New Zealand Jewish Council

Reflections on the Holocaust

Guest post

The blog at Shalom Kiwi has been asking Jews to share some of their memories and thoughts.  That’s because today:

…has been set aside by the United Nations as an annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The New Zealand Jewish Council has invited these statements in the belief that as the number of survivors dwindles, the need for attention to be focused on the Holocaust and its lessons has become ever more critical and the plea, ‘nie wieder’ (‘never again’) must continue to reverberate in the world’s conscience.

Here’s one such remembrance Read more »

And so the hate comes to New Zealand

Russel Norman is trying to protect his ISIS mates and is opposed to giving our intelligence services better tools to combat modern terrorism.

While he is clamouring in support of Islamist terrorists we have an attack on a 4 year old Jewish boy occurring in Auckland in our leafy suburbs.

This echoes recent attacks on Jewish school children in Sydney.

And so the tactics we are used to seeing in news from overseas come to New Zealand.

A 4-year-old Jewish boy was attacked walking home from pre-school in what has been labelled a race hate crime.

The boy has been left traumatised after he was approached by a man who slapped him hard on the top of his head in front of his mother, brother and a friend in the Auckland suburb of Mt Eden last week.

New Zealand Jewish Council president Stephen Goodman said the man in his 20s, who was said to be of Middle Eastern appearance, laughed as he left the scene in a car with four other men.

The child’s distraught mother had notified police who say they hope to make an arrest.

Goodman said the brazen attack appeared to be racially motivated as both the boy and his friend were wearing yarmulkes, or Jewish skullcaps, and are orthodox Jews.

Goodman said he believed the anti-Semitic hate crime on a defenceless boy would come as a shock to many New Zealanders.

“A small Jewish community has lived here, well integrated, contributing to the wider society, and in exceptional peace since the earliest days of New Zealand’s settlement.

“It’s really very worrying that it seems to have elevated things one level higher. This behaviour is so totally unacceptable and intolerable in New Zealand.   Read more »


Some f*ckwits have sprayed swastikas on Jewish graves in Auckland:

Jewish graves at a central Auckland cemetery have been desecrated with anti-semitic messages.

Police are appealing for information after about 20 gravestones were vandalised at the Symonds Street Cemetery, on the corner of Symonds St and Karangahape Rd, sometime between Wednesday afternoon and this morning, when the damage was discovered.

Some headstones had large graffiti swastikas crudely sprayed on them while others had expletive-ridden anti-semitic messages scrawled over them.

The cemetery, Auckland’s first, has long been the target of vandalism and also attracts people sleeping rough.

Rabbi Samuel Altschul, who was at the cemetery this afternoon, was shocked by the vandalism.

“It’s not the Kiwi way,” he said.

Council workers were at the scene removing the graffiti and police were also talking with Rabbi Altschul.

New Zealand Jewish Council president Stephen Goodman, also at the cemetery, said it was incredibly disappointing to see the damage.