New Zealand

  • 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 ▸

  • Jews Angered by New Zealand’s Decision Not to Prosecute Nazis

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jim Bolger has confirmed that his government will not prosecute any of the 14 current residents of New Zealand alleged to have committed crimes against humanity during the course of World War II. Bolger said that there was not enough evidence to justify criminal prosecutions against any of the individuals on… More ▸

  • New Zealand Church Rejects Liturgy Change Urged by Jews

    New Zealand Jews are dismayed at the failure of the Anglican Synod to restore the words “Zion” and “Israel” to psalms included in the prayerbook of the country’s largest church denomination. The synod declined at its recent annual meeting to reverse the deletions made four years ago. The ruling was termed “a major step backward… More ▸

  • New Zealand Panel Finds Bias Used Against Sabbath Observers

    The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has upheld a discrimination complaint by two Jewish students against Victoria University in Wellington, which imposed extra fees on students who refused to take examinations on Saturdays. The commission ordered the university to cease the practice and refund such fees paid since mid-1991, when the complaint was lodged. “Students… More ▸