The deep-seated racism at the heart of the New Zealand Jewish Council

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New Zealand Jewish Council spokesperson Juliet Moses and the Israel Institute’s Dr David Cumin

During the “Great March of Return” protests in Gaza, beginning in March 2018, Israel’s brutality towards unarmed Palestinian protestors reached new levels of savagery.

From March 2018 to 31 December 2018 a United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry found Israeli snipers injured 6,106 Palestinians with live ammunition while another 3,098 Palestinians were injured by bullet fragmentation, rubber-coated metal bullets or by hits from tear gas canisters.

In total 189 Palestinians were slaughtered during the demonstrations with 183 of these killed by live ammunition. Thirty five of these fatalities were children while three were clearly marked paramedics, and two were clearly marked journalists.

Meanwhile four Israeli soldiers were injured at the demonstrations.

The Commission noted the Israeli claim that the protests by the separation fence masked “terror activities” by Palestinian armed groups. However, the Commission found that the demonstrations were civilian in nature, with clearly stated political aims. Despite some acts of significant violence, the Commission found that the demonstrations did not constitute combat or military campaigns.

When confronted with this sickening brutality during a debate at Auckland University in 2019 the Spokesperson for the Israel Institute, Dr David Cumin, sought to blame the victims and said Palestinians engaged in –

“…violent riots on the border with Israel to which they bring children to use as human shields. The quote of Israel’s first woman Prime Minister sums the situation up beautifully. Golda Meir said: “there can only be peace when the Arabs start to love their children more than they hate us” ”

Suggesting Palestinians use their children as human shields and that Arabs hate Jews more than they love their own children is appalling and deplorable racism. Dr Cumin’s remarks are a particularly vile statement of anti-Palestinian racism and a repugnant slur on all Arabs.

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Imagine for a moment if we reverse the ethnicities. If anyone made a similar statement that “Jews use their children as human shields and that we will only have peace in the Middle East when Jews start to love their children more than they hate Palestinians” it would be roundly condemned as deeply racist and anti-semitic. The same would apply if these comments were made about Maori, Pasifika or any ethnic group.

The Palestinian and Arab communities in New Zealand are small and vulnerable. This was graphically and savagely exposed in the March 2019 terrorist massacres in Christchurch. Six of the 51 people slain were Palestinian and many more were from Arab countries.

Dr Cumin comments about Palestinians and Arabs would fit in readily with the commentary on the racist, white-supremacist websites accessed by the Christchurch killer. And yet just six months after the Christchurch shootings Dr Cumin was fuelling anti-Palestinian and anti-Arab racism in the most revolting manner.

As well as being a spokesperson for the Israel Institute, Dr Cumin is also a member of the New Zealand Jewish Council, so we wrote to the New Zealand Jewish Council spokesperson Juliet Moses and requested the Council investigate our complaint of anti-Palestinian and anti-Arab racism and take action against Dr Cumin.

In response Juliet Moses sent an email saying –

Dear Mr Minto

We refer to your email of 14 October. The NZ Jewish Council considers your complaint to have no validity. We will not enter into any further correspondence about it.

Nga mihi

Juliet Moses

Juliet Moses has failed to respond to a follow up letter pointing out this is a cowardly refusal to face blatant racism from a council member. By defending such despicable racism Juliet Moses has brought the New Zealand Jewish Council into disrepute.

Dr Cumin and Juliet Moses have had plenty of time to reflect on Dr Cumin’s comments. Dr Cumin should have been required to withdraw them and apologise unreservedly. He hasn’t. And to have the New Zealand Jewish Council defend Dr Cumin’s racism is shocking and unacceptable.

Juliet Moses and Dr David Cumin spend a great deal of time spreading false smears of anti-semitism against those, such as myself, who call for sanctions against Israel until Israel abides by international law and United Nations resolutions. They have construed similar smears against other Palestinian solidarity activists and organisations, members of parliament, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a host of other groups and individuals. They use bullying and public shaming as weapons to deflect criticism of Israel’s racist apartheid policies towards Palestinians.

In their desperation to defend Israel, they are actively pressuring government ministers, members of parliament, newspaper editors, editorial staff, editors of blogs and public officials of all sorts and using the threat of the label “anti-semitic” to encourage these groups to “self-censor” in their criticism of Israel.

Hostility, hatred or discrimination against Jews must always be condemned. Like any kind of racism it is a cancer in our community and the answer to all racism is community solidarity – when the community closes ranks around a vulnerable group and squeezes racism to the margins. I attended a protest in Auckland some years back (organised by Socialist Aotearoa) against the spray painting of swastikas on graves in the Jewish cemetery on Symonds Street. It was moving afterwards to be approached by several people from the Jewish community I didn’t know, to thank myself and others for our public expressions of solidarity and support. Our attendance meant a lot to them and it drove home to me how important it is to make a public stand with vulnerable communities when they come under attack.

There is an important fight to be had against racism in Aotearoa in all its forms, white supremacy, Islamophobia, racism against Maori and Pacific Islanders, Palestinians, Arabs and Jews etc.

However, by failing to speak out against Dr Cumin the New Zealand Jewish Council has made itself part of the problem rather than part of the solution. There is no credibility for an organisation which condemns anti-semitism on the one hand and then practices and defends anti-Palestinian and anti-Arab racism on the other. Giving comfort to white supremacists is not the role of any credible New Zealand organisation.

