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  • 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 ▸

  • New Zealand Police Traveling Far to Look into War Criminals Cases

    Two NewZealand police officers have left for the Middle East, Europe and North America to investigate charges that Nazi war criminals have made their home in New Zealand. The two-man investigation unit will follow up allegations against 42 New Zealand residents. They will be traveling with their counterparts from the Special Investigations Unit of the… More ▸

  • New Zealand Begins Investigation into War Criminals Living There

    The New Zealand government has begun an investigation to find out if suspected Nazi war criminals are living in that country, with deportation or extradition possible if any are found. New Zealand Attorney General Paul East announced that the government has employed three researchers to sift through available information in New Zealand and Australia. A… More ▸

  • Australia and New Zealand Will Trace Nazi Criminals

    Jewish groups here and abroad conditionally welcomed an announcement Monday that Australia and New Zealand would cooperate in tracing alleged Nazi war criminals. But they insist on more definitive action, including official investigations and legislation to deal with the prosecution, extradition or deportation of war criminals found in either country. Those demands were raised after… More ▸

  • People of New Zealand Reach out to Jews After Attack on School

    The Jewish community in New Zealand has been over-whelmed by the extraordinary display of solidarity by their non-Jewish neighbors since four children were stabbed July 16 by an apparently demented woman at Auckland’s small Jewish day school. Many Christian New Zealanders attended Sabbath services devoted to the families of the young victims, all of whom… More ▸

  • New Zealand Receives Evidence War Criminals Are in Its Midst

    New Zealand confirmed Wednesday that it has received a list of eight Nazi war criminals who may have come to the country after World War II. “If there are war criminals in New Zealand, there will be no hole deep enough for them to hide in,” External Relations Minister Mike Moore told Parliament when the… More ▸

  • New Zealand Panel Comes Under Fire for Linking Zionist Group to Racism

    A storm of protest roiled New Zealand’s normally placid political waters last week, after a government agency invoked the U.N. General Assembly’s 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism in connection with a grant to a local Zionist youth group. Paradoxically, New Zealand voted against the U.N. resolution and is involved in efforts to get it… More ▸

  • New Zealand Withholds Israel Envoy

    Israeli officials had no comment Wednesday on reports that New Zealand has delayed sending an ambassador to Israel because it disapproves of Israel’s behavior toward the Palestinians in the administered territories. The Foreign Ministry said it had received no formal notification from Wellington. But New Zealand’s foreign minister, Russell Marshall, stated flatly on radio this… More ▸