Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Letter From NZ Jewish Council To Iran's President

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad c/- Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
151 Te Anau Road Hataitai

Wellington

19 December 2005

Mr President

Your comments casting doubt on the Holocaust, and calling for Israelis to be relocated to Europe and North America are totally unacceptable to New Zealand, New Zealanders and the New Zealand Jewish community Our Foreign Minister, Rt. Hon Winston Peters, speaking for New Zealand’s Government, has responded to your comments, describing them as "aggressive and totally unacceptable to the international community."

There are members of the Jewish community here who suffered the horrors of Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and other death camps. You have publicly proclaimed them as liars. Many New Zealand Jews had family members murdered by the Nazi German regime and its allies, among the nearly six million Jews who were killed between 1933 and 1945 because they were Jews. You say these things did not happen. This is unpardonable.

On 1 November 2005 Iran was present when the United Nations General Assembly unanimously agreed to Reject any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or part.

You are betraying your nation’s international commitment, falsifying history and as the leader of a Muslim nation of 68 million people you are encouraging hatred of Jews in the Islamic world.

For the sake of international peace, the credibility of Iran and the safety of the Jewish people, including the New Zealand Jewish community, we request that you withdraw your statements and apologise. Stephen Goodman President New Zealand Jewish Council

Stephen Goodman
President of New Zealand Jewish Council

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election