Another United Nations mockery and New Zealand’s hypocrisy

July 31, 2019 by David Cumin
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It’s all too easy when there are active efforts against Jewish self-determination in their indigenous land to focus on the haters and assume they are large in number.

Dr David Cumin

Whether it’s the Turkish Prime Minister warning (from the same city the NZ ambassador to Israel is based in) that “whoever is on the side of Israel, let everyone know that we are against them” or if it’s Iranian officials in a Pakuranga mosque saying Israel is trying to “deceive the world”, we might come to think that such views are held by a significant proportion of society.

Such a view is amplified when media report terrorists as ‘unarmed civilians’, violent riots as ‘peaceful protests’, and suggest Israel is committing a ‘massacre’.

However, it is worth stopping every so often to realise that the vast majority of people are sensible and reasonable and see through much of the hysteria and lies.

Our IINZ poll from a few years ago was clear about this – only 13% of Kiwis were against Israel as a Jewish state. And we’ve seen it once again in the passing of anti-BDS legislation in the USA. The vast majority of lawmakers – from all sides of the political spectrum – voted in favour of the law that is similar to other anti-discrimination legislation.

This doesn’t mean we should stop countering the hate or putting the truth forward. A recent study suggests that as little as 3.5% of the population can influence society so it is important to keep standing up against the lies.

But as we do, we should count our blessings – each and every one of the majority of our fellow citizens who support Israel despite the imbalance in the UN, media, and elsewhere.

I’d like to take this opportunity to count our blessings – you. Thank you for your support and for sharing our work. We appreciate all the feedback, your donations, and your contributions.

IINZ

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