Juliet Moses and Dr David Cumin should be required to resign from the New Zealand Jewish Council.

 

52 COMMENTS

  1. ‘The great march of return’ according to Wikipedia:

    “…Nevertheless, groups consisting mainly of young men approached the fence and committed acts of violence directed towards the Israeli side.[23][24][25][26][27] Israeli officials said the demonstrations were used by Hamas as cover for launching attacks against Israel.[28]

    At least 110 Palestinians were killed between 30 March to 15 May 2018,[29][30] a number of whom were members of various Palestinian militant organizations: an independent United Nations commission set the number of known militants killed at 29 out of the 183.”

    It’s typical of Hamas to hide behind children

    • I’m surprised you haven’t already moved to Queensland yet.. You would fit in perfectly with the traditional “victim blamers” that predominate out in the sticks there.. I can only assume you either support the approach that creates massive amounts of “collateral damage” to innocent women and children, or you simply lack the intelligence to understand the difference between trying to defend ones very existence, and unwarranted aggression that creates, of necessity, organised resistance.. I would pity people like you, if it wasn’t for the complete lack of effort made to actually listen to reason. Therefore, contempt is the only sane response to your display of hateful bigotry..

    • 32 mins 30 secs to hear hen how the IDF started bombing Gaza at a time the children would be out and in the open. https://youtu.be/TOaxAckFCuQ

      When the Israelis drop 1000 pound bombs onto Palestinian neighborhoods you can guarantee the parents, just like New Zealand ones, would futilely try to shield their children.

      It is Zionist extremists who have no regard for Palestinian children s lives ,,,,, or Syrian and Iranian ones for that matter.

  2. Tautoko John, it is telling that when met with valid criticism of the Israeli state, Moses and Cumin often choose to deflect with “what about China?” rather than discussing the violent racism at play.

    To share another rank quote from Cumin, following the March 15 attack:

    “The undeniable message that is also being sent is that anyone who expresses any sentiment that is in any way contrary to the prevailing mob mentality, then you are worthy of censorship and elimination.

    The danger and hypocrisy of such thinking can best be illustrated by considering the para-factual. Exactly the same widespread blaming and calls for mass censorship were coming from the far right after previous Islamist terror attacks.

    The extreme-left and Islamists today are acting entirely congruent with the far-right of yesterday.”

    According to Cumin, combatting rising far-right and fascist movements is apparently “McCarthyism”, and according to Moses you are an anti-Semite for criticising IDF military actions without also criticising every other injustice in the world. I’d want her to take a breath, but whenever she does she begins dogwhistling about “adult human females” instead.

    Perhaps neither of them should be taken seriously in political discourse at all, as their priority is Cleary to sow confusion and discourage criticism of Israel, at any cost.

  3. After WWII & the Holocaust, the Jewish “world” said words to the effect: ‘NEVER AGAIN!”
    If only! What the Israelis have consistently done to the Palestinian people is treat them in a manner very alike to how they (the Jews) were treated by Germany during Hitler’s “reign”.
    One only needs to read the writings of Ilan Pappe – in particular ‘The Ethic Cleansing of Palestine’. Pappe is a Jew.

    IMO, there is only ONE way to treat other people – that is only HOW I WISH TO BE TREATED. That is simple, but not always easy.

    • Pappe is by his own admission not a bona fide historian but a self-hating Jew with an agenda. He has been entirely discredited by respected historian, Benny Morris. Morris discredited every point he made and challenged him to respond. He did not. It is the Palestinians who refuse to acknowledge israel’s right to exist and reject statehood who prolong the conflict.

      • Once again, where is the evidence of your wild accusations?

        You seem to be quite ignorant of academia, professional accountability and accreditation from what you have uploaded regarding Pappe and Morris. No doubt your positions would be reversed if Pappe was at Ben Gurion University and Morris was a UK academic.

        Your final sentence is disingenuous, but that is to be expected.

        • Au contraire it is you who constantly flaunts his/her ignorance and provides no evidence to support wild claims. Minto has a bad case of pique since he has thrashed this dead horse before and lost. Dr Cumin gave him a real drubbing in the debate and now he is like a dog with a bone trying to prove a racism charge…exquisite irony, of course.
          https://newrepublic.com/article/85344/ilan-pappe-sloppy-dishonest-historian
          I think you fancy yourself as some kind of academic seer, but the sad truth is you’re just not very good at it.

          • Okay. That must be a nice reality you’re living in. So please allow me to ask you a question about your reality. What is it about the Palestinians that would make it okay for any other nation to join in, aid and support Israel’s settlement and security programes against Palestinians?

          • Iad already read the review and checked out the credentials of TNR and of course, you have already extolled what you consider the virtues of Benny Morris, the Israeli historian. He is well reported propagandist writings as a faculty member of the Zionist funded Ben Gurion University. Like Pappe, his work receives both positive and negative reviews but seemingly. Pappe has higher professional standards as he hasn’t resorted to exaggerated Gaby type personal attacks on the person or professional work of Morris. Added to that, you obviously have little understanding of how academics approach their disciplines and the limitations on credible evidence in disciplines such as history. In this regard, did you know that Morris is much displeased with the Israeli Government at present as they are embargoing official historic documents. The reason for the hiding of history should not escape many.

            As for requesting your evidence, greater interest is in your bizarre claim that, “Pappe is by his own admission not a bona fide historian but a self-hating Jew with an agenda.”

