This past fortnight there have been two admissions of bias that should be a shock. Most recently, Twitter executives defended their decision to restrict President Trump but not Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. And just before that, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade defended their funding of antisemitism and admitted they don’t fund any other hate.
The MFAT funding is via UNRWA, and the double standards at the UN are much more pervasive than just that organisation. Israel is singled out at the UN in almost every committee or council. There are more resolutions against Israel in any given year than all of the other 191 member countries combined. And New Zealand plays a role in perpetuating this bias.
There are also gross double standards from self-proclaimed “human rights advocates” who use their interpretation of “international law” to accuse Israel of all manner of crimes and violations while ignoring or applauding actual crimes.
Some of the most egregious examples of this include the “flotilla” publicity stunts that aids Hamas and the mass demonstrations against Israel while the Yazidis (whos slaughter we remember this month) and Uyghurs hardly get even letters of support.
We also see the likes of the Unite Union call for a boycott against Israel for alleged crimes yet entertain Indonesian colleagues despite actual atrocities in West Papua.
These double standards always seem to disproportionately impact Jews or the Jewish nation. And this is why The Israel Institute of New Zealand was formed – to provide some balance and some perspectives that aren’t always present in Kiwi discussions.
We couldn’t do it without you. Thanks for all the support, and we would love to hear your ideas on how we can improve. Lest the double standards remain unchecked.