Wait, wait, wait.
On top of the Gender Identity Hate Speech and Blasphemy Law madness Labour are promoting, Hate Speech will also be considered to extend to the use of word ‘Zionism’ as anti-Semitic???
In New Zealand, anti-semitic tropes are often associated with criticism of Israel, especially the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians.
It is possible to be critical of Israel’s actions, and supportive of Palestinian human rights, without being anti-semitic. Jews and non-Jews do this all the time. But everyone needs to have some understanding of anti-semitic tropes.
Also, critics of Israel often condemn ‘Zionists’, but Zionism has different meanings.
One meaning subscribed to by nearly all Jews, and many non-Jews, is simply that Jews have a human right to self-determination in their own nation-state.
So, the word ‘Zionist’ needs to be clarified and understood.
The Royal Commission report into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain calls on all of us to do what we can to advance social cohesion.
In close collaboration with Muslim and other communities, we are developing our response to the Royal Commission’s recommendations which is meaningful to everyone in Aotearoa. Combatting anti-semitism will be one element of this response.
In the meantime, we will prepare a short paper on anti-semitic tropes so they can be avoided. We will do all we can to ensure anti-semitism is given proper attention in the government’s National Action Plan against Racism. Also, we will devise a Commission plan of action against anti-semitism.
Hold on, hold on, hold on.
No one has any time for actual anti-Semitism. The Jewish people have put up with centuries of persecution and disgusting discrimination. The Holocaust is a horror that must always be remembered as the very worst of humanity, so I have zero time for anti-Semites. But to extend that sensitivity of persecution to claim any use of the word ‘Zionism’ (which has become radicalised and culturally hateful against Palestinians) is now suddenly part of hate speech is an insult to the intellect of the debate and should be resisted at all costs.
Every month this hate speech attack on free speech looks more like a means for petty revenge for the winning schism after the law gets passed.
Will Scientology abuse the blasphemy laws first? Or will it be the Gloriavale Christian Community nutters?
Will apologists for Israel’s brutal and illegal occupation of Palestine take legal action against John Minto for using the word Zionist?
I bring it back to the whole point we are having this review.
How the fuck will criminalising the use of word ‘Zionist’, criminalising the misuse of pronouns and criminalising blasphemy against religions make any single one of us safer from a white supremacy terror attack?
If your solution to a white supremacy attack against Muslims is to make the word ‘Zionist’ hate speech against Jews, you seem to have been at the wrong massacre.
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