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  • New Zealand National Claims Abuse by Israel

    New Zealand is investigating a complaint that one of its nationals was beaten in an Israeli jail. Harmeet Sooden, who was held hostage in Iraq for 118 days in 2005, was refused entry to Israel in June and detained for three days by Israeli authorities. The 35-year-old native of Canada was on his way to… More ▸

  • Refugee’s Son Wins As New Zealand Pm

    The son of a Jewish refugee was elected the prime minister of New Zealand. John Key’s conservative National Party swept to victory in the Nov. 8 election, snapping the nine-year reign of Helen Clark and her Labor Party. Key, 47, said the National Party, with 59 seats, had avowed support from two minor parties that… More ▸

  • Son of a Nazism Escapee Eyes Premiership in New Zealand

    It may be known as the “Land of the Long White Cloud,” but the forecast for New Zealand appears to be bright — at least for Israel and the small Kiwi Jewish community. The major polls show that Prime Minister Helen Clark’s Labor Party will likely lose the Nov. 8 election to the National Party… More ▸

  • Israelis, Jews Upset over Bad Press in New Zealand

    Israel’s ambassador to New Zealand is slamming as “outrageous” a recent article in a New Zealand newspaper that called Israel a terrorist state and suggested the Israeli government might adopt Nazi genocidal policies to crush the Palestinians in Gaza. Yuval Rotem, who is also Israel’s envoy to Australia, said the Jan. 26 column in the… More ▸

  • Israeli Diplomat Leaves Australia; Some See Link to New Zealand Affair

    An Israeli diplomat was forced out of the country’s embassy in Australia in an operation that neither government is eager to discuss. Israeli and Australian governments acknowledge that Amir Lati, a diplomat with responsibility for consular affairs, returned to Israel in December at the behest of the Australian Department of Affairs and Trade, but remain… More ▸

  • New Zealand Shaken by Attack on Jewish Headstones and Chapel

    Jews in New Zealand are reeling from the worst anti-Semitic attack in the nation’s history. Ninety-five headstones were toppled over in the Jewish cemetery at Makara, outside the nation’s capital of Wellington. The cemetery’s chapel, used for prayers before burials, was gutted by fire, leaving only swastika-etched walls standing. The fire was discovered early in… More ▸

  • New Zealand Imposes Sanctions on Israel in Passport Fraud Case

    New Zealand has imposed diplomatic sanctions on Israel following the sentencing of two Israelis, accused of being Mossad agents, for fraudulently attempting to obtain a New Zealand passport. Uriel Zoshe Kelman, 31, and Eli Cara, 50, used the identity of a wheelchair-bound man suffering from cerebral palsy to apply for the passport. They pleaded guilty… More ▸

  • Israelis Plead Guilty in New Zealand, but They Won’t Be Prosecuted As Spies

    Two Israelis suspected by New Zealand authorities of being Mossad agents have pleaded guilty to unlawfully attempting to obtain a New Zealand passport. Uri Kelman, 30, and Elisha Cara, 50, pleaded guilty in Auckland’s High Court last week. They will remain in custody until a July 15 sentencing hearing. The crime carries a penalty of… More ▸