            You really need to do better with your ‘got yars’. They always flounder and no doubt embarrass the New Zealand Jewish Council spokesperson Juliet Moses and the Israel Institute’s Dr David Cumin in their simplicity.

      • By expanding settlements and building new ones. Israel does not own the land of the West Bank or the Gaza Strip nor East(?) Jerusalem. Continuing to build on those lands, or extend Palestinian “security” exclusion zones is immoral.

      • Gaby
        Israels exists but its history shows clearly that Israel does not respect the rights of Palestinians to exist, but steals land, kills protestors including children, kills medics supporting injured and journalist witnessing the tragic events, and supports the Israeli military destroying Palestinian home, destroying crops , stealing water resources, confines contact with any outside country or group and runs a virtual prison for the shrinking Palestine remnant state. And like you Gaby demonises the Palestinian victims.
        There is a psychological condition that describes such aberance from normality.
        Cumin is a blatant racist and Jewish supremacist with wealthy backing. In NZ the Jewish population is tiny representing well under 0.2% of the NZ population. Racists like Cumin cause a backlash against any compassion towards Jews.
        Cumin parrots very similar Zionist propaganda to yourself Gaby.

        The old adage of: “Doing unto others what you would have done to yourself” remains a strong human sentiment obviously not supported by your remarks while you live safely under wider community protection.
        John Minto has a history of furthering the cause of downtrodden people in apartheid/s and has a strong following among those who have empathy for others. Something Supremacists do not understand.

  4. Hard to believe Minto is raking over these ashes again and making a fool of himself in the process. Dr Cumin had every right to use quotes in the context of open debate without being pilloried as a racist…which accusation coming from Minto is eye-wateringly hypocritical. Golda Meir nailed it with her comment. Hamas, for example, are notorious for their use of human shields. Simply deploying weapons from an urban environment knowing they must provoke a defensive response from Israel which has every right to protect its citizens is a cynical ploy to maximise civilian casualties on both sides…a double war crime.
    https://nypost.com/2015/05/02/un-report-outlines-how-hamas-used-kids-as-human-shields/

    • Who own/controls the New York Post Gaby. Hardly a propaganda free mecca.
      Hamas being a popular and elected representative of Palestinians and others under threat, have battled with US backed Israeli criminal invasions, genocide, stealing of land, confining of a nation to a prison like existence. Golda Meir is just another perpetrator of crimes against Palestinians on other people of the ME, but obviously a fan of yours.
      For better references why not use UN resolutions to get a grip on where the world is and reality. Read the Jewish / Israel B’Tselem paper, which is pro Israel but seeks a humane and just Israel.

      https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/400-jewish-studies-scholars-denounce-israeli-annexation-as-apartheid-631296

      Gaby you are a failure for any Jewish cause. Turn that around if you can with some education outside of Israeli Zionist clap trap you seem to refer to.

      • i wouldn’t be lecturing me about failure, old son. A recent NZ poll showed that only about 13% would support you lot’s deranged drek about Israel. sweet that I rattle your cage though.

        • Apartheid is unacceptable. That only 13% supports me does not change the way I act to dismantle oppressive regimes.

          • Yet again, I challenge any one of you to post a single sign from Israel that reads ‘Jews Only’ or ‘Arabs Only’, announcing separate facilities, which is how apartheid works. I believe there are some signs, however, warning Jews about terrorist attacks as they approach Palestinian controlled areas like Bethlehem. Border crossings and checkpoints are necessary because the Palestinians’ stated aim is the destruction of Israel and the murder of her inhabitants, which all of you complicitly support.There is no apartheid in Israel, fullstop, and parroting this lie does not make it so..

            • Apartheid doesn’t exist because there are no signs saying, “Jews Only” or, “Arabs Only”? You have already had that one dispelled a week or two ago when the propaganda you linked to was centred around a couple of paid for African students. The basis of apartheid is the enforced separation of races not racist signs.

              If you state thousands of times that there is no separation between Palestinians and Jews, especially of the Zionist persuasion, you will not change the well reported facts, or the views of those who were instrumental in ridding South Africa of its apartheid scourge.

              Your penultimate sentence is disingenuous. Palestinians are, by a large order of magnitude, more likely to be murdered by Israelis and the IDF. You seem proud of your complicity in the destruction and murder of Palestinians in Israel. Anti-racists believe that the abuse of illegitimately maintained power is an obscenity but can be changed. They clearly abhor human rights abuses and the murder of civilians more than you do so stop you dishonest moralizing.

              • Still whinging, deriding, accusing, ignoring facts, aspiring to be condescending in your know-all (in reality know-nothing) ivory tower like a choleric little terrier consumed with hate, and yet offering nothing of substance to the debate yourself. That’s classic atom ant. Time for you to self-combust.

              • Enough with the flannel and dodging tactics, atom ant, I’m challenging YOU to produce evidence of ONE sign that proves Israel has created separate facilities for Jews and Arabs, the hallmark of any apartheid system. Betcha you can’t, so that proves NO apartheid in Israel. Your antisemitic buddies are waiting; don’t embarrass them. Waiting…..

                • Too easy! How many Zionists or, in particular Ashkenazi Jews are living side by side with Palestinians in the settlements, Gaza, East Jerusalem and in Haifa where they have the ammunition production site slap bang in the middle of the Arab suburb?

                  Incidentally, thanks for the barrage of invective and insults. Nothing like showing your lack of credibility.

