From the Israel Institute of NZ…
At the start of October, the Israel Institute of New Zealand (IINZ) exposed antisemitic material within a Facebook group of New Zealand based anti-Israel group Kia Ora Gaza. This included posts that compared Israel to Nazi Germany, comments that dehumanised Jews, and open support for terror against Israeli citizens.
IINZ has now found that four New Zealand members of parliament, including the Prime Minister, were part of the Facebook group where antisemitism was posted and tolerated.
This is concerning as being involved with antisemitic groups online was one of the first signs the UK Labour antisemitism crisis and part of the reason the UK Labour Party is being investigated by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Just like the initial reaction of the UK Labour party, the leader of Kia Ora Gaza, Roger Fowler, denied the material on his Facebook group page was antisemitic, though did admit to a “serious problem” of antisemitism within the “international & local solidarity movement” and that his moderators were “continuously try to eradicate this vile rubbish”.
The Israel Institute of New Zealand is aware that Kia Ora Gaza moderators have deleted comments and blocked people who post pro-Israel messages or challenge assertions made on the page. Yet the dozens of examples of antisemitism remain in the group…
Read the full article on the Israel Institute’s website here.