cross-section of schools, the common thread which binds these dedicated educators together is a fervent desire to convey to the next generation an appreciation of what the Holocaust means and its lessons for the future. Holocaust studies are not a compulsory subject in high school curriculums and therefore this means that it is left to each teacher to choose whether or not they tackle this subject. Owing to a paucity of resource material available in NZ and a general lack of knowledge it is mainly up to the individual teacher to use his or her initiative in order to promote an awareness of the Holocaust amongst their teenage pupils. This is not an easy or simple undertaking and is why the motivation by teachers from NZ to attend the specialized courses at Yad Vashem is so valuable and praiseworthy.

Speaking to some of the participants, J-Wire asked for their overall impressions of the course, the presenters and how the information gleaned will help them in presenting the subject to their pupils.

The whole experience was described by all as “mind blowing”. The quality of the programme was exceptional and the speakers top experts in their field. Particular mention was made of Efraim Zuroff and his revelations of New Zealand’s very dubious record in the post war period in fudging and ignoring the presence of Nazi war criminals in the country. Comment was made that the best method of making the Holocaust period relevant was to personalize the experiences of ordinary men, women & children and relate it to the teens concerned. One person can make a difference was a term used to demonstrate how prejudice and racism can be challenged. The diverse character of New Zealand society was also a useful tool to teach how hate and delegitimisation can easily spread if left unchecked.

The NZ educators also recognized the immense value of having Holocaust survivors give personal testimony and in taking their pupils to visit the Holocaust Centre based in Wellington so that many of the events taught can be visibly reinforced. This centre is a most valuable resource and provides important reinforcement to anyone wishing to learn more. Another positive spinoff of the visit to Israel is the realization that much resource material is available which will provide a useful tool for teaching this subject.

Like all first time visitors to Israel who have been conditioned by the media to expect the worst, this dedicated group were amazed at the diversity, vitality and yes even the normalcy of life in this ancient yet modern land.

All expressed the hope that more groups of teachers and educators will in the future make the long trek from down under to participate in the Yad Vashem programmes. With the rising specter of hatred and xenophobia against Jews manifesting itself once again, internationally, the teaching of Holocaust studies is more important than ever before.

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”

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

Children's stories hardest to bear — Article the NZ Herald

March 18, 2014
By Kate Shuttleworth, Read at NZ Herald