Devoy speaks and misses the point entirely

Dame Susan Devoy

Susan Devoy has spoken, via a guest article at The Spinoff:

People who deny the Holocaust took place are many things, but most of all, they are liars.

Whether they are a representative of the Iranian Government like Hormoz Gharemani or whether they are members of a “White Pride” group – they are all liars.

Holocaust survivors are some of the bravest New Zealanders I have ever met. They’ve seen the very worst of humanity, they’ve looked evil in the eye and survived anyway. They embody the very best of humanity; they are true Kiwi battlers.

The Islamic Ahlulbyt Foundation Centre which hosted the event at which Mr Gharemani and others spoke need to let the rest of us know whether they will continue to tolerate this kind of hateful korero at their events. They need to make a stand and let New Zealand know that they won’t help spread hate and lies.

But they are not the only ones. The hatred directed at Jewish New Zealanders did not begin with this Youtube clip. A few years ago an Auckland pre-schooler was attacked by strangers who ripped his yarmulke off his head because he was a Jew. Israeli flags have been burned on our streets and Jews blamed for the actions of a government thousands of miles away from Queen Street in Auckland. For many years our synagogues and Jewish cemeteries have been consistently vandalised and attacked by cowards who come in the dead of the night to destroy headstones and spraypaint hate. That this happens here in Aotearoa makes me incredible sad, angry and ashamed.

And she misses the point entirely.

Devoy forgot to mention the disgusting words by the Kiwi speaker, Shia Muslim leader Sayed Taghi Derhami, and the visiting Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Shafie. It just proves she only read the headline, did not watch the video or read the transcript. Frankly I am less worried about the diplomat and more worried about the Kiwi resident speaker from Mt Albert and the kids in the audience.

On top of that she just mentions the Youtube clip. She neglects to mention it was a speech in a mosque to youth. Plus she doesn’t mention the calls for Israel’s destruction.

How appropriate that her spin was published in the pay to play site The Spinoff.


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