“The ‘progressive’ world seems either against us or quiet. More than ever in my lifetime.” – @KiwiDaveC
If @PhilTwyford genuinely seeks to contribute to the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a more informed and balanced approach is imperative.
As a culture, we need to collectively address this dangerous corruption of a term that, for the descendants of many New Zealanders, from Europe, Africa and indeed around the world, meant what the word was always intended to mean: the conscious and systemic destruction of their people.
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has raised concerns, our Human Rights Commission has raised concerns, and I know a number of people who have written to the Minister and Ministry to voice opposition. Our Ministry officials and Ministers just don’t want to stop funding this sort of hate.
A silver lining is that they are proud to say they don’t fund any other hate – that would be unconscionable.