Tragedy brings out the best and the worst – an Op-Ed

May 5, 2021 by  

The Har Meron disaster is one of the worst peacetime tragedies in modern Israel’s history. There are at least 45 people confirmed dead and over 150 more injured. Read more

Is New Zealand’s justice system racist?

April 15, 2021 by  

The New Zealand justice system has been called racist. Underpinning that accusation are some powerful statistics. Read more

Is NZ Labour more tolerant of antisemitism than Jeremy Corbyn’s UK Labour party?

March 12, 2021 by  

In January The Israel Institute of New Zealand exposed NZ MPs as members of an online group that frequently posts vile antisemitism. Labour MP for Christchurch Central, Dr Duncan Webb, was found to have posted, commented, and ‘liked’ posts in the group. Read more

New Zealand superannuation fund divests from six Israeli banks

March 7, 2021 by  

The New Zealand Government superannuation savings vehicle, the NZ Super Fund, is ostensibly joining the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel – a movement deemed racist by many of New Zealand’s traditional allies. Read more

Frustrations about NZ’s Fourth Estate

February 12, 2021 by  

The role of media in any country is vital for democracy. That’s why non-democratic rulers often tightly control the flow of information and why we should be concerned at the state of global press freedom, especially with looming challenges. Read more

A lot is in a name, actually

December 9, 2020 by  

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet;” so says an iconic line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. While the sentiment that names are unimportant is enticing, the reality is that these star-crossed lovers’ names are deeply important. So, too, are the names we bestow on other things. Read more

UNESCO’s choice

December 8, 2020 by  

UNESCO has established the world’s first Chair on Dance and Social Inclusion. However, their choice of co-chair is someone who has publicly affiliated with a terror group. Read more

The naked emperor

October 15, 2020 by  

I have a tremendous amount of respect for United Nations Watch – an organisation that isn’t afraid to call out a naked emperor, metaphorically speaking. Read more

MFAT officials justify NZ-funded hate to minister

October 5, 2020 by  

Documents obtained under the Official Information Act by the Israel Institute of New Zealand show that, for the first time ever, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) briefed the minister about hate and incitement to violence taught in NZ-funded UNRWA schools. Read more

Peace in our time

September 16, 2020 by  

It’s hard to ignore the public shifts in attitude between some Arab states and Israel. Read more

The “peaceful” Middle East before 1948

June 10, 2020 by  

One of the most pernicious modern lies about Jews is how well they were treated in the Middle East before the re-establishment of the Jewish nation. Read more

New Zealand joins bullies at UN again and supports online incitement

November 17, 2019 by  

The United Nations just passed eight resolutions against Israel and zero against any other country. New Zealand participated in this bullying again, voting for seven and abstaining on one. Read more

New Zealand continues to proudly fund corruption and extremism

August 2, 2019 by  

New Zealand is proud to support a UN agency that has recently been accused of serious corruption and other abuses of power and no official or minister has even acknowledged any issue. Read more

Another United Nations mockery and New Zealand’s hypocrisy

July 31, 2019 by  

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. Read more

The “cycle of violence” continues and New Zealand remains silent

May 8, 2019 by  

This past weekend, more than 700 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas. Read more

NZ MP promoting BDS

May 2, 2019 by  

A New Zealand Labour MP is actively promoting the discriminatory BDS campaign against Israel. Dr Duncan Webb has recently tweeted that “[BDS]… is a concrete way to express a political view…”. Read more

Comparing the outrage: Beyond Christchurch and Sri Lanka

April 24, 2019 by  

A number of high-profile commentators – from Ben Shapiro to Maajid Nawaz – have looked at the Twitter accounts of world leaders like Theresa May, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. The commentators have made some uncomfortable comparisons about the language used to condemn the terror attacks in Sri Lanka and those in Christchurch. Read more

NZ Israel Institute slams racist Malaysian ban on Israeli Paralympic athletes

January 18, 2019 by  

Israel Institute of New Zealand director Dr David Cumin is calling on the International Paralympic Committee to move an upcoming Paralympic event out of Malaysia following a decision, by the Malaysian Government, not to allow Israeli athletes to enter the country to participate in the event. Read more

NZ government’s ‘vile abstention’

December 18, 2018 by  

Despite a majority in favour of what would have been a historic resolution condemning terror against Israel, it was not adopted because the general assembly voted to require a two-thirds majority. Read more

NZ “aids terror” at UN as US-led resolution condemning Hamas fails

December 7, 2018 by  

New Zealand voted for a historic United States-led resolution against Hamas terror at the United Nations, along with 87 other countries. There were 36 abstentions and 57 nations voted against the resolution. Read more

The hypocrisy of Hanukkah at the UN

December 6, 2018 by  

Hanukkah (or Chanukah, or other spellings) is a Hebrew word meaning ‘rededication’. Read more

New Zealand votes for eight UN anti-Israel resolutions

November 19, 2018 by  

Last week, the United Nations General Assembly’s decolonization committee, which includes all 193 member states, adopted nine resolutions against Israel, and zero on the rest of the world. New Zealand voted for 8 and abstained on one. Read more

ANZAC Day: the New Zealand link to Israel

April 25, 2018 by  

Today is ANZAC Day – a time to reflect and remember our brave soldiers, their families, and all those who sacrificed for our safety and freedom. Read more