Two years ago an Auckland man called for Jews to be beheaded and nothing was said; today an Auckland man says Jews are the enemy and the worst people on Earth and there’s a public statement from Dame Susan Devoy.
Now, Sam Lotu-Iiga, the Ethnic Communities Minister, has also waded in:
Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has condemned anti-Semitic speeches by an Auckland Muslim cleric and says there is no place in New Zealand for such intolerance.
“Anti-Semitic attacks of the kind made by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib at an Auckland mosque, and online, are offensive and insulting. The comments are way out of step with New Zealand’s egalitarian values,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.
“The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 gives everyone the right to freedom of expression, including the right to seek, receive and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form. But hate speech is prohibited under Section 61 of the Human Rights Act.” Read more »