Call to keep Israeli embassy open in New Zealand
December 24, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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The New Zealand Jewish community has called on the governments of New Zealand and Israel to work together to keep the Israeli Embassy in Wellington open.
Ambassador Gerberg [2nd rt and his son Tomer[ in cap] visit a distributor
The plea follows the recall to Israel of its ambassador in New Zealand, one of the four countries who sponsored a resolution condemning Israel’s continued settlements at the U.N. Security Council.
New Zealand Jewish Council spokesperson Juliet Moses said: “The Israeli Embassy plays a vital role in Jewish life in New Zealand. It supports and promotes Jewish festivals and cultural activities, and facilitates business links between the two nations. The Embassy also has a key role in engaging with other religious groups throughout New Zealand.
The Embassy is also playing a pivotal role in next year’s 100 year commemorations of the the ANZAC campaign in what is now Israel. It would be disappointing if the cooperation between the two countries on this historic event was lost.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has said Ambassador Itzhak Gerberg has been recalled for consultation. The New Zealand Jewish community hopes no further action is taken and both governments will focus on keeping the Israeli Embassy open.”