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  • 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 ▸

  • New Zealand is Latest Locale in Mideast Editorial Cartoon Battle

    Editorial cartoons seen as anti-Semitic have ruffled feathers in the Jewish community in the United States and Australia. Now a similar squabble has led to the firing of a prominent cartoonist in New Zealand. New Zealand’s major newspaper dropped award-winning cartoonist Malcolm Evans for the way he caricatured Jews in cartoons dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian… More ▸

  • New Zealand Officials Reject Israel Independence Day Invitation

    The government of New Zealand has boycotted this year’s Israel Independence Day celebrations. At a cabinet meeting attended by Prime Minister Helen Clark, the government decided to break with tradition and not send any minister or official representative to a reception last week in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, celebrating the 54th anniversary of the establishment… More ▸

  • Worried About Your Jewish Future? New Zealand’s Community Wants You

    Jews in distress are being encouraged to seek out a trouble-free environment way, way down under — in New Zealand. With Jewish communities in Argentina and South Africa seen as potential pools of immigrants, the Orthodox community in Auckland and the local B’nai B’rith both have launched campaigns hoping to bring more Jews to New… More ▸

  • New Zealand School Apologizes for Thesis That Denied Holocaust

    A New Zealand university has apologized to the Jewish community for awarding a master’s degree to a student who had written a thesis denying the Holocaust. The 1993 thesis by Joel Hayward is cited regularly by neo-Nazis and other Holocaust deniers as evidence that they have academic support for their positions. Earlier this year, Hayward,… More ▸

  • New Zealand School Resists Calls to Revoke Work on Holocaust Denial

    A case of Holocaust denial has heated up in New Zealand. Jewish leaders in New Zealand are calling on Canterbury University to withdraw a 1993 master’s thesis that questioned whether Jews were killed in gas chambers during the Holocaust. The author of the thesis, Joel Hayward, recently sent a letter to the New Zealand Jewish… More ▸

  • Anti-racist Rally in New Zealand

    The fight against hate crime has spread to New Zealand. The country’s Jewish community, spurred by a large increase in racist attacks, hosted a rally Monday in the capital of Wellington with the aim of developing a strategy to stop racist groups. Among those addressing the rally were three members of Parliament and a national… More ▸

  • Holocaust Denier Loses Right to Airwaves of New Zealand

    A New Zealand radio broadcaster has lost the fight to air a show promoting the denial of the Holocaust. Fred Clements lost his final appeal earlier this month to air “Alternative News, Information and Comment,” a show that includes Holocaust denial. Clements took legal action when Wellington Access Radio in New Zealand decided earlier this… More ▸

  • Jews Outraged by Booklet by New Zealand Local Official

    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… More ▸

  • New Zealand Party Accused of Anti-semitic Sentiments

    As New Zealand prepares for a national election under a new electoral system, charges of anti-Semitism have been leveled at the party expected to benefit most. The Alliance Party, which has managed to win backing among voters from both sides of the political spectrum who oppose the country’s two major parties, has been asked to… More ▸