        • Here’s some bedtime reading for you Hasbara troll.

          List of United Nations resolutions concerning Palestine
          The following is a list of United Nations resolutions concerning State of Palestine. From 1967 to 1989 the UN Security Council adopted 131 resolutions directly addressing the Arab–Israeli conflict, with many concerning the Palestinians; Since 2012, a number of resolutions were issued dealing directly with the modern Palestinian State.

          1947:
          November 29, 1947
          Resolution 181: Recommending partition of the Mandatory Palestine into Arab and Jewish states, and international status for the City of Jerusalem.
          1948:
          November 19: Resolution 212: Assistance to Palestinian refugees
          December 11: Resolution 194: establishes Conciliation Commission; protection of and free access to Jerusalem and other Holy Places; Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible
          1949:
          December 8: Resolution 302(IV): Assistance to Palestine refugees
          December 9: Resolution 303(IV): International Regime for Jerusalem
          December 10: Resolution 356: Jerusalem
          1950:
          December 2: Resolution 393: Assistance to Palestinian refugees
          December 14: Resolution 394 (V): Calls for Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, and a solution for Palestinian refugees.
          December 14: Resolution 468: Reduces financing for an international regime in Jerusalem.
          1952:
          January 26: Resolution 512: Report of the United Nations Concilation Commission for Palestine.
          January 26: Resolution 513: Assistance to Palestinian refugees.
          November 6: Resolution 614: Assistance to Palestinian refugees.
          November 25: Resolution 660: Report of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA).
          1953:
          November 27: Resolution 720: Assistance to Palestinian refugees.
          November 27: Resolution 766: Accounts of UNRWA.
          1954:
          December 4: Resolution 818: Assistance to Palestinian refugees.
          December 4: Resolution 879: Accounts of UNRWA.
          1955:
          December 3: Resolution 916: Assistance to Palestinian refugees.
          December 3: Resolution 964: Accounts of UNRWA.
          1956:
          December 21: Resolution 1081: Accounts of UNRWA.
          1957:
          February 27: Resolution 1091: Palestinian refugees.
          February 28: Resolution 1018: Palestinian refugees.
          December 12: Resolution 1191.html: Palestinian refugees.
          1958:
          December 12: Resolution 1315: Palestinian refugees.
          1959:
          December 9: Resolution 1456: UNRWA.
          1960:
          December 18: Resolution 1545: Accounts of UNRWA.
          1961:
          April 21: Resolution 1604: Palestinian refugees
          October 30: Resolution 1636: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 20: Resolution 1725: Palestinian refugees
          1962:
          December 11: Resolution 1789: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 20: Resolution 1856: Palestinian refugees
          1963
          June 27: UN Special Assembly Resolution 1874.
          June 27: UN Special Assembly Resolution 1875.
          November 6: Resolution 1890-C: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 3: Resolution 1912: Palestinian refugees
          1965:
          February 10: Resolution 2002: Palestinian refugees
          December 13: Resolution 2047-C: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 13: Resolution 2048-C: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 15: Resolution 2052: UNRWA Report.
          1966:
          October 26: Resolution 2139-C: Accounts of UNRWA.
          November 17: Resolution 2154: Palestinian refugees.
          1967:
          July 4: Resolution 2252: Humanitarian assistance in the 1967 war.
          July 4: Resolution 2253 (ES-V): Condemns Israel’s measures to change the status of Jerusalem as invalid
          July 14: Resolution 2254: “Deplores” Israel’s failure to abide by UN General Assembly Resolution 2253 (ES-V)
          July 21: Resolution 2256: The Situation in the Middle East
          September 18: Resolution 2257: The Situation in the Middle East.
          November 16: Resolution 2264-D: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 19: Resolution 2341: Palestinian refugees
          1968:
          November 1: Resolution 2380-D: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 19: Resolution 2443: Establishes the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People.
          December 19: Resolution 2452: UNRWA Report.
          1969:
          December 5: Resolution 2522-D: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 10: Resolution 2535: UNRWA Report. “Reaffirms” the “inalienable rights” of the Palestinian people and requests the Security Council to take “effective measures” to force implementation of previous UN resolutions
          December 11: Resolution 2546: Condemns Israeli “violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms” in the occupied territories
          1970:
          November 4: Resolution 2628: Urges the speedy implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 242 and recognizes that “respect for the rights of the Palestinians is an indisputable element in the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East”
          December 4: Resolution 2653-D: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 5: Resolution 2727: Calls on Israel implement the recommendations of the UN special committee investigating Israeli practices in the occupied territories
          December 7: Resolution 2656: Establishment of a working group for the financing of UNRWA.
          December 8: Resolution 2672: UNRWA Report.
          December 15: Resolution 2728: Report of the Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the Human Rights of the population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 16: Resolution 2729: Report of the working group on the financing of the UNRWA.
          1971:
          November 8: Resolution 2756-D: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 6: Resolution 2791: Working group for the financing of UNRWA.
          December 6: Resolution 2792: UNRWA Report. Calls for the implementation of UN General Assembly Resolution 194, stresses the “inalienable rights of the people of Palestine”, and calls on Israel to stop resettling the inhabitants of Palestinian refugee camps.
          December 13: Resolution 2799: The Situation in the Middle East.
          December 20: Resolution 2851: Report of the Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the Human Rights of the population of the Occupied Territories. Condemns Israeli practices in the occupied territories.
