Israel Institute demands answers to NZ abstention on important UN vote

December 9, 2018 by J-Wire
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Institute of New Zealand director, Dr David Cumin, is demanding to know who was responsible for a ‘bizarre’ decision by New Zealand to abstain on an important procedural vote at the UN which helped pave the way for ‘a small degree of balance to the international bias against Israel’.

Dr David Cumin

Dr Cumin was commenting on New Zealand’s response to a move by the US to put forward a resolution condemning the terror group, Hamas, for continued attacks on Israel. In July at least 17 missiles were indiscriminately fired into Israel, from Gaza, and an earlier attack in May saw more than 50 rockets and mortars fired into Southern Israel. Only last month, some 400 rockets were fired into Israel in 24 hours, and Hamas has continued to incite violence at border riots, send incendiary kites over the border, and build terror tunnels under it.

“Despite these incidents, there have been more than 500 UN resolutions against Israel in recent years but not one condemning Hamas. The effect of the US-led resolution would have been to call Hamas to account and send a small, but important, message to the proponents of terrorism.”

Normally, UN resolutions require a simple 50% majority to pass. However, Bolivia and Kuwait pushed for the condemnation of Hamas terror to require a two-thirds majority.

“This was an obvious ploy to thwart the vote on Hamas, as many of the despots and dictators in the UN support any violence directed at the Jewish state. New Zealand should have recognised the political hijack as such and rejected it.”

Instead, New Zealand abstained on the procedural motion vote – which then passed 75 to 73 – formalising the unusual requirement for a two-thirds majority.

“New Zealand then went on to vote in favour of the vote to condemn Hamas, thankfully. The resolution was supported by 87 votes to 57 – which would normally have been enough to pass comfortably, but was insufficient to meet the higher threshold New Zealand helped establish.”

According to Dr Cumin, serious questions now need to be answered by the Government.

“Who made the decision to abstain on a clearly mischievous procedural motion, especially as almost all other liberal democracies saw it for what it was and voted against it? Why has no New Zealand official raised concerns that the many UN resolutions against Israel don’t require the same higher threshold? And won’t any New Zealand official acknowledge the clear mockery that the UN has turned into in its approach to Israel?


4 Responses to “Israel Institute demands answers to NZ abstention on important UN vote”
  1. Brian Turner says:

    Rather than complaining about one procedural motion, how about the “Israel Institute” taking more seriously the “more than 500 UN resolutions” Israel has ignored in recent years?

    • DAVID SINGER says:


      Those “more than 500 UN resolutions” could not be taken seriously since they were based on fraudulent and untruthful facts.

      The passage of those resolutions was always assured because a bloc of 134 of the 193 UN member states overtly hostile to Israel are members of a group called the G77.

      The Chair of this group for 2019 is “The State of Palestine” – a fictitous state that does not exist and is not a member of the UN. Fantasy heaped on fantasy.

      It appears that you have been hoodwinked by this group which has virtually taken over the UN General Assembly and made it totally irrelevant.

      Don’t feel ashamed. Millions of people world-wide have similarly fallen prey to this Jew-hating mob who would like nothing more than to see Israel wiped off the map.

      Need I say more…?

  2. DAVID SINGER says:

    The procedural vote was 75 to 72 – not 75 to 73 – so New Zealand’s outlandish conduct would not have changed the ridiculous vote.

    However it shows up New Zealand as having no position at all on how the UN General Assembly should vote.

    How many useless boffins in the NZ Foreign Office are employed that they are unable to do anything but recommend abstention? They could have checked with their EU friends and even their great mate Australia who all supported a simple majority vote being required.

    Pathetic New Zealand – pathetic

    • Esther says:

      The UN recorded it as 75-72, so the author of the article is correct. See

      So three countries were required to change their vote to a negative to fend off the hijack. That should have been New Zealand, Switzerland, and Norway and maybe Chile or Fiji also.

      It is pathetic of New Zealand but their behaviour at the UN has been pathetic, particularly to Israel. Is it because of trade hopes with Saudi and Iran? Whatever it is I agree with the questions asked here and hope we get some answers.

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