No Murray, your arrogance is what is deplorable

Why can’t Murray McCully say the words terrorism? Was it just because he was flying out the next day to bend his knee to Iran?

The arrogance is what is deplorable.

Shalom-Kiwi notes:

While Prime Minister Key “stands with Belgium in the fight against terrorism”, and Foreign Minister McCully “stand[s] with the people and Government of Turkey in their fight against terrorism”, neither can bring themselves to stand with Israel against their fight against terror.

This double standard was brought into sharp focus again at an event last week, where Minister McCully said he makes “no apology for calling it as it is” when it comes to Israeli settlement building yet could not bring himself to use the word “terrorism” to describe the Palestinian attacks against Israelis in recent times.

A leader of the Islamic Council of New Zealand has previously indicated that he thinks Israelis attacked by Palestinians are not considered innocent victims nor their attackers terrorists but for a member of the New Zealand government to do similar is concerning.   

It is also out of step with leaders from other democratic governments – leaders from Britain, Germany, Canada, Australia, The UK, France, Greece, India, and the USA have all condemned the terror attacks against Israelis. New Zealand will not. This silence suggests Jewish lives don’t matter and gives encouragement to groups who might commit violence.

In a speech outlining the UK government’s five-year plan to tackle extremism, Prime Minister David Cameron said “…if you say … “violence in London isn’t justified, but suicide bombs in Israel are a different matter” – then you too are part of the problem.” It seems that McCully is part of the problem.

More broadly, neither Key or McCully have condemned terror acts when Jews have been the victims. Mr Key said of the latest Paris attacks that they “targeted innocent civilians and are therefore an act of terrorism” yet the same concern was not shown toward the attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen, which David Cameron said was an act where victims had been “murdered simply for their beliefs”. McCully and Key were also silent when Jews were targeted in a parisian kosher supermarket – an attack that French President François Hollande described as a “terrifying act of anti-Semitism” – and when innocent civilians were murdered at a Belgian Jewish museum – which Pope Francis called a “criminal act of anti-Semitic hatred.”

The Islamic State, like all Islamist groups, prioritises Jews as targets. In October, last year, they issued an announcement that “this is a serious and clear announcement to all the Jews, the first enemy of the Muslims…we’ll continue on until we eradicate this disease worldwide” and plots have been uncovered that specifically target Jews in the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, France, and Turkey.

Minister McCully has been silent when Jews are murdered.

He thinks we can call it what we like, but to him it is deplorable, but not terrorism, yet he has never spoken out publicly against the constant threat of terror that Israel faces.

Some world leaders have recognised this terror specifically directed at Jews and the rising anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe, and have spoken out. The Belgian Prime Minister said “We never spend enough to protect the Jewish community…”, David Cameron has said “At a time when once again the Jewish communities of Europe feel vulnerable and when anti-Semitism is at record levels here in Britain I will not stand by”, and a US congressional human rights panel heard from experts how Islamic radicalisation threatens Jews.

Minister McCully has been silent on violent anti-Semitism around the world.

Not only has the government failed to condemn the terror attacks against Jews overseas, there has been nothing said about anti-Semitism in New Zealand. While at a lower level than Europe, there has nevertheless recently been two public calls to kill Jews – one that went unchallenged at an anti-Israel protest and one that was removed from the FaceBook page of Andrew Little – and at least one physical assault.

Will the New Zealand government speak up for Jews or will they continue to be conspicuously silent?

I stand with Israel. What is deplorable is the arrogance and indifference of Murray McCully.

 

– Shalom Kiwi

 


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  • kereru

    I’d add lily-livered and lacking integrity. As Foreign Minister he presumably avoided answering the question directly because it would jeopardise NZ’s love affair with the Islamic world in general and Iran in parrticular, as you point out.

    Having asked the same question twice, if I’d been the questioner I might have changed tack and asked, ‘if you won’t accept the word ‘terrorism’ to describe Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians, what term wouldyou use?’

    I’d like to watch him squirm his way out of that one.

    • Simon P

      He did, he said it was deplorable, however I do agree he refused to call a spade a spade.

      • kereru

        Deplorable is an adjective. I would have pressed him to find another noun for ‘terrorism’.

  • Vutekno

    I don’t blame him! The “journalist” was trying to put words into his mouth. This was not about the “deplorable” acts of the Palestinians against Israelis. This was only about putting McCully on the spot and McCully saw that and would not play the game!
    Edit: word added

    • kereru

      Not much point in having the interview at all then. It just showed McCully up as the partisan compromiser he really is.

      • Vutekno

        I agree the interview was of no value it was just a mechanism to score points against McCully. The smarmy expression on the face of the interviewer said it all.

        Unfortunately McCully always has the expression of a rabbit dazzled by he headlights of a car which tends to make him appear an easy target IMO.

        • Zjivila Whyte

          ‘Appear’ and easy target? – he makes himself an easy target.

  • Gazza

    McCully’s response is nothing short of disgraceful, the attacks on Israeli citizens is the only descriptive for it and the very meaning of the word terrorism. If he uses the term terrorism to describe the reverse action in any forum he should be called out…..holding my breath now

    • kereru

      ‘Foreign Minister McCully stands with the people and Government of Turkey in their fight against terrorism.’

      This double standard
      was brought into sharp focus again at an event last week, where
      Minister McCully said he makes “no apology for calling it as it is” when
      it comes to Israeli settlement building yetcould not bring himself to use the word “terrorism” to describe the Palestinian attacks against Israelis in recent times.

      It is also out of step with leaders from other democratic governments – leaders from Britain, Germany, Canada, Australia, the UK, France, Greece, India and the USA have all condemned the terror attacks against Israelis. New Zealand
      will not. This silence suggests Jewish lives don’t matter and gives encouragement to groups who might commit violence.’

      http://shalom.kiwi/2016/05/do-jewish-lives-matter-to-murray-mccully/

  • Jman

    The man is a disgrace. High time he was put out to pasture. How he has managed to survive the Saudi sheep scandal I don’t know as that stank to high heaven of corruption or incompetence or both.

    • Rick H

      I am still waiting to see real photos of the “NZ show farm” in Saudi Arabia.
      McCully should be skiting the place up to us, as it is described as a “show farm, so Saudi farmers can see how good our machinery and farming systems are” – and hence – spend billions buying our good gear.
      Showing everyone how well it is all going.

      Are we ever going to see photos of our ex-NZ sheep grazing happily in an open-sided shed, being fed by the locally-grown crops which they can grow under huge pivot-irrigators?

      It is really happening like that in Saudi Arabia – but I am still waiting for McCully to show us the photos of the one farm we all have spent 30 billion on.

  • Eddie

    it is deplorable that he cannot bring himself to call violence against Jews terorrism. It is as if he thinks Jews are sheep to be traded to Arabs. If Saudi support at the UN was gained through sending money and real sheep, sacrificing the Jews will get Helen a seat at the UN for sure and Murray will have a good time when he meets the Mullas. Surprising that Key hasn’t said anything. His mother must be turning in her grave. Will Act put forward a more capable leader for the position or do we need to pick between Murray and David Shearer?

  • Ruahine

    If Auntie Helen makes Secretary General of the UN there could be a nice job lined up for our Murray. U.S. dollars and the diplomatic passport and lots of invites to the wealthy Gulf States.

  • sandalwood789

    The silence by McCully is unforgivable. He should be sacked.
    People have been sacked from jobs for less.
    The old saying is “silence is assent” and by remaining silent McCully is condoning these attacks. Key should be tearing strips off him (but he won’t, of course. ).

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