          1972:
          November 9: Resolution 2912-D: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 8: Resolution 2949: The Situation in the Middle East.
          December 13: Resolution 2963: UNRWA Report.
          December 13: Resolution 2964: Working Group on the financing of UNRWA.
          December 15: Resolution 3005: Report of the Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the Human Rights of the population of the Occupied Territories.
          1973:
          October 17: Resolution 3053-D: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 7: Resolution 3089: UNRWA Report.
          December 7: Resolution 3090: Working Group on the financing of UNRWA.
          December 7: Resolution 3092: Report of the Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the Human Rights of the population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 17: Resolution 3175: Permanent sovereignty over natural resources in the occupied Arab territories.
          1974:
          October 14: Resolution 3210: Invites the PLO to participate in General Assembly deliberations on the question of Palestine.
          November 12: Resolution 3227-D: Accounts of UNRWA.
          November 22: Resolution 3236: Recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights, including the right to self-determination and the right of return.
          November 22: Resolution 3237: Observer status for the PLO.
          November 29: Resolution 3240: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          November 29: Resolution 3246: Affirms the legitimacy of armed resistance by oppressed peoples in pursuit of the right to self-determination, and condemns governments which do not support that right
          December 16: Resolution 3330: Working Group on the financing of UNRWA.
          December 17: Resolution 3331: UNRWA Report.
          December 17: Resolution 3336: Permanent sovereignty over national resources in the occupied Arab territories.
          1975:
          October 30: Resolution 3370-C: Accounts of UNRWA.
          November 10: Resolution 3375: Invitation to the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in the efforts for peace in the Middle East.
          November 10: Resolution 3376: Founding of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP).
          December 5: Resolution 3414: Calls for economic sanctions and an arms embargo on Israel until it withdraws from all territories occupied in 1967 and grants the Palestinians their “inalienable national rights”.
          December 8: Resolution 3419: UNRWA report.
          December 15: Resolution 3516: Permanent sovereignty over national resources in the occupied Arab territories.
          December 15: Resolution 3525: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          1976:
          November 23: Resolution 31/15: UNRWA Report.
          November 24: Resolution 31/20: Expresses deep concern that no “just solution” to the “problem of Palestine” has been achieved, refers to the problem as the core of the Middle East conflict, and reaffirms the “inalienable rights” of the Palestinians, including the right of return and the right to national independence.
          November 29: Resolution 31/22-F: Accounts of UNRWA.
          December 9: Resolution 31/62: Calls for an international Middle East peace conference under the auspices of the UN and co-chaired by the United States and Soviet Union.
          December 16: Resolution 31/106: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Occupied Territories.
          December 21: Resolution 31/186: Permanent sovereignty over national resources in the occupied Arab territories.
          1977:
          November 25: Resolution 32/20: Reaffirms previous calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories and an international peace conference with PLO participation.
          December 2: Resolution 32/40: Reaffirms the “inalienable rights of the Palestinian people”, including the right to national sovereignty and the right of return.
          December 13: Resolution 32/90: UNRWA report.
          December 13: Resolution 32/91: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories. Calls on Israel to respect the Geneva Conventions
          December 15: Resolution 32/111: Health needs of Palestinian refugee children.
          December 19: Resolution 32/161: Permanent sovereignty over national resources in the occupied Arab territories.
          December 19: Resolution 32/171: Living conditions of the Palestinian people.
          December 21: Resolution 32/212-III: Implications of extending to certain former staff members coverage by the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund for service with UNRWA.
          1978:
          December 7: Resolution 33/28: CEIRPP report.
          December 7: Resolution 33/29: Reaffirms previous calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories and an international peace conference with PLO participation.
          December 15: Resolution 33/81: Health needs of Palestinian refugee children.
          December 18: Resolution 33/110: Living conditions of the Palestinian people.
          December 18: Resolution 33/112: UNRWA report.
          December 18: Resolution 33/113: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 20: Resolution 33/147: Assistance to the Palestinian people.
          1979:
          November 16: Resolution 34/29: Expressing concern over the deportation of the Bassam Shakaa, Mayor of Nablus, by Israel.
          November 23: Resolution 34/52: UNRWA report.
          November 29 and December 12: Resolution 34/65: CEIRPP report.
          December 6: Resolution 34/70: Reaffirms previous calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories and an international peace conference with PLO participation.
          December 11: Resolution 34/77: Calling for an establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.
          December 12: Resolution 34/90: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 14: Resolution 34/113: Living conditions of the Palestinian people.
          December 14: Resolution 34/133: Assistance to the Palestinian people.
          December 14: Resolution 34/136: Permanent sovereignty over national resources in the occupied Arab territories.
          1980:
          November 3: Resolution 35/13: UNRWA report.
          December 5: Resolution 35/75: Living conditions of the Palestinian people.
          December 5: Resolution 35/110: Permanent sovereignty over national resources in the occupied Arab territories.
          December 5: Resolution 35/111: Assistance to the Palestinian people.
          December 11: Resolution 35/122: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 15: Resolution 35/169: CEIRPP report.
          December 16: Resolution 35/207: Reaffirms previous calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories and the establishment of a Palestinian state.
          1981:
          October 28: Resolution 36/15: Demanding that Israel desist any archaeological excavations in East-Jerusalem in general with emphasis on the Temple Mount.
          December 4: Resolution 36/70: Assistance to the Palestinian people.
          December 4: Resolution 36/73: Living conditions of the Palestinian people.
          December 10: Resolution 36/120: CEIRPP report.
          December 16: Resolution 36/146: UNRWA report.
          December 16: Resolution 36/147: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 16: Resolution 36/150: Demands Israel to cease planning of a canal between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean.
          December 17: Resolution 36/173: Permanent sovereignty over national resources in the occupied Arab territories.
          December 17: UN General Assembly Resolutions 36/226 A & B: Reaffirms previous calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories and the establishment of a Palestinian state.
          1982:
          February 5: Ninth Emergency Special Session ES/9-1: The situation in the occupied Arab territories.
          November 16: Resolution 37/18: Condamns Israel refusal to implement Security Council resolution 487, and demands Israel to withdraw its threat to attack nuclear facilities of neighbouring nations.
          December 10: Resolution 37/86: CEIRPP report.
          December 10: Resolution 37/88: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 16: Resolution 37/120: UNRWA report.
          December 16: Resolution 37/122: Demands Israel not to build a canal between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean.
          December 16: Resolution 37/123: Condemnation of Israel’s alleged responsibility for the Sabra and Shatila massacre by Kataeb Party in Beirut, Lebanon; resolves that the massacre was an act of genocide; condemns acts of plundering Palestinian cultural heritage; condemns the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights; and condemns the annexation of Jerusalem.
          December 17: Resolution 37/134: Assistance to the Palestinian people.
          December 17: Resolution 37/135: Permanent sovereignty over national resources in the occupied Palestinian and other Arab territories.
          December 20: Resolution 37/222: Living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories.
          1983:
          December 13: Resolution 38/58: CEIRPP report.
          December 15: Resolutions 38/79: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 15: Resolution 38/83: UNRWA report.
          December 15: Resolution 38/85: Demands Israel not to build a canal between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean.
          December 19: Resolution 38/144: Permanent sovereignty over national resources in the occupied Palestinian and other Arab territories.
          December 19: Resolution 38/145: Assistance to the Palestinian people.
          December 19: Resolution 38/166: Living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories.
          December 19: Resolutions 38/180: Calls all nation to suspend or sever all diplomatic, economic and technological ties with Israel. Condemnation of Israel on various topics including occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights, war in Lebanon and the annexation of Jerusalem.
          1984:
          December 11: Resolution 39/49: CEIRPP report.
          December 14: Resolutions 39/95: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 14: Resolutions 39/99: UNRWA report.
          December 14: Resolution 39/101: Demands Israel not to build a canal between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean.
          December 17: Resolution 39/169: Living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories.
          December 18: Resolution 39/223: Economic development projects in the occupied Palestinian territories.
          December 18: Resolution 39/224: Assistance to the Palestinian people.
          1985:
          December 12: Resolution 40/96: CEIRPP report.
          December 16: Resolutions 40/161: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 16: Resolutions 40/165: UNRWA report.
          December 16: Resolution 40/167: Decides to monitor Israel decision to construct a canal between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean.
          December 17: Resolution 40/169: Economic development projects in the occupied Palestinian territories.
          December 17: Resolution 40/170: Assistance to the Palestinian people.
          December 17: Resolution 40/201: Living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories.
          1986:
          December 2: Resolution 41/43: CEIRPP report.
          December 3: Resolutions 41/63: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 3: Resolutions 41/69: UNRWA report.
          December 8: Resolution 41/181: Assistance to the Palestinian people.
          1987:
          December 2: Resolution 42/66: CEIRPP report.
          December 2: Resolutions 42/69: UNRWA report.
          December 8: Resolutions 42/160: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 11: Resolution 42/166: Assistance to the Palestinian people.
          December 11: Resolution 42/190: Living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories.
          1988:
          April 20: Resolution 43/233: Expressing shock over killing of Palestinian civilians in Nahalin.
          November 3: Resolution 43/21: The uprising (Intifada) of the Palestinian people.
          December 6: Resolutions 43/57: UNRWA report.
          December 6: Resolutions 43/58: Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.
          December 7: Resolution 43/65: Calling for an establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.
          December 15: Resolution 43/175: CEIRPP report.
          December 15: UN General Assembly Resolution 43/176: International Peace Conference; principles for peace
          December 15: UN General Assembly Resolution 43/177: Acknowledges the proclamation of the State of Palestine on 15 November 1988.
          December 20: Resolution 43/178: Assistance to the Palestinian people.
          2012
          United Nations General Assembly Resolution 66/225 (2012)
          November 29: resolution 67/19: Made Palestine a non-member observer state.
          2018
          United Nations General Assembly Resolution 73/5 (2018): Appoints Palestine as presiding chair for the 2019 sessions for the Group of 77.

          • Too easy to dismiss contrary views by labelling it as hasbara or resorting to name calling by using the term “troll”. It’s just lazy and disingenuous debate.

            Your list of UN Resolutions only shows how unbalanced the UN really is, and how factions can hijack the agenda. It is not independent but like all democracies, a churning miasma of self-interests.

            Only need to see how the UN Human Rights Council doesn’t censure to see how biased it is.

            A number of independent organisations such as Human Rights Watch have called out the Palestinians for using their women, children and elderly as human shields, not just the Israelis.

            If the Arab Palestinians want respect, then let them demonstrate it by acting respectably: allow large numbers of Jews to live amongst them as Jews allow large numbers of Arabs to live amongst them.

            Let them show that they can govern fairly without racial prejudice, let them show their own people the same freedoms that the Jews give Israeli Arabs.

            Or is this too culturally insensitive to ask?

            • Are you new to this site? If you bothered to follow the comments of Gaby, you would know why a frustrated commentator as a ‘hasbara troll’. Your obvious error was coming to a generalized conclusion based on a very specific comment. If you want debate, feel free to engage. It would be a welcome change from the self-important meanderings of Gaby.

              Disturbingly, you have dismissed the very long list of UN resolutions with an unverified comment about hijacking factions. This is followed by, “Only need to see how the UN Human Rights Council doesn’t censure to see how biased it is.” How many times has Israel been censured for non-compliance with resolutions?

              Is this the HRW report you are referring to https://www.hrw.org/report/2010/04/11/turning-blind-eye/impunity-laws-war-violations-during-gaza-war to, or are you quoting an Israeli origin comment on the report such as is readily available and usually very questionable. If the latter, the HRW is worth and objective read. As additional reading, here is a link the was provided for Gaby yesterday: https://www.hrw.org/report/2010/04/11/turning-blind-eye/impunity-laws-war-violations-during-gaza-war. He won’t bother reading it but since you sound more rational, you might.

              Your final comment is intriguing, what is your point? If it is to give credibility to your previous specious assertions it fails. Palestinians are generally respected but not by Zionists. It is priceless to claim Arabs live with Israelis when they are now blatantly being shunted out of East Jerusalem, they are having land confiscated for the establishment of Israeli only settlers, The have no effective representation in the Government – must one go on. Also, would you be respectful of an occupation regime that has its military camped on the edge of its open air prison of 2 million, using the inmates for target practice?

      • “Hamas being a popular and elected representative of Palestinians”…only were given one vote, Hamas in power and no elections since, what does that tell you?

  5. This is pathetic. Minto has an obsession with Israel and, it seems, now with Jews. Although I am unsure if he ever really separated the two in his mind. His need to point out that he has been on an anti-anti-Semitic march is evidence that he, on some level, appreciates how little credibility he has. And to accuse David of being a racist is defamatory. Of course, there isn’t any point in suing Minto, as he is probably penniless after several decades wasted on a pointless crusade against the only Jewish state and his outrage that the most persecuted people in recorded history have a homeland from which they can be secure from the hatred of the type evidenced by John Minto.

    I prefer not to call people racists, as I can never truly know a person’s soul, but if members of the Jewish Council describe Minto as being an antisemite, well, they have a vast trove of evidence to justify just such a characterisation.

    And; I should add, The Daily Blog should not be publishing this sort of garbage. it is reprehensible. It is wrong. There are valid points to discuss on the disputes in the Levant. This sort of personal attack, this vile, hateful, spiteful and contemptable abuse is a discredit to both the author and of the organisation that chooses to publish it.

    • Damien, would you say that before Israel, John Minto “had an obsession” with apartheid Sth Africa?

      Or would it be fairer to simply say that John “has an obsession” with injustice. (Which we *ALL* should.)

      It should be possible to criticise a country’s apalling human rights record without being accused of some kind of “ism”. After all, there are many Jewish people who are also opposed to Israel’s zionist policies. How do you reconcile that with your narrative?

  6. Meh, playing the person sideshow, it’s silly to get dragged down to that level.

    The issue of the moment is the lining up of pro Israel nations (generally those with the IHRA anti-semitism definition) not to support ICC moving to investigate both Israel and Palestine for abuse of power etc.

    The local Israeli Institute crowd seem concerned that the ICC is not investigating the suppression of Uighurs instead (absurdly they call this genocide, despite the lack of killing) – China has not signed up as an ICC member so that is not within its jurisdiction.

    They want our government to join those disapproving of the ICC decision. But the UN SG supported the Palestinian request to be a member of the ICC in 2015. Thus making actions in its territory – including by the occupying power, within its jurisdiction.

    Israeli politicians are saying there is a threat to their right to self defence – ignoring completely that the ICC will also look at “terror” actions by Palestinian groups.

    So much double speak and duplicity.

    Is

  7. In response to your first sentence, we all know that you wouldn’t lecture yourself about your own failures. It takes self awareness to be introspective.

    • This comment has been reinserted where it belongs, under Gay’s response to John W. He initially said, “i wouldn’t be lecturing me about failure, old son.”

  8. Saw a documentary on this Jewish attack on a family that among other things burn’t a toddler alive deliberately. Barbaric. Also the extremist Jewish settlers were at a wedding and celebrating with pictures of the toddlers burnt body on placards while they danced at the wedding.

    “DUMA, West Bank — Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set off another violent escalation, shines a light on the growing lawlessness of extremist Jewish settlers that Israel is either unable or unwilling to contain.
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/suspected-jewish-extremists-burn-sleeping-palestinian-toddler-to-death-outrage/

    More attacks.

    Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and murdered on Wednesday in a suspected revenge killing by Israeli extremists, was burned alive after suffering a head injury, the Palestinian attorney general has claimed
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/05/palestinian-boy-mohammed-abu-khdeir-burned-alive

    Israeli army bulldozer crushes US peace protester in Gaza Strip
    Peace campaigner killed as Israeli army destroys homes in Palestinian refugee camp
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/mar/17/israel.usa

  9. Shall we,dare,you against the wall. What our humanity,so burned to have no humanity,them all against the wall.

  10. [quote]

    Imagine for a moment if we reverse the ethnicities. If anyone made a similar statement that “Jews use their children as human shields and that we will only have peace in the Middle East when Jews start to love their children more than they hate Palestinians” it would be roundly condemned as deeply racist and anti-semitic. The same would apply if these comments were made about Maori, Pasifika or any ethnic group.

    [unquote]

    Actually, it would only be anti-Semitic if untrue.

    • Is Kublia making the case that the Israelis are less than human??? , ,,, or like the NZ Jewish council is that his view of Palestinian people ??.

      The truth is when Israel bombs Palestinian neighborhoods,,, you can guarantee the parents, ,,just like New Zealand ones, would futilely try to shield their children.

      1minute 10 secs shows what isreal drops on Civilians, ,,, and the results. https://youtu.be/ezNqSAIJIOI ,,,, you have to be a bit sick to point the finger at Palestinians and claim they are uncaring about children when Israel does what it does.

      U.N. Finds Israel Intentionally Shot Children, Journalists & the Disabled During Gaza Protests https://youtu.be/94BOE_eVLuU

      And some more truth for Kubla

  11. The only ‘collateral damage’ Israel cares about ,,,, is to its reputation.

    “Israel’s “human shield” propaganda has also been applied on civilian adults. Following international outrage at the slaying of 21-year-old Razan Al-Najjar, who was killed while treating an injured protester, the Israeli army circulated an edited clip entitled “Hamas uses Paramedics as Human Shields”.”

    “Israel justifies its violent attacks by continuously accusing Hamas of using human shields, desperately hoping to stir moral indignation while also trying to muster a legal defence for the indefencible.

    Morally, the charge intimates that the Palestinians are savages. Not unlike imagined barbaric pagans who offered their children to the gods, it suggests that the Palestinians of Gaza have no problem sending their sons and daughters to the front lines. The subtext is that civilised people protect their children while Palestinians sacrifice them.”

    For a look at some savagery ,,, Amnesty Report Visualizes Israel’s War Crimes https://youtu.be/QQdBhUDj40o

    Lethal force against demonstrators not posing imminent threat https://youtu.be/4uCj1JTldJI

    BTW ,,,Human shields is what Israel soldiers have used Palestinian children for … ” Israeli soldiers had used Palestinian children to enter potentially dangerous buildings before them and to stand in front of military vehicles to deter stone-throwing, it said.

    “Almost all those using children as human shields and informants have remained unpunished and the soldiers convicted for having forced at gunpoint a nine-year-old child to search bags suspected of containing explosives only received a suspended sentence of three months and were demoted,” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/nov/21/israeli-soldiers-human-shield-avoid-jail

    https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2018/6/18/the-fallacy-of-israels-human-shields-claims-in-gaza

  12. Dear friend of the needy, John Minto, it’s easy to poke a stick at Israel. The easiest thing. This blog seems to be overtaken by it. Yep, Israel is built on sand. Now hard things, the needs of our desperate, which spear-points to Jace and Grant. I’d call them Labour but there is no Labour but Jace mewling at a camera.

    • None of what you are saying makes sense. Minto writes on a range of issues including the housing crisis and he is certainly no fan of Labour./national lite.

  13. What had me gagging was the virtue-signalling over the swastikas on the tombstones when Minto’s FB page for his deranged PSNA group is choked with vile antisemitism and he likes to head his spiels with such images as Evans’ disgraceful antisemitc cartoon linking Jews to the spread of Covid and where the ‘s’ in Zionism is styled like the Nazi SS insignia. Eye-watering hypocrisy.

    • just to clarify that the “Evans” gabby refers to is ,,,”celebrity chef Pete Evans” ,,,, . No doubt goby dislikes TDBs resident cartoonist Malcolm Evans,,, like a lot of what goby posts he tries to mislead.

      Speaking of Harvey Rapestien ‘Hero of israel’ levels of hypocrisy ,,, gaby and andrew are Weinstein watering alright ,,, a bit like Dr Cumin the New Zealand Jewish Council

      Factually It was actually IDF POLICY to use Palestinians and their children as human shields ,,,

      “Israeli high court bans military use of Palestinians as human shields”…..

      “The Israeli high court yesterday ruled that the army’s long-standing practice of using Palestinian civilians as human shields in combat is illegal under international law. ” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/oct/07/israel

      “The report exposes a list of incidents in which the IDF violated a High Court of Justice injunction by using Palestinians as human shields (as part of the “neighbor procedure”).” ..

      .. “The injunction remains in force. B’Tselem’s report describes several cases in which the IDF used the “neighbor procedure” after the High Court issued the injunction.” https://www.btselem.org/publications/summaries/200211_human_shield

      I wonder if gaby and andrew know that this particular lie is over / kaput … “Prior to the May 9 Israeli army decision, rather than investigating the practice, Israeli army officials regularly issued blanket denials about the IDF’s coerced use of civilians and the use of “human shields.”

      Pot kettle black regarding Israel and their hard core zionist chums regarding care for children and ‘human shields’.

      To sum up and on the EVIDENCE, is Cumins a liar or just lazy pig ignorant ? ,,, is he a nasty prick or a nasty idiot?.

      https://www.hrw.org/news/2002/05/09/israel-decision-stop-use-human-shields-welcomed

      Savagery — https://youtu.be/4uCj1JTldJI

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