Key posters defaced

August 15, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is currently campaigning to seek victory in the September general election…but posters have been daubed with vile antisemitic slogans.


Key Sign

Key Sign defaced in Coromandel

Defaced poster in New Lynn, Auckland

Defaced poster in New Lynn, Auckland

John Key is not a practising Jew but he told media in new Zealand this week: “I just find it disappointing for the Jewish community. I have a Jewish past which is extremely well known. My mother was Jewish, and some of my mother’s family went to the concentration camps,” Key told reporters this week. “But for the Jewish community in New Zealand, they are hard-working, decent people and they don’t deserve to be brought into some sort of personal campaign that’s directed at me.”

President of the New Zealand Jewish Council Stephen Goodman told J-Wire: “The New Zealand Jewish community is concerned about the rise in antisemitic acts and statements being made at present.  New Zealand has been a country where we have been free to practice without fear of threats, hate speech or vilification.  Recent activity, such as the defacing of John Key’s billboards and actions associated with political rallies, is an unacceptable.  It must be dealt with swiftly; it has no place in our culture.

All New Zealanders, whatever their political stance or religion, need to confirm that this is a society free from such abhorrent discrimination.”

Co-president of the Auckland Jewish Council Geoff Levy is currently overseas. He added: “I have read with concern about the growing tide of anti semitism in Auckland and other parts of New Zealand .I have read the comments from John Key on the billboard daubing and share his views.

However I feel that with the  coming election the left wing parties are reaching a state of desperation. At  a recent  anti israel rally the main thrust was to coerce the attendees to vote for labour in the coming election. The meeting was held at Aotea centre  and was attended by about 80 supporters.  The faces of many of them were familiar to me. One even dated back to communist party rallies held in Christchurch in the 1960’s
The main organiser of these rallies is one John Minto who  has a long history of protest organisations participation.

The protestors do not concern themselves with Syria, Iraq or Libya just to name a few but only with condemnation of Israel and support of BDS.
There is a great deal of work being done by dedicated supporters of Israel.
The was a very successful anti BDS move  by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund which rejected an application by David Shearer a former leader of the Labour  party that the fund sell its Israeli shares. “

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