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Jews Outraged by Booklet by New Zealand Local Official

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A city council member in New Zealand who published an anti-Semitic booklet has outraged the country’s Jewish community and has elicited calls for his resignation.

Cliff Tait, Hamilton City Council member, writes in the booklet “The Squeeze is On” that a Jewish conspiracy to control the world exists.

In the booklet, Tait quotes “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a notorious anti-Semitic tract that first appeared in the early 20th century. Tait has said Zionists believe that they are “part of an elite section of the human race” that is due “the inheritance of the world as theirs by right.”

Although Tait’s booklet appeared last year, he has continued to defend it by quoting from the “Protocols.”

The council member of Hamilton, a city of 150,000 that is south of Auckland, denies being anti-Semitic.

Dov Bing, a political science professor at the University of Waikato and a member of the New Zealand Jewish Council, has called on the Hamilton City Council to “collectively call upon Mr. Tait to tender his resignation